Lab signs custodial deal with pueblo company

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By Roger Snodgrass

There were affirmations and exclamations of approval Thursday at the signing of a custodial subcontract involving Los Alamos National Laboratory and two neighboring pueblos.

On hand for the signing ceremony, Sen. Jeff Bingaman said, “This is great news!”

Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio said, “It’s an exciting day!”

Los Alamos Site Office Manager Don Mitchell said, “This is truly a great event.”

The subcontract with TSAY Construction and Services, LLC, a tribal enterprise owned by Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo) was said to be worth $65 million over five years.

Ohkay Owingeh Gov. Earl N. Salazar called it an “historic event.”

 “It is the first of its size and type that has ever been awarded in New Mexico,” he said, which was also notable because it was a firm fixed contract over the duration.

San Ildefonso Gov. Leon Roybal expressed appreciation, as well, for the part of the subcontract that his pueblo would share under a mentoring arrangement with Ohkay Owingeh.

The deal was foreshadowed last year when Ohkay Owingeh signed a mentor-protégé agreement with the laboratory, said Kevin Chalmers, director of the lab’s acquisition service.

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