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  • Update 08-02-12

    Pancake breakfast

    There will be a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Posse Lodge, benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association. The cost is $7 per person.

    Foreign Film Series

    The Mesa Public Library Film Series presents “I Am Love,” starring Tilda Swinton, at 6:30 p.m. today. This will be the final movie of the Foreign Film Series.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in council chambers.

    Martian celebration

  • Western wildfire recovery likely to take years

    DENVER (AP) — A once-thriving Colorado neighborhood of homes and healthy trees has been reduced to a barren expanse of ash and debris. Across the state, a river prized for its trout, rapids and pristine water instead flows as an oily, black brew every time rain falls on nearby slopes charred by wildfire.
    In New Mexico, the Santa Clara Pueblo is seeking volunteers to fill sandbags for fear the American Indian village of 3,100 will be washed away by runoff from mountainsides left denuded by a blaze last year.
    Wildfires across the West are burning homes, businesses, bridges and other infrastructure necessary for everyday life — and the disaster isn’t over when the wildfire is snuffed out and the firefighters go home.

  • Ranch School not for Vidal

    The Associated Press is reporting that the lights on Broadway will be dimmed for one minute at 8 p.m. Friday night to honor the memory of Gore Vidal. Vidal died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles.

    A revival of his prize-winning 1960 play, “The Best Man,” is currently enjoying a successful run at New York’s Schoenfeld Theatre.

    Vidal had a prolific career, with 24 novels, five plays, many screenplays and more than 200 essays to his credit. The Boston Globe called him “our greatest living man of letters.”

  • Officials prep for massive casualty drill

    Though the meeting at White Rock Fire Station No. 3 looked like just another casual get together between town officials, it was anything but.

    County, emergency and school officials met in White Rock Tuesday to dress rehearse for an event no one hopes ever happens; a mass shooting at Los Alamos High School. Officials are calling it “Operation Hilltopper.”

    In October, the school is going to be ground zero for the town-wide emergency drill, a drill designed to test for weak spots in the way Los Alamos responds to a mass casualty event.

    The White Rock meeting was about smoothing out the details before the main event Oct. 8.

  • GAO weighs in on NNSA

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that takes a look at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s reviews of budget estimates this week.

    And what did it find?

    The GAO says the NNSA needs to make better decisions when it comes to its budgets.

  • Underground line fault causes outage

    Officials from the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities reported a power outage that began at 3:52 p.m. Wednesday in the Eastern Area. The outage affected 98 customers in an area bounded by Myrtle, Rim and Canyon Roads. An underground line fault at Piñon Road caused the electric interruption.
    Power was restored to all but 20 of those customers by 4:45 p.m. At 6:45 p.m. power was restored to the remaining 20 customers on Piñon and Rim Roads.
    DPU officials also noted that this outage was caused by aging underground infrastructure and is not related to the construction work underway in the Eastern Area.

  • On the stump

    Rep. Martin Heinrich D-N.M.) greeted White Rock residents and later took part in a fundraiser in White Rock Saturday. Heinrich is running for the U.S. Senate seat against Republican Heather Wilson.

  • Looking for who sets priorities

    There will probably be legislation on workers’ compensation next January. The interesting question is whether any controversial – and important – issues will see the light of day.
    Workers’ compensation legislation often originates from the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council, a statutory body of six members, three representing employers and three representing workers, appointed by the governor. The council was created as part of the 1990 reform of the workers’ compensation law. Its official role is to report annually on the state of the workers’ compensation system to the governor and Legislature.

  • What healthcare reform means to you

    Much was made of the size and complexity of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act when President Obama signed it into law in 2010. But now that the Supreme Court has upheld much of the act’s constitutionality, it’s a good time to review key provisions that have already gone live and to plot out what’s expected to happen in the next two years.
    Changes already in place include:
    Children under 19 cannot be denied coverage because of preexisting conditions.
    Adult children may remain on parents’ medical plan until they turn 26.
    Lifetime insurance maximum payouts were eliminated. In addition, annual coverage limits are being phased out. Effective September 23, 2012, the annual limit increases to $2 million.

  • Off The Hill 08-02-12

    Art openings

    Join Los Alamos County Library’s Carol Meine for the opening of an exhibit in her long-running series of works on paper, “Drawing: X Marks the Spot,” from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Las Cruces Museum of Art. The exhibit will be up until Sept. 8. For more information, visit carolmeine.com or cmeine.blogspot.com. The museum is at 425 N. Water St., Las Cruces.

    “Context and Content,” a show by Betsy Williams will open with a reception from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday at Weyrich Gallery, 2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. The show will be on display through Aug. 31.