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  • House reintroduces Manhattan Project legislation

     

    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), and Congressman Ben ray Luján (D-N.M.) Friday 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.

  • State House passes minimum wage increase; Martinez may veto

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to increase the state minimum wage to $8.50 an hour is close to clearing the Legislature but faces trouble if it reaches Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The House approved the bill Friday on 37-32 vote, sending it back to the Senate. The state minimum wage went to $7.50 an hour in 2009. Supporters said the proposed increase would help workers and their families with rising costs of food and other essentials. Opponents warned that the wage increase would hurt businesses and could cause them to reduce jobs.

    Only three states — Washington, Oregon and Vermont — have minimum wages higher than $8.50 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. A Martinez spokesman says the governor opposes increasing the rate to $8.50 but would accept $7.80.

    Martinez, meanwhile, has vetoed a proposal by the Democratic-controlled Legislature to expand the state's tax incentives for television projects and films. Martinez rejected the measure on Friday and objected that lawmakers had approved only the subsidy for Hollywood rather than making it part of a package of economic development tax incentives she's seeking.

  • Citizen advisory board slates meeting

    The Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board bi-monthly meeting will be from 1-7 p.m. March 20 at the Marriott Pyramid North, Yucatan Meeting Room, 5151 San Francisco Road N.E., Albuquerque.
    The New Mexico Environment Department, Los Alamos National Security, Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency will attend, to provide status updates.
    At 2:45 p.m., Tom Carver from the Department of Energy, will discuss the results of the Aerial Rad Survey of Los Alamos. At 3:15, Dan Cox and Dave Nickless from Los Alamos National Laboratory, will provide a status on the 33 Shafts at Area G.
    The board will consider action on Draft Recommendation 2013-12 “Recommendation to Review Material Disposal Areas at LANL” for risks associated with fires. The public will have opportunity to address the board and voice their questions and concerns during the public comment periods, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    The meetings will wrap up with comments from the board members and adjourn at 7 p.m.

    From a press release 

  • LANL bill heads to governor

    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard’s (D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Santa Fe-43) “Technology Research Collaborative” bill received unanimous support from the New Mexico Senate Wednesday night, as they voted to send HB 562 to Gov. Susana Martinez’s desk.
    “The Technology Research Collaborative is a great step for New Mexico to ensure we are protecting our national laboratories, developing new technology, and creating jobs,” Garcia Richard said.
    HB 562 creates the Technology Research Collaborative to establish advanced technology centers, develop new intellectual property for the state to increase business opportunities and new jobs, commercialize intellectual property and create a supportive work force.
    The institutions participating in the collaborative are all national laboratories, other major research institutes and all of the post-secondary educational institutions in New Mexico. The New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology will act as fiscal agent for the collaborative.

  • Luján questions officials on Hanford waste

    Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, questioned officials from the Department of Energy Wednesday on their plans to move millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste from the Hanford site in Washington State to New Mexico for storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
    The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing, which focused on the recent security breakdown at the Y-12 National Security Complex, provided Luján with an opportunity to question high-ranking DOE officials on their plans to transport and store the waste in New Mexico.
    During Luján’s questioning, it was revealed that federal officials have been engaged in dialogue with representatives from the State of New Mexico.
    Luján sought a commitment from the agency to work closely with local officials and concerned citizens, in addition to state officials and the New Mexico federal delegation, as it explores whether such a transfer will take place and under what conditions.
    “While DOE has said it is interested in working with the committee and members of Congress, it is vital that the people of New Mexico also have an opportunity to express their views and make their voices heard,” Luján said.

  • 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.