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  • Virgin Galactic space ship crashes, killing one, injuring one

     

    MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Commercial space tourism suffered a huge setback Friday when a prototype passenger rocket exploded during a test flight, scattering debris over the Mojave Desert and killing one pilot while seriously injuring the other.

    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo blew apart Friday after being released from a carrier aircraft at high altitude, according to Ken Brown, a photographer who witnessed the explosion.

    One pilot was killed and one seriously injured in the accident about 120 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The area is in desert north of Mojave Air and Space Port, where the test flight originated.

  • Coleman expands ski holdings

    Colorado’s Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort and Arizona Snowbowl announced they have entered into an agreement to sell 100 percent of their respective ski areas to James Coleman, managing partner at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort and Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos, to form the largest mountain collective in the Southwest.
    Together, the four mountains make up 3,088 acres, 26 lifts, over 200 trails and 13 terrain parks, all within a convenient drive of each other – and the new owner is pledging to make them the best in the region.
    “I have spent most of my life skiing, working and living in this region, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue the visionary leadership of Arizona Snowbowl’s General Partner, Eric Borowsky, Purgatory’s Chairman Chuck Cobb and the Duncan family to bring these mountains together and usher in a new era while delivering the best skiing and snowboarding in the Southwest,” Coleman said.
    The announcement places Coleman at the helm as the largest ski area operator in the Southwest. After nearly 15 years as the managing partner at Sipapu (located near Taos, New Mexico), Coleman understands how to successfully operate ski resorts.

  • Update 10-31-14

    Yum Run

    The Yum Run will return Saturday.
The Yum Run includes 10K, 5K and 1K races and proceeds from the event go to benefit LA Cares. It will start downtown near Ruby K’s Bagels. Runs begin at 8 a.m.
Registration forms are available at Ruby K’s store or at the business’ website, rubykbagel.com. For further information, call 672-1639.

    Performance

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $14 adults, $12 students/seniors. Tickets available at CB Fox, lalt.org and at the door.

    Halloween

    Halloween party. 7 p.m. Friday at the American Legion, Post 90, 1325 Trinity Dr. Public is invited for dress up and dancing. A 21-and-over event. IDs checked at door. No cover charge.

    Canyon hike

    White Rock Small Canyons Hike. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Experienced hiker Paul Arendt will lead a small group on a looping hike, which will include several smaller canyons south of White Rock and east of N.M. 4. Space is limited to 20, and advance registration is required. Free. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662.0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Central Avenue construction

    Construction workers plug away on a crisp fall day on the upper section of Central Avenue this week.

  • NCRTD wins national award

    The North Central Regional Transit District today received the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Public Service in Rural Public Transportation.
    The Award was presented to NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro by FTA Acting Administrator, Therese McMillian, during the 21st National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation conference in Monterey, California.
    In a letter acknowledging the Award, the FTA stated that, “This year’s award features rural transit providers who improved the mobility of Americans in rural areas, allowing them better access to employment, training, education and other services that provide ‘Ladders of Opportunity.’ North Central Regional Transit District’s application successfully addressed all the evaluation criteria, and demonstrated that its services are a vital link in building Ladders for your community.”

  • Udall, Weh square off

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The unpopular leadership in Washington quickly became the focus Thursday night as first-term U.S. Sen. Tom Udall squared off with Republican challenger Allen Weh in their first and only televised debate.
    Weh, a retired Marine colonel and longtime businessman, challenged Udall for consistently voting in favor of President Barack Obama’s initiatives, including his effort to overhaul health care.
    Weh went on to highlight a series of controversies that have plagued the Obama administration, from the IRS’ targeting of certain political groups to the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans.
    “This has been a failed presidency, and the senator should have, could have, but didn’t stand up against President Barack Obama on more than one occasion. There’ve been numerous occasions,” Weh said. “The feckless leadership has been terrible in Washington.”
    Taking a page from his campaign ads, Weh said voting to send Udall back to Washington would be a vote for Obama’s policies.

  • Sullivan's vision for economic development

    Patrick Sullivan said he would defer to the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s staff and board in terms of immediate priorities, but he does have a vision for economic growth in Los Alamos.
    “I’d like to see the county be a place where it’s not difficult for a trailing spouse who’s highly educated and highly experienced to find a job,” Sullivan said.
    “I’d like to see a lot more economic diversification in terms of job availability in the science and technology sector.
    “I do not believe the answer to that is a large recruitment program of bringing other companies into town. I believe the majority of that is going to come from growing capabilities and companies here locally. There’s going to be a mix of everything, but I think that’s where the focus should be.
    “I also envision a community where there’s a thriving small business sector.
    “If you think of it as a body, and you’ve got all these different components of economic vitality akin to all the different organs, your small business sector is the heart of that. And if that is not beating or not working well, then none of the rest of it will.

  • New LACDC executive brings local expertise

    According to Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) President Bill Wadt, newly hired Executive Director Patrick Sullivan’s unique combination of local experience stood out among a field of top-notch candidates.
    After reeling off an impressive list of past positions and accomplishments within them (including a seven-year stint with LACDC), Wadt said, “I don’t know of anyone else who has that breadth of experience, any local person.”
    The board was also impressed by how staff responded to Sullivan during the interview process and by his responses to questions.
    “We had some very strong candidates from around the nation, and a couple of the other finalists in particular had done major projects, and had very impressive track records,” Wadt said. “But when we posed questions similar to the ones you posed, Patrick had the best answers and they made the most sense.”
    “With my work history in town…I think I have a unique perspective in being able to look at certain situations and problems from multiple perspectives of large employers in town,” Sullivan said.

  • Oppenheimer Drive construction

    Construction workers on Oppenheimer Avenue take a small break to assess their efforts. Construction on the avenue is expected to continue until the weather gets too cold to continue.

  • Update 10-30-14

    Yum Run

    The Yum Run will return Saturday.
The Yum Run includes 10K, 5K and 1K races and proceeds from the event go to benefit LA Cares. It will start downtown near Ruby K’s Bagels. Runs begin at 8 a.m.
Registration forms are available at Ruby K’s store or at the business’ website, rubykbagel.com. For further information, call 672-1639.

    Wildfire forum

    How is Los Alamos Preparing for Its Next Wildfire? 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library, Community Rooms 2 and 3. Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia will present the existing wildfire management plans for protecting Los Alamos County and surrounding areas. Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes will also be present to answer questions and hear concerns.

    Halloween

    • A Nature-Themed Halloween. 1-3 p.m. Friday. Drop-in on Halloween for some not-too-spooky, nature-themed activities for kids of all ages. Costumes are optional. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No advance registration required. $5 per child. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.
    • Halloween party. 7 p.m. Friday at the American Legion, Post 90, 1325 Trinity Dr. Public is invited for dress up and dancing. A 21-and-over event. IDs checked at door. No cover charge.