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Los Alamos County

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Gender income disparity greatest in Los Alamos

A comparison of paychecks indicates that it’s still a man’s world.
On Numbers looked at the median earnings of men and women in 942 metropolitan and micropolitan areas, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey.
The final score: Men outearn women in 941 markets. Women have the edge in only one place, the tiny micropolitan area of Clewiston, Fla.
Among medium-sized markets, the income disparity among genders is the greatest in Los Alamos. Men in the community that is home to Los Alamos National Laboratory earn a median of $81,712, while women earn $41,392.
In the Albuquerque area, median income for men is $38,372, while the median for women is $27,827.

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County: Design options meet teens’ expectations

Teen Center nears Phase II application

By Arin McKenna

Two design options for a new Teen Center generated excitement at the final public meeting for the phase I Capital Improvements Project (CIP) study. The meeting drew a crowd of more than 50, with teens outnumbering adults three to one.

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Autotroph Architectural Designs (AAD), the firm in charge of the study, incorporated as much of the teens’ wish list (garnered from previous meetings) as possible.

The core feature of both designs is a large atrium, which serves as a lounge/snack bar.

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County: Recommendation combines four options presented by TAC

T-Board arrives at 502 proposal

The Transportation Board finalized its deliberations Thursday on a recommendation for the N.M. 502 roadway project between Airport Road and the DP Road intersection.

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A staff recommendation combining features from four options presented by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) received five votes of approval, with the chair abstaining and Wayne Hardie voting no.

County Engineer/Traffic Engineer Kyle Zimmerman presented the staff proposal, which was soon labeled “the Zimmerman option.” The option calls for one westbound lane as far as the DP Road intersection, and the two eastbound lanes to narrow just before the Canyon Road intersection, with a center median with left turn bays and pedestrian refuges.

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Golf Course public meeting scheduled for Tuesday

A public meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge to discuss the progress of the Golf Course Improvements project and two new conceptual layouts will be presented.  
After the Parks and Recreation Board meeting held in December and considerable public interest level received, the direction of the project was re-analyzed.
The project architect was in Los Alamos Jan. 9, 10 and 11 to meet with project enthusiasts.  The attendees of those meetings consisted of various interest groups including trail users, mountain bikers, local residents, animal enthusiasts, golfers and county staff.

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Retail: Committee addresses fears of monopoly

Residents question aspects of Trinity lease agreement

By Arin McKenna

The first of two public meetings scrutinizing the proposed lease agreement between Los Alamos County and the North American Development Group (NADG) for the Trinity Site development was Wednesday night at Fuller Lodge.

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Members of the Trinity Site Revitalization Project Advisory Committee fielded a series of questions they had asked themselves for several years.

The questions raised by approximately 30 attendees echoed those County Administrator Harry Burgess has been answering in small informational meetings during the past few weeks.

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Politics: Democrats appeal Judge Hall’s decision

Redistricting fight carries on

By The Staff

The House redistricting fight is not over yet.

The Legislature and some Democrats are appealing a court-ordered plan for drawing new district boundaries for the state House of Representatives.

Lawyers for the Legislature and a group of Democrats and minority voters filed separate appeals Tuesday with the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals seeking to overturn a redistricting decision by District Court Judge James Hall. The State Supreme Court will hear the case Feb. 7.

The judge earlier this month adopted a House plan advocated by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and other GOP statewide officials.

In his ruling Judge Hall, adopted Executive Plan 3, which kept Los Alamos County intact.

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LA to be represented by two senators

By Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A New Mexico district judge on Monday adopted a bipartisan plan for revamping the boundaries of state Senate districts.
Under the plan, two Republican incumbents in southeastern New Mexico will be paired in the same district. The plan also lumps together two Democratic incumbents in Albuquerque.

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County: Greg Fisher has spent most of his life in the Southwest

Economic vitality administrator starts Feb. 6

Los Alamos County’s first economic vitality administrator, Scott Frederick, held the position for less than seven months before being terminated in November 2010. Less than a month later, County Administrator Tony Mortillaro also was terminated. The position of economic vitality administrator - along with several other key positions - fell into limbo, awaiting the appointment of a new county administrator.

The wait is over. Greg Fisher has been hired to implement the county’s Economic Vitality Strategic Plan.

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Transit: Board looks to support from Los Alamos County

NCRTD looks at long-range finance plan

By John Severance

Executive Director Anthony J. Mortillaro outlined three scenarios when it came to the long-range financial plan for the North Central Regional Transit District at a meeting last week at Christus-St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.

Mortillaro pointed out a worst-case scenario which reflected the possibility that federal funding could be reduced by 30 percent in FY 13 and that Los Alamos County would make its final contribution in 2012.

“This scenario would result in immediate service reductions as of FY 2014 and possible reductions in the capital and cost allocations to the District members in order to balance the budget,” he wrote.

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TAC Meeting

By Carol A. Clark

County employee Leah Sullivan takes notes as facilitator Carl Moore shares TAC member comments with the Transportation Board including from left, Chair Eugene Dougherty and member Khal Spencer Thursday at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

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CIP meeting scheduled

The county’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold its regular business meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday in Council Chambers.
They will continue discussions about the CIP criteria and overall CIP process.
All committee business meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted 72 hours in advance of the meeting. Public comment is accepted at the beginning and close of each meeting.

 

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Burning to reduce wildfire impact

By Carol A. Clark

In an effort to reduce the impacts of wildfire on the community, pile burn operations will resume on county land this week.
“We’re anticipating another dry spring and we’d like to remove as much wildland fuel as we can while it remains cold and there is snow on ground,” said Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin. “Because prevailing winds in the spring and summer are generally out of the southwest, we’re focused on reducing fuels in areas that might carry embers into neighborhoods that lie to the northeast.”
Los Alamos County Parks Division and Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct maintenance burning in Rendija, Bayo and Walnut canyons beginning Friday.

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Water Line Break

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities crews responded to a water line break along N.M. 502 Tuesday morning.  Antonio Martinez of DPU’s Gas Water and Sewer division carries line locator equipment for underground utilities to enable the safe operation of the Vactor truck at left.  The Vactor truck uses a water jet and vacuum to carefully excavate the area around the failed water line.

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Talk: Tom Nagawiecki’s presentation kicks off the Sustainability Series at PEEC

Learn how to build a sustainable community

Tom Nagaweicki, Los Alamos County Environmental Services specialist, will give an interactive talk at Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday.  
The talk is free and open to the public and is the first in a series of three talks focusing on sustainability in Los Alamos.
Nagawiecki will guide an interactive discussion filled with facts and focused on identifying and discussing what residents can do now to help create a more sustainable Los Alamos.
The presentation will focus on waste and energy and will include updates on actions being taken by the county government.

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Weather: Fire officials reflect on ‘busiest year’

State's severe drought lingers

By Carol A. Clark

Despite December’s generous snowfall, Los Alamos County remains in severe drought. Meteorologist Amanda Martin discussed moisture conditions in Los Alamos during an interview this morning.

“Los Alamos County experienced 31.4 inches of snowfall from Dec. 1 through Dec. 21,” said Martin, who works at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Albuquerque. “Los Alamos also received 13.66 inches of rainfall in 2011, which is 75 percent of the normal rainfall of 18.28 inches.”

Fire officials said Tuesday that they are preparing for what could be another rough year because much of New Mexico is experiencing drought conditions.

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