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Today's News

  • CRC recommendations raise additional issues

    Two other Charter Review Committee (CRC) suggestions also warranted considerable discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting: whether council should have a say in removing at will employees and whether partisan makeup of boards and commissions should be specified.

    The CRC recommended that the county manager be allowed to dismiss at will employees without council approval.

    “This reflects our observation that if the manager wants to remove a department head, and the council didn’t approve that, it could put the manager in an untenable position,” CRC member Kyle Wheeler explained.

  • State gets $393M in PILT money

    More than 30 local governments around New Mexico will share nearly $35 million of compensation for non-taxable federal lands.
    The money comes from the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program. In all, the Interior Department says a record $393 million in PILT allocations are being distributed this year. The money compensates local governments for lost tax revenue from federal lands so they can continue to provide public services such as police and fire protection.
    The payments are calculated using a formula that includes acreage, population and prior year revenue payments.
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the program is essential for local governments in rural areas.

  • Update 06-15-12

    CIP meeting

    The county’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold its monthly business meeting at 5:15 p.m. June 21 in council chambers.

    Concert

    The Police Experience will play a free concert during the Relay for Life at Ashley Pond Friday night. Music will start at 7 p.m.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a work session at White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilties will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.

    Restrictions

  • Five LA students complete NM Boys State

    Five LA students complete NM Boys State

     

    From a press release

    There are 138 new leaders in New Mexico on high school campuses that will take their new-found knowledge and skills into their senior year. Organization and application of governmental processes are now part of their lives.

    They did these things for five days on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University at New Mexico Boys’ State.  As one young man put it, “I thought that I knew a lot about government but I didn’t really know anything until I got here.”

  • RLUOB first building at lab to receive distinction

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s newest facility, the Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building (RLUOB), is also its first to achieve both the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status and LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

    From its design to its scientific equipment, RLUOB is part of the laboratory’s national security mission in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) nuclear weapons program.

  • Bandelier bear watch continues

    It has been a busy couple days for Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott.

    On Thursday, the park announced it was entering Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.

    But what happened Wednesday morning was what everybody was talking about.
    A black bear took a swipe at a tent at Ponderosa Campground, slightly injuring a girl who was camping with her scout troop.

    The bear has not been caught as of Friday morning.

    Park officials have set a trap and also set up cameras at the campground, which could be closed for up to 10 days if the bear is not captured.Lott said his entire staff has been notified and the trap is checked periodically.

    The bear may have made a quick getaway because Lott said it has not been seen since.

  • Stage 2 Fire Restrictions To Be Implemented Monday for LA

    Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, the Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and NM State Game & Fish properties will enter Stage 2 Fire Restrictions due to the potential for extreme fire danger.

    The restrictions apply to all National Forest System lands within the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • Teach your kids to manage finances

    As parents, we hope we’re doing a good job raising our children – teaching them right from wrong, instilling the desire to learn and demonstrating how to manage money responsibly.
    But what if they see us preaching one behavior while practicing another? What’s to stop them from following in our sometimes misguided footsteps?
    As Father’s Day approaches, let me share a few things dads can do to teach their kids sound financial habits that will last them a lifetime – and point out a few bad behaviors you may not even be aware of. Ask yourself:
    • Do you avoid conversations about money with your kids because that’s how you were raised? Or because you don’t feel qualified to give advice?

  • Our idols had clay feet

    I remember back in school learning about all sorts of famous people - presidents, kings, explorers, inventors, military heroes - an endless list of amazing people who did amazing things.
     But history books only contain what history book authors write.  These larger-than-life idols were people, flesh and blood and subject to the same weaknesses and faults that befall even the most insignificant of us.
    Speaking as a rather insignificant entity, I find this fact strangely comforting.
    Now, what better American hero than the inventor of the light bulb, the motion picture, the phonograph.  Thomas Alva Edison, American scientist!

  • Church Listings 06-15-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist