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  • Judge Hall unveils redistricting options

    Judge James Hall released two alternatives to redrawing the map of 70 State House Districts and in either of the alternatives, Los Alamos County would remain whole.

    Both plans have District 43 composed of Los Alamos county; Rio Arriba county precincts 25 and 30; Sandoval county precincts 7, 16 through 18, 21 through 23, 51, 78 and 79; and Santa Fe county precincts 12 and 80.

    The biggest difference in the map proposals is whether Ben Luján’s district is merged with Democratic Rep. Nick Salazar or whether Salazar’s district is merged with Thomas Garcia of Ocate.

  • Major projects on the move in White Rock

    Efforts to develop a White Rock Center Master Plan/Economic Development Strategy began in August of 2007. The initial planning took 11 months and involved seven community forums, 10 Steering Committee meetings, three county council briefings, interviews, and an interactive project website.

    The goal was to create a thriving, active focal point that serves the community with a range of services and amenities.

    Council approved the master plan in 2008 and created a placeholder targeted at $20 million for the project.
    The first two segments of the master plan are underway. The long planning stage had residents doubting the development would ever happen, and some are still dubious that a proposed civic center will ever come to fruition.

  • Video Essay: Bike demolition derby

    An event called the Chariot Wars has become the most violent and visible of Portland's three-day Mini Bike Winter Olympics.

  • Survivor: Deadly avalanche a 'horror story'

    STEVENS PASS, Wash. (AP) — When disaster struck, a group of expert skiers who survived a large weekend avalanche in an out-of-bounds area near a Washington state ski resort turned on their emergency beacons and began looking for signs of life.

    Powder Magazine senior editor John Stifter, who witnessed the slide that killed three of his skiing companions Sunday, said one person made it through by bear-hugging a tree and holding on as the snow barreled over him. Another skier who was caught in the slide was saved when she deployed an airbag, designed to keep her afloat.

    "It's an absolute horror story," Stifter said Monday.

    Experts say once an avalanche has you in its grips, the chances of surviving are slim.

  • VIDEO: Storm Dumps Snow on South

    A winter storm dumped several inches of snow across parts of the South, causing power outages, slippery roads and numerous accidents during the Presidents Day holiday weekend.

  • PEEC unveils Earth Day plans

    New Mexico became a state 100 years ago, January 6, 1912, after 60 years as a Territory. In those 100 years and before, the land that encompasses the Jemez Mountains and Pajarito Plateau has undergone many changes from open and lightly inhabited  lands, to grazing land for thousands of livestock, to population development and urbanization. But even without these changes, the ecosystem is constantly changing in response to both natural and human impacts.  

  • Costner: Houston the Only One for 'Bodyguard'

    Actor Kevin Costner, who picked Whitney Houston for the 1992 movie, "The Bodyguard" spoke at her funeral in Newark, New Jersey, saying she was the only one who could have filled her role.

  • Update 02-19-12

    GOP convention

    The Los Alamos Republicans will hold their pre-primary convention Feb. 23 at the VFW, 1793 Deacon St. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and doors close promptly at 7 p.m.   A Central Committee meeting will be at 7 p.m.
     
    Little League

    Los Alamos Little League will host a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at Mesa Public Library. The meeting is for anyone interested in coaching or volunteering during the 2012 season.

    LA Garden Club

  • Local doctor returns from Kuwait deployment

    Paul Daly, a Family Practice physician with Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico, recently returned from his fourth mobilization as an Army Reserve medical officer. During this deployment,  Daly was assigned to the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) Brigade as its command surgeon.

    The 310th ESC is based out of Indianapolis, but draws soldiers from several neighboring states. The function of an ESC is to provide combat services support.

  • Luján reacts to conclusions from NRC

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District weighed in on a new report by the National Research Council (NRC) that examines the long-term scientific and engineering vitality at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories, including Los Alamos and Sandia.
    The report recommended broadening the labs’ mission and moving to a governance model based more on trust and less on transactional oversight.
    “The scientific and engineering vitality of these labs has always been and will continue to be one of their most important assets,” Luján said.