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Today's News

  • Council eyes internal relations

    During last Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, Councilor Mike Wismer cited issues raised by the Los Alamos County FY2011 Internal Quality Customer Service Survey. The survey revealed some glaring weaknesses in employee performance.

    Los Alamos County initiated the survey in 2008, with the first report in 2009.

    Wismer was not only concerned with negative staff interactions revealed in the survey, but with what he saw as an attempt to minimize some findings of the survey.

    An introduction to the survey notes that only 209 of the county’s 740 employees responded to the FY 2010 survey, in comparison to 394 responding in FY2011, so 2010 was “not statistically significant due to the low response rate.”

  • Opening Day at Pajarito

    Pajarito Ski Mountain opened Saturday and the conditions could not have been better with cold temperatures and not a cloud in the sky. Four of six lifts were open as were 33 of 44 runs. In the past three days, the mountain added 12 inches of snow and more is expected by Sunday night or Monday.

  • Food service returns to LAHS

    More change is coming to Los Alamos High School for the second semester.
    Not only will students have new schedules and a new building in which to attend classes, but they will also have a new lunch option.

    Summit, a food service company based in Albuquerque, will offer lunch service to LAHS students, which has been absent for several years. Students have had to go off-campus to get lunch or purchase food from various clubs on campus when it was sold. Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) also offered various snacks for a quick bite.

  • Lab forms cost-cutting task force

    Last week, lab director Charlie McMillan established the Los Alamos National Laboratory Integrated Stewardship Council, which would help make financial decisions in order to achieve $200 million in savings across the lab.

    In a memo obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor, Rich Marquez, who reports to McMillan as part of the senior management team at the lab, wrote that “Organizations have been asked to execute only those employment and procurement actions that are essential.  In addition, they have been asked to implement a 20 percent cost savings (from FY11 levels) in foreign and domestic travel and in M&S expenditures.

  • Sunday Session: LAPS Board Set to Review Super's Contract

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education has scheduled a rare Sunday afternoon executive session to review the superintendent's evaluation and contract.

    The executive session, which is closed to the public, will take place at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at 209 Navajo in Los Alamos. An Internet search of the address for the meeting indicates the location is the private residence of school board member Kevin Honnell.

    The superintendent, Dr. Gene Schmidt, has been superintendent of the district since July 2009. Schmidt currently earns $142,300 a year which ranks his compensation in the top 10 among the highest paid school chiefs in the state, according to information on the New Mexico Public Education Department website.

  • Massive storm system expected to move toward NM

    A LARGE STORM SYSTEM CURRENTLY STALLED OVER THE NORTHERN BAJA WILL TRACK EAST OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AND BEGIN TO IMPACT WESTERN NEW MEXICO LATER SUNDAY.

    INITIALLY... WARMER AIR WILL GET DRAWN NORTH AHEAD OF THE STORM SYSTEM WITH SNOW LEVELS REMAINING WELL ABOVE 7500 FEET SUNDAY NIGHT AND INTO THE FIRST PART OF MONDAY WITH RAIN EXPECTED IN THE VALLEYS AND PLAINS.

    COLDER AIR WILL BLAST THROUGH THE EASTERN PLAINS MONDAY MORNING WITH PRECIPITATION CHANGING OVER TO SNOW FROM THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN EAST ACROSS THE PLAINS.

  • VIDEO: House Passes $1T Budget Bill, Avoids Shutdown

    The House has passed a $1 trillion-plus catchall budget bill paying for day-to-day operations of 10 Cabinet departments and averting a government shutdown.

  • Congress flips dimmer switch on light bulb law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress are flipping the dimmer switch on a law that sets new energy-savings standards for light bulbs.

    They've reached a deal to delay until October enforcement of standards that some fear will bring about the end of old-style 100-watt bulbs. GOP lawmakers say they're trying to head off more government interference in people's lives.

    But environmentalists and the light bulb industry say the move is not too bright.

    Language postponing enforcement of the light bulb law — it was set to take effect Jan. 1 — was included in a massive spending bill that funds the government through September. The House passed the measure on Friday, with approval expected Saturday in the Senate.

  • Cheerleaders Answer the Call

    Marlie Apperson and Amanda Martinez organized 16 of their fellow cheerleaders from the Los Alamos High School Cheerleading squad to ring the bell to raise money for the Salvation Army.  They have been working at various times all month. All the money that goes in the buckets stays here in Los Alamos to help those in need. If anyone needs assistance, they should contact Self-Help at 662-4666

  • State Briefs 12-16-11

    Law enforcement warns of fake check scam

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico residents are being warned about a fake check scam. The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office in Albuquerque says the office recently received a fake check accompanied by a request that the office pay the amount of $948.00 to a scammer.
    The Carlsbad Current Argus reports the same root scheme of the scams is a request for money and comes in many different forms. Residents receive notices that someone is in jail or coming to visit and requests that the potential scam victim wire them money.
    Police suggest that if you receive something like that, bring it to authorities.