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  • No tax deal as Legislature nears finish line

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez have not reached a deal on possible tax cuts as lawmakers approach the finish line of the 60-day legislative session.
    Senate Finance Committee Chairman John Arthur Smith, a Deming Democrat, said Thursday that talks continue with the Martinez administration about proposals to reduce taxes to encourage economic development in the state.
    “We’re still trying to work something out,” Smith said in an interview. “The problem is we’re running out of time.”
    Lawmakers adjourn on Saturday.
    Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said the governor wants lawmakers to “make job creation and education reform the priority” in the closing stretch of the legislative session.
    “The notion that the Legislature does not have time to focus on efforts to help New Mexico small businesses grow and create more jobs is preposterous, given the types of legislation they are willing to stay late at night in order to pass,” Knell said a day after the Senate had worked until nearly midnight, including to approve a legislative rule to potentially shield the email of lawmakers from disclosure through requests for public records.

  • Update 03-15-13

    No power

    The Fuller Lodge Art Center announced it will be open Saturday without power. This weekend, Fuller Lodge, the Community Building and Ashley Pond Park will be without electricity as county crews begin the first phase of major improvements planned for Fuller Lodge over the summer.

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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. March 23 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 Deptartment 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.

    'Van Choc Straw'

    LALT presents “Van Choc Straw” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets, $12 general admission and $10 for students, are available in advance at CB Fox or at the door. 

  • LAHS to hold memorial service

    There will be a service at Los Alamos High School in memory of Isaac Anthony Hayden, at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Griffith Gym.
    Anyone is welcome to attend, but the service is especially intended for students. Following the service, Young Life will host an opportunity for remembrances to be shared at The Coffee Booth.
    Hayden died Tuesday night at his White Rock home.
    Public visitation will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in White Rock Baptist Church, with the funeral to follow at 10:30 a.m.
    Hayden’s obituary information is available online at LAMonitor.com, and it will be published in Sunday’s edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.
     

  • Comet gazers

    More than a dozen people gathered at the White Rock Overlook Park to watch Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) set over the Jemez next to the crescent moon, just after sunset March 12. The moon and comet dropped out of the clouds just before sinking beyond the horizon.

  • House reintroduces Manhattan Project legislation

     

    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), and  Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) today introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1208) in the House of Representatives to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that will encompass facilities in Hanford, Wash.; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and Los Alamos.

    The Manhattan Project was an unprecedented top-secret program to construct a nuclear weapon during World War II. This effort combined military and scientific resources and involved hundreds of thousands of workers.

    "The Manhattan Project is a significant chapter in America's history.  The establishment of this park will ensure that this history is preserved and that facilities, such as Hanford's B Reactor, will remain open and accessible for future generations to visit.  I'll continue to work with advocates in these local communities, as well as with my colleagues in both the House and the Senate, towards the goal of getting this bill enacted into law," Hastings said.

  • Today in History for March 15th
  • DPU crews trenching Deacon Street

    The Los Alamos Deptaremtn of Public Utilities’ electric linemen will begin trenching on Deacon Street Thursday to install new electric lines to upgrade circuit 14. This circuit services the eastern portion of the Los Alamos townsite.
    Crews will trench 120-feet at the intersection of Deacon and 17th Street, to install the new lines. Work will continue for several days. No interruption of power is required at this time. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to be attentive to the work zone, as work proceeds.  

  • Plans set for pilgrimage

    Law enforcement, emergency services and safety regulators from several local pueblos, the City of Española and Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties are working collectively to assure every safety measure is taken and precaution is in place for walkers and event coordinators alike for the annual pilgrimage to the El Santuario de Chimayó, typically running the Thursday before Good Friday to Easter Sunday.
    Thousands of people usually visit the Santuario every Easter holiday and this year, there will be about 13 entities present to guarantee the safety of the public.
    Walkers and vendors are given the following reminders and tips:
    • Walk against traffic
    • Dress appropriate for weather and wear comfortable walking shoes
    • If walking at night, wear reflective clothing and use flashlights and glow sticks
    • Keep an eye out for water stations and first aid booths
    • Stay hydrated
    • In case of an emergency, dial 911
    • Keep animals on a leash
    • Assure small children are kept close to adults
    • Diabetes patients are encouraged to carry water and snacks at all times
    • No vending, except on private properties
    For more information concerning safety measures for the Santuario Pilgrimage, call 505-747-1941. 

  • Update 03-14-13

    No power

    The Fuller Lodge Art Center announced it will be open Saturday without power. This weekend, Fuller Lodge, the Community Building and Ashley Pond Park will be without electricity as county crews begin the first phase of major improvements planned for Fuller Lodge over the summer.

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    Send press releases, photos and videos to laeditor@lamonitor.com or contact the newsroom at 662-4185.

    AARP coffee

    The AARP local chapter  will host coffee at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the classroom at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. A welcome to new retirees  and ideas for future programs will be part of this informal  gathering. For more information, call 662-8920.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon-1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. March 19: Mike Lansing, associate director for Safeguards and Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss new security initiatives at LANL.

    'Van Choc Straw'

    LALT presents “Van Choc Straw” at 7:30 p.m. Friday Tickets, $12 general admission and $10 for students, are available in advance at CB Fox or at the door. 

  • Huffman named First Born Program director

    Regina Huffman, former director of the Family Infant Toddler Program in Gallup, has been named executive director for the Northwest New Mexico First Born Program at a press conference Tuesday at the State Capitol.
    Huffman has a master’s degree in counseling from Western New Mexico University and a bachelor of university studies degree in early education and psychology from the University of New Mexico.
    The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced a $1.8 million grant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation to provide parenting training in San Juan and McKinley Counties. St. Joseph Community Health is providing $150,000 and the Navajo Nation Growing in Beauty Program is giving $50,000.
    Families having their first child will receive three years of home visits, medical advice and training to build parenting skills and child brain development through the Northwest New Mexico First Born Program. At least 200 families per year are expected to benefit from the guidance of home visitors, with the first beginning this spring.