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  • State Senate postpones vote on Skandera

     

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Senate panel still hasn't voted on whether to confirm Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera to the cabinet-level position she's held the past two years.

    The Senate Rules Committee members questioned Skandera for three hours during a Saturday hearing but no vote was taken.

    Senate GOP Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales complained that the confirmation process was being prolonged for political purposes by Skandera's critics.

    A week ago, the committee listened to seven hours of public testimony about Skandera's appointment by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    It's possible that Skandera could continue to languish without a vote by the 42-member Senate, and that would allow her to remain on the job.

    If the Senate rejects Skandera, she will be ousted from her post running the Public Education Department.

  • Legislature winds down

     

    It’s been a rather contentious first session for Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) as the state legislature winds down toward a conclusion Saturday.

    She found herself in the middle of the immigrant driver’s license bill debate and was accused by the Republicans and governor’s office of changing her stance on the bill.

    The bill, HB 606. was tabled Saturday after a 9-9 tie vote in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.

    Garcia Richard joined the Republicans in voting against the tabling motion. 

    Garcia Richard again voted with committee Republicans in voting in favor of passing the bill out of committee, but the vote failed to pass with the votes once again tied. 

    “I have been deeply concerned by Gov. (Susana) Martinez’s persistent actions to politicize this issue. I believed the bill deserved another opportunity to be heard in order to allow additional time for a real compromise, which is why I initially voted to blast the bill out of committee,” Garcia Richard said Saturday.

  • Treasure hunter found safe

    Hiker-turned treasure hunter Chanon Thompson is apparently back home in Carrollton Texas, resting after a harrowing ordeal in Bandelier National Monument. 

    Thompson, 33, apparently got lost in the rugged wilderness and had to spend one night alone in the park huddled under rocks in below-freezing temperatures last Friday. But that’s not because people weren’t looking for her.

    A call from her concerned boyfriend who reported her missing touched off a massive search and rescue effort Friday that included a large area of the park as well as other areas she might be. 

    Crews also had searched for her along the Rio Grande near the Falls Trail and in Bandelier’s backcountry.  

    The Bandelier Monument staff was working with New Mexico Search and Rescue under unified command.  The search involved dog teams, technical rescue, the Los Alamos Police Department, Los Alamos Fire Department and three aircraft. 

  • Affordable housing rehab effort gets a boost

    As affordable housing in Los Alamos remains in relatively short supply, one apartment complex is getting a boost for a rehab project through a grant program.

    The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and Los Alamos National Bank announced they have awarded a $252,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant to YES Housing, Inc. to assist with the rehabilitation of a dated apartment community.

    The grant funds are part of a $6.2 million project that aim to revitalize the property into a new affordable housing community in Los Alamos.

    Mesa Del Norte was originally developed in 1996 as a 36-unit apartment community available only to families with incomes less than 60 percent of the area’s median income level. It consists of four, two-story 8- and 12-plex buildings with one-, two-, and three-bedroom units.

    As of March 2012, Mesa Del Norte had an occupancy level of 92 percent, and YES Housing, Inc. believes the upcoming renovations will help the property remain competitive in the affordable housing market.

  • Today in History for March 9th
  • LA uses big 4th quarter to advance in playoffs

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team broke open a tight ballgame in the fourth quarter at Deming Friday night.

    Los Alamos scored 27 points in the final quarter to win going away, 62-45, at Wildcat Gymnasium. Los Alamos went into the ballgame as the No. 9 seed in the 4A playoffs, while Deming was the No. 8 seed.

    The Hilltoppers (17-12) held a scant 2 point lead after three quarters of play, but dominated in the final quarter, holding the Wildcats (17-10) to 12 points.

    With the win, Los Alamos will now advance to the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A playoffs. It will play at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in The Pit in Albuquerque.

    Check Sunday’s edition of the Los Alamos Monitor for more information on Friday’s game.

    Special thanks to KRSN AM 1490 in Los Alamos and KOTS AM in Deming for their help with this report.

  • After Tsunami, Japan Struggles to Recover
  • Lab promotes Sarrao

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has named John Sarrao as the new Associate Director for Theory, Simulation and Computation. Sarrao joined the laboratory in 1997 as a technical staff member in experimental condensed matter physics.
    He has held a variety of management positions including Materials Physics and Applications division leader. His most current position was LANL’s DOE Office of Science program director and director of the Material Radiation Interactions in Extremes (MaRIE) program.
    The ADTSC is part of the Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology and Engineering organization at Los Alamos. Sarrao will have responsibility for the Advanced Computing Solutions office and Computer, Computational and Statistical Sciences, High Performance Computing and Theoretical divisions.
    “John is a world-class scientist with a distinguished record of discoveries and international recognition,” said Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan. “His track record as a research scientist and his experience leading and managing a large, complex multi-disciplinary technical organization give me full confidence in his abilities.”

  • Morris selected for Leadership New Mexico

    Leadership New Mexico has selected Oliver Morris, detective sergeant for the Los Alamos Police Department, to be a part of the 22 participants in the 2012-2013 Local Government Leadership Program. Their first session will be Friday through Sunday in Santa Fe.
    The Local Government Leadership Program is a partnership between the New Mexico Association of Counties, the New Mexico Municipal League, the New Mexico School Boards Association and Leadership New Mexico. These groups provide a unique educational experience to county and municipal officials, school boards and regional councils of governments. In addition to the Local Government Leadership Program, Leadership New Mexico’s other programs include the Core Program and the Connect New Mexico Program.

  • Update 03-08-13

    Grand opening

    The construction of the new Multi-Purpose Covered Arena is now complete. Grand opening is set for 4 p.m. March 22 at Brewer Arena. Join the Los Alamos County Council as they host the Grand Opening Event.

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    Fish fry

     It is Fish Fry time again at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall from 5-7 p.m. today. The dinners are sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and proceed will benefit Nuestros Pequeños Orphanage in Honduras and other charities. Adult plates are $10 and have two pieces of cod, with coleslaw, and rice or French fries, plus a drink and dessert. Children may have one piece of fish or a grilled cheese sandwich with all the rest for $7 a plate.

    DWI meeting

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. March 14 in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3. The discussion will likely focus on the business plan for the proposed Community Broadband Network.