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Today's News

  • Thank you 06-21-11

    Help with Cub Scout camp
    is appreciated

    I would like to extend my whole-hearted thanks to all who spend so much of their time helping the boys at our Day Camp.
    We moved the camp from our usual place at the Sportsmen’s Club to the Los Alamos Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints due to the extreme dryness in the canyon.
    I would also like to thank the church for allowing us to use their facilities on such short notice.
    Hopefully we will be back in Rendija Canyon next year.
    We had somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 total boys attend. And to do that, we needed at least 87 adults at one day each. The parents, friends and grandparents came through like the troopers they are.

  • Encourage youth to read a book this summer

    Asset number 25 is “reading for pleasure,” and there’s no better time than the summer to make it happen.
    This asset would ideally have youth reading for three or more hours per week and sometimes summer time is the only time parents or caregivers can make that happen.
    Chamisa Librarian Lisa LaPrairie-Whitacre wanted students to retain their reading skills over the summer, so they come back to school ready to learn. To help out with that effort, she combined a variety of resources into a helpful little handout to assist parents and caregivers in accomplishing that goal.

  • Be There 06-21-11

    Wednesday
    The public is invited to a Frijoles Canyon Night Walk at 9 p.m. at Bandelier National Monument. The cost is $6 and reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517 to reserve a spot.

    Thursday
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Yogi Bear,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speaks Series presents Paul Berkowitz, author of “The Case of the Indian Trader,” at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library.

    Friday

  • Cub Scout Day Camp

    Local Scouts gathered recently for their annual Day Camp. This year fire concerns moved the event from Rendija Canyon to the LDS Church in Los Alamos.

  • Fireworks, open fires and smoking banned on State Trust lands

    New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Ray Powell announced that fireworks, smoking and open fires are prohibited on State Trust Lands until further notice.
    Powell oversees 13 million acres of State Trust Land throughout New Mexico.
    “The severe drought, high winds, and dense fuel loads are ingredients for catastrophic fires throughout New Mexico. Our working lands help support our public schools, universities and hospitals to the tune of $500 million dollars a year,” Powell said.

  • Martinez administration wins Supreme Court case against unions

    Last week, the Martinez administration won its second victory in the New Mexico State Supreme Court.
    This case involved a coalition of labor unions who had sued the administration (Secretary of Workforce Development) in an attempt to force state government to pay prevailing wage on public works projects.
    The state Supreme Court denied the request of the labor unions that the Martinez administration be forced to accept the prevailing wages the Richardson administration decreed.
    The administration was represented by Albuquerque attorney and former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Paul Kennedy.

  • State Emergency Responders complete training

    The Governor’s WIPP Task Force, the New Mexico WIPP Transportation Safety Program Working Group, announced that nearly 500 New Mexico emergency responders successfully completed specialized training this past year that will ensure safe transport of the nation’s defense-related radioactive waste.
    “This specialized training is critical to the success of the WIPP program,” New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin said. “We are grateful to those who took time to complete this course. It shows the commitment that these emergency responders have to protect both New Mexican residents and New Mexico’s precious environment.

  • Video games aren’t so bad after all

    Next time you’re tempted to lecture your kids about wasting too much time on video games, first check out which games they’re playing – it turns out they may actually be learning important life lessons.
    Much research has been done on whether online games and other interactive educational tools can teach people how to make better decisions regarding personal finances, including an exciting new study called “Improving American’s Financial Literacy: Educational Tools at Work,” by Lisa A. Donnini, PhD, KayAnn Miller and Kitch Walker.

  • Why make a criminal case out of it

    How is the state Department of Public Safety going to find the time and money to investigate the 64,000 possible cases of voter fraud referred to it by New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran?
    With state budgets being slashed by the last several legislative sessions, doesn’t it seem logical that the state police Special Investigations Division has more important cases to handle?
    For years, Republicans have worried that Democrats win elections by cheating.
    The cheating involves disappearing ballots, ballot boxes that suddenly appear when they are needed or long lines of voters at the polls, with a dollar bill or half-pint of whiskey in their pockets.

  • Correction 06-21-11

    In “DPU Needs Sewer Rate Hike To Get Flush,” published on June 16, it was incorrectly stated that the county sewage system has 7 lift stations. The correct number is 27 lift stations.