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Today's News

  • Update 12-13-11

    Committee meeting

    Trinity Drive Technical Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. today in the Pajarito Cliffs conference room.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis noon-1 p.m. meetings Tuesday at Masonic Lodge: Dec. 20. Jessamy Phillips will speak briefly about her experience in a nursing program in Africa.

    Art in Public Places

    The Art in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Library.

    BPU meeting

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

    Council meets

    The Los Alamos County Council meets at 7 p.m. today at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

  • LANL employees make record number of pledges

    Los Alamos National Laboratory employees have pledged a record $1.81 million to United Way and other eligible nonprofit programs. Los Alamos National Security, LLC, which manages and operates the laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration, plans to prorate its $1 million match among the selected nonprofit organizations, bringing the total donation to $2.81 million.

    “Our Los Alamos employees can take pride in this accomplishment,” said Carolyn Zerkle, LANL’s associate director for Information Technology and this year’s campaign champion. “The LANL team raised $1.81 million, which surpassed last year’s total of $1.5 million by more than 20 percent.”

  • State sets 30 extreme weather records

    In 2011, at least 30 record-breaking extreme weather records have been set so far in New Mexico – and 2,941 monthly weather records broken  nationwide – according to a new interactive extreme weather mapping tool (nrdc.org/extremeweather) and year-end review released by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    The web-based tool allows New Mexico residents to draw the connections between climate change (nrdc.org/globalwarming/climatebasics.asp) and extreme weather in the cities and towns in which they live.
    So far this year, at least 30 weather-related records were broken in New Mexico: 21 heat-related records, seven rainfall records and two snowfall records. These records impacted 14 counties – 42 percent of the counties in New Mexico.

  • More snow forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday

    At first glance, it might appear to be white sand pouring out of this seashell that’s used as a decoration for a patio table in Los Alamos. While sand might be a more normal setting for the shell, it’s actually snow. The second winter storm in as many weeks has dumped another round of snow on the area with more predicted to fall later Tuesday and into Wednesday. A multi-car pileup was reported Monday afternoon near the Santa Fe Opera and deputies responded to accidents along New Mexico highway 599, which wreaked havoc on commuters .

     

  • Ceremony is a first for Los Alamos

    For the first time in its history, Los Alamos hosted a naturalization ceremony, the final step for candidates to become United States citizens. Six Los Alamos residents were among eight candidates from China, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

    Field Office Director of United States Citizens and Immigration Services Albuquerque Office Patti Reynolds conducted the ceremony Monday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Teaching a message through grappling

    As we look at positive identity and self esteem this month, I decided to reflect on the sport of wrestling.
    I know I have discussed the values of wrestling at some point, but this weekend, I saw wrestling in a new way and thought I’d share.
    The sport in and of itself, builds self esteem, but in some pretty interesting ways.
    The wrestler starts off with his or her weight predominately displayed on a small digital sign for the crowd to see. This explains why the sport is dominated by boys, but makes it even more impressive when you see a girl on the mat.
    If you haven’t seen a match before, for the spectator, it looks a bit like boxing. There are two athletes, one on either side, with their coaches in the corners.

  • Students spread the recycling message through art

    Mountain School’s Green Team celebrated National Recycling Day Nov. 15 with a door-decorating contest. Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki, stopped by one of green team’s meetings and explained what materials are recyclable in the county.
    The green team created a school-wide newsletter explaining the information to the entire school, based on what they learned from Nagawiecki’s visit.
    The classes decorated their door with recycled materials and created a door slogan and some students included earth friendly pledges to the decorated doors.

  • Be There 12-13-11

    Wednesday

    This month’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting features a panel of counselors who will discuss emerging trends and teen issues they are seeing in their work and how we as a community can address these challenges. The public is welcome to attend. The meeting is scheduled one week earlier than usual, at 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Pajarito Cliffs Site, Camino Entrada.  For more information, call 661-4097.

    Chick Keller talks on “Global Warming: What we Know and What the Current Hot Topics Are,” at 7 p.m. at PEEC, 3540 Orange Street. Free.

    Thursday

  • Agenda must focus on strengthening middle class

    As we enter the final month of the year, it is critical that Congress takes swift action on a number of important issues that will impact people across New Mexico.
    With extended federal unemployment benefits set to expire, a payroll tax cut about to lapse and devastating cuts to Medicare providers ready to kick in, Congress has no time to waste to address these serious issues and take action that will help middle-class families and seniors during this difficult economic time.

  • No lack of jobs in Hobbs or Artesia

    Gobs of jobs in Hobbs!
    An email like that gets your attention.
    Drive around Hobbs, said alert reader Jesse Monsey, and you’ll see banners and electronic signs saying, “Now Hiring” and even “$100 sign-on bonus.” The local police have offered a lavish signing bonus, and the city was forced to increase benefits to keep employees. Even the casino is offering tuition assistance and scheduling flexibility to students.  
    Jesse was responding to a recent column in which I quoted a business leader saying that if you could fog a mirror, you could find a job in Artesia.
    “The reality here is that we are desperate for workers,” he said.