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  • Outlook for local economy is looking up

    According to Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher, change may be in the wind for Los Alamos’ economic climate.
    The success of Smith’s Marketplace, the recent purchase of Hilltop House, the opening of new businesses and increased interest from outside investors are all indicators that convince Fisher that things are looking up.
    Fisher recently released the results of a new retail market analysis, which indicates a 37 percent increase in retail activity since the 2007 U.S. Census of Business. That census placed retail sales at $5,279 per capita.
    Retail sales at the end if 2014 averaged $7,234 per capita.
    Fisher attributes much of the increase to the opening of Smith’s Marketplace in July 2014. The Marketplace is on track to achieve $70 million in sales in its first year of operation, nearly doubling its previous sales volume.
    Not only are Los Alamos residents spending more at the new venue, many nonresidents who never shopped in Los Alamos before are purchasing there, as well.
    Other new retail establishments include SuperCuts and Nambé Drugs. Thai Cuisine opened last Thursday in Mari Mac Plaza and Hilltop House has just sold to Atomic City Investments, which plans to renovate and reopen the hotel, restaurant and conference center.

  • Making Kids Safer

    Chief Dino Sgambellone, left, Sgt. Jordan Redmond, center and Mountain Elementary Principal Jennifer Guy thanked the Los Alamos School Board, Smith’s, Los Alamos National Bank and others for helping get their “Safety Town” off to a strong start this summer at the school board meeting Tuesday. The “town,” a day school program that taught preschoolers how to stay safe when they start school this August. Safety Town taught a group of more than 40 preschoolers the rules of the road when riding their bikes, “stranger danger” the dangers of adult medicines and other safety tips.

  • Udall: bill will help targets of breach

    During a conference call to the state’s media outlets Tuesday, Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) offered a small ray of hope to the state’s federal and lab employees caught up in two recent, separate data breaches reported by the Office of Personnel Management.
    He mentioned that he’s lending his support to a bill that, if signed into law, would offer lifetime credit monitoring to federal and lab employees including retirees, as well as up to $5 million in identity theft insurance for each employee affected by the breaches.
    Those affected by the breach could include:

    • Current and former federal government employees and contractors
    • Job candidates for federal employment who underwent a background investigation
    • Spouses, co-habitants of former federal employees, contractors, job candidates immediate family, close contacts and references of those whose information was stolen.

  • Today in history July 15
  • Mixed reactions on Iranian deal

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran, the United States and other world powers struck a historic deal Tuesday to curb Iranian nuclear programs in an agreement aimed at easing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran in the volatile Middle East. In exchange, Iran will get billions of dollars in relief from crushing international sanctions.
    The accord, reached after long, fractious negotiations, marks a dramatic break from decades of animosity between the United States and Iran, countries that have called each other the “leading state sponsor of terrorism” and “the Great Satan.”
    “This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction,” President Barack Obama declared at the White House in remarks that were carried live on Iranian state television. “We should seize it.”
    In Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said “a new chapter” had begun in his nation’s relations with the world. He maintained that Iran had never sought to build a bomb, an assertion the U.S. and its partners have long disputed.
    Beyond the hopeful proclamations from the U.S., Iran and other parties to the talks, there is deep skepticism of the deal among U.S. lawmakers and Iranian hardliners.

  • Circus In Town

    Members of Wise Fool New Mexico performed circus acts for last week’s Tuesday at the Pond event, with the help of some volunteers in the audience. Tonight’s presentation will feature the Los Alamos Community Winds, which will play at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Pond is a presentation of the Los Alamos Creative District and will continue through Aug. 11.

  • Update 7-14-15

    Nature Center

    Bob Myers, founder of the American International Rattlesnake Museum in Albuquerque, will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center to answer health and safety questions about snake bites, teach snake identification and share reptile stories. He’ll also have live snakes on hand to demonstrate proper handling. The presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    BPU

    The Board of Public Utilities will have a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session July 21 at White Rock Fire Station No. 3. It will be at 7 p.m.

    Mental Health

    Trinity On The Hill Episcopal Church will host Mental First Aid training Wednesday. The all-day training session will start at 8:30 a.m. Participants will learn about potential risk factors and warning signs of mental health disorders and mental disorder prevalence. For information, email cynthiab@latoth.org.

    Dino Night!

    Mesa Public Library will host “Dino Night!” Thursday on the first floor. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., is for ages 6-12. For more information, call 662-8258.

    Chalk Walk

  • Avoiding Tularemia Exposure

    • Wear gloves while gardening or landscaping, and wash your hands after these activities.

    • Avoid mowing over dead animals when cutting the grass.

    • Do not go barefoot while gardening, mowing or landscaping.

    •Dispose of animal carcasses by using a long-handled shovel and either bury them 2-3 feet deep (if allowed) or double bag them in garbage bags and dispose in the trash.

    • Wear an insect repellent effective against ticks, biting flies and mosquitoes when hiking, camping or working outdoors.

    • Do not drink unpurified water from streams or lakes or allow your pets to drink surface waters.

    • Prevent pets from hunting or eating wild animals. Contact a veterinarian if your pet becomes ill with a high fever and/or swollen lymph nodes.

    For more information, visit cdc.gov/tularemia.

  • LA man infected with tularemia

    Mary Haynes, of Pajarito Acres, suspected a disease might be lurking when she noticed several dead rabbits on and around her property.
    She had suspected a noxious disease that is known to affect rabbits, tularemia, was killing the rabbits.
    “My whole yard is contaminated,” Haynes said. “Every time I see a new rabbit, the next time I see it, it’s dead.”
    Whether it’s that disease that is, in fact, the culprit at the Haynes’ residence hasn’t been determined, the New Mexico Department of Health announced Monday that the disease is in the area.
    Department of Health officials announced a confirmed case of tularemia in a 51-year-old man from Los Alamos County. The announcement from the state said the case was confirmed at the health department’s scientific laboratory division.
    According to the state, the man had been hospitalized and treated, but has since recovered and gone home. It is the first reported human case of the disease in 2015.
    There have been 33 cases of tularemia this year in pets in the Los Alamos, Taos, Santa Fe and Bernalillo county areas. The East Mountain area near Albuquerque, according to news reports, had been hit particularly hard.

  • Classic 1985 film will be played for festival

    One of the top science fiction films of the 1980s will be featured as part of the Movies In the Park Wednesday.
    The 1985 classic, “Back to the Future,” will be screened at Ashley Pond. The movie will start at sundown.
    The film was chosen as part of this week’s ScienceFest event, which gets going Wednesday morning.
    Along with the film, a DeLorean, the stainless steel vehicle that is featured in the movie, is scheduled to make an appearance. However, Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation marketing manager Ryn Hermann said if there is rain Wednesday — which, unfortunately, is predicted — the DeLorean may be a no-show.
    “Back to the Future,” the first of a high-grossing sci-fi trilogy, centers around Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), who works for an eccentric scientist (Christopher Lloyd) who has built a time machine. Marty is accidentally transported to the year 1955 and, due to an accident, may have prevented his own parents from falling in love, threatening his own existence.
    The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump,” “Contact”) and produced by iconic mogul Steven Spielberg.
    Movies in the Park is a summer program sponsored by Los Alamos County’s Parks and Recreation Department. All movies are free.