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Today's News

  • Tree transportation

    When local caterer Jarda Belmonte went shopping for a tree Saturday afternoon, the workers at Delancey Street Christmas Trees on Trinity Drive got creative to help her get it home. They had her put the top down on her convertible and strapped the tree to the trunk. Luckily, the temperatures weren’t that cold and it was a short drive home.

  • Obama seeks to leverage $1 trillion spending bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the Senate are using a critical year-end spending bill as political leverage to try to force Republicans to negotiate bipartisan legislation to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits due to expire at the end of the year.

    An administration official said the president called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., over the weekend and urged him to hold up the massive $1 trillion-plus spending package until an agreement is reached on the tax cuts and the unemployment benefits.

  • 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