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  • Lawmakers name panel to work on NM redistricting

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislative leaders named an 18-member committee on Monday to start work on redistricting, but a top Senate Democrat complained that lawmakers will be hindered because the governor vetoed $100,000 for the panel's expenses.

    Senate President Tim Jennings of Roswell said the veto likely will force cost-cutting by the Legislature, including possible limits on some lawmakers attending interim study committee meetings in New Mexico and travel to out-of-state legislative conferences.

  • Gingrich tosses hat in the ring for GOP presidential run--video extra

    ATLANTA (AP) — Newt Gingrich, the House speaker who led a national GOP resurgence in the 1990s before facing ethics questions and resigning, is running for president.

    Gingrich's announcement, made on social networking websites Monday, came after months of public flirting with a bid. He enters a slow-to-form GOP presidential field that has left some Republicans craving more options as they search for a nominee strong enough to credibly challenge President Barack Obama.

  • Lizard draws controversy

    ALBUQUERQUE — Environmentalists on Friday challenged a New Mexico congressman’s claims that protections for a small lizard found only in parts of New Mexico and West Texas would lead to economic devastation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species, saying habitat loss and fragmentation have pushed the lizard toward extinction. The public has until Monday to submit comments on the proposal.
    Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., and others complain that a listing would result in oil and gas development being limited on thousands of acres in the Permian Basin, costing jobs, tax revenues and royalties.

  • Construction Zone 05-08-11

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4

    The traffic switch to the east side of Diamond Drive has been delayed to next Thursday, May 12.
    West Road is currently closed weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Use Trinity to 43rd to Fairway to West Road. Once West Road is paved (scheduled for Wednesday, May 11) Diamond Drive traffic will switch to the east side of Diamond. Other than the West Road closure, traffic control will remain as is through May 12. After May 12,  expect the following:
    Starting Thursday:

  • Web surfers could catch a big wave

    Web surfers in Los Alamos could be catching a really big wave in the not-too-distant future.

    The community broadband project is gearing up to build a broadband network that would deliver Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. Additionally, the fiber optic network would allow service providers to offer “triple play” service bundles – telephone, television and Internet.

    Los Alamos County Council approved awarding a contract to Crestino Telecommunications Services for design and consulting on the project. The contract price tag: $511,690.

    The results from a community survey are expected back this week, which collected people’s input on the project.

  • Update 05-08-11

    Public utilities meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will host a special meeting at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the county administration office conference room.

    Advisory Board meeting
    The Los Alamos Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board will meet from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday at the county administrator’s conference room at 133 Central Park Square.

    Personnel Board meeting
    The personnel board will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Nambe Room at Fuller Lodge.

    Hadassah
    National President of Hadassah Marcie Natan will be the guest speaker at a lunch, noon to 2 p.m., today at the Hilltop House Hotel. For reservations call 992-1416 or 662-2397.

  • Learning how to green the community

    Last month, students who were a part of Power Shift 2011 descended on Washington, D.C. to attend the youth climate summit and organizer training. Three Los Alamos High school students were among those who attended the event.

    Nearly 10,000 people from across the U.S. met to network, educate, advocate, learn and raise awareness about climate, environmental and justice issues around the globe. This is the third year that the Energy Action Coalition has sponsored Power Shift.

  • Artists show off their wares at the Arts and Crafts Fair

    The Arts and Crafts Fair on the green at Fuller Lodge was in full swing Saturday morning. With beautiful spring weather in the low 70s, a lot of people were in attendance to check out the various booths.

     

  • NCRTD: No change in routes; Mortillaro named interim ED

    There will be no interruption in public transit in Los Alamos at least for the next year.

    The North Central Regional Transit District hammered out a compromise and on Friday, voted on a proposal that was suitable for everybody regarding funding allocation methodology.

    “It took a lot of work and the discussions were difficult, but I commend all of you for getting it done,” NCRTD chair Rosemary Romero said.

    The compromise entails that the Los Alamos County proposed percentage-based formula used to calculate the fixed amount to be budgeted for Los Alamos County, City of Santa Fe and the Regional Transit District (Santa Fe County, Rio Arriba County and Taos County.

  • ‘How far we’ve come’

    The 48,000-acre Cerro Grande Fire of May 2000 began as a well-intended controlled burn effort on the part of the National Park Service to protect Los Alamos National Laboratory and the community of Los Alamos.

    Major devastation resulted from those intentions when high winds and drought conditions caused the fire to quickly grow out of control, crown and run across the face of the local mountain, damage and destroy structures at LANL and destroy hundreds of homes.

    The U.S. General Accounting Office estimated total damages at $1 billion.

    Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker was the deputy fire chief at the time of the fire, and Doug MacDonald, known by the community as “Chief Mac,” was the longtime fire chief.