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  • Update 04-18-13

    Town Hall

    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe) will join with the AARP of Los Alamos to hold a Town Hall meeting from 1-3 p.m. on Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

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    BPU meeting

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

    PEEC parking

    Earth Day Festival at PEEC, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3540 Orange Street. All welcome to enjoy Clan Tynker and Hill Stompers, booths, food, activities for all ages. Free, but you must park at Sullivan Field and take the free Atomic City Transit shuttle bus to PEEC (no parking at the high school this year due to school activities). 

  • Drug takeback day set for April 27

    The Los Alamos Police Department is having a “Drug Takeback Day” on April 27. Any resident who has prescription drugs they are no longer using are invited to drop them off at pre designated drop off points, no questions asked.
    According to LAPD Commander Randy Foster, the LAPD has been in the program for two years, and it’s a popular one in Los Alamos.
    “The number of drugs we take in at each event can be measured in pounds,” said Cmr Foster.
    The event will feature two locations. One will be at the Los Alamos Medical Center, located at 3917 West Road on the east side of the parking lot. The other location will be in White Rock in the White Rock Public Library’s parking lot, located at 133 Longview Drive.
    “The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) allowed us to do a second site so senior citizens living in White Rock wouldn’t have to travel up the hill,” said LAPD Sgt. Oliver Morris, who is in charge of the program.

  • Top Kiwanis adviser

    Don Casperson of Los Alamos was named the Kiwanis Adviser of the Year after gaining the award at the Key Club’s District Convention in El Paso last weekend. A number of people nominated Casperson. Aspen Elementary School teacher Sharon Allen wrote, “This man is on-the-go constantly, supporting all ages of kids in our small community. ... He attends every meeting of every club he sponsors and that is usually four meetings a week.” Kathleen Boeritger, a chemistry teacher at Los Alamos High School, added, ”In the four years since I became the Key Club Academic Advisor, Don has never missed a meeting unless he was out of town.          

  • Mesa smart meter study reaches 500-plus

    Participation in the Mesa Smart Meter Study continues to grow this week as the final April 28 deadline nears, reported officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities.
    Project collaborators are recruiting the final residents of North and Barranca Mesa.
    The DPU, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Kyoto University researchers, and Toshiba are working together to measure electric usage behavior in response to pricing signals, called “demand response.”
    The study is open to any residence in North Mesa and Barranca Mesa, with two weeks left to sign up. Recruitment for the study, which has garnered more than 500 participants so far, will close April 28 and study activities will be completed in February of 2014.
    It is completely separate from a household’s electric bill, and there is no cost to participate. The intake survey for the Mesa Smart Meter Study can be completed in 5 minutes and may be taken at https://www.rmrsurveys2.com/LosAlamos.
    A follow up mailing in May will let participants know of further details, including their study grouping.
    Once the intake survey is completed a participant is officially entered into the Mesa Smart Meter Study.

  • Council OKs budget

    The Los Alamos County council adopted a budget for FY2014 on Wednesday, adding $378,565 to the $185.9 million proposed by staff.

    The vote came after more than four hours of debate and a series of votes on individual “parking lot” items. As council worked to reach consensus, several motions, friendly amendments and substitute motions were struck down, but the final vote on every item was unanimous.

    County Administrator Harry Burgess led the discussion, addressing many of the issues raised in the first two budget hearing sessions.

    Cutbacks to programs such as Senior Center services and Progress through Partnering were areas of concern.

    “This budget has not just been an internal process. It has also included discussion with our various partner agencies in order to come up with the various numbers that you have before you,” Burgess said. “Sometimes those discussions were with one person in that agency and we’ve been hearing from others in that agency. I’m afraid we’ve failed in communication with all members of those parties.

  • Today in History for April 18th
  • Fourteen bodies recovered, 200 injured in Texas blast


    WEST, Texas (AP) — Buck Uptmor didn't have to go to West Fertilizer Co. when the fire started. He wasn't a firefighter like his brother and cousin, who raced toward the plant. But a ranch of horses next to the flames needed to be moved to safety.

    "He went to help a friend," said Joyce Marek, Uptmor's aunt. "And then it blew."

    Two days after the fertilizer facility exploded in a blinding fireball, authorities announced Friday that they had recovered 14 bodies, confirming for the first time an exact number of people killed. Grieving families quickly started planning burials.

    Ten of the dead were first-responders — including five from the West Volunteer Fire Department and four emergency medics, West Mayor Tommy Muska said.

    The dead included Uptmor and Joey Pustejovsky, the city secretary who doubled as a member of the West Volunteer Fire Department. A captain of the Dallas Fire Department who was off-duty at the time but responded to the fire to help also died.

    The explosion was strong enough to register as a small earthquake and could be heard for many miles across the Texas prairie. It demolished nearly everything for several blocks around the plant. More than 200 people were hurt, and five people remained hospitalized Friday.

  • Background check gun bill fails in Senate


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans, backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats, turned away legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms, rejecting repeated appeals from President Barack Obama and personal pleas by families of the victims of last winter's mass elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

    Attempts to ban assault-style rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines also faced certain defeat in a series of showdown votes four months after a gunman killed 20 elementary school children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary.

    The background check measure commanded a majority of senators, 54-46, but that was well short of the 60 votes needed to advance. Forty-one Republicans and five Democrats sided to scuttle the plan.

    In the hours before the key vote, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., bluntly accused the National Rifle Association of making false claims about the expansion of background checks that he and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., were backing.

  • Britain's Iron Lady laid to rest


    LONDON (AP) — Margaret Thatcher was laid to rest Wednesday with prayers and ceremony, plus cheers and occasional jeers, as Britain paused to remember a leader who transformed the country — for the better according to many, but in some eyes for the worse.

    Soaring hymns, Biblical verse and fond remembrances echoed under the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, as 2,300 relatives, friends, colleagues and dignitaries attended a ceremonial funeral for Britain's only female prime minister.

    Queen Elizabeth II, current and former prime ministers and representatives from 170 countries were among the mourners packing the cathedral, where Bishop of London Richard Chartres spoke of the strong feelings Thatcher still evokes 23 years after leaving office.

    "The storm of conflicting opinions centers on the Mrs. Thatcher who became a symbolic figure — even an -ism," he said. "It must be very difficult for those members of her family and those closely associated with her to recognize the wife, the mother and the grandmother in the mythological figure."

    "There is an important place for debating policies and legacy ... but here and today is neither the time nor the place," he added.

  • FBI releases images of two suspects in Boston bomb case -- photos, video added



    BOSTON (AP) — The FBI released photos and video Thursday of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and asked for the public's help in identifying them, zeroing in on the two men on surveillance-camera footage less than three days after the deadly attack.

    The photos depict one man in a dark baseball cap and the other in a white cap worn backward. The men were seen walking one behind the other in the crowd, and the one in the white hat was seen setting down a backpack at the site of the second explosion, said Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston.