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  • Gonzales nominated for federal court

    President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales to a federal district court judgeship in New Mexico.
    Gonzales’ nomination was among seven announced by the White House Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Gonzales will replace retiring federal Judge Bruce Black of Santa Fe.
    Gonzales was one of five candidates recommended to the president in September by New Mexico’s two U.S. senators.
    Gonzales has served as U.S. attorney since 2010. Before that, he spent 11 years working as an assistant U.S. attorney.
    He also is a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
    A graduate of the University of New Mexico law school, he began his legal career as a clerk for Joseph Baca, chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
    U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall applauded the nomination of Gonzales.

     

  • Recycling takes center stage

    Each year, like a national holiday, America Recycles Day comes around to remind people about the importance of recycling. New Mexico has seen continued growth of recycling programs with new or expanded programs taking off this past year in Los Alamos County, San Miguel County, Las Vegas, Raton, Angel Fire, Taos County, San Juan County, Torrance County, Deming, Cibola County, Otero County, Cloudcroft, Tularosa, Chaparral and Truth or Consequences.
    In Los Alamos County, a glass drop-off recycling program was established. This program began at the end of September and has seen great participation from residents. The program is estimated to help keep more than 100 tons of glass out of the landfill every year, which will benefit the environment and reduce costs.  
    Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on Nov. 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day and community-driven national awareness initiative dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. America Recycles Day is a program of Keep America Beautiful. Last year, 2 million people celebrated recycling at more than 2,000 events across the nation on America Recycles Day.   

  • Update 11-15-12

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Community Building Training Room.

    Trash collection

    In observance of Thanksgiving, there will be no trash or recycling collection on Nov. 22 or Nov. 23. If Thursday or Friday is your normal pickup day put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Nov. 21 for collection. 

    Arts Fair

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will hold its holiday arts and  crafts fair at 9 a.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Round. The fair runs until 3:30 p.m.

    Food drive

    The Boys Scouts of America and NALC-4112 Letter Carriers will conduct their 15th annual Fall Food Drive throughout Los Alamos County Saturday. Residents should place non-perishable donations of food and supplies near their mailboxes by 10 a.m. (no glass containers).

    Holiday bazaar

    The Girl Scout Holiday Bazaar will be from 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, McLaughlin Hall. There will be hand made items and food available for purchase.

  • The Hive seeks path forward

    The Hive opened its doors on Dec. 7, 2011 as a community project space, an experiment in providing co-work space and facilities, as well as networking and mentoring opportunities to anyone looking for a way to develop an idea.

    Less than a year later, 22 of The Hive’s supporters petitioned council for $36,000 to sustain its operations through February 2013 and the opportunity to develop an expanded grant application for its continued operations.

    Without some source of revenue, The Hive may have to close its doors at the end of this month.

    “The Hive is at a crossroads. Our initial funding is exhausted,” The Hive Steward Dave Jones said.

    “We believe there is a big payback for the county of Los Alamos,” Jones continued. “In my estimation, this is the kind of economic development that this county needs. We need to diversify, we need to develop products or services for sale outside of the county.

    “Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and catalyze people trying to get things done. Startup businesses would be at the top of the list, but it can be organizations, clubs, even hobbyists or artisans. But our ultimate goal is to further real and sustainable economic development.”

  • BP to Pay US Billions for Gulf Spill

    A source says oil giant BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history, totaling $4.5 billion, for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Petraeus to Testify on Benghazi Friday
  • Today in History for November 15th
  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Thursday:

    1. OBAMA, BOEHNER SPAR OVER THE NATION'S WELL-TO-DO

    Let taxes rise on the rich, the president urges. That would hurt the economy and stunt job growth, GOP leader counters.

    2. WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID ABOUT THE SUDDEN SEX SCANDAL

    Obama sees no evidence that the messy drama surrounding Petraeus and Allen has damaged national security.

    3. IN BLISTERING STRIKES, ISRAEL KILLS HAMAS' MILITARY COMMANDER

    Israel says the airstrikes in the Gaza Strip are the beginning of a broader operation against the Islamic militants — and could even herald a ground war.

    4. CHINESE GOVERNMENT FILLS ITS TOP JOBS

  • Last Call: Los Alamos Life 2013 photo entries due today

    The call for entries deadline is today. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your best photographs from the last year in Los Alamos Life 2013.

    Response thus far indicates there are a lot of really excellent photographers out there... Nature and wildlife scenes have dominated the entries, so there's a real opportunity for those with people shots, along with action/sports photos.

    Whether you’re an amateur with a really good eye or a seasoned pro, Los Alamos Life wants your best photos! Get your most striking pictures featured in the next edition of Los Alamos Life set to publish in February 2013.

    Los Alamos Life is an award-winning full color, glossy annual magazine that presents a quintessential snapshot of moments in the life of Los Alamos. The magazine is reminiscent of the iconic Life magazine, but it is bolder and more colorful in its presentation.

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Los Alamos Life says a lot about Los Alamos, its people and what it’s like to live in this majestic mountain hamlet — home of scientific discoveries that have literally changed the world.

  • In Brief 11-14-12

    Police: Man break bank’s windows, calls 911

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Police say an Albuquerque man fed up with his bank went to the extreme when he broke out the bank’s windows and then called police on himself.
    KOAT-TV reports that Charles Scribner reported his crime last week shortly after smashing the windows to a Bank of America in Southeast Albuquerque.
    According to the police report, Scribner told police Bank of America had “sold him out” and he became enraged. Scribner admitted he broke out the front doors, shattered a window next to the inner doors and smashed an upper window.
    Authorities say Scribner told a 911 operator to have police come arrest him because he didn’t want to have to keep breaking windows.
    He was later charged with criminal damage.

    Court rejects union vote appeal

    LAS VEGAS — A federal appeals court has flatly rejected a Las Vegas hospital’s effort to nullify a union authorization vote it has been fighting since 2007.
    The opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected all of Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s arguments for throwing out the election results and calls its efforts stalling tactics.