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Today's News

  • Navajo teams up with lab on tribal energy policy

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — One of the country’s largest American Indian tribes has partnered with a national laboratory to study what technologies would be best for developing natural resources on the vast reservation.
    The Navajo Nation has large deposits of coal and uranium, along with potential for wind and solar energy, but it hasn’t historically been a major player in developing those resources. The tribe signed a three-year agreement with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on Wednesday to look into carbon capture and sequestration, clean coal technology and renewable energy, among other things.
    Navajo President Ben Shelly said the expertise of leading scientists and engineers will lead to better investments for the tribe.

  • Agencies focus on prevention efforts

    Beginning in August 2011, two not-for-profit organizations were granted contracts by the County of Los Alamos to provide substance abuse and suicide prevention and early intervention programs that would reduce the risks that contribute to substance abuse and suicidal behaviors among school age youth.
    Hands Across Cultures Corporation (HACC) addresses the high rates of families and youth experiencing human service related problems, particularly through disease prevention and health promotion efforts. A major focus is alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) abuse behavior in Northern Santa Fe, Southern Rio Arriba, and Los Alamos Counties.

  • Groundhog: Six more weeks of winter

    PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to “see” his shadow on Thursday, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter.
    But, at this rate, that might not be so bad.
    The groundhog made his “prediction” on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which he’s named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
    Temperatures were near freezing when he emerged at dawn — unseasonably warm — and were forecast to climb into the mid-40s in a winter that’s brought little snow and only a few notably cold days to much of the East.

  • Update 02-02-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 15, at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    T-Board meeting

    The Transportation Board’s regularly scheduled meeting has been moved to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the public works conference room, 2101 Trinity Drive.

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in Council Chambers.

    Ashley Pond
    A public meeting will be held regarding Ashley Pond will be at 6:30 p.m Feb. 9. in the Community Building Council Chambers

    DOE/NNSA

  • 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.

  • Another era begins at LAHS

    It was a long-awaited project, one which some thought would never be finished. But following a series of false fire alarms and construction delays, not to mention a few other problems along the way, the students at Los Alamos High School finally have a new building, marking the end of an era.
    The school hosted a ribbon cutting on Wednesday night to mark the official “opening” of the building, which cost $23 million, according to LAPS Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe.
    Students have been occupying the building for a few weeks. An overflow crowd of school board members, LAHS personnel and members of the community attended the event.

  • You can't ignore history

    In 1982, I learned more about fish, Lake Michigan, and Indian treaty rights than I thought possible. The Ottawa and Chippewa tribes had won a Supreme Court case that reaffirmed their rights to fish on the lake. White commercial and sport fishermen were so riled, they smashed Indian boats and roughed up Indian fishermen.  
    I was contracted for six months to build a public information campaign that would calm public sentiment enough for the tribes to fish in peace. I brought with me from New Mexico a familiarity with Indian issues and PR experience defending unpopular causes (an electric utility).

  • How is this going to help?

    Gov. Susana Martinez wants to exempt small businesses paying less than $200 a month in gross receipts tax from having to pay the tax.
    She says it will affect over 40,000 small businesses in the state, most of which are one-person businesses.
    I am one of those businesses and the chances are fairly good that you may be one too.
    And for the life of me, I can’t figure out how it is going to help anyone. Supposedly it will help me hire an employee.
    This column appears in many newspapers around the state but even if it appeared in all of them, it isn’t enough to share with anyone but my wife, who does the bookkeeping for free.

  • Be There 02-02-12

    Today
    The February meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be at 7 p.m. in the Nambé Room of Fuller Lodge. Members should bring seed catalogs to share.

    The Daddy/Daughter