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  • Fallon Reportedly Replacing Leno, Moving to NY
  • Lt. Governors Association announces executive committee
 

    The Republican State Leadership Committee President Chris Jankowski, on behalf of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association, announced the 2013 RLGA Executive Committee.

    “I’d like to thank RLGA Chairman Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki of Nevada and Vice-Chairman Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi along with their board for their commitment to serve,” Jankowski said. “Our 30 Republican lieutenant governors are strong partners who work with their governors and legislatures to balance budgets, increase job opportunities and support economic growth within their states.  We look forward to continuing to support the important work of Republican lieutenant governors in bringing the principles of smaller government, lower taxes and increased freedom to their states.”

    The RLGA is the only national organization committed to raising money and assisting Republicans in their campaigns for lieutenant governor, an office that has served as a springboard to elected positions such as governor, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, or appointments to the president’s cabinet.

  • Out for a stroll

     A trio of deer make their way through Camino Uva in Los Alamos.

  • Update 03-21-13

    Fish fry

    It is Fish Fry time again at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Adult plates are $10 and have two pieces of cod, with coleslaw and rice or French fries, plus a drink and dessert. Children may have one piece of fish or a grilled cheese sandwich with all the rest for $7 a plate.

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    Sock hop

    The Los Alamos Family Council will hold its Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop. The Hop is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Canyon Road. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family. Call 662-4160 for information.

    CRC meeting

    The Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee will hold its first meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 27, in the Community Building’s Training Room. This will primarily be an organizational meeting to appoint a chair and vice-chair and review the scope of work. The public is welcome to attend.

    Volunteers needed

    Telephone volunteers are needed for reading the Los Alamos Monitor on the New Mexico Newsline for the Blind. Call 662-0408. 

  • Customers give DPU higher marks

    A phone survey of 400 residential customers and 93 commercial customers — all randomly selected — indicates strong satisfaction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. The biennial survey was conducted by the Howell Research Group in January 2013.

    Nearly all residential customers (95 percent) rated DPU’s overall performance as good (53 percent) or excellent (42 percent). The cumulative rating of 3.4 on a four-point scale was slightly higher than the last three surveys, which placed customer satisfaction at 3.3.

    Business customer satisfaction was also up one point to 3.3, with 54 percent rating overall service good and 38 percent deeming it excellent.

    The survey queried customers about Smart Meters for the first time. After hearing a description of the devices they were asked if they would prefer or not prefer having one installed at no additional cost.

    Approximately two-thirds of the residential customers (65 percent) answered affirmatively, with only 16 percent saying they would prefer not to have a Smart Meter installed. Nineteen percent were not sure.

  • Baby Crocodiles Face Destiny As Bags and Shoes
  • Temps to plummet as front pushes through this weekend

    A STRONG COLD FRONT TO BRING AN ABRUPT CHANGE IN THE WEATHER THIS WEEKEND ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...

    A STRONG EARLY SPRING COLD FRONT WILL PUSH THROUGH ON SATURDAY... BRINGING MUCH COLDER AIR AND WINDY CONDITIONS TO THE AREA. THIS WILL BE A RATHER ABRUPT CHANGE GIVEN TEMPERATURES OVER THE PAST TEN DAYS HAVE GENERALLY BEEN ABOVE TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL.

    BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST BEHIND THE FRONT ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. LOW TEMPERATURES ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHTS WILL BE BELOW FREEZING MOST AREAS... EVEN DOWN INTO THE LOWER SINGLE DIGITS AT A FEW NORTHERN MOUNTAIN LOCATIONS. AT LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS... SUCH AS THE ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA... LOW TEMPERATURES WILL DIP TO READINGS NOT OBSERVED SINCE LATE FEBRUARY. AFTER A COUPLE DAYS OF COLD CONDITIONS... A WARMING TREND WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY OF NEXT WEEK.

    WINDY TO VERY WINDY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SATURDAY WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS ACROSS THE EASTERN HIGHLANDS AND ADJACENT PLAINS. IN ADDITION TO WINDY AND COLD CONDITIONS... SNOW IS FORECAST ACROSS THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS... NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS AND ADJACENT PLAINS. ANY SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS SHOULD BE CONFINED TO THE HIGHER TERRAIN NEAR THE COLORADO BORDER.

  • Today in History for March 21st
  • Senate vote: OK $85 billion cuts, avert shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to lock in $85 billion in widely decried spending cuts aimed at restraining soaring federal deficits — and to avoid a government shutdown just a week away. President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats rejected a call to reopen White House tours scrapped because of the tightened spending.

    Federal meat inspectors were spared furloughs, but more than 100 small and medium air traffic facilities were left exposed to possible closure as the two parties alternately clashed and cooperated over proposals to take the edge off across-the-board spending cuts that took effect on March 1.

    Final House approval of the measure is likely as early as Thursday. Obama's signature is a certainty, meaning the cuts will remain in place at least through the end of the budget year on Sept. 30 — even though he and lawmakers in both parties have criticized them as random rather than targeted. Obama argued strongly against them in campaign-style appearances, predicting painful consequences, before they began taking effect, and Republicans objected to impacts on Pentagon spending.

  • Colo. Corrections Dept. chief shot, killed at home

    MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's top state prison official was shot and killed when he answered the front door of his house, setting off a hunt for the shooter and raising questions about whether the attack had anything to do with his job.

    Tom Clements, 58, was shot around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Monument, north of Colorado Springs, and a witness reported a person driving away in a dark-colored "boxy" car that had its engine running at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

    Investigators were exploring all possibilities, including that the shooting could have been related to Clements' job as executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, which he took after years working in Missouri corrections.

    The killing stunned officials in both states. They described Clements, who is married with two daughters, as dedicated, funny, caring and an expert on the latest and best methods in his field who chose the Colorado job over retirement.

    At a news conference, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was red-eyed and somber, speaking haltingly as he said he didn't think the killing was part of any larger attack against his cabinet, members of which stood behind him, several of them crying. Others dabbed their eyes.