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  • P and Z preps for issues

    In a yearly report to the Los Alamos County Council this month, Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Fred Roach looked well beyond goals for the upcoming year. Roach asked council to consider and advise the commission on several issues through the end of FY2014.

    “I believe it’s better to be proactive before major things occur, instead of reacting as they come up as we have in the past,” Roach said.

    The longterm planning has to be sandwiched in between more immediate concerns. The P and Z has authority to approve, conditionally approve or disapprove site plans, special use permits and subdivisions.

    In the past year, the commission reviewed plans for the White Rock Visitor Center, the Smart House, the new clubhouse at the golf course, new radio towers on the ski hill and a two-lot subdivision in White Rock.

    Members of the P and Z expect to review plans for the Trinity Site and the first increment of White Rock’s A-19 development early next year. Roach also said that a pending foreclosure on a local hotel and the one just completed on Los Alamos Plaza could bring those two properties before the commission for redevelopment.

  • LANL floats new estimate

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory says there is nothing new to report, regarding to the stalled security upgrade project.

    But the Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor reported in last week’s edition that the cost to complete the project is expected to decrease by more than $14 million.

    Two weeks ago, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, announced it was making a $10 million payment in a joint statement released in conjunction with the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    The trade publication reported that a new estimate submitted by the laboratory to the NNSA would drop the price tag for finishing the second phase of the Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrades Project to about $240 million, down from the $254 million cost estimate put forth by the lab last month.

    Lab spokesman Fred DeSousa said that LANL had no comment on the Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor report.

    In addition to the $10 million repayment by LANS, the trade publication reports that another $4 million would be saved by starting the project earlier than expected.

    The lab previously said the cost of the project had climbed to $254 million because of major construction problems, up from previous estimates of $213 million.

  • New councilors, clerk sworn in

    New councilors Peter Sheehey, Kristin Henderson and Steve Girrens along with new clerk Sharon Stover were sworn in by Municipal Judge Alan Kirk in his chambers this morning at the Justice Center.

  • NRA Calls for Armed Police Officer in Schools

    The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

  • NM governor orders flags at half-staff for Lujan

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags around the state to fly at half-staff in honor of former House Speaker Ben Lujan.

    Lujan died late Tuesday at age 77 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

    Under Martinez's order, flags will be lowered from sunrise on Saturday through sundown on Dec. 29.

    A public visitation for Lujan will be held Dec. 27 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. A second visitation will be held the following evening in Pojoaque.

    A funeral Mass is scheduled for Dec. 29 at The Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis in Santa Fe. Burial will follow in Nambe.

  • End of the world postponed

    A traditional Mayan ceremony at Guatemala's Temple of the Giant Jaguar marked the end of a cycle on the ancient Mayan calendar. The calendar has sparked numerous doomsday theories, although other Mayan calendars stretch far into the future.

  • Today in History for December 21st
  • 10 things to know for Friday

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


    Facing a revolt by the rank and file, House Republicans scuttle plans to vote on the so-called Plan B, a proposal to avoid the "fiscal cliff."


    Many plan a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday, and buildings in Connecticut with bells have been asked to ring them 26 times.


    Whiteout conditions in the Midwest are closing interstate highways and canceling flights of holiday travelers.


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  • Council members honored

    Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover and councilors Mike Wismer and Vince Chiravalle participated in their final council meeting Tuesday.

    The county presented each of them with a photograph by Leslie Bucklin and a commemorative Nambé plate recognizing their service.

    Stover acknowledged Wismer first.

    “Your integrity, your fortitude, your conviction to proceed … There were some challenging, stressful moments that we served together and I always felt that I knew your integrity was above all.”

    In recognizing Chiravalle, Stover said, “We didn’t always agree on stuff, but your energy and your commitment … when others were going one way, you stood up for what you believe in and I always respected that and appreciated that you served your community well.”

    “For me, this has been absolutely the finest group of professionals I’ve worked with on council. It’s really been a pleasure to work with everyone,” Wismer said and acknowledged each member of the council for their personal contributions.