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  • 4 face charges in NM meth bust

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State and federal authorities say four people are facing charges following a two-month investigation into a drug trafficking ring.

    Authorities with a regional drug enforcement task force say large amounts of methamphetamine were being trafficked in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties.

    This week's bust netted officers almost a pound of meth that was valued at $12,000, along with an ounce of cocaine, two stolen handguns and more than $4,200 in cash.

    The investigation also turned up evidence related to several property crime cases in Santa Fe.

    Authorities identified those facing charges as 38-year-old Christopher Candelaria of Albuquerque and Santa Fe residents 34-year-old Regina Cole, 30-year-old Justin Jameson and 31-year-old Angelo Rotunno.

  • Earlier Sunday liquor sales among bill signings

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Among the bills signed by Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday:

    —Allow bars and restaurants to begin serving alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sunday, instead of noon. A Sunday noon starting time remains for package liquor purchased at grocery stores and other locations for off-premise consumption.

    —Allow counties to increase the salaries of their elected officials by as much as 15 percent. A salary cap is raised for officials such as sheriff, treasurer and assessor. County commissioners must decide whether to provide a pay increase, however.

    —Require coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders for health insurance plans for public employees and retired government workers. A 2009 law mandated coverage for autism in group health plans in private industry, but not the insurance plans for state and local government workers and educators.

    —Prohibit public and private universities from requesting social media passwords from student applicants, and employers can't ask for those passwords from job seekers.

    —Relax state regulation of rural telephone companies and cooperatives, including allowing automatic rate increases in some cases.

    —Allow all municipalities and counties to impose a lodging tax to finance convention or civic centers.

  • Today in History April 6
  • Portrait commemorates Los Alamos anniversary

    A heartfelt dedication took place at the Betty Ehart Senior Center on Friday afternoon for the unveiling of a portrait of General Leslie Groves, who played a crucial role in the Manhattan Project. 

    In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Los Alamos Historical Society has agreed to house and honor one of the key players in the development of the atomic bomb.

    Members of LANL and historians attended the event and spoke about how the labs have held an important role in the world, the Los Alamos community and the future as a whole. 

    “The last 70 years have mattered, but the next 70 years is what matters more,” Council chair Geoff Rodgers said. “This gift will remind of us of our past.”

  • Martinez signs N.M. budget

     SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's state workers and educators are in line for their first across-the-board pay increase in four years under a nearly $5.9 billion state budget signed into law Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The governor used her line-item veto powers to trim less than $2 million from next year's spending in the budget, but she left intact provisions that allocate about $33 million for 1 percent salary increases for public employees, including school workers, in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

    Martinez faced a Friday deadline for signings and vetoing bills passed by the Legislature.

  • DOE highlights from Obama's new budget


    2013 Budget Highlights for DOE regarding nuclear programs

    • The Administration proposes $7.6 billion for Weapons Activities, an in crease of $363 million or 5 percent above the 2012 enacted level, to maintain a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent as described in the Ad- ministration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) of 2010. This Budget meets the goals of the NPR by continuing nuclear weapon life extension programs—such as upgrades to the W76 and B61 nuclear weapons—by improving and replacing aging facilities —such as increasing investments in funding for the Uranium Processing Facility— and by sustaining the existing stockpile through underlying science, surveillance, and other sup- port programs.

    • The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Defense are reducing and stretching out the schedule of several weapons life extension programs and are re- structuring plans for maintaining plutonium capabilities. As a result, the 2013 Budget provides $372 million less for Weapons Activities than the Administration projected in last year’s request and reported to the Congress in the “Section 1251 Report” on nuclear weapons plans.

  • Update 04-05-13


    The Los Alamos Women’s Golf Association will hold its annual fundraiser from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Ridge Park Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer.

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    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold budget hearings beginning at 7 p.m. April 15 in council chambers.

    County web page

    As part of the upcoming move to the new Municipal Building, the County’s Information Management staff will be bringing down the server that hosts the County’s losalamosnm.us webpage. The server will be down at 5 p.m. on Friday and the webpage will be temporarily unavailable for a few hours while the server is physically moved to its new location in the new building.

  • A night of culture

    Chamisa and Piñon Elementary schools worked with the LAPS Foundation to host a multicultural event on Thursday night. The community turned out to support the event which featured art, dance food and more

  • County modifies bus routes

    Public Works Director Philo Shelton rolled out a modified Atomic City Transit schedule at Wednesday’s Transportation Board meeting. The revised routes and schedules allow for greater utilization of grant money, while officials hope to provide better service for riders.

    Budget reductions prompted an evaluation of the system and revealed several avenues for improvement. Once council approves a new budget in April, transit staff plans to move quickly to implement the changes, which should go into effect by the end of May.

    “One of the things we looked at was grant eligibility for various routes, and we found that for route 2, which is partnered with the NCRTD (North Central Regional Transit District), we were not able to be fully reimbursed for that grant given the hours of operation and how it connected,” Shelton said.

    The new schedule combines routes 2 and 5, eliminating the Pajarito Acres segment of route 5. The Pajarito route averages only six people per day. Eliminating that and combining the two routes increases frequency to every 30 minutes throughout the day and every 15 minutes during peak periods. Riders in Pajarito Acres may utilize Dial-a-Ride service or catch the route 2 bus at the White Rock Visitor Center.

  • First phase of Aspen school construction begins in May

    A $1.3 million utilities project marks the first phase of a $12.4 million renovation of Aspen Elementary School.

    The Los Alamos Board of Education recently approved the opening stage designed to get the construction started. The project will include permanent installation of water lines as well as sewer, gas and electric lines. The new utilities will first be used for the incoming portable classrooms, which will be located on the school’s soccer field.

    The project is set to begin this May, according to school officials.

    Probably the most complex part of the construction will be the installation of the water lines. According to Los Alamos Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson and other county officials who had input on the project, the lines are mainly needed to bring Aspen up to current fire code.

    One line will come in from the south, the other the north. The southern one is designed to feed the school’s new fire suppression system as well as a new fire hydrant that will be located in back of the gym. Officials said that line will not come through neighbor’s property, as it will come through a wooded area before hitting school property.