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  • Welcome to the O-zone

    Late on Thanksgiving eve the Obama administration released a roadmap of regulations being finalized in 2015. Within the bundle of more than 3,000 regulations lies a rule on ozone that President Barack Obama himself, in 2011, “put on ice” in effort to reduce “regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover.”
    So why is the rule back?
    First, Obama isn’t facing an election. Most believe the 2012 election was the reason for the about-face. More importantly, following the 2011 decision that struck down the proposed ozone rule, environmental groups sued the Obama administration. The resulting court order required the Environmental Protection Agency to release the proposed rule by Dec. 1.
    Once again, environmental groups are in charge of America’s energy, and, therefore, economic policy. They have systematically chipped away America’s sources of economic strength: cost-effective energy. And we’ve let them.

  • Today in history Dec. 13
  • Senate approves National Park status for Manhattan Project, Valles Caldera

    The senate has just voted 89−11 to approve the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes public lands legislation creating the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) and granting National Park Preserve status to the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP).

    Both pieces of legislation have been years in the making. Senators Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, and former Sen. Jeff Bingaman were sponsors of both pieces of legislation. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan helped sponsor the MPNHP legislation in the House.

    On Dec. 11. Heinrich delivered statements supporting the inclusion of several public lands bills in the NDAA. He stated,

    "None of this would be possible were it not for years of effort and support from the local communities that helped craft these bills. Thanks to their work, New Mexico's critical public land based economic engine will continue to grow in the energy, tourism, sporting and recreation sectors."
    Lujan also issued a statement after the House passage of the bill last week, stating that establish the MPNHP

  • NDAA, Manhattan Project and Valles Caldera parks pass Senate

    The senate has just voted 89−11 to approve the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes public lands legislation creating the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) and granting National Park Preserve status to the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP).

    Both pieces of legislation have been years in the making. Senators Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, and former Sen. Jeff Bingaman were sponsors of both pieces of legislation. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan helped sponsor the MPNHP legislation in the House.

    On Dec. 11. Heinrich delivered statements supporting the inclusion of several public lands bills in the NDAA. He stated,

  • LA boys fall in first round to Robertson

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team had turnover trouble in the opening round of the Sandia Prep Invitational tournament Thursday afternoon.
    The Hilltoppers were looking for their first win of the season against a team that was also seeking its first win, the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals.
    But the Cardinals came out the victor Thursday in Albuquerque. The Cardinals outscored the Hilltoppers 22-9 in the first quarter and never looked back, winning 54-31.
    Los Alamos has struggled early on in the season to find its footing on the offensive end. Los Alamos has only managed to score 40 points once this season and has been held to the low-30s in scoring each of the last three games.
    Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk said his team had some chances but were not connecting with its shots, then struggled holding on to the ball.
    “I could tell in warm-ups that they were not ready,” Kluk said of the contest. “After halftime the offense performed better and the defense was a bit more intense. We played them even in the second half.”
    The Hilltoppers fell behind big by the break, trailing 39-17. The Hilltopper defense was much better in the third quarter, limiting Robertson (1-4) to just five points. Unfortunately for Los Alamos, it only managed four points in that frame.

  • 'Toppers lose for first time this year

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational.
    Los Alamos went up by as many as 10 points in the first half and had chances late in its contest against the Los Lunas Tigers, but the Tigers prevailed in overtime.
    Los Lunas’ Jordan Holland drove down the middle of the lane with one second remaining in overtime to give the Tigers a 61-59 victory Thursday at Albuquerque Academy.
    Just prior to Holland’s bucket, the Hilltoppers had possession, but turned the ball over before getting a shot off.
    It was a disappointing loss for the Hilltoppers, who slipped to 5-1 on the year, after beating a pair of Class 5A opponents just heading into the Los Lunas contest.
    With the loss, Los Alamos goes into the consolation bracket of the tournament. It was scheduled to face West Mesa today — the Class 6A Mustangs (1-4) lost in the opening round to Academy’s Chargers, 44-33.
    Los Alamos and Los Lunas have seen each other several times in the recent past and Los Lunas has generally had Los Alamos’ number.
    Thursday, the Hilltoppers were paced by Amber Logan. Logan, who had a monster game against Hope Christian, was again effective from the outside Thursday.

  • Storms drench West Coast

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A soaking storm swept into Southern California, causing several mudslides, flooding streets and cutting power to tens of thousands Friday after lashing the rest of the state with much-needed rain.
    Despite the storm’s intense arrival, no major disasters were reported in Los Angeles and the surrounding sprawl of cities. Experts say California needs many more such storms to pull out of a drought that has lasted three years.
    Of particular concern were hillsides, stripped bare by wildfires, that loom over some neighborhoods. Though the fast-moving storm was projected to clear out east and reach Nevada and Arizona later in the day, the risk remained that sodden topsoil no longer held in place by roots could give way.
    In one area, a debris flow brushed aside barriers set up on the slope and surrounded about a dozen homes with silt, sticks, roots and rocks as large as a couch, piling up to the roofline in several backyards.
    One of the homes is owned by former Congressman Elton Gallegly.
    “There’s a lot of memories there” he told KTTV-TV, gesturing to the now-inaccessible house.
    A homeowners association in Camarillo, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, hired a construction crew to move debris — but the muck buried one of the earth movers.

  • Penguin Painting

    Local hockey player and fan, Cameron Meadows, puts brush to glass canvas as he paints a hockey-playing penguin on a door leading to his patio.

  • Update 12-12-14

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to the official swearing-in ceremony for incoming officials. That ceremony will take place Dec. 19 in council chambers. It will begin at 3 p.m. Officials being sworn in include councilors David Izraelevitz, Susan O’Leary, Rick Reiss and James Chrobocinski, assessor Ken Milder, magistrate judge Pat Casados, municipal judge Alan Kirk, probate judge Christine Chandler and sheriff Marco Lucero.

    Arts and Crafts

    The Knigts of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase.

    County Council

    The next scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the municipal building.

    Luminaria sand

    Los Alamos County’s Traffic and Streets division is again providing free sand to residents for making luminarias.
    Sand for luminarias — also called farolitos — is available at the following locations around Los Alamos County:

  • Council adopts legislative agenda

    Here is what Los Alamos County Council adopted Tuesday night in its vote for the FY 2015 State Legislative Agenda:

    Support

    a. Legislation supporting Los Alamos County’s application for capital outlay funding to develop senior/affordable housing infrastructure.
    b. Legislation that enhances affordable housing programs.
    c. Funding for MainStreet/Arts and Cultural District programming and other statewide economic development initiatives.
    d. Legislation that allows the use of State General Funds for bridging the gap within the Safety Net Care pool.
    e. Legislation supporting changes to the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) that would broaden the utility of the Act.
    f. Consensus legislative priorities of NMAC and NMML.

    Monitor

    a. Any changes to municipal revenue legislation, such as proposals for local governments to “swap” GRT distribution for State income tax distribution.
    b. Other legislation directly affecting Los Alamos County and/or its ability to serve its citizens.
    c. Legislation in support of Community Health Council funding.

    Oppose