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Today's News

  • Update 04-12-12

    Wildfire awareness

    Residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2012” from 1-5 p.m. Saturday in the council chambers and adjacent Training Room (inside the Community Building.

    DPU meeting

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

    Budget hearings

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold budget meetings 6-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in council chambers.

    LAGA meeting

  • Martinez pushes reforms

    Governor Susana Martinez directed the Public Education Department Wednesday to move forward with the formulation and implementation of a new teacher and principal evaluation system in New Mexico. The new evaluation system will ensure that student learning and academic growth are key factors in how teachers and principals are evaluated.

    “It’s incredibly important that we’re able to identify those teachers and principals who are contributing most to the academic success of their students, so that we can reward them for the impact they are having on our kids. And it’s equally important for us to be able to provide support and professional development to those teachers who are struggling,” Martinez said.

  • San Ildefonso gov addresses council

    San Ildefonso Governor Terry Aguilar was invited to address the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night and chair Sharon Stover said she was eager to work with the pueblo.

    Aguilar explained that the pueblo’s new form of governance, which was approved by the Secretary of the Interior on Dec. 21, is slowing progress on many issues.

    “I wanted to explain to you that the way business has been done in the past is different, and it’s not as easy to move things forward, and its going to be taking a slow pace,” Aguilar said. “Because we’re learning, and we’re trying to develop new governance.”

    The new system allows women to be part of the governing body for the first time.

  • Job revisions OK'd by council

    As part of the Los Alamos County compensation plan, staff was directed to review and reduce the number of job levels and titles. The plan received council approval Tuesday evening in a 4–2 vote.

    The new plan reduces the number of job classes from 269 to 230, a 14 percent reduction. Changes were made by consolidating similar job titles, eliminating obsolete titles and removing approximately 16 jobs that had been unionized during 2011.

    The revisions also minimize artificial education barriers to staff development or promotion by enabling evaluation of combined experience and education.

    Management and staff from every department participated in eight days of discussions to develop the recommendations.

  • Cancer Therapy Gets Boost From New Isotope--Video Extra

    A new medical isotope project at Los Alamos National Laboratory shows promise for rapidly producing major quantities of a new cancer-treatment agent, actinium 225 (Ac-225).

    Using proton beams, Los Alamos and its partner Brookhaven National Laboratory could match current annual worldwide production of the isotope in just a few days, solving critical shortages of this therapeutic isotope that attacks cancer cells. A collaboration between Los Alamos, Brookhaven, and Oak Ridge national laboratories is developing a plan for full-scale production and stable supply of Ac-225.

  • Dissecting NNSA’s evaluations

    Walter Pincus of the Washington Post has covered defense, intelligence and foreign policy for years.

    He knows better than most in how to read between the lines and getting to the top of a sensitive subject.

    In his latest blog, Pincus took a look at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s performance evaluations of the nation’s eight nuclear weapons laboratories and production facilities, including Los Alamos.

    In fact, it was Los Alamos that he put under his microscope.

  • Knowing which financial records to keep, toss

    If the memory of hours spent hunting for and organizing paperwork to file your taxes is still fresh, think about doing some financial spring cleaning so next year’s tax preparation won’t be such an ordeal.
    Many people hold onto mounds of receipts and account statements because they’re not sure when it’s safe to toss them.
    (By toss, I mean shred – don’t give identity thieves any ammunition.)
     Here’s when you wouldn’t want to lack proper documentation:
    • If audited by the IRS you must be able to justify deductions, charitable contributions, income, etc.

  • Candidates at the door

    It must be spring – spring in an election year.  The first candidate of the season has beat the hummingbirds to my front doorstep. She is walking my neighborhood, petition and voter registration list in hand, asking for a signature.
    She’s running for the Legislature. What’s her top priority, I ask. Changing the tax law that reduces income tax for rich people – the one enacted when Richardson was governor.  
    Here’s the problem, I say. Before this tax rate change, New Mexico had the highest income tax in the region for the wealthy. Rich people can choose where they live, and will choose states where the tax rates are favorable. States compete for them.

  • Teter strikes out 11 Spartans as LA wins big at home, 9-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team broke open a close game with five runs in the sixth inning while pitcher Monika Teter did the heavy lifting Wednesday afternoon.
    The Hilltoppers picked up the season sweep over the Bernalillo Spartans at Overlook Park Wednesday, earning a 9-0 victory. The win tightens the clamps on the Hilltoppers’ control over District 2-4A, who now effectively own a four-game lead over the second-place Spartans with five games to play.
    “Winning district is very important to us,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We’re 7-0 now, but we have our sights set on going through district undefeated. Our goal is to win one game at a time and play one pitch at a time. We need to continue to play good ball.”

  • Toppers close out Spartans in 6, pick up season sweep

    With one of its two biggest challengers officially dispatched, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team can turn its attention to the other.
    Los Alamos erased an early two-run deficit Wednesday against the Bernalillo Spartans, then poured it on in the late innings. First baseman Steven Williams and third baseman Jake Downs both went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs as the Hilltoppers dispatched the Spartans 12-2 in six innings.
    The win moves Los Alamos to 5-1 in the District 2-4A standings.
    With five of its remaining games against the two bottom teams in district, Santa Fe and Capital, Los Alamos appears to be in excellent position to earn its fourth straight 2-4A title.