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  • ABQ income rank down, Mora income up and people still leaving

    Topics this week: How many of us are there? How has our population changed? How much money do we make in each county? Population numbers come from the Census Bureau. Money numbers are from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
    A non-federal number gets us started. Albuquerque’s population is projected to be 919,854 as of Jan. 1, 2018, up a slight 5,028, or 0.5 percent, from 914,826 to start 2017. The figures come from American City Business Journals, publisher of “Albuquerque Business First,” a weekly. Love the specificity. Also the immediacy.
    Translated, Albuquerque’s population will be flat for 2017. Presumably this is metro Albuquerque, though American City doesn’t say.
    The federal numbers folks aren’t much into projecting. They wait a while for some early figures to supply the computers. The newest federal numbers are for July 1, 2016.
    New Mexico’s population grew 687 from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016. That means no growth at all, maybe even a decline because the miniscule 687 is an estimate within a range. The “growth” happened only because busy New Mexicans added more babies to the population – an estimated 25,491 during the 2015-2016 year – than there were subtractions because people died. The gain was 7,692.

  • State organic certification program withering from funding drought

    BY STACI MATLOCK
    The New Mexican

  • Lane closures set for this week

    Lane Closures at Diamond Drive and West Road, as well as Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive, are set for this week.
    The Los Alamos County Traffic Division will set up for lane closures at these locations today through Friday, to allow for installation of illuminated hospital signs. The work will begin at 9 a.m. and shut down for the lunch hour starting at 11:30 a.m-1:15 p.m. and end each day at 3:30 p.m.
    Drive carefully through these project zones.
    If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, call the Traffic and Streets Division Manager, Daniel Erickson at 662-8113.

  • Future Topper Night Thursday

    Topper Freshman Academy and Los Alamos High School will host Future Topper Night for all current eighth-graders and their parents from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday.
    This event will start in the Duane Smith Auditorium with presentations by Topper Freshman Academy, Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Public Schools Administration.
    Following the presentations, parents and students will have an opportunity to tour E-wing and A-wing and meet teachers. Students will participate in a scavenger hunt, and receive a 2017-2018 LAHS course catalog and a Class of 2021 t-shirt.
    For more information, call the Topper Freshman Academy at 663-2537.

  • ‘Before Sunset’ romance movie to play Thursday at library

    Those who love a good conversation, or more specifically, those who love analyzing the way a conversation moves its interlocutors from cautious to intimate, should check out “Before Sunset” (2004, rated R). It will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting-room theater.
    The award-winning film is part two of a trilogy shot over the span of nearly 20 years, beginning with 1995’s “Before Sunrise” and completing with 2013’s “Before Midnight.”
    Director/screenwriter Richard Linklater’s three films follow the romance of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) by zooming in on three key days or nights.
    “Before Sunset” takes place nine years after the couple – he from the U.S., she from France – meets in Venice, falls in love over the course of an overnight conversation, and then (small spoiler alert) fails to reconnect at an appointed time.
    At the film’s opening, Jesse has written and published a novel based on their encounter, half-hoping  that Celine might read it and rush into his arms. His book tour has taken him to Paris, where, indeed, the two reunite, though reality keeps threatening to interfere.

  • February is full of activity in Los Alamos

    Welcome to February, a short month jam packed with activity.
    One big event to kick off the month is Super Bowl Sunday and another big reason to celebrate.
    I’d like to remind you that they DWI-Planning Council has a large committee that has decided to fund FREE bus service that day to encourage drinking drivers to stay off the road. You can find information available from Atomic City Transit.
    When the committee offered the same service for New Year’s Eve, they had 80 riders take advantage of the free service which was an 89 percent increase, so way to go.
    A special kudos to the Atomic City Transit staff that not only sign on for extra duties in some cases, but really go the extra mile, all pun intended, to see that everyone gets home safely for any reason.
    We’re so fortunate to get to live in this community. If you didn’t know, there are members that have been serving on the DWI Planning Council for more than 20 years, and engagement like this demonstrates that their time has been well served there.
    Now let’s slide gently over to cell phone use and driving. I confess I occasionally talk and drive, but recently seeing a video called, Driving Stupid, led me to realize I don’t need to really do that either.

  • Rain, snow bolster snowpack during NM winter

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s drought has eased after an abundance of rain and snow that built up the state’s snowpack, but dry weather lies ahead.
    National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones tells The Albuquerque Journal that it is the wettest start to a calendar year since 2005.
    Many parts of New Mexico received up to four times the normal precipitation rate for January. Snowpacks at or above average also top most mountains in the region.
    But Jones says the week should remind New Mexicans that they live in a desert. He expects mild, sunny weather with highs in the 50s and 60s across most of the state.

  • Democrats force delays in votes on 3 Cabinet nominees

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats blocked committee votes on three of President Donald Trump’s highest-profile Cabinet picks Tuesday as spiraling partisan hostility over the fledgling administration’s refugee curbs and other initiatives seemed to seep into Congress’ work on nominations.
    In an unusual step, Democrats boycotted planned Senate Finance Committee votes on Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to become health secretary and financier Steven Mnuchin to head the Treasury Department. They accused both men of lying about their financial backgrounds, and since committee rules require at least one Democrat to be present, Republicans could not hold roll calls.
    “He didn’t tell the truth,” the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, said of reports that Price received preferential treatment in purchasing stock in a biotech company. “He misled the Congress and he misled the American people.”
    The tactic infuriated Republicans, even though the GOP boycotted a committee vote on Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 when Democrats ran the Senate.
    “They ought to stop posturing and acting like idiots,” said committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. “Are they that bitter about Donald Trump? The answer has to be yes.”

  • Highlands professor helps to create Latino scholar pipeline

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Santa Fe-based nonprofit is working with an anthropology professor from New Mexico Highlands University to create a new Latino studies program at the School for Advanced Research.
    Officials say the goal is to increase the pipeline for Latino scholars from throughout the nation.
    Officials at the research school say they tapped Mario Gonzales’ expertise in everything from immigration and border issues to indigenous people and Hispanics in the Southwest as they work to define the direction of the new program.
    The president of the School for Advanced Research, Michael Brown, says the Latino scholar program will be fully implemented later this year and will include a series of public lectures and seminars.

  • Home Run Pizzeria closes

    Residents were startled to learn that Home Run Pizzeria, located in the Central Shopping Center, had closed down during the weekend. A sign was left on the window Saturday. The business has been a fixture in Los Alamos for around 20 years. Owner Eric Garcia has not said if the store will be open again.  Tris DeRoma/Monitor