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Today's News

  • LANL debuts hybrid ‘green’ garbage truck

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has begun using a diesel-hydraulic hybrid truck for daily garbage pickup, improving fuel efficiency by 30 percent and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by even more.

    The Peterbilt Model 320 replaces one of the Lab’s two garbage trucks. Each truck runs 40 hours per week and racks up tens of thousands of miles every year.

  • Transition of power musing

    As the gubernatorial transition from Bill Richardson to Susana Martinez moves forward, a few observations appear appropriate.
    One suggestion has come to the IdeasForNewMexico@swcp.com e-mail address unveiled in my last column. It’s a good one and is exactly the sort of problem, well known to people on the ground, that doesn’t trickle to the netherworld of the transition.

  • Governor's legacy: Progress or pals

    In June the New Mexico Film Museum closed after a short, unproductive life. It was a cost-cutting measure, said the Governor’s Office.
    The museum rarely offered a program and had no operating budget. It did pay its directors, each one politically connected, rather well ($80,000 a year for the last two). There was a flap in 2007, when the governor attempted to appoint former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron as director, because she had no relevant experience. But none of the museum’s directors had any film experience.
    And so it went.  

  • Muni building’s side issues

    The central question of the Muni is:  Do we want it back at the pond or not? Everything else is a side issue.
    If the answer is yes, then we can get it done.  At this juncture, I would prefer to avoid “going negative.”  Towards that end, I have posted on my blog, losalamosrealitycheck.blogspot.com, the reasons I believe the answer should be “yes” (and I hope to have the Monitor run that, though it is a bit lengthy.)

  • Cadets’ hard work pays off

    Los Alamos High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps students and instructors have a lot to celebrate. They brought home a total of 10 first place awards from the Four Corners Drill Meet in Farmington, which took place Oct. 22.

  • NM home sales, prices drop in October

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Realtors group says home sales in New Mexico dropped by 7 percent in October from a month earlier.

    The median price of homes sold also dropped by nearly 3 percent from September to $175,000.

    The sales and price figures were released late Friday by the Realtors Association of New Mexico.

    Executive vice president Steven Anaya says the numbers in New Mexico mirror national trends.

  • Gov.-elect wants resignations from exempt workers

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez wants resignations from political appointees in Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson's administration unless they are asked to stay on when the Republican governor takes office in January.

    Martinez transition team leader Heather Wilson notified so-called exempt workers Friday that they should submit resignations effective Dec. 31, the last day of Richardson's term.

  • Trinity could tout roundabouts

    Los Alamos drivers may be maneuvering through roundabouts on Trinity Drive in the future.

    From four proposed alternatives that the NM 502 corridor study developed to improve Trinity Drive, the transportation board is recommending that Los Alamos County Council direct staff to further study and gather input on two alternatives ­– A1 and A2.

  • Blind justice: New sculpture for center defies convention

    There’s no such thing as convention in the world of art.

    From Claude Monet’s paintings of haystacks to Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, a urinal sculpture, art is constantly evolving. While Paris or New York may seem like the typical hotbeds for creative innovations, Los Alamos is experiencing its own artistic revolution.

  • Injunction hearing postponed

    The litigants on both sides of the controversy surrounding the impending referendum on the municipal building issue were set to square off Thursday afternoon in a Santa Fe district courtroom. But in an 11th hour agreement, the hearing was postponed until Monday.

    The plaintiffs, George Chandler and wife Christine, are representing themselves and said they have agreed to give the county’s outside counsel, attorney Holly Agajanian, time to meet with her clients. Agajanian is representing Los Alamos County, the Los Alamos County Council and County Clerk Janet Foster.