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Today's News

  • Governor to seek road money in special session

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration plans to ask the Legislature to provide $41 million for road maintenance across the state to help offset costs the Transportation Department incurred paying its share for the Rail Runner commuter train system.
    The Republican governor wants lawmakers to provide the money in a capital improvement financing bill during a special legislative session, which is to start next week.
    The administration developed the request after reviewing the Rail Runner’s long-term costs to the state. A new analysis by the Department of Finance and Administration estimates the commuter rail operation is costing an average of $65 million, with the state picking up the biggest share of that.

  • Biz consultant rates Los Alamos

    The first thing that struck a business consultant visiting Los Alamos recently was that the town has “huge potential.”
    “I already knew that this is a community with many professional people and many highly educated people with strong incomes,” said Jon Schallert of The Schallert Group in Colorado. “I think the biggest challenge is that the business people here aren’t hungry like most of the rest of the country. I found many of the businesses doing ok — not thriving but not starving — so many are complacent and not doing the cutting edge kinds of marketing technologies that most of the country is doing.”

  • CRC Tackles Initiative & Referendum

    The Initiative & Referendum subcommittee presented its proposed changes to the Charter Review Committee Monday evening. The subcommittee’s focus was on clarifying and simplifying the Initiative, Referendum and Recall sections of the County Charter, but included some substantive changes as well.
    The committee worked closely with the County Clerk’s office to discover weaknesses in the current Charter, and conducted public meetings for citizens input. They decided a comprehensive rewrite of this section of the Charter was necessary.

  • DOE inspector issues report on lab remediation

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funded work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as apart of an estimated $2.2 billion to remediate the lab by December of 2015.

    In February 2009, the Recovery Act was enacted and the National Nuclear Security Adminstration received $212 million for legacy environmental remediation projects at the lab with most of the work being targeted at Technical Area-21.

  • Managing epidemics: an argument against blanket job cuts

    The unvaccinated woman got on a plane in London. She flew to Washington, D.C., changed planes and flew to Denver, then on to Albuquerque, and from there drove home to Santa Fe.  She had measles.  
    During the trip, she exposed other passengers from all over the world to this disease.
    Preventing an epidemic involved 70 countries and four states, and cost $1 million, according to Dr. Chad Smelser, an epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health.
    A few other thought-provoking highlights from a recent presentation by Smelser:

  • Jet served a purpose

    There is just something about a jet…
    The governor won headlines for selling the “ultimate symbol of waste and excess,” an executive jet purchased by her predecessor, for less than half its purchase price.
    It was an unwise acquisition in the first place, and its fire sale during a recession is questionable, but hey, we’re talking symbols here.
    As a corporate public relations person in the 1970s, it was my responsibility to explain the Lear jet purchased and used by executives of PNM, the state’s biggest utility.
    Management saw it as a tool. Long before cell phones and laptops, their frequent trips east to raise money meant they were difficult to reach, and the prevailing concern was to minimize their time away.

  • Finishing Touches

    Crews worked late Monday night on Sullivan Field. Here a cart drops small pieces of rubber onto the new artificial surface. Work at Sullivan Field started in mid-May.

  • Crittenton arrested in California

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton was in police custody after being arrested at a Southern California airport to board a flight to Atlanta, where his lawyer said he would go to surrender in a murder case.
    Crittenton, who was suspended from the league for having guns in a locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, was arrested Monday evening at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after checking in for a redeye Delta Air Lines flight, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. She said he was with a male companion who was not arrested.

  • Aquatomics' long course results

    Here are the results for the Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team from the New Mexico State Long Course Championship (name, age group, event, place, time).

    Ashlynn Bennett, girls 13-14
    200 IM, 8, 2:47.38; 50 freestyle, 6, 30.44; 100 breaststroke, 8, 1:27.30; 200 breaststroke, 3, 3:02.49; 200 freestyle, 3, 2:22.88; 100 freestyle, 4, 1:06.18; 50 breaststroke, 5, 40.10.

    Jillian Bennett, girls 10 and under
    50 breaststroke, 4, 47.22; 100 backstroke, 12, 1:41.99; 50 backstroke, 11, 47.11; 50 freestyle, 14, 38.92; 100 breaststroke, 3, 1:42.38; 200 IM, 10, 3:45.27.

    Kaitlin Bennett, girls 11-12

  • LA cross country results from Saturday's La Cueva scrimmage

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from the La Cueva cross country scrimmage Saturday. Los Alamos will open its season Saturday at the University of New Mexico Invitational.

    Girls

    Varsity score
    Los Alamos, 15; La Cueva, 50.

    JV score
    Los Alamos, 15; La Cueva, 48.

    C Team score
    Los Alamos, 15; La Cueva 44.

    Individual results

    1. Jennifer Mooday, 20:14; 2. Teresa Sandoval, 20:35; 3. Emily Pittman, 21:15; 4. Elizabeth Turner, 21:19; 5. Jordan Parker, 21:23; 6. Mikayla Pulliam, 21:29; 7. Eliana Riciputi, 21:32; 8. Anna Wermer, 21:32; 9. Amanda Mercer, 21:47;