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  • Santa Fe faces possible bond downgrade

    SANTA FE — The city of Santa Fe is facing a possible downgrade of its bond rating. But the city disputes the reasoning behind the potential action by Moody’s Investor Service.
    The city says that it is on list along with 29 other local governments and school districts for a possible downgrade by Moody’s. The city says a recent Moody’s news release inaccurately reported that the pension liability for the City of Santa Fe and other Public Employee Retirement Association participants don’t conform to requirements. But city finance directors Marco Tapia says the city makes its contributions to PERA in full on a regular basis, in accordance with all requirements.
    Santa Fe says it has an “AA+” rating by Fitch and “AA” by Standard & Poor’s.

  • Update 07-25-13

    History Day

    National History Day. Award-winning presentations. 4-6 p.m., today at the Historical Museum. Hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society. For more information call 695-5251.

    Author's Speak

     7 p.m. tonight at Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda. Stacia Lewandowski, Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe.

    APP board

    The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in room 110 at the Municipal Building.

    Group dog walk

     Group dog walk around the Creative District. 6-7 p.m. Friday. Meet at Pet Pangaea parking lot.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon Friday in council chambers in the Municipal Building.  

  • Dramatic Footage Shows Moment of Spain Train Wreck

    SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) — An Associated Press analysis of video images shows that a Spanish train was traveling well above the speed limit when it derailed, killing 80 people.

    Officials say the speed limit on that section of track is 80 kph (50 mph).

    An estimate of the train's speed at the moment of impact using the frame rate of the video and the estimated distance between two pylons gives a range of 144-192 kph (89-119 mph). Another estimate calculated on the basis of the typical distance between railroad ties gives a range of 156-182 kph (96-112 mph).

    The figures supported experts' assessment that the train appeared in the video to be moving well above the speed limit when it crashed Wednesday. The Interior Ministry said Thursday that 80 people died.

  • Today in History for July 25th
  • Update 07-24-13

    History Day

    National History Day. Award-winning presentations. 4-6 p.m., Friday at the Historical Museum. Hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society. For more information call 695-5251.

    Free film

    Atomic Film Festival. Godzilla. 7 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. Free. Hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

    APP board

    The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in room 110 at the Municipal Building.

    Canceled

    The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for today in the council chambers of the Municipal Building has been canceled.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon Friday in the Municipal Building.

    Author's Speak

    Stacia Lewandowski, Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe. 7 p.m., Thursday at Mesa Public Library, upstairs rotunda.  

  • Dems on clean-up duty

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County committed to clean N.M. 502 from mile marker 2 to mile marker 3 by the airport. Thirteen volunteers picked up 15 bags of trash last Saturday. In this photo are Michael Redondo, Mike Wheeler, David Griggs, Karyl Ann Armbruster, Paul Frederickson and George Chandler after their 2.5 hour cleaning stint.

  • iCare Wednesdays moving to PEEC

    It’s no accident that the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be hosting the YMCA’s “iCare Wednesdays” program starting this August. The program teaches kids about the outdoors and recycling, and features field trips that give kids hands-on experiences in ecology as well as arts and crafts.

    But that was hard to do in the program’s old space, where it took up half the gym and everyone felt a little cramped. Now, kids in the program will have a better space to learn.

    “Our mission is to enrich people’s lives by strengthening their connection to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies, said Katherine Watson, the PEEC’s executive director, adding that the program really fits in with the center’s ideals.

    “The iCare program really tries to gets kids outside for unstructured play in nature, to explore all the trails and the canyons and all the other great outdoor resources that Los Alamos has to offer, she said.”

    According to the Los Alamos YMCA’s community programs director, Sylvan Argo, “iCare” is a philosophy that the YMCA adopted in the early 2000s to make children more aware of nature and the environment.

  • Smith's Marketplace: A long time coming

    At the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Smith’s Marketplace at the Trinity Site, Smith’s Food and Drug Vice President of Corporate Development, Steve Sorensen, reflected on what it took to reach this point.

    “I had been trying to figure out how many years Smith’s had been working on this, trying to get this store off the ground, and I quit at about 15 years, but I think it’s probably gone on longer than that. So we appreciate the endurance,” Sorensen said.

    Sorensen thanked the Trinity Site Revitalization Project Advisory Committee, quipping that “I felt at times kind of like a dart board with all the darts that were being flung at me” at their meetings.

    All the speakers at the ceremony seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief at this landmark achievement, as did some well-wishers who could present only in spirit. Council Chair Geoff Rodgers delivered remarks by former Senator Pete Domenici, who sponsored the legislation for transferring Department of Energy lands such as the Trinity Site back to local communities. Domenici wrote:

  • Palace: Royal baby named George Alexander Louis

    LONDON (AP) — His Royal Highness has a name.

    Britain's new prince has been named George Alexander Louis, royal officials said Wednesday, ending speculation over what moniker Prince William and his wife, Kate, would pick for their first child.

    Kensington Palace said royals are "delighted to announce" their son's name, adding that the 2-day-old baby and third-in-line to the throne will be known as "His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."

    Noble names are steeped in history, which explains why thousands of bets rolled in to British bookmakers for the name George, the name of six previous British kings. The moniker evokes the steadfastness of the queen's father, George VI, who rallied the nation during World War II.

    Meaning farmer or earth worker, George was the 12th most popular name for boys born in England and Wales in 2011. St. George, a 4th-century Christian martyr, is the patron saint of England.

    The name Louis could be a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh's uncle and the last British Viceroy of India before independence in 1947. William's father, Prince Charles, was close with Mountbatten, who was assassinated by the Irish Republican Army in 1979.

  • Raw: Gulf of Mexico Gas Well Blowout

    A fire broke out on a gas well in the Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday, hours after dozens of workers were evacuated due to an out-of-control leak. No injuries are reported. Officials haven't said how or when they'll attempt to put out the blaze.