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  • Advocates: More gay-friendly senior housing needed

    EDITOR'S NOTE _ The latest in the ongoing AP-APME joint project looking at the aging of the baby boomers and the impact this so-called silver tsunami will have on the communities in which they live.

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — At age 62, Donald Carter knows his arthritis and other age-related infirmities will not allow him to live indefinitely in his third-floor walk-up apartment in Philadelphia.

    But as a low-income renter, Carter has limited options. And as a gay black man, he's concerned his choice of senior living facilities might be narrowed further by the possibility of intolerant residents or staff members.

  • It's not too late to be a science fair sponsor

    The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will be Jan. 21 in the Los Alamos High School Commons Areas.  The public is invited to view the projects between 1-3 p.m.
    Students in grades K-12 will display their projects in elementary, elementary class, junior and senior divisions.
    The elementary projects are divided into three categories. The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for first, second, third place and honorable mention in 17 categories.  
    This will give them an opportunity to participate in the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Las Vegas, N.M. on March 5.

  • State awarded $4.9 million for Medicaid

    Wednesday, $4,971,028 was awarded to New Mexico for ensuring more children have health coverage, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced.
    The performance bonus payments are funded under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, one of the first pieces of legislation signed into law by President Obama in 2009. 
    To qualify for these bonus payments, states must surpass a specified Medicaid enrollment target. They also must adopt procedures that improve access to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), making it easier for eligible children to enroll and retain coverage. 
    New Mexico is one of 23 states to share over $296 million in federal performance bonuses this year.

  • Governor wants more money for college preparation

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico high school students will get more access to advanced placement classes and be able to take the PSAT for free under a plan unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez.
    Martinez said the budget recommendations to the 2012 Legislature also include more frequent testing to ensure students are learning what they need to know to get into college.

  • Meeting to focus on LAGC work

     The Open Space and Parks subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Board will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 4 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.
    The meeting will focus on the Golf Course Improvements Capital Improvement Project and its possible impacts to the open space and the County Trail Network.

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  • Wolfe helps school district navigate choppy financial waters

    Fourth in a series
    Belt-tightening has become a routine exercise for many entities both public and private in recent years, but it was particularly poignant with this year’s Los Alamos Public Schools budget.

    Districts across the state were anticipating cuts because of a halt in federal stimulus dollars and lower state funding. But following the legislative session at the beginning of the year, Gov. Susana Martinez said districts could expect to make a 1.5 percent reduction in their budgets, but later, Education Secretary Hanna Skandera announced that the unit value used in school funding was down by 3.4 percent, or $126.20 per student, rather than the 1.5 percent Martinez cited earlier on.

  • Frosty won't last for long ...
  • At LANL, mobile security gets picky

    By Henry Kenyon, GovernmentComputerNews.com

    Large government agencies with many internal organizations face a conundrum when they plan to deploy new mobile systems or upgrade existing ones. The steps the Los Alamos National Laboratory took to deploy wireless in its complex and highly security conscious environs show how a big organization picks and chooses systems and services to meet the requirements of different user groups.

    Research at Los Alamos covers a range of areas, from basic science to highly sensitive nuclear weapons work. Because of its broad range of research and a large population at varying security levels, the lab wanted to develop a more flexible and secure wireless capability, according to Anil Karmel, a solutions architect at Los Alamos.