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  • NCRTD addresses transit center

    The North Central Regional Transit District had been trying to figure out what it was going to do about construction and soil conditions at the Jim West Regional Transit Center in Espanola.
    On Thursday in a special meeting at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort, the Board authorized an adjustment to the project budget in the amount of $606,054.
    “This additional money will allow us to bid out the Silkey Road improvement and the bus parking area that were additive alternates to the project but not awarded,” NCRTD executive director Anthony J. Mortillaro said Thursday. “These portions of the project need to be completed as part of the site plans for its functionality and also for obtaining a certificate of completion from the city.”

  • Alums return for festivities

    The ribbon cutting ceremony drew quite a crowd at Los Alamos High School Thursday night. Making the trip was the Blackstone family from Albuquerque and they all have Los Alamos connections. From left to right: Kay Blackstone Provalt, a 1970 graduate; Betty Blackstone, who was the cheerleader sponsor from 1971 to 1980 and a history teacher until her retirement in 1986; Bob Blackstone, a retired Los Alamos National Laboratory employee;  and Ernie Blackstone, a 1975 graduate.

  • Video: Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow

    Pennsylvania's famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has emerged from his lair and saw his shadow, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter.

  • Ashley Pond meeting set for Feb. 9

    A public meeting seeking input on the three conceptual designs/options to improve pond water quality, ADA accessibility, concert venue, and general landscape and park improvements for Ashley Pond will be Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Building Council Chambers at 475 20th street.  

  • Budget bill gets finalized


    This week in the New Mexico House of Representatives was busy but much less eventful than the first week.  
    The House Finance and Appropriations Committee (HAFC) continued its work on HB2, the “budget bill.”  The Education Committee completed the public school funding bill and sent it to the HAFC for integration into HB2, and the Transportation Committee completed the transportation funding bill and sent it to the HAFC for inclusion in HB2.  

  • NNSA meeting scheduled for Thursday

    The U.S. Department of Energy intends to modify the scope of the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SPD SEIS) and to conduct additional public scoping in Northern New Mexico. A scoping meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Cities of Gold Casino in Pojoaque.
     DOE intends to further revise the scope of the SPD SEIS, originally scoped in 2007 and amended in 2010, to add additional alternatives for the disassembly of plutonium pits and the conversion of plutonium metal originating from pits to feed material for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF), which DOE is constructing on at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina.

  • Dems slate delegate election for Feb. 23

    The Los Alamos County Democratic Party delegate elections will be at the Los Alamos Best Western Hilltop House at 7 p.m., Feb. 23.
    Delegates elected at the ward and precinct level are certified at the County Convention, and will attend the State Pre-Primary Convention March 10 in Albuquerque.
    Counties across the state are holding ward and precinct elections and a County Convention to choose delegates. Delegates will choose ballot positions for constitutional and federal offices.

  • Green potentials

    The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock hosted “Green Potentials for Northern New Mexico 2012” talks last week by Dr. Richard Sayre (pictured) on algal research, Jessica Moseley and others from Weston Solutions and Myron Koop from the New Mexico chapter of the Energy, Technology & Environmental Business Association.

  • Sandia Labs engineers create 'self-guided' bullet

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Sandia National Laboratories engineers have invented a bullet that directs itself to a target like a tiny guided missile and can hit a target more than a mile away, the New Mexico-based lab announced Tuesday,
    According to Sandia Labs engineers, the bullet twists and turns to guide itself toward a laser-directed point. It can make up to thirty corrections per second while in the air, officials said.
    Sandia technical staff member Jim Jones said he thinks the .50-caliber bullets would work well with military machine guns, so soldiers could hit their mark faster and with precision.

  • Dems question use of video

    SANTA FE (AP) — Legislative Democrats are questioning the use of videotaping committee hearings and floor debates.
    Senate Democrat Tim Jennings of Roswell alleges the cameras operated by Governor’s Office staffers are intended to catch them for political purposes.
    A spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez tells the Albuquerque Journal there is no preference given to either House or Senate committees — or any committee in particular.
    Some legislators question whether that is actually the case. They noted that committee meetings that feature high-profile agenda items are generally the ones that are filmed.