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  • NCRTD reviews top three picks

    Los Alamos Councilor Mike Wismer walked out of the Santa Fe County Commission Chambers and shook his head.

    Wismer had just spent the last three hours Friday at the North Central Region Transit District August board meeting. The meeting still was going on, but Wismer had to go back to Los Alamos because he had to go to work at the lab.

    It was the first hour of the meeting that left Wismer a little stressed.

    “I wasn’t expecting that,” Wismer said.

    The first hour was spent on the executive director search. And some thought it might be a slam dunk that the transit board would rubber stamp the search committee’s choice of Tony Mortillaro as the permanent executive director.

    Not so fast.

  • Flood Advisory until 4:30 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME SOUTH CENTRAL RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 430 PM MDT

    * AT 1236 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. AREAS IMPACTED WILL INCLUDING BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT... FRIJOLES CANYON... COCHITI CANYON... PERALTA CANYON... HIGHWAY 4 FROM STATE ROAD 501 JUNCTION TO LAS CONCHAS CAMPGROUND AND DOME WILDERNESS.

  • S&P officials defend US credit downgrade

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Standard & Poor's says it downgraded the U.S. government's credit rating because it believes the U.S. will keep having problems getting its finances under control.

    S&P officials on Saturday defended their decision to drop the government's rating to AA+ from the top rating, AAA. The Obama administration called the move a hasty decision based on wrong calculations about the federal budget. It had tried to head off the downgrade before it was announced late Friday.

  • Memories from Nagasaki

    NAGASAKI  1945 — Decision time had come. Do we invade the main islands of Japan or do we drop atomic bombs? There were strong feelings on both sides.
    But most of our political and military leaders came down on the side of the bomb. America was heavily committed to the Manhattan Project.
    It had cost $2 billion and had been run on a breakneck, two year schedule to be ready prior to the Japanese invasion.
    We’d done it. The bombs were ready. As Robert Oppenheimer, the project’s scientific director, put it “The decision (to use the bombs) was implicit in the project.”

  • Clubbing kids is fun

    Parents — do you want your child to learn more than what is usually taught in school?  
    Well then, my advice is that you should club your kid. Yeah, at least once a week — a good clubbing makes all the difference in the world.   
    Over the past few years, I’ve clubbed dozens of students every week.  Usually, I employ geometric logic or a good algebraic conundrum to get their attention.  
    Of course, I’m talking about the Math Club.  You don’t have to be a geek to have fun with math, and students find that they can answer some very tricky questions with ease.  
    Like, how many seconds are in a year?  Well, there’s January 2nd.  February 2nd.  March 2nd.

  • Church listings 08-05-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come join the Family.
     
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, www. bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist

  • Bible Answers: Being faithful while listening to Lady Gaga

    “If I want to be faithful to the Bible and to my faith, but I like to listen to Lady Gaga, can I do both?”— Katie

    Before you can answer this, you have to engage in some serious thought and honest appraisal of what matters in your life.
    You have to become a critical thinker. Ask yourself why you like to listen to her: is it the sound of her voice, the lyrics of her songs?
    Perhaps you are entertained by her outlandish costumes and “out there” behavior.
    Well, taste is what it is, but you should consider that your peers and media marketers largely shape pop culture entertainment preferences.

  • State Briefs 08-05-11

    Albuquerque will cooperate with Justice Department

    ALBUQUERQUE — The city of Albuquerque says it will cooperate with any U.S. Justice Department investigation into a recent escalation in police shootings.
    The mayor’s office Friday released a letter that Rob Berry, the city’s chief administrative officer, wrote to the department saying the city “will collaborate and cooperate fully with any review that may be ongoing.”
    Since January 2010, 19 people have been shot by police, 13 fatally.
    The DOJ told the Associated Press on Tuesday it is reviewing allegations against the department to determine if it should launch a full investigation.

  • Correction 08-05-11

    In a Thursday, Aug. 4 caption regarding the Board of Public Utilities, it was incorrectly stated that the Charter Review Committee would be voting on proposed changes to the charter concerning the Department of Public Utilities on Aug. 15. The vote will take place on Sept. 12.

  • NNSA conducts aerial survey

     The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration is conducting a detailed flyover of Los Alamos National Laboratory this week to measure background radiation.
    The information will be compared to results from a similar aerial survey conducted in 1994. Data will also be used for environmental assessments and activities.