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  • Leadership NM accepting applications

    Leadership New Mexico is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Core and Connect New Mexico Programs. Applications are available at the Leadership New Mexico website, leadershipnm.org or by calling 241-4800. Deadline for submission is March 15.
    Leadership New Mexico’s Core Program is 10 months in duration and it’s designed to address current issues facing the state.
    Each program session features speakers that are acknowledged leaders in their specific fields, while program participants actively engage in discussion and debate.
    The process offers an opportunity for inquiry, analysis and development of solutions to the most pressing issues facing our communities and New Mexico.
    Connect New Mexico, The Next Generation of Leadership is a program designed to offer young professionals, ages 25-40, the opportunity to develop personal leadership skills, learn how New Mexico systems and structures work and explore the critical issues facing our state.
    Leadership New Mexico seeks to create classes with a wide geographic base, diverse backgrounds, and varied vocations.
    The programs are open to all citizens of the state. To be selected for the programs, applicants must demonstrate a dedication to New Mexico’s progress.  Characteristics of a successful applicant are:  

  • Agency selects firm to manage contract

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a move that shapes the future of the United States’ nuclear security enterprise and will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade, the National Nuclear Security Administration has announced that Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC has been selected to be the management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas.
    The contract also includes construction project management of the Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex, and an option for Savannah River Tritium Operations at the Savannah River Site in near Aiken, S.C.
    Comprised of Bechtel National, Inc; Lockheed Martin Services, Inc; ATK Launch Systems, Inc; and SOC, LLC, CNS will begin a four-month transition immediately. Additionally, CNS will use subcontractors Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc as Merger and Transformation specialist, and General Atomics for Savannah River Tritium Operations if that option is exercised by NNSA in the future.

  • Recommendations of readiness report

    • Reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA);

    • Assure sufficient, dedicated funds for public health preparedness to ensure basic capabilities to respond to threats public health departments face every day and also to have the trained experts and systems in place to act quickly in the face of major, unexpected emergencies;
    • Provide ongoing support to communities so they better cope and recover from emergencies;
    • Modernize bio-surveillance to a real-time, interoperable system to better detect and respond to problems;
    • Seriously address antibiotic resistance;
    • Improve research, development and manufacturing of medical countermeasures;
    • Increase readiness for extreme weather events; and
    • Update the nation’s food safety system.
    The full report is available at healthyamericans.org. Look for the report titled “Ready or Not.”

  • Update 01-11-13


    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Jan. 15, Becky Wechsler Oertel, daughter of the late Jay Wechsler, will speak on the long-term effects of fire in the forest.

    Wallace dedication

    A dedication of a UNM-LA lecture hall will take place at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the campus.

    BPU meeting

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

    County Council

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

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  • Tips from Red Cross to eschew the flu

    Widespread flu activity is being reported across much of the country including New Mexico and the American Red Cross urges people who have not yet gotten a flu vaccine to get vaccinated now.

    The Red Cross also has steps people can take to prevent the spread of the flu virus during what the Centers for Disease Control. (CDC) says is the worst influenza outbreak in several years in the United States.

    Widespread flu activity is reported in 41 states - Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

  • UNM-LA dedicates lecture hall in Wallace’s name

    The community is invited to pay tribute to the memory of Jeannette O. Wallace from 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday in room 505 (Building 5) at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

    In honor of her service to the Los Alamos community and commitment to education, the faculty and staff of UNM-Los Alamos will dedicate UNM-LA’s newest lecture hall in her name. The dedication will take place at 1 p.m.

    Wallace, a longtime community leader, died from illness in April 2011. She was serving her 11th term as a New Mexico State representative, which she won at the age of 76. Since 1991, Wallace served New Mexico District 43 which covers Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties. Wallace was a member of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee as well as the Health and Government Affairs committee and the Printing and Supplies committee. She had previously served on the Los Alamos County Council and was one of the co-founders of the Leadership Los Alamos program.

    Campus Resources Director Lisa Wismer worked with Wallace’s family and artists Don Taylor and Ken Nebel to design the plaque for the lecture hall. The plaque will be unveiled at the dedication.

    Directions and parking for the dedication can be found at la.unm.edu/PR/campus_map.html.

  • High winds blow through L.A.

    High winds blew through Los Alamos and White Rock Friday morning and will continue through the night. Although there was a bit of blowing snow, the real problem will be frigid temperatures for the weekend. Difficult driving conditions were reported Friday on some Northern New Mexico highways. Snow and wind has been reported on Interstate 25, east of Santa Fe, between Glorieta and Ilfield. Difficult driving conditions such as blowing snow and limited visibility were reported on highways near Taos Junction and Eagle Nest. 

  • Martinez floats budget proposal

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez proposed a nearly $5.9 billion state budget on Thursday that’s close to the overall spending recommendations of a legislative panel, but the administration’s plan for tax cuts and merit pay for educators could run into trouble in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

    Martinez outlined a budget blueprint that provides for a 4.1 percent, or $232 million, increase in spending in the fiscal year that starts next July. That closely resembles the $233 million increase for public schools, higher education and general government programs proposed a day earlier by the Legislative Finance Committee.

    However, there are plenty of areas of potential disagreements with Democrats in the details of the governor’s budget.
    Martinez proposed $11 million for a merit pay system for teachers and $47 million for tax cuts as economic development incentives. Unlike the legislative panel, Martinez did not recommend an across-the-board 1 percent pay raise for state workers and educators — a $32 million provision under the legislative committee budget.

  • More ready than not

      A report recently published by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has given New Mexico a satisfactory grade when it comes to health and emergency preparedness.

    The report, “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism” gives New Mexico a seven out of 10 score when it comes to being prepared for any sort of threat, manmade or otherwise. 

    The report graded the state on 10 factors: Funding commitment, response readiness, infectious disease control, extreme weather event preparedness, community resiliency, emergency management, health, system preparedness, public health laboratories staffing and surge capacity and Public health laboratories — Chemical threat preparedness. 

    The report broke down each of these factors and gave them an either “yes” or “no” rating.

  • NMSU tops Seattle in double OT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Tyrone Watson did a little bit of everything Thursday night, scoring 26 points, grabbing six rebounds, dishing out five assists and adding seven steals to lead New Mexico State to an 83-82 double overtime victory over Seattle.
    New Mexico State (9-8, 3-2 WAC) trailed 67-64 with 7 seconds to go at the end of regulation before Bandja Sy hit a 3-pointer to send the two teams to overtime. Sy finished with 23 points and nine rebounds.
    In the second overtime, Chad Rasmussen hit a 3-pointer to cut the Aggies’ lead to two at 82-80, but New Mexico State would hold on. Rasmussen ended his night with nine points, all from 3-point range.
    Prince Obasi had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Seattle (5-9, 0-4). Clarence Trent had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Louis Green chipped in with 15.\
    Daniel Mullings had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven steals for the Aggies.