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  • State Briefs 08-30-12

    New Mexico alters child vaccination waiver form

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico heath officials want parents to stop citing philosophical reasons when seeking to exempt their children from immunizations required to attend public school or day care.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the New Mexico Department of Health recently changed the form used to apply for an exemption to prevent “philosophical objections” over health concerns.
    “We believe people were using the philosophical objections when filling out the form,” department spokesman Kenny Vigil wrote in a response to a reporter’s inquiries Tuesday. “We became concerned that vaccine-preventable diseases are on the rise because of that. The new form specifically requires you to state your religious belief.”
    The legal reasons that a child may avoid getting vaccinated are medical and religious, officials said.

    Study: Sandia tech park spurs economic development

    ALBUQUERQUE  (AP) — A review of the Sandia Science and Technology Park in Albuquerque shows the public-private development has spurred hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity over the last 14 years.

  • Update 08-30-12

    No trash pick-up

    Los Alamos County will not pick up trash or recycling Monday in observance of Labor Day. Those who have a normal Monday pick-up should put their materials out Sept. 5.

    W.O.L.F Talk

    Elke Duerr of the Web of Life Foundation will talk about the Mexican Gray Wolf. This will be a hands-on, interactive presentation, for all ages. Duerr will also share footage from her wolf documentaries. Free. 6:30 p.m.  today.

    No court

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will not have a Judge for the week of Sept. 17-21 due to the annual Magistrate Judge’s conference. The court hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. that week.

    Square dancing

     Square Dance Club will host a kick-off party with some basic square dance instruction, dancing and sloppy joes, salad, desserts and refreshments from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Grand opening

    The Los Alamos Democratic Party Headquarters grand opening is slated for noon-4 p.m. Sept. 3 at 140 Central Park Square.

  • Advisory board elects new officers

    During a special session at the Cities of Gold Hotel in Pojoaque, The Northern New Mexico Citizen’s Advisory Board elected a new chair and vice chair.

    Carlos Valdez will chair the board with Manuel Pacheco serving as vice chair. Their one-year terms begin in October.
    NNMCAB does not elect a secretary or treasurer. Those functions are handled by Executive Director Menice Santistevan and her staff.

    Valdez has served as vice chair for the past year, with Ralph Phelps serving as chair. Valdez is half way through his four-year term on the board.

    Unlike many members who represent specific counties or cities, Valdez is unaffiliated.

    “I’m representing the children of Northern New Mexico, the wildlife of Northern New Mexico,” Valdez said. His focus echoes his years working for the State of New Mexico in the Children, Youth and Families Department, with his final three years before retirement spent with the Game and Fish Department.

    Valdez believes that being retired is a definite benefit in handling the demands of the chair position. When asked what his other strengths were, he included being a native of Northern New Mexico, his experience attending national Citizen’s

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