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  • Study rejects new hotel

    After hearing about the negative impact expected from a new, high-end hotel proposed for Los Alamos, county council has given staff 120 days to develop alternatives.

    Council was considering the project as a means to halt the revenue bleed from a significant number of meetings and events held off the Hill by Los Alamos National Laboratory and other entities.

    “We recommend that Los Alamos County not pursue the development of any project that adds materially new hotel supply to the market,” said Senior Partner Tony Peterman of Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) during Tuesday’s council meeting. “As proposed, the new Hilton Garden Inn and conference center project would place the existing local hotels at great risk.”

  • Winter's just getting started

    Long-range forecasts issued just a month or two ago billed this as a “drier and warmer” than usual winter. So far, that prognostication has been dead wrong.

    Today is the first day of winter and, right on cue, the next in a series of major storms is set to make its debut late tonight. This latest system promises to deliver much colder air, gusty winds, and 4-8 inches of snow.

    Besieged and beleaguered denizens of Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico have already been hammered by three winter storms that have come in rapid succession. Like a punch drunk fighter in the ring, residents are about to be staggered by yet another solid blow from Old Man Winter.

  • Council to take up Trinity Project tonight

     During the Los Alamos County Council’s meeting Tuesday, council will introduce Ordinance 596 to execute the Ground Lease and Developer Agreement with North American Development Group (NADG) for the Trinity Site Revitalization Project, a mixed-use project featuring a retail anchor store (Smith’s Marketplace) and other retail/commercial options.
    The project site is vacant county/schools land located across from Mari Mac Plaza on Trinity Drive. The ordinance will be available at www.trinitysite.info and is subject to public review through Jan. 24, 2012.  The council and the school board will make a final decision regarding the lease/agreement on Feb. 1.

  • N. Korea mourns leader’s death

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Koreans marched by the hundreds Monday to their capital’s landmarks to mourn Kim Jong Il, many crying uncontrollably and flailing their arms in grief over news of their “dear leader’s” death.
    North Korean state media proclaimed his twenty-something son and heir-apparent Kim Jong Un the “great successor,” while a vigilant world watched for any signs of a turbulent transition to the untested leader in a unpredictable nation known to be pursuing nuclear weapons.

  • Los Alamos Monitor Recognizes Carriers of the Quarter

    Katlyn Terp, left, Laney Newton and Rick Martinez were honored at the Los Alamos Monitor last week for carrier of the quarter.

    Terp serves Route 600 in White Rock and she has 31 customers. Newton and Martinez take care of Route 250 in Los Alamos and have 44 customers. Martinez is Newton’s grandfather and they team together. According to Los Alamos Monitor circulation administrator Mike Lippiatt (second left).

  • Retiree authority mulls health benefit changes

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority is considering setting a minimum retirement age before health care subsidies become available, joining the state’s two pension funds in broaching the subject as a way to cut costs.
    The authority now subsidizes monthly insurance premiums for those who retire from state and local government and public school systems. It provides benefits for about 50,000 retirees, their spouses and dependents.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/tLX2sh ) the authority is now discussing a change which would eliminate the benefit for those who retire before a minimum age. That would force retirees to pay all their premiums until they reach 55 or 60 years old.

  • Update 12-20-11

    Holiday schedule

    The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 and Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge today. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Christmas dance

    The Los Alamos Big Band presents a Christmas dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

    Trash pickup

  • Caldera gets new trustee

    Lifelong New Mexican Kent Salazar has been sworn in as the newest member of the Valles Caldera Board of Trustees. He is the third Trustee appointed by President Barack Obama and follows Dr. Melissa Savage and Dr. Ken Smith who were appointed in August 2010. By statute each trustee position is filled with a specific expertise needed to guide the management of the Preserve.
    Salazar served 20 years as manager of the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department before retiring in 1996. He owns and manages the small environmental consulting firm, Kent Salazar Co., and has a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Mexico.

  • House battle gets its day in court

    The State House redistricting trial got underway this past week in Santa Fe and many close to the situation said they did not believe a decision by Judge James Hall would be forthcoming until January.

    “That’s what I have been hearing,” said Alvin Gentry (R-Albuquerque).

    The good news for Los Alamos, though, is that every plan submitted to the judge keeps the county whole.
    State Rep. James Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval), no relation to the judge, said, though, the county still is not out of the woods.

    “The only changes in the plans are the precincts,” Hall said. “The judge can still change things and it is definitely out of everybody’s hands.”

  • Snow blankets Los Alamos

    Los Alamos received between four and six inches of snow as another major winter storm hit New Mexico Monday.

    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Los Alamos National Laboratory were closed Monday.
    Due to the severe winter storm and hazardous road conditions in Los Alamos and White Rock, most county administration offices, services and facilities that were considered “non essential” to county business closed at noon Monday.

    Any resident with a Monday trash pick up who did not receive service Monday will have a special pick up on Wednesday.

    Today, meanwhile, the latest in a string of storms has passed and schools, the lab and county offices were back open.