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  • State political newcomer takes on Senate powerhouse

    The state senate primary election is just around the corner and political newcomer Alfredo Montoya (D-Ohkay Owingeh) is challenging three-term incumbent Richard Martinez (D-Española) for the District 5 Senate seat, which covers parts of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Sandoval Counties.

    Montoya isn’t a complete political neophyte as he’s served on the Rio Arriba County Commission for five years, as a state Game and Fish Commissioner, Española Public School Board member as well as numerous other boards and commissions.

  • Creative District gets council nod

    By a 6-0 vote, Los Alamos County Council passed a resolution adopting the Creative District Plan and its proposed boundaries as a state authorized designated Arts & Cultural District.

    Senior Planner Martha Perkins, Economic/Marketing Coordinator Kelly Stewart and Los Alamos Community Development Corporation Executive Director Kevin Holsapple presented the resolution.

    The district currently has provisional status from the state, but the state is receiving new applications from other communities and has asked for a commitment from the county. Some grant deadlines have already been missed due to delays in adopting the plan.

  • VIDEO: North Korea Brags of 'powerful Weapons'

    A top military official in Pyongyang says his country has 'powerful modern weapons' capable of defeating the US. He spoke at a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army.

  • VIDEO: Today in History for April 25th
  • Romney sweeps more wins, promises 'better America'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney laid claim to a fiercely contested Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night with a fistful of primary triumphs, then urged all who struggle in a shaky U.S. economy to "hold on a little longer, a better America begins tonight."

    Eager to turn the political page to the general election, Romney accused President Barack Obama of "false promises and weak leadership." He said, "Everywhere I go, Americans are tired of being tired, and many of those who are fortunate enough to have a job are working harder for less."

  • LANL crowns champ in supercomputer challenge

     Jordan Medlock of Albuquerque’s Manzano High School took the top prize in the 22nd New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge for his computer algorithm that automates the process of counting and analyzing plaques in magnetic resonance images of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The program vastly speeds up the process of identifying the very small and difficult to see plaques.

    For his project, “Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease Plaques in a Transgenic Mouse Brain Using Image Analysis of SPION-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Images,” Medlock received a check for $1,000.

  • County Briefs 04-24-12

    Dog park meeting Thursday

    Los Alamos County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre will meet with users of the east side dog park next Thursday about recent requests to add play space for younger/older/tired dogs to play safely. It would require adding more fencing to the existing dog park located inside East Park, at minor expense. Users can stop by the Park and visit with McIntyre at 6 p.m.
    CIP committee to meet Thursday

    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold its monthly business meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers, located inside the Community Building at 475 20th Street.

  • Update 04-24-12

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school speech theater.

    Open house

    Project Y is hosting an open house from 6:30-8 p.m. at UNM-LA, Building 2, today. Come see FIRST team 4153’s robot in action. Everyone is welcome.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. The group will hold committee meetings today.

    CMRR meeting

    A public meeting for the CMRR project will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Council meeting

  • Budget hearing odds and ends

    As budget hearings wound down last Wednesday, the Los Alamos County Council considered citizens’ requests and a list of “unmet needs” submitted by various departments.
    Many residents have objected to the decision to discontinue the print version of the county’s newsletter, “The County Line.” Council was ready to reintroduce a printed newsletter for those who prefer it. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle argued for sending a print version to every household with their utility bill and seemed to be under the impression that was how the newsletter was delivered in the past.
    Los Alamos County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger explained what reinstituting a print version would entail.

  • Burgess satisfied with hearings

    Harry Burgess found his first budget hearings as Los Alamos county administrator very familiar.

    “It’s not all that different from place to place,” Burgess said. “It’s always a balancing act. There are always more needs and desires than resources.”

    By and large, Burgess was pleased with the outcome.

    “Overall, I thought the process went well. We accomplished pretty much what we wanted within the time allowed. We are still within the proposed budget; we still have a plan to continue to provide the same level of service - something very important in this climate - and not reduce staff.”