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  • Update 02-16-12

    Film night

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series will present “The Smurfs” at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Library. Admission is free.

    Little League

    Los Alamos Little League will host a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at Mesa Public Library. The meeting is for anyone interested in coaching or volunteering during the 2012 season.

    Alternative voting

    Kathy Campbell and Terry Goldman will give a talk on “How are we represented? Alternative Voting Methods” at 7 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library.

    Dem convention

  • Top compensation raises thorny issues

    The Los Alamos County Council’s discussions about compensation strategy could impact nearly 50 Los Alamos County employees currently at their maximum pay range, as well as future employees who may reach that point in their careers with the county.

    Acting Assistant County Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne presented council with some options and raised questions such as, “Does a job have maximum worth?”

    If council approves compensation levels at 75 percent of market average – something the majority of councilors seemed to favor – “more space at the top” might be created for some positions. A market study being conducted by the Segal Group should provide more data on this option.

  • Diner detects big drip

    Inquiring minds wanted to know why a backhoe was poised to dig in the front parking lot of the Hill Diner. Owner Denise Lane said this morning there is a broken water main at the restaurant. But the Hill Diner still is open for business, “because we own the building in back of the restaurant and we were able to tie into that water line.” Lane said the line may have been broken for some time. “We were chipping out the ice from the snow and we realized the moisture was not from the snow and that it was underneath the asphalt. I hate to see what the water bill is going to be.”

  • Video: More Than 350 Die in Honduran Prison Fire

    A fire started by an inmate tore through an aging and severely overcrowded Honduran prison, burning and suffocating inmates in their locked cells and killing as many as 356 people in one of the world's deadliest prison fires in a century.

  • Roundhouse Roundup: Legislature down to final days

    All representatives are busy with committees and in floor sessions — focusing  on bills, memorials, and resolutions — getting them through committees, debated, voted on, and, if passed,  sent on to the Senate.  This week also saw the Supreme Court’s remand of Judge Hall’s redistricting ruling back to the judge for recommended changes.  
    The biggest event in the House was the passage of the budget bill (HB2) out of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC) on Monday and unanimous passage of HB2 by the House on Tuesday.  
    Fiscal year 2013 (FY13 is July 1, 2012 thru June 30, 2013) revenue is estimated to be $5.69 billion, a 2.4 percent increase over FY12 revenue.

  • Update 02-15-12

    Film night

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series will present “The Smurfs” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Library. Admission is free.

    Little League

    Los Alamos Little League will host a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at Mesa Public Library. The meeting is for anyone interested in coaching or volunteering during the 2012 season.

    Alternative voting

    Kathy Campbell and Terry Goldman will give a talk on “How are we represented? Alternative Voting Methods” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library.

    Soil sampling

  • YMCA fundraiser nets $53K

    The Red and Black Ball, the preeminent fundraising gala for the Los Alamos Y and its annual “Strong Kids” campaign, attracted more than 150 attendees from around the Northern New Mexico region Saturday night.

    The event netted $53,400 for the community organization, which came in shy of the $60,000 goal Y officials were shooting for in donations.

    This marked the 12th year for the function which touted a Motown theme that featured both live and silent auctions as part of the evening’s festivities.

    In 2011, the Y served 3,067 youth through more than 79 programs and in membership. The Y also awarded in excess of $75,000 in scholarships in child care, youth programs, and youth and family memberships.

  • Duplex Demolished

    This duplex at 4333 Fairway Dr. caught fire in 2007 and was abandoned. Fed up with the eye sore, neighbors took action and circulated a petition, signed by 37 Fairway Drive residents, which was taken to the Los Alamos County Council in July 2010. Council decided that the owner, W. Clarence Courtright, needed to take action and either repair the dwelling, or sell it. Despite a for sale sign in the front yard, the duplex was razed.

  • Council debates pay philosophy

    Looking at ways to maintain competitiveness in the marketplace, the pay adjustment structure and how to deal with employees at the top of their pay range were issues the Los Alamos County Council had to confront at Tuesday’s work session.

    The hot topic was where county salaries should fall in comparison to state, regional and national markets.

    The county has been committed to offering competitive compensation in order to attract and retain higher performing employees and deliver higher than average services to the citizens of Los Alamos. This relates to the strategic goal of achieving operational excellence, which calls for investing in staff and their development to create a high performing organization.

  • VIDEO: Defiant Iran Loads Own Fuel Rods Into Reactor

    Iran says it has begun loading domestically made nuclear fuel rods into its Tehran research reactor. The official IRNA news agency said Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inserted the first Iranian-made nuclear fuel rod into the reactor in north Tehran.