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Today's News

  • West Road to close Monday

    County officials announced that West Road will close from the County Ice Rink to Camp May Road beginning at 9 a.m. Monday.
    This portion of the road will be closed from
    9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday for approximately two weeks, not including the President’s Day holiday on Feb. 20. 
    The road is owned by the DOE. The closure is needed so that LANL roadwork crews can resume repairs for this section of the road, which was severely damaged after flooding as a result of the Las Conchas wildfire in June 2011. LANL has been coordinating work on the repairs with county pavement crews since last fall. They will be making repairs to the canyon’s stream bed and stabilizing the roadway slopes. 

  • LANL Foundation announces its scholarship recipients

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation through the Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund (LAESF) announces ten 2012 Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship Fund recipients.
    This fund awards scholarships to students returning to formal education, after a hiatus for other pursuits. These scholarship candidates may have left formal education for business, the military, or other reasons, possibly for an extended period, and are now seeking to expand their opportunities with a certificate or a two-year degree through a program in the regional area.

  • Update 02-09-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 15, at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting

    There will be a council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the White Rock Fire Station #3.

    Iwo Jima talk

    World War II Marine Corps veteran Bill Hudson will show a DVD about the battle of Iwo Jima at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Mesa Public Library. After the viewing, Hudson will give a brief talk.

    T-Board meeting

    T-Board meets at 5:30 p.m.
    today at the Public Works Conference Room, 2101 Trinity Drive.

    ESB meeting

  • Caldera unveils strategic plan

     The Valles Caldera Trust has prepared a Strategic Management Plan for the Valles Caldera National Preserve for fiscal years 2012 – 2018.
    The plan has been submitted to OMB (Office of Management and Budget) for review and has also been posted to the Valles Caldera Trust’s website vallescaldera.gov.
    The strategic plan includes background information about the Valles Caldera Trust, the Valles Caldera National Preserve, and the experiment in public land management. It also presents three strategic goals that the trust intends to focus on in the coming years:
    The first is to expand the public’s access and enjoyment of the preserve.

  • Pile burning to continue Friday

    Pile burn operations aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community will resume on county land this week. 
    The Los Alamos County Parks Division and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue maintenance burns in Bayo and Barranca canyons beginning on Friday.
    This year’s burn operations will focus on areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The locations have high volumes of fuel and are located directly southwest of housing areas.
    “Because prevailing winds in the spring and summer are generally out of the southwest, we’re focused on reducing fuels in areas that might carry embers into neighborhoods that lie to the northeast,” Craig Martin said.

  • House approves $5 billion state budget proposal

    SANTA FE (AP) — The House on Wednesday gave bipartisan support to a proposed budget that will spend $5.6 billion on public education and other government programs next year, and provide for higher take-home pay for educators and state workers.
    The measure heads to the Senate for consideration after clearing the House with the backing of all 70 Democrats and Republicans.
    “This was a joint effort to do what is best for all New Mexicans,” Rep. Henry Kiki Saavedra, an Albuquerque Democrat, said in a statement. He’s chairman of the committee that assembled the budget.

  • Public Split on Trinity Drive Decision

    Nearly 50 people expressed sharply divided opinions regarding options for the redesign of N.M. 502/Trinity Drive between Knecht and Airport Road at Tuesday’s council meeting. The majority of the comments were in favor of option 1, the motion ultimately adopted by the council in a 6-1 vote.

    As the testimony before council continued during the meeting, certain themes began to emerge on both sides of the issue.

    A two-lane/slip lane roundabout at the Central Avenue intersection included in Option 1 drew much of the debate. New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Technical Support Engineer David Quintana stated that the roundabout option met the state’s requirements for that intersection.

  • Lt. Gov. Sanchez drops Senate bid

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate.

    Sanchez says he is quitting the race to avoid a bitter campaign against former Congresswoman Heather Wilson in the Republican primary to succeed retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    In a statement issued Thursday morning, Sanchez said a divisive Republican Primary would "only diminish our party's genuine opportunity to bring real change in Washington."

    Wilson released the following statement today in response to Sanchez exiting the U.S. Senate race:

  • DOE mulls plutonium disposition

    The Department of Energy held a scoping meeting last week at Cities of Gold Casino to consider additional alternatives for the pit disassembly and conversion capability as it pertains to surplus plutonium disposition (SPD).

    The scoping period began with the issuance of the amended Notice of Intent on Jan. 12 and the scoping ends March 12.

    The Scope of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement will consider the following:
    • Options to disassemble pits and convert plutonium metal to an oxide for disposition.
    • Disposition of seven metric tons of additional pit plutonium.
    • Disposition of six metric tons of non-pit plutonium.
    • Irradiating Mixed Oxide (MXO) fuel in Tennessee Valley Authority reactors.

  • Lt. Gov. Sanchez abandons bid for US Senate

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate.

    Sanchez said Thursday he was quitting the race to avoid a bitter campaign against former Congresswoman Heather Wilson in the Republican primary to succeed retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    In a statement issued Thursday morning, Sanchez said a divisive Republican primary would "only diminish our party's genuine opportunity to bring real change in Washington."