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  • Obama Taking 23 Actions Aimed at Gun Violence--Video Extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Braced for a fight, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

    A month after that horrific massacre, Obama also used his presidential powers to enact 23 measures that don't require the backing of lawmakers. The president's executive actions include ordering federal agencies to make more data available for background checks, appointing a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and directing the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence.

    But the president, speaking at White House ceremony, focused his attention on the divided Congress, saying only lawmakers could enact the most effective measures for preventing more mass shootings.

    "To make a real and lasting difference, Congress must act," Obama said. "And Congress must act soon."

  • Update 01-16-13

    Coalition meeting

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its business meeting from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday at the Ohkay Casino Conference Center.

    Boy Scouts

    The Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society Inc. will hold a community-wide meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the upstairs meeting room, over the Fabulous 50s restaurant, at the American Legion Post 90.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Jan. 22, Katherine Gauntt of the Walkin N Circles Ranch, Inc., in Edgewood, will speak on the ranch’s horse rescue program.

    Sale canceled

    The monthly surplus property sale at LANL scheduled for Thursday (Jan. 17) has been canceled because of cold and ice creating unsafe conditions. Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Feb. 21.

    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

  • Voter concerns come to forefront

    During the first work session of the year, Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers asked newly elected councilors Steve Girrens, Kristin Henderson and Pete Sheehey to relate voters’ concerns they heard on the campaign trail last fall.

    Sheehey spoke up first, saying the overriding thing he heard was that the county “spends too much.” Capital improvement projects were one concern, with people not only wondering if the county could afford to build the projects but to maintain them.

    “I would say most people I talked to, we live here, we work at the lab and we’ve been through the budget reductions at the lab for two years. I think they clearly saw budget problems coming, and they were concerned,” Sheehey said.

    Sheehey said citizens expressed “strong support” for his own priorities for spending. Those are public safety, infrastructure, good public education, economic development and taking care of and enhancing recreational facilities, in that order.

    “That’s going to guide my suggestions on the 29th about how we deal with our budget shortfall,” Sheehey said.

  • Truck Route reopens after icy commute

     

    The morning commute was an icy one Wednesday.

    The Truck Route was closed for close to three hours after four separate accidents because of black ice on the roadway, according to LAPD’s Scott Mills.

    Mills said the road was reopened by the Los Alamos National Laboratory by 11 a.m.

    Mills reported that there were just minor injuries in the accidents.

    Mills said there also was an accident on the Main Hill Wednesday morning but that has since been cleared and the road is open.

    It was rough going this morning as well as Mills said there were two single-vehicle, non-injury crashes on the Truck Route because of black ice.

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  • Deadline approaches for charter committee

    The deadline to apply for the five member committee to study utilities-related sections of the County Charter is quickly approaching.
    So far, the county has not received any applicants.
    The committee will include one member of the county council, one member of the Dept. of Public Utilities’ Board, and three citizens who meet any one of the following qualifications:
    • A member of the community with management experience;
    • A member of the community with accounting experience; and
    • A member of the community “at large.”
    Applicants wishing to be considered for appointment to the committee are asked to send a one or two-page letter to the county council with their name, address, phone number and email address.
    They are asked to state which of the three positions they are interested in and should furnish information about their employer (if applicable), as well as a listing of their qualifications and experience.
    In addition, they are asked to submit a paragraph stating “why” they would like to serve on the committee.
    Letters may be emailed to lacadministrator@lacnm.us or mailed or hand-delivered to the county administrator’s office at 133 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
    The deadline for letters of interest is 5 p.m. Jan. 21.

  • Local developer pleads guilty

    A local developer walked into Los Alamos Magistrate Court for his arraignment by himself Monday, and pleaded guilty to aggravated battery against a household member.

    Without a lawyer and just a packet of papers in his hand, Stan Primak quietly answered a series of questions asked by Judge Pat Casados, before entering the guilty plea.

    When asked why he decided not to fight the charges, Primak, 61, simply said, “I have no comment.”

    The charges come from a domestic case filed on Jan. 4 in response to a police call in the 1300 block of 44th Street.

    On that day, Primak was arrested and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center. He was later released on a $3,000 surety bond.

    Primak is a prominent developer in Los Alamos, and he’s also served on many local boards and committees in the past, including on the board of directors of Trinity Corp. and Los Alamos National Bank.

    In 2008, he was the lead builder in a Habitat For Humanity House in Española.

    Primak is due to be sentenced in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Feb. 5. He faces a maximum sentence of 364 days probation plus a $1,000 fine. No matter how the judge rules Feb. 5, Primak is ordered to enroll himself in a 52-week domestic violence treatment program.  

  • Update 01-15-13

    Coalition meeting

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its business meeting from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday at the Ohkay Casino Conference Center.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Jan. 22, Katherine Gauntt of the Walkin N Circles Ranch, Inc., in Edgewood, will speak on the ranch’s horse rescue program.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

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    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.
     

  • The New Mexico Legislature at a glance...

    TThe start: The 2013 Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday