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  • Housekeepers get jobs back, backpay from LA hotel

     

     

    The National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of four  housekeepers, who  said they were retaliated against and fired for trying to improve working conditions at the Los Alamos Holiday Inn Express.

    The housekeepers won reinstatement and back pay this week, according to a press release from Somos Un Pueblo Unido .

    The press release said in September 2013, Rosa Sanchez, Malena Sanchez, Ramona Salaiz and Yolanda Salaiz formed a work site committee to collectively complain about a hostile work environment, favoritism by supervisors, and unequal application of disciplinary measures (including arbitrary write-ups).

    The press release said the hotel soon began a series of retaliatory actions that included: threatening committee members with termination and lawsuits; reducing hours; intimidating the workers by having a uniformed police officer at a staff meeting; and increasing surveillance by installing cameras in housekeeper areas.

  • Update 04-02-14

    New Club

    Elizabeth Watson Digital Learning Instructional Assistant at Los Alamos Middle School is starting a running or walking club from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning today.

    GOP meeting

    • The Los Alamos Republican Women will host a 2014 Republican Candidates Meet and Greet. 7 p.m. 1615 Central Avenue, Suite 100 (Downstairs from Pro2Serve & beside Metzger’s). All political persuasions are invited to come and meet the Republican candidates. State and local candidates will briefly speak and then attendees will have opportunity to personally meet and ask them questions. For more information, contact Donna MacDonald, 662-4001.
    • Republican U.S. Senate Candidate David Clements will be at the Fusion Cafe from 5:30 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a meet and greet session. The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Branch of the Northern New Mexico Tea Party.

    LALT

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will have a reading of the play “Tower of Magic” by local playwright Tess Light at 6 p.m.Wednesday in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.

    Breakfast

  • Santa Fe meeting promises new Japanese opportunities

    SANTA FE — Los Alamos County was a key player in an exchange between the Japanese Consulate General of Japan in Denver, senior officials from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and various business and community leaders from New Mexico.
    The county’s Economic Development and Public Utilities departments joined the Consulate General in co-hosting a meeting and reception at Santa Fe’s La Fonda Hotel last week with support from the State of New Mexico.
    “This is a continuation of the cooperation that led to the Smart Grid and Smart House projects. Even though those are now finished, they opened up a lot of doors for cooperation between the Japanese government, Japanese industry and Japanese business and New Mexico,” said Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers.
    Discussion topics included economic overviews of Japan and New Mexico, oil and gas development, renewable energy projects (including the Los Alamos Smart Grid project) and other potential trade sectors.
    “The consulate general’s office as well as the JETRO group, were the ones who requested this meeting. They had a number of different issues they wished to discuss,” said County Administrator Harry Burgess. “They invited us due to NEDO’s relationship to us and the whole experience there.”

  • VIDEO: Search continues for missing snowboarder
  • VIDEO: Powerful earthquake rocks Chilean coast
  • Today In History, April 2
  • Another 7.8 earthquake rocks Chile

    IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a powerful 7.8-magnitude aftershock has rocked Chile's northern coast, which was hit by a powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake Tuesday night.

    It caused buildings to shake in the port of Iquique, which saw some damage from the big quake on Tuesday. There are no immediate reports of new damage or injuries.

    The latest tremor came 45 minutes after a strong 6.4-magnitude aftershock shook the same area.

    The stronger aftershock's epicenter was 14 miles (23 kilometers) south of Iquique. The USGS said the aftershock had a depth of 12 miles (20 kilometers).

  • Wind advisory until 8 p.m. Tuesday

     

    .. WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

    * LOCATION... ALL OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... EXCEPT FOR THE PEAKS AND EASTERN SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS AND ADJACENT NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS.

    * WINDS... SUSTAINED FROM THE SOUTHWEST AT 25 TO 35 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS OF 45 TO 55 MPH.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL PEAK DURING THE MID TO LATE AFTERNOON... THEN GENERALLY DIMINISH AROUND SUNSET. LOCALIZED STRONG WINDS WILL PERSIST INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS TONIGHT ALONG THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN AND AREAS IMMEDIATELY EAST OF THE HIGHER TERRAIN.

  • Filming underway in White Rock

    Through Monday, April 7, crews will begin filming a portion of a Lifetime network, made-for-television movie titled “Jubilee,” at a private residence at 155 S. Monte Rey Drive in Pajarito Acres. The movie stars Tony Goldwyn, from the popular ABC series, “Scandal.”
    A temporary wall has been constructed on the property near the road, which will be dismantled after filming is completed. Film trucks, trailers, cars and equipment will be staged on site at the residence, as well as on the vacant lot at the corner of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard.
    Film activity will occur at both sites between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and midnight, including generators and safety lighting.
    At this time, only one lane closure is scheduled to occur on Monte Rey Drive during the afternoon/evening of Thursday, April 3. Intermittent traffic control, including a flagging operation, will be conducted to safely guide traffic through the area in between takes. Only short delays are anticipated.
    The production staff is working with Los Alamos County to secure all the proper use permits and fees. The Los Alamos Police Department is aware of the project and will be monitoring the area and film operation as needed.

  • Update 04-01-14

    Exhibit

    Elizabeth Watson Digital Learning Instructional Assistant at Los Alamos Middle School is starting a running or walking club from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning April 2.

    Scholarship

    The deadline for applications for the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries annual scholarships has been extended to 5 p.m. Monday, April 14. The Friends will award up to four scholarships of $2,500 again this year and will also administer the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship. Any senior enrolled and in good standing at LAHS, a local private high school, or an approved home study program, who plans to continue his or her education at a recognized institution by September of the year following graduation may apply. Only LAHS graduates are eligible for the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship. More information may be obtained at the LAHS Career Center.

    LALT

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will have a reading of the play “Tower of Magic” by local playwright Tess Light at 6 p.m.Wednesday in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.

    Breakfast

    The Chamber hosts its monthly Business Breakfast, with Rep. Stephanie Garcia-Richard, who will update businesses on the 2014 Legislative Session. From 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday.