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  • Today in History for January 12
  • Texas Blast: 'All You See Is a House Gone'

    An explosion Friday in a North Texas neighborhood leveled a home that is part of a nonprofit group's affordable housing program, injuring at least three men and scattering debris.

  • Indiana Boy Abducted in '94 Found in Minnesota
  • Committee members sought

    Citizens interested in being on the “Naming Committee to Consider A Request to Name the New Municipal Building after State Representative Jeannette O. Wallace” are asked to submit one-page letter of interest to County Administrator Harry Burgess by noon on Friday, Jan. 18.
     The county administrator will appoint this committee consisting of at least two citizens and one representative of the business community. Applicants should send their letter to lacadministrator@lacnm.us and must state that they are able to be an impartial member of the committee, as required by County Code, Article V, Section 2-422, and that they have no connection to the Municipal Building, other than being citizens of the county.
     Members will be notified by Jan. 22. If selected, members should be available to attend two public hearings on Jan. 31 and Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
    For more information, visitlosalamosnm.us or call the Public Information Officer at 662-8083.

  • Leadership NM accepting applications

    Leadership New Mexico is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Core and Connect New Mexico Programs. Applications are available at the Leadership New Mexico website, leadershipnm.org or by calling 241-4800. Deadline for submission is March 15.
    Leadership New Mexico’s Core Program is 10 months in duration and it’s designed to address current issues facing the state.
    Each program session features speakers that are acknowledged leaders in their specific fields, while program participants actively engage in discussion and debate.
    The process offers an opportunity for inquiry, analysis and development of solutions to the most pressing issues facing our communities and New Mexico.
    Connect New Mexico, The Next Generation of Leadership is a program designed to offer young professionals, ages 25-40, the opportunity to develop personal leadership skills, learn how New Mexico systems and structures work and explore the critical issues facing our state.
    Leadership New Mexico seeks to create classes with a wide geographic base, diverse backgrounds, and varied vocations.
    The programs are open to all citizens of the state. To be selected for the programs, applicants must demonstrate a dedication to New Mexico’s progress.  Characteristics of a successful applicant are:  

  • Update 01-11-13


    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Jan. 15, Becky Wechsler Oertel, daughter of the late Jay Wechsler, will speak on the long-term effects of fire in the forest.

    Wallace dedication

    A dedication of a UNM-LA lecture hall will take place at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the campus.

    BPU meeting

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

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

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  • Tips from Red Cross to eschew the flu

    Widespread flu activity is being reported across much of the country including New Mexico and the American Red Cross urges people who have not yet gotten a flu vaccine to get vaccinated now.

    The Red Cross also has steps people can take to prevent the spread of the flu virus during what the Centers for Disease Control. (CDC) says is the worst influenza outbreak in several years in the United States.

    Widespread flu activity is reported in 41 states - Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

  • High winds blow through L.A.

    High winds blew through Los Alamos and White Rock Friday morning and will continue through the night. Although there was a bit of blowing snow, the real problem will be frigid temperatures for the weekend. Difficult driving conditions were reported Friday on some Northern New Mexico highways. Snow and wind has been reported on Interstate 25, east of Santa Fe, between Glorieta and Ilfield. Difficult driving conditions such as blowing snow and limited visibility were reported on highways near Taos Junction and Eagle Nest. 

  • Martinez floats budget proposal

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez proposed a nearly $5.9 billion state budget on Thursday that’s close to the overall spending recommendations of a legislative panel, but the administration’s plan for tax cuts and merit pay for educators could run into trouble in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

    Martinez outlined a budget blueprint that provides for a 4.1 percent, or $232 million, increase in spending in the fiscal year that starts next July. That closely resembles the $233 million increase for public schools, higher education and general government programs proposed a day earlier by the Legislative Finance Committee.

    However, there are plenty of areas of potential disagreements with Democrats in the details of the governor’s budget.
    Martinez proposed $11 million for a merit pay system for teachers and $47 million for tax cuts as economic development incentives. Unlike the legislative panel, Martinez did not recommend an across-the-board 1 percent pay raise for state workers and educators — a $32 million provision under the legislative committee budget.

  • More ready than not

      A report recently published by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has given New Mexico a satisfactory grade when it comes to health and emergency preparedness.

    The report, “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism” gives New Mexico a seven out of 10 score when it comes to being prepared for any sort of threat, manmade or otherwise. 

    The report graded the state on 10 factors: Funding commitment, response readiness, infectious disease control, extreme weather event preparedness, community resiliency, emergency management, health, system preparedness, public health laboratories staffing and surge capacity and Public health laboratories — Chemical threat preparedness. 

    The report broke down each of these factors and gave them an either “yes” or “no” rating.