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Today's News

  • Notorious intersection to get an overhaul

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will add design and safety improvements this summer to the intersection of N.M. 4 and East Jemez Road in White Rock, a dangerous intersection notorious for collisions, according National Nuclear Security Administration officials.

    Los Alamos officials were pleased with the announcement.

    “Doing something about that intersection was the county’s number one priority,” said Los Alamos Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt. “We were in those meetings pushing hard to make sure that project was included on the overall list in terms of how they were going to spend the $12 million in road projects.”

    East Jemez Road, from Diamond Drive all the way down to N.M. 4, will be improved as part of a plan to upgrade safety on the roads used by Los Alamos National Laboratory to transport waste.

    Officials connected to maintaining the road estimate that at least four to five major accidents have occurred at that intersection last year.

  • Today in history Jan. 18
  • Nature Center to host planetarium shows

     Take a close look at planets in the solar system and beyond with Dr. Rick Wallace at 7 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
    The film “From Earth to the Universe” will let attendees embark on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe on Saturday and at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 and 29. For more information about these and future planetarium shows, please visit peecnature.org/planetarium or call  662-0460.

  • Administration’s 36 or 37 tax ‘cuts’ include 2 increases

    A Martinez administration mantra is, “We’ve cut taxes 37 times.” This repetition came Dec. 20 at the Tax Research Institute’s Legislative Outlook Conference. The speaker was the governor’s chief of staff Keith Gardner.
    But what exactly are those tax cuts? After a couple of requests spokesman Chris Sanchez provided a list of bill numbers by session date. The list is posted at capitolreportnm.blogspot.com. He did not provide estimated revenue impact, which I requested. I was unable to get the impact from the Legislature’s website, nmlegis.gov.
    Finding the bills is a little tedious, but easy enough.
    Taken as one, the list offers rather less than meets the eye. Repeating “We’ve cut taxes 37 times” is supposed to impress. I’m reminded of governors running for president—Bill Richardson comes to mind—claiming virtue from having balanced the state government budget. Such claims mean nothing; state constitutions require balanced budgets.
    The list showed 36 tax cut bills. The exception was Senate Bill 369 from 2012, which defined a number of terms relating to veterans.

  • LANS to fund $2.5 million in community projects

    Los Alamos National Security, LLC reaffirmed its investment in the community Wednesday, announcing that its board of directors approved $2.5 million to fund community support projects.

    The investment will go to support education, economic development and charitable giving in the northern New Mexico region.

    LANS is the management and operations contractor for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    “The board’s decision to invest in our communities and their priorities reaffirms their continuing commitment to northern New Mexico,” the director of LANL’s Community Partnership Office, Kathy Keith said. “In this coming year, we will strengthen partnerships with community organizations in order to have maximum impact for the Lab and northern New Mexico.”

    The $2.5 million is part of the LANS’ Community Commitment Plan, which has provided $32.5 million to New Mexico since 2007. The plan is managed by the LANL Community Partnerships Office. One of the main goals of the plan is to provide career paths and opportunities that lead to STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) to area students.

    “With our continuing investments, an area we look to help spark and nurture an interest in is science, technology, engineering and math among students in the region.” Keith said.

  • Former President George H.W. Bush, wife Barbara hospitalized

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to an intensive care unit on Wednesday, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman.

    The 92-year-old former president was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital to "address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. McGrath said the former first lady was hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing.

    "Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation. President Bush is stable and resting comfortable in the ICU, where he will remain for observation," McGrath said in the statement.

    McGrath later told The Associated Press that doctors were happy with how the procedure went. The 41st president was admitted to the hospital on Saturday for shortness of breath.

    "So it's just, how does his body respond. I don't think there's a whole lot of money to be gained betting against George Bush. We're just kind of in a wait and see mode," he said.

  • Assets in Action: Science fair is 10th year for Dawn Brown

    In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a day of service, I like to promote the wonderful work done in the community by wonderful people.
    When a big event is ahead and I know potentially hundreds of people will see her, and I hope comment, I‘d like to celebrate the lifetime work, in Los Alamos, of Dawn Lee Brown.
    Brown is the coordinator of the Los Alamos Science Fair. It is astounding to believe that this is actually Brown’s 10th year with the science fair.
    Since arriving in Los Alamos, Brown has rallied some friends and many community members to a variety of projects to benefit others. This particular event benefits hundreds of children and inspires so many others.
    I believe the older population is inspired when they see the sheer genius of our youth today. When the media portrays that today’s youth is sitting for hours on end on computers and phones, this two-day event demonstrates otherwise.
    The younger generation is inspired when they see what time and effort can accomplish. The youth see what ideas can be when they take shape from a simple question, one that may be brewing inside them.
    Brown is a mighty force, but she is surrounded by a pretty awesome family, too. Mama Melba Lee passed on the genes, as a mom, a member of Beta Sigma Phi and having a life-long passion for kids.

  • Community Calendar 1-18-17

    TODAY
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. JoAnne Tucker, Ph.D., will present on Healing Voices/Personal Stories, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Cheyanne’s Story. The public is welcome to attend.

    Leage of Women Voters of Los Alamos forum for LAPS and UNM-LA advisory board candidates from 7-8:30 p.m. at Piñon Elementary School, 90 Grand Canyon Drive. Refreshments start at 6:30 p.m.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.
    FRIDAY
    Rotary Club of Los Alamos will have a club assembly from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The public is welcome.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” at 7:30 p.m. at LALT, 1670 Nectar, Los Alamos. Performance contains strong language, mature subject matter, dark humor and bold statements of sexuality. Not recommended for children under 16 years old. Contact Gracie Coinelli, cainelli@comcast.net, or 662-9352.
    SATURDAY

  • Teacher evaluations top Garcia Richard’s legislative priorities

    Los Alamos’ state Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Dist. 43) plans to sponsor 11 bills during the legislative session that opened Tuesday. She spoke with the Los Alamos Monitor Monday about her top four priorities this session.
    Working with Los Alamos Public Schools to reform teacher evaluations tops Garcia Richard’s list.
    “The current teacher evaluation system really has our teachers demoralized,” Garcia Richard said. “It’s really been a blow to our teacher cadre – here, in one of the most successful districts in the state.”
    That effort started this summer when Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and board President Jim Hall testified before the interim Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) about the district’s desire to create an alternative teacher evaluation system.
    “They feel that with teacher and community and parent input they can really get at those components that allow us to recognize teacher effectiveness,” Garcia Richard said.

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