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Today's News

  • P and Z preps for issues

    In a yearly report to the Los Alamos County Council this month, Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Fred Roach looked well beyond goals for the upcoming year. Roach asked council to consider and advise the commission on several issues through the end of FY2014.

    “I believe it’s better to be proactive before major things occur, instead of reacting as they come up as we have in the past,” Roach said.

    The longterm planning has to be sandwiched in between more immediate concerns. The P and Z has authority to approve, conditionally approve or disapprove site plans, special use permits and subdivisions.

    In the past year, the commission reviewed plans for the White Rock Visitor Center, the Smart House, the new clubhouse at the golf course, new radio towers on the ski hill and a two-lot subdivision in White Rock.

    Members of the P and Z expect to review plans for the Trinity Site and the first increment of White Rock’s A-19 development early next year. Roach also said that a pending foreclosure on a local hotel and the one just completed on Los Alamos Plaza could bring those two properties before the commission for redevelopment.

  • LANL floats new estimate

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory says there is nothing new to report, regarding to the stalled security upgrade project.

    But the Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor reported in last week’s edition that the cost to complete the project is expected to decrease by more than $14 million.

    Two weeks ago, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, announced it was making a $10 million payment in a joint statement released in conjunction with the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    The trade publication reported that a new estimate submitted by the laboratory to the NNSA would drop the price tag for finishing the second phase of the Nuclear Materials Safeguards and Security Upgrades Project to about $240 million, down from the $254 million cost estimate put forth by the lab last month.

    Lab spokesman Fred DeSousa said that LANL had no comment on the Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor report.

    In addition to the $10 million repayment by LANS, the trade publication reports that another $4 million would be saved by starting the project earlier than expected.

    The lab previously said the cost of the project had climbed to $254 million because of major construction problems, up from previous estimates of $213 million.

  • New councilors, clerk sworn in

    New councilors Peter Sheehey, Kristin Henderson and Steve Girrens along with new clerk Sharon Stover were sworn in by Municipal Judge Alan Kirk in his chambers this morning at the Justice Center.

  • Happy end of the world

    SANTA FE – And a happy end of the world to you. This seems to be a bigger end of the world than your typical end of the world. I hadn’t realized the Mayans had such a powerful lobby.
    No one seems to know exactly when this is going to happen.
    Some prophesies give it another couple of days. I’m going with today. It’s another one of those days that is all ones and twos. This year 12-12-12 seemed to be a more important day to people than any of the other triple repeating days were during the past 12 years.
    Maybe the end will come the second the solstice hits. I’m not sure what time that is and I’m not a big enough believer to go look it up.
    To demonstrate how little I believe, I’m having a big party tomorrow.
    Don’t bother dropping by. We’ll be in Scottsdale with our family, which is where we always like to be for ends of the world.
    Why am I so fixated on this particular end of the world? Maybe it is because so many friends are. They don’t necessarily think it is the end so much as that something will happen in their lives.
    Maybe the boss finally will realize they are the perfect person for that promotion.

  • From me to Yule

    With the holidays upon us, it’s a time of celebration, a time of reflection, and of course a time to spend lots of money on gifts that you can’t afford.
    For most Americans, it doesn’t really matter if one goes bankrupt in December or March or June.  The year offers ample opportunities to buy dangerous toys for your kids, Elvis Presley lamps for that Aunt you hate, ugly sweaters for your father, and Cadmium-laden Chinese jewelry for the one you love.
    But why dwell on the negative aspects of commercialism?  The holiday season is designed to give us all a chance to spend time with our families, maybe a day trip to enjoy the New Mexican scenery, or just sit back and relax for a few days.
    At this time of the year, I find myself enjoying the nuances of history, particularly that of holidays like Christmas.  Many people don’t know that Dec. 25 was chosen by the Christian church as a matter of
    convenience and opportunity.  Dec. 25 was already an established day of celebration by pagans.  The Roman festival of Saturnalia (worship of the God Saturn) and the “birthday” of Mithra (Persian God) were both on Dec. 25.

  • Fishing Report 12-21-12

    Northwest

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing pressure was very light and fishing for all species was slow. The surface was free of ice and open to launching boats. Try jigging spoons and blade baits deep for a shot at some good winter walleye fishing.
    Animas River: Monday morning water flow at Aztec was 218 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the drains was very good again this past week. Anglers did well fishing the Albuquerque Drain, Belen, Corrales and Peralta Drains. Best baits were a single salmon egg on a small hook, a small piece of Power Bait with a single split shot, parachute adams, small copper John Barrs and homemade dough bait. We had no reports on other species.
    Bluewater Lake: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, garlic cheese, homemade dough bait and an assortment of Power Bait. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was light. As of Monday the lake was free of ice.
    Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

  • Romero, Ortiz named to All-State team

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball players were named to the All-State team for the 2012 season.
    The All-State Class 4A team, which is selected by the coaches from around the state and tabulated by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, included libero Danielle Ortiz and setter Savanah Romero among the top 4A performers of the year.
    Ortiz and Romero, multi-year starters for the Hilltoppers, are both graduating seniors and were both vital to the success of Los Alamos’ program during their prep careers.
    Romero averaged 9.4 assists per set in her senior year and committed just 14 errors from her setter position. Oritz had 5.6 digs per set and her dig total of 436 was more than any other two Hilltoppers this season, and Los Alamos scored 214 points with her at the service line, which also led the team.
    This was the second statewide postseason honor for Ortiz, who was also named to the North All-Star team earlier this month.
    State Class 4A champion St. Pius X put three players on the 4A first team. Piedra Vista also had two first team selections to go along with three second-team selections.

  • NRA Calls for Armed Police Officer in Schools

    The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

  • NM governor orders flags at half-staff for Lujan

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags around the state to fly at half-staff in honor of former House Speaker Ben Lujan.

    Lujan died late Tuesday at age 77 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

    Under Martinez's order, flags will be lowered from sunrise on Saturday through sundown on Dec. 29.

    A public visitation for Lujan will be held Dec. 27 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. A second visitation will be held the following evening in Pojoaque.

    A funeral Mass is scheduled for Dec. 29 at The Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis in Santa Fe. Burial will follow in Nambe.

  • End of the world postponed

    A traditional Mayan ceremony at Guatemala's Temple of the Giant Jaguar marked the end of a cycle on the ancient Mayan calendar. The calendar has sparked numerous doomsday theories, although other Mayan calendars stretch far into the future.