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Today's News

  • Bridge scholarship deadline approaching

    By participating in UNM-LA’s eight-week Summer Bridge Program 2011, high school graduates and GED Recipients can get a tuition-free head start on college.  
    “Students enroll with a cohort of other first-time college students and receive personalized attention from the UNM-LA staff and faculty,” said Student Advisor Jackie La New.  “The students will take classes together, participate in focused study sessions with faculty, learn to navigate college, and build a support network of other students, faculty and staff.”
    This summer, students will take a math or English course and have the option to take a one-credit course of introduction to opera, T’ai Chi Chu’un, yoga, or aquatic aerobics.  

  • Bobcats keep a low profile in Los Alamos

    One spring morning, the birds outside Becky and Tom Shankland’s house at the edge of White Rock Canyon set up a ruckus.
    They hurried to the window to see the birds scolding something — a cat. Not a neighborhood house cat prowling for a feathered snack, but a slightly larger creature with a distinctive spotted coat and cropped tail. A bobcat.
    Bobcats are fairly common but secretive predators in much of New Mexico, including Los Alamos County.
    According to Rick Winslow, a carnivore biologist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, there are about 35,000 to 55,000 bobcats in New Mexico and in Los Alamos, their population density is comparable to that of coyotes.

  • UNM-LA fundraiser set for Saturday

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will host a scholarship fundraiser at Central Avenue Grill on Saturday. Proceeds from the fundraiser will provide scholarships to UNM-Los Alamos students and assist them in successfully completing their educational goals.
    “UNMLA serves both traditional and non-traditional students. Many of our adult students do not have the same scholarship options as our students entering college directly after high school graduation,” said Director of Students Services Dr. Patricia Boyer.

  • Update 04-14-11

    ESB meeting
    The Environmental Sustainability Board will host a meeting at 7 a.m. April 21 at the Eco Station Administration Building.

    DPU meeting
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) board will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at the DPU conference room. 

    Waffle breakfast
    The Los Alamos High School baseball team is having a waffle breakfast Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. For more  information or for tickets, contact Connie at 672-4066.

    Spanish dance
    The Pajarito Spanish Dance Alliance will present its first recital of Flamenco and Spanish Dance at 3 p.m., Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

    LAFRW meeting

  • School district to provide audit report update to state

    With a short agenda, the Los Alamos Board of Education held a lunch meeting Wednesday at its Trinity Drive facility.
    The first item of business was the audit report, which came out in February.
    The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) sent a memo to the state’s 89 school districts and local school authorities on Tuesday outlining the audit process currently underway. The memo describes the timeline for the audit so school districts have a clear understanding of the process and how it may impact the department’s annual budget review.

  • Electrical problem shuts down work at TA-21

    It’s been awfully quiet at TA-21 this week.
    And it’s not because of the latest discovery last Friday when a 1940s-era truck was unearthed by an excavator working at the site.
    Fred DeSousa of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Communications Department on Thursday morning confirmed there was a problem with the transformer on site.
    “We didn’t have any electricity and we use that to run the air filtration system,” DeSousa said. “We can’t do any work inside the enclosures unless we have an air filtration system.”
    DeSousa said the problem occurred Saturday afternoon when the winds were high.

  • Budget hearings begin Saturday

    Being isolated and insulated can be a good thing when it comes to the county budget. The Los Alamos County Council is gearing up to open hearings on the next fiscal year without having to make drastic cuts that face many municipalities around the country.

    Councilors will see a few variances, which include slightly lower revenues and slightly higher expenditures proposed in the general fund as well as higher expenditures proposed in the capital improvement fund to accommodate several new capital improvement projects.

  • Homeland Security head visits LA

    The Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Michael Duvall spent about 90 minutes in Los Alamos Friday determining the needs of the local emergency management office.

    “I’ve been with the department since October of 2002 and this is the first time we’ve had a cabinet secretary ask us what we need,” said Coordinator Philmont Taylor of the Los Alamos County Emergency Management Department. “On his initiative, Secretary Duvall wants to go out and personally meet all of the emergency management coordinators around the state and sit down and chat with them to get a better understanding of what’s going on in their communities.”

  • CIP committee to meet April 21

    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will have a business meeting at 5:15 p.m. April 21 in council chambers.
    They will discuss improvements to the CIP process, updates from county staff on the CIP Phase 2 projects and budget discussed with council in budget hearings, and future plans for conducting public outreach on CIP meetings. All committee business meetings are open to the public.
    For a copy of the agenda, or, to read more information about current CIP projects and the Committee, visit www.losalamosnm.us.

     

  • State News at a Glance 04-14-11

    Silver City fire
    contained

    SILVER CITY – Crews have fully contained a 250-acre grass fire near Hobbs and contained a small wildfire that briefly threatened about 40 homes near Silver City.
    Some homes north of Silver City near the Little Walnut Campground were voluntarily evacuated Wednesday afternoon because of the so-called Gomez fire.
    The fire burned grass, pinon juniper and oak brush. U.S. Forest Service officials say a previous thinning project helped slow the blaze’s progression and it was eventually contained at about 10 acres.
    The cause of the fire remains unclear. The Silver City Sun-News reported that residents were allowed back in their homes by 8 p.m.