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Today's News

  • Governor spent $177K on license program

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says it has spent $177,000 on the program to review foreign nationals’ driver’s licenses before a judge halted it last month.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico governor is continuing to sift through returned letters that had been sent to license holders, looking for evidence of fraud.
    The department’s Motor Vehicle Division in July sent out letters to 10,000 randomly selected foreign nationals — including illegal immigrants — with New Mexico driver’s licenses, ordering them to make appointments and show up with documents proving their residency or face license cancellation.

  • LANL raises breast cancer awareness

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is doing its part to raise awareness of breast cancer by holding a number of events in October.
    In conjunction with national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, LANL started its “Think Pink for the Cure” campaign the week of Oct. 3.
    Events, though, are from over. Coming up this month will be a:
    • Cancer care resource fair, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oct. 19, Otowi Building cafeteria side rooms.
    • A 1.5-mile run/walk, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at TA-3. Sign up at 11 a.m. outside the Otowi Building. Volunteers are needed.

  • Finishing Touches

    Workers put the finishing touches on a median on the corner of Trinity and Diamond Drive Saturday.

  • Update 10-13-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    CIP meeting

    A Phase I study public meeting for the Teen Center will be at 5:30 p.m. today at council chambers.

    PEEC talk

    Nate McDowell of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Climate Research Lab, will give a talk on the “Effects of Climate on Plants,” at 7 tonight at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The talk is free.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Senior talk

  • A snowy backdrop

    The Jemez Mountains are dusted with snow from a recent storm

  • Council approves rezoning request

    During a special session Tuesday night, County Council unanimously approved a request to rezone a parcel of land owned by Nida Russ from R-3-H (multiple-family residential, high-density) to R-3-H-40 (multiple-family residential, very high-density). The hearing had been rescheduled from an earlier date.  

    There are two significant differences between the zones. R-3-H-40 allows for up to 43.6 apartments or condominiums per acres and heights of up to 50 feet. It also allows for rest homes or nursing homes, which the current zoning designation prohibits. R-3-H zoning allows a maximum of 21.8 dwelling units per acre and has a 35-foot height limit.

  • NCRTD to vote on Mortillaro's agreement

    The North Central Regional Transit District will vote Friday on a contract for its new executive director Anthony J. Mortillaro.

    The meeting will be at 9 a.m. at the New Mexico Municipal League in Santa Fe.

    On Sept. 2, the board approved the appointment of Mortillaro, the former Los Alamos County administrator, to be its new executive director. Mortillaro had served as the interim executive director since May, when Josette Lucero announced her retirement.

    At the September meeting, the board authorized chair Rosemary Romero, Robert Seeds, Los Alamos County Councilor Mike Wismer and Tim Vigil to negotiate a contract with Mortillaro.

  • CMRR Record of Decision issued

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) decided this afternoon to push ahead with the Nuclear Facility portion of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement project (CMRR-NF).

    The NNSA issued an amended Record of Decision (ROD) after consulting with members of Congress  and other top officials in Washington.

    Following a supplemental environmental impact analysis and public input process, NNSA has selected the Modified CMRR-NF Alternative described in the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to proceed forward with the design and construction of the nuclear facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Top 10 Movies 10-13-11

    1.  “Real Steel,” weekend gross,
    $27.3 million
    2.  “The Ides of March,”  weekend gross,
    $10.4 million
    3.  “Dolphin Tale,” weekend gross,
    $9.1 million
    4.  “Moneyball,” $7.4  million
    5. “50/50,” weekend gross,
    $5.6 million
    6.  “Courageous,” weekend gross,
    $4.8 million
    7.   “The Lion King,” weekend gross,
    $4.5 million

    8.  “Dream House,” weekend gross,
    $4.4 million

    9.  “What’s Your Number?,” weekend gross, $3.1 million

  • Out and About 10-13-11

    Art openings

    Studio 122 artist P.E. Baldwin, Carole Whitmore, Paula Shaw and Pat Berge will be featured in a group show titled, “October” at the Gallery at Wells Fargo Bank, 241 Washington Ave., Santa Fe, for the month of October. There will be a reception from 4-6 p.m. Friday. Refreshments will be served.

    Hunter Kirkland Contemporary presents, “Current Work: Abstract Expressionist Oil Paintings,” by Peter Burega. An opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 21 at 200-B Canyon Road, Santa Fe.

    Pecos artists James Touché, James Peterson and Linda Storm will celebrate the grand opening of their Canyon Road Gallery from 2-7 p.m. Oct. 22 at 836 Canyon Road, Santa Fe.