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  • CIP work awarded $910K

    Los Alamos County Council awarded $910,000 to conduct a number of capital improvement project (CIP) studies during a special meeting Wednesday night.
    The proposals, along with their costs, that are progressing into the study phase are:
    • Los Alamos Ice Rink bathroom, lift station, parking improvements, American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and a cover — $240,000
    • Ashley Pond improvements that address health and safety such as ADA improvements, storm water and water quality issues — $125,000

  • Update 12-16-10

    Hill Diner to reopen

    Hill Diner expected to open for lunch Friday following today’s final building inspection.

    Candidate workshop

    A school board candidate workshop will be at 6 p.m. today at 2075 Trinity Drive, Suite V, for those interested in running for the Los Alamos Public Schools board. The workshop will provide candidates with an overview of the board policy on roles and communications. For more information contact Superintendent Gene Schmidt at 663-2230.

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  • 20 states ask judge to throw out Obama health law

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for 20 states fighting the new federal health care law told a judge Thursday it will expand the government's powers in dangerous and unintended ways.

    The states want U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to issue a summary judgment throwing out the health care law without a full trial. They argue it violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.

  • Okla. set to execute inmate with substitute drug

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man on Oklahoma's death row for the 2001 slaying of his cellmate is believed to be the first U.S. inmate set to be executed using a sedative commonly used to euthanize animals.

  • Palestinians ask Europe to recognize a state

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians have asked European countries to recognize an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip — a new step in the campaign to pursue statehood outside the framework of a peace deal with Israel.

  • Pakistani officials say US missiles kill 7 in NW

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A U.S. missile strike killed seven militants Thursday in a Pakistani region close to the Afghan border that has rarely seen such attacks, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

    The missiles hit a vehicle in the Spin Drand area of Khyber, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

  • Home construction up after 2 months of declines

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Home construction nudged up in November after two months of declines.

    Builders broke ground last month on a seasonally adjusted 555,000 units, a 3.9 percent rise from October, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

    Even with the gain, housing starts are just 16 percent above the 477,000 unit pace from April 2009 — the lowest point on records dating back to 1959.

  • Community’s social service needs assessed

    Several concerns surfaced during a “Los Alamos Community Needs Assessment” project conducted last spring. Anne Hays Egan of New Ventures Consulting presented her assessment at Tuesday’s county council meeting in White Rock.
    The community needs assessment was conducted to determine  social service needs, current services available and gaps between the two.
    Group interviews included 57 people in six different groups as well as 53 individuals.

  • Failing seniors get a second chance

    Typically, seniors who are lacking the sufficient number of credits to graduate have to make them up during the summer, but a pilot program being implemented by Los Alamos High School could change that.
    During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Superintendent Gene Schmidt said the school district is trying to identify the population of students most at risk for not graduating on time. He said there are upward of 10 seniors who could benefit from the program that is being offered through IDEAL-NM, a state-approved online program.

  • Small quake registered near LA

    So did you feel it?
    Chances are, you didn’t.
    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 2.9 earthquake was recorded, 40 miles north, northwest of Los Alamos at 9:47 a.m. Tuesday.
    The exact location was 36.399 degrees north and 106.682 degrees west, which was 30 miles north, northeast of Cuba, 40 miles south, southeast of Dulce and 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe.
    According to Peter Roberts, the operator of the Los Alamos Laboratory seismic network, the quake was smaller and registered closer to 2.3.