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  • VIDEO: Today in History for April 16th
  • Youth plan trip to Sister City

    Los Alamos High School students will visit Russia this summer under an ongoing youth exchange program sponsored by the Los Alamos-Sarov Sister Cities Initiative (LASSCI).
    The last week of June, 11 students and three chaperones from Los Alamos will fly overseas to spend two weeks in Los Alamos’ Sister City of Sarov and experience life in Russia.
    To help cover the costs of this trip, LASSCI is sponsoring fundraising dinner — A Taste of Russia.
    The fundraiser is at 6:30 p.m. April 27 at the Best Western Hilltop House. It will feature Russian food and youth performances.
    Half of the $50 tickets is tax deductible. Tickets may be purchased from school employee Nora Arbuckle or any of the Sarov students.

  • Libraries to offer expanded service

    Los Alamos County Library System has expanded its services with audiobooks and eBooks available to download from the library’s website. Starting May 7, library cardholders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting lacnm.lib.overdrive.com.  
    Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card and download to PC, Mac and many mobile devices.
    Users will need to install free software: OverDrive Media Console for audiobooks; and Adobe Digital Editions for eBooks.
    Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod, Kindle, Sony Reader and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on the go.

  • County Briefs 04-15-12

    Every 15 minutes
    scheduled for this month

    The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks.
    The program, entitled Every 15 Minutes, is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving.
    This program will challenge students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.

  • Running for council

    County councilor Vincent Chiravalle, who is running for re-election, took his campaign to the streets Saturday morning as he jogged down Diamond Drive. “I am literally running for office,” Chiravalle said.

  • Update 04-15-12

    Earth Day

    The Earth Day Festival will feature booths and displays where community groups will show their Earth-friendly products and practices, and provide information about our environment on the Pajarito Plateau. It begins at 10 a.m. April 21 at PEEC.

    Eco Station meetings

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Eco Station administration building.

    Budget hearings

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold budget meetings 6-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in council chambers.

    Chamisa Carnival

  • Proposed NM horse slaughter plant draws opposition

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Friday she is asking federal officials not to allow a southeastern New Mexico company to open the nation’s first slaughterhouse for horses since 2007.
    Martinez plans to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking it deny a Roswell meat company’s request for inspections that would allow it to operate.
    “Despite the federal government’s decision to legalize horse slaughter for human consumption, I believe creating a horse slaughtering industry in New Mexico is wrong and I am strongly opposed,” Martinez said in a statement.

  • NCRTD drivers may unionize

    Full-time North Central Regional Transit District drivers — a group of approximately 26 people — will have the opportunity to vote on whether to unionize next month.

    District Executive Director Tony Mortillaro said the May 5 election will be in three locations throughout the service area, including Taos, Española and Santa Fe.

    “It will be required that at least 40 percent vote,” he said during Friday’s NCRTD board meeting at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort. “If they don’t reach that 40-percent threshold, the collective bargaining agreement will not be formed.”

  • Budget hearings begin Monday evening

    This year,  the Los Alamos County Council will hold its yearly budget meetings from 6-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.

    Public comment will be heard during the first and last half-hour of each meeting, with budget hearings proceeding once all public comment has been registered.

    Public interest in budget hearings usually centers on Capital Improvement Projects. Funding for specific capital projects will not be addressed during this round of budget hearings. Council will instead discuss the total funding level for capital projects during Wednesday’s session. A special meeting to discuss funding for individual projects is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 15.

    The proposed budgets are $196.6 million in FY2013 and $195.7 in FY2014.

  • Raw Video: Italy's Mt. Etna Erupts

    Europe's highest active volcano, Italy's Mount Etna, erupted again this week. The eruption, which spewed blood-red molten lava and grey and white ash into the air, is the 24th in a series that started in January 2011.