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  • Luján warns of fiscal cliff impact on labs

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District sent a letter to Congressional leaders Wednesday, urging them to resolve the fiscal cliff in a manner that prevents damaging funding cuts to the national laboratories, including Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

    In the letter, Luján highlights the important role these labs have played in providing cutting-edge research and innovation for applications ranging from national security to the Mars rover and renewable energy.  

    He expresses his concerns that deep budget cuts due to sequestration will threaten the vitality of the labs and their capability to fulfill their scientific and security missions.

    In addition, Luján announced that he has joined the new House Science and National Labs Caucus as a co-chair, partnering with Reps. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) and Alan Nunnelle (R-Miss.), who will also co-chair the bipartisan group.  

  • Reservoir reconstruction

     

    The Board of Public Utilities toured the Los Alamos Reservoir reconstruction on Wednesday. The estimated completion date for the project is mid-March, 2013. 


  • Revenue losses hit hard

    Like a one-two punch to the fiscal gut, county officials have been left reeling in efforts to shore up a budget that’s just been hammered.

    Los Alamos County Council’s mid-year budget review at the end of January will be anything but routine. Two unexpected revenue losses have staff scrambling to address both short-term and long-term implications. 

    Despite ongoing conversations with the lab and efforts to prepare for a downturn in federal spending, no one anticipated the news coming from Los Alamos National Laboratory in November. 

    LANL’s fiscal year ends in September. County Administrator Harry Burgess said that the largest expenditures traditionally come in that final month. But the report that posted Nov. 15 was shocking for county officials.

    “When we logged on the state’s reporting website, we learned that not only was it a decrease, but it was a significant decrease,” Burgess said. 

    “The spending for the lab was approximately $3 million less for the month of September this year than it was one year prior. There have been fluctuations over time, but this was a greater amount than we’d seen before.”

  • County survey results now available

    Los Alamos County’s bi-annual citizen survey results are now available for the public to review on the news page of the county’s website at losalamosnm.us and LAMonitor.com. In addition, copies for public review are available at the 311 Customer Care Center located at 150 Central Park Square or at the reference desk of either public library.

    The firm under contract to conduct the county’s survey was CRC & Associates, LLC.  They randomly selected approximately 400 county residents to participate in a 20-minute phone survey or street interview.

    The survey included a variety of questions about county programs and services, community needs, quality of life, media and information resources, openness and transparency of government, economic development and housing needs.

     The county has been regularly conducting citizen satisfaction surveys since 1996. County staff use the information gained from the survey to help guide the county’s goals for service and program improvements.     

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  • N.H. Store Owner Frets Over 'Fiscal Cliff'

    David Pastor, the owner of an appliance store in southern New Hampshire, worries that the fiscal cliff debate is hurting his sales.

  • Video: In honor of 12-12-12
  • Most Googled in 2012: Whitney, PSY, Sandy

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver.

    Whitney Houston was the "top trending" search of the year, according to Google Inc.'s year-end "zeitgeist" report. Google's 12th annual roundup is "an in-depth look at the spirit of the times as seen through the billions of searches on Google over the past year," the company said in a blog post Wednesday.

    People around the globe searched en masse for news about Houston's accidental drowning in a bathtub just before she was to perform at a pre-Grammy Awards party in February.

    Google defines topics as "trending" when they garner a high amount of traffic over a sustained period of time.

    Korean rapper PSY's "Gangnam Style" music video trotted into second spot, a testament to his self-deprecating giddy-up dance move. The video is approaching a billion views on YouTube.

  • Update 12-12-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official swearing in ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    'Topper alumni

    The Hilltopper Alumni Society’s holiday social will be from 4-7 p.m. today at Dixie Girl, 1789 Central Ave. This is an opportunity for graduates of Los Alamos High School to mix and mingle. All Hilltopper Alumni are welcome to attend.

    County Council

    County Council will meet at
    7 p.m. Dec. 18 in Council Chambers.

    Film series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Series presents “Brave,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White Rock Town Hall.

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