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Today's News

  • Obama: Budget deal close

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, showing growing impatience, said Tuesday it would be "inexcusable" for lawmakers to fail to fund the government through the end of the year and cause a shutdown.

    "We are closer than we have ever been to an agreement. There is no reason why we should not get an agreement," Obama said following a White House meeting with congressional leaders.

    Appearing before reporters at the White House, Obama said that House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were to meet on Capitol Hill later Tuesday to continue negotiations. If that meeting does not produce an agreement, Obama said he would summon the pair back to the White House Wednesday.

  • NMBSA celebrates 10-year anniversary


    The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program is celebrating “10 Years of Innovation” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque.
    Over the past decade, NMSBA, a partnership between Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the state of New Mexico, has created or maintained nearly 1,550 jobs, provided 1,736 small businesses with $25.2 million worth of research hours and materials, increased small companies’ revenues by $82 million, and reduced their operating costs by $45 million.
    These companies have, in turn, invested $19 million into New Mexico goods and services.

  • Icy wonderland

    Freezing temperatures overnight left an icy spectacle in its wake this morning at East Road Park.

  • County could rescue UNM-LA

    Conversation briefly stopped when County Councilor Mike Wismer walked into Monday night’s special meeting between UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board members and college administrators.

    A 12-percent tuition increase, an online course fee hike and a proposed operating budget that will dip into college reserves were on the table.

    “I just have two questions,” Wismer informed the board after listening to the issues. “Will you be coming to the county for a request of funds for FY 2011-2012 and are you contemplating a mil levy?”

    UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page told Wismer that he has met with the county administrator and discussed a policy that the county might adopt to support education in the community.

  • Gas line project aims to ensure dependability

    When all phases are complete, a $1.5 million high-pressure loop natural gas line will connect the east station to North and Barranca Mesas and will increase reliability of service for customers in those neighborhoods.

    The Department of Public Utilities is currently spending $622,000 on the first phase of the project, which is an 8,300-foot gas line from North Mesa to Barranca Mesa.

    Although there haven’t been any problems with the existing gas line, the project was launched in an effort to ensure reliability.

  • Be There 04-05-11

    Wednesday
    Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag Performance Series presents pianist Bill Leland at noon at Fuller Lodge.

    Los Alamos Fitness Center and Trinity Natural health will have a free lecture at 2:30 p.m. This month’s topic will be, “Pantry Herbology,” presented by Dr. Bobbie Hall, M.H., N.D.

    The April Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site.  Call 412-9371 for information.

    The Sierra Club will host an open meeting at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library. The winners of the Sierra Club’s Environmental Award will present their posters.
    April 7

  • Environmentally-conscious students to attend conference

    Later this month, three students from the Los Alamos High School Environmental Club and a Pajarito Environmental Education Center club mentor will travel to Washington DC, to attend Powershift 2011.
    Powershift is a national student conference about clean energy and green jobs. Students will attend workshops, training and regional networking sessions, as well as visit Congressional offices to speak with legislators about environmental issues.

  • Leland brings his musical expertise to LA

    For more than 40 years, Dr. William Leland, a well-known New Mexico musician, has performed many times throughout the state. At noon Wednesday, Leland will visit Los Alamos as part of the Brown Bag Series at Fuller Lodge.
    Leland has a long musical history. He served as pianist in residence and professor of music at New Mexico State University from 1969 to 2000, and has continued to perform, both as a soloist and ensemble artist since his retirement.

  • Great Conversations slated for Sunday

    Once again, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual Great Conversations dinner is coming to town. Join a group of tablemates and a speaker at 5:30 p.m. April 10 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for an informative and fun conversation.
    This is the eighth in a series of articles on the featured speakers. For a complete list of speakers, topics and to print a registration form, visit www.lapsfoundation.com.
    Tickets are $60 per person and include appetizers, a gourmet meal, wine, dessert and coffee. Registration is open now and is complete when payment is received.
    Geoff Reeves
    Topic:  Brillig Beer Works: A Brewpub That Never Was andthe Beers It Serves
     • How do you make a glass of beer anyway?

  • Efficiency in regulations

    A lack of sturdy regulation is a large, worsening problem for the nation’s economy in all its aspects. Today’s essay outlines sorely needed advances of large scope. Ensuing columns will amplify key features. Judge the whole.
    Dept. of Regulatory Science & Technology Tools move us faster than slogans. A painting can show new ways of seeing things, unless we stand too near it. It works the same with regulation.
    Camps of competing interests exchange infamies over the need for regulation. Industry decries the strictness of regulations. Camps berate the enforcement of regulations.  
    The efficiency of regulation gets the least attention, yet is vital to the most interests.