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  • Residential permit process draws scrutiny

    The Los Alamos County Council praised the Community Development Department’s (CDD) progress on the permit process and urged them to move forward with implementation.

    Council asked Acting Community Development Director Steve Brugger to begin work on streamlining residential permits in May, after hearing the progress made on expediting commercial permits.

    Professional Facilitator Tim Karpoff was hired to moderate separate focus group sessions with county permitting staff, residential builders and designers. To assure that participants would speak candidly about perceived problems, no county staff participated in or observed the private sector sessions.

  • Foreign college student numbers down in NM

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico colleges and universities are seeing a 6 percent drop in foreign students at a time when colleges nationwide are enrolling a record high number of international students, according to a new report on international education.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the nonprofit group Institute of International Education said in a study released Monday that the number of foreign students at New Mexico schools declined by about 175 this year to 2,724 largely by big reductions in international students enrolling at New Mexico State University.

  • New Mexico fines private prison operator

    SANTA FE (AP) — The state is fining a private prison operator $1.1 million for not adequately staffing a prison it operates in Hobbs, New Mexico's top corrections official said.

    Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel says Florida-based GEO Group agreed to pay the settlement last week following a meeting between the state Department of Corrections and the company's top management.

    "They've agreed on it," Marcantel said of GEO. "It's a very fair way of doing it. They are not completely happy. It needed to be done."

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports GEO officials could not be reached for comment Monday night.

  • Update 11-15-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 tonight  in the White Rock Fire House No. 3.

    Reception

    The Los Alamos County Council will host a reception to welcome the new County Administrator Harry Burgess, along with the new Fire Chief, Troy Hughes, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. The public is invited to attend.

    ESB Meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Eco Station.

    BPU Meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 16 at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

  • Festival of the trees

    A variety of trees adorn the Betty Ehart Senior Center, in preparation for the Festival of Trees on Saturday. Bid sheets are placed near the trees, which allows the public to participate in a silent auction.

  • About Jack Killeen

    Jack Killeen’s work in security police forces in the U.S. Air Force and for the Department of Energy has taken him on intriguing assignments across the globe. Killeen served as chief of security forces for the U.S. Air Force in Turkey. He also served as director of security forces in Mildenhall, England where he provided leadership for all U.S. security forces in that country.

    In Germany, Killeen served as vice commander of Ramstein Air Base, where he led Ramstein’s anti-terrorism preparations during Desert Storm. As chief of security, Killeen also provided leadership for all U.S. military security for the USAF in Europe. Later, he supervised the protection of all U.S. nuclear weapons and security for Air Force aircraft in Europe.

  • Lab security chief pulls no punches

    Changing apartments every third month, traveling alternate routes each day and maintaining constant awareness of his surroundings in foreign countries was the way of life in the adrenaline-driven occupations John E. (Jack) Killeen has enjoyed in his career.  

    Killeen is the division leader of the Security Services Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he oversees its protective force, physical security and classified matter protection.

    On Friday, he gave a powerful Veterans’ Day speech to a crowd gathered at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building on Trinity Drive.

  • WR committee moves forward

    Kent Budge addressed the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee (WRMPIC) as a private citizen Monday evening. Budge resigned the committee last week, after serving as chair since the committee formed in 2008.

    Budge focused on how the committee should move forward.

    “My concern is that when we originally got together, we had almost complete support from council. They always listened to us,” Budge said. “They didn’t always agree with us – I’d be worried if they did. But this was a whole new development.”

  • NM rattlesnakes used for cancer research trials

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Four Western diamondback rattlesnakes from Albuquerque's zoo are helping with the first clinical trials of venom as a cancer treatment in humans.

    Officials say the snakes have been sent to the Kentucky Reptile Zoo, one of four premier venom laboratories in the United States. The snakes' venom will be extracted and sent to France, where the clinical studies are under way.

    Snake venom contains hundreds of proteins that affect the human body in various ways.

    The proteins can be devastating when combined. In isolation, these proteins can be used to treat health issues from strokes and heart attacks to Alzheimer's disease and cancer.

  • AP Exclusive: NM governor clarifies immigrant past

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has dug into her family's ancestry and uncovered immigration documents that she says suggest her paternal grandparents followed common practices in coming to the United States from Mexico in the early 1900s, contradicting earlier indications they were illegal immigrants.

    Martinez, a Republican and the nation's only female Hispanic governor, made headlines this year by acknowledging that her grandparents came to the U.S. without immigration documents. But she said her comments were based on what she has since learned were mischaracterizations of census information by the news media.