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  • County records, historic archives get a new home

    County records and historic archives will have a home after the Los Alamos County Council approved an archive and county records facility as add-alternatives to the municipal building design-build project.
    Council approved the facility during their regular meeting Tuesday night. The county records center will be 6,500 square feet while the historic archives are planned to cover 7,500 square feet. The approximate cost for the add alternates is $2.7 million.

  • Candidates file for board seats

    Three seats are open on the Los Alamos School Board and two are up for grabs on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board. Candidates hoping to fill those seats submitted their declarations of candidacy at the county courthouse on Tuesday.

  • Holiday travelers benefit from spread-out season

    NEW YORK (AP) — As travelers take to the road, air and rail in the last days before Christmas, they should keep one thing in mind: It could be worse.

    Steve Kent scoffed at lines Thursday morning at New York's LaGuardia Airport as he got ready to fly to Denver on a family ski trip.

    "I don't find it that difficult," he said. "I think Thanksgiving is harder."

  • Storm lashes California, leaves polluted water

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California residents who endured flooding, mudslides and evacuations during a weeklong onslaught of rain now have another problem: contaminated water and fouled beaches.

  • NM unemployment call center to close 2 Fridays

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Unemployment Insurance Call Center will be closed the next two Fridays — Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

    The state Department of Workforce Solutions says unemployment insurance claimants should plan for that.

    The agency also notes the federal holidays of Christmas and New Year's on the next two Saturdays will mean banks and post offices will be closed. That could delay funds for unemployment insurance debit card holders and participants who have direct deposit or receive checks by mail.

  • Alaska court refuses to overturn sen. vote results

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court delivered another stinging setback to Republican Joe Miller, refusing to overturn election results that favored his GOP rival, Lisa Murkowski, in the state's U.S. Senate race.

  • NKorea threatens 'sacred' nuclear war if attacked

    POCHEON, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea beat the drums of war Thursday, with each threatening the other with immediate retaliation if attacked.

    Seoul has staged days of military drills in a show of force meant to deter North Korea, including live-fire exercises earlier this week on a front-line island shelled by the North last month. Angered by the exercises, North Korea threatened Thursday it would launch a "sacred" nuclear war if Seoul hit it and warned that even the smallest intrusion on its territory would bring a devastating response.

  • TLC to operate under new name and management

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) took administrative action Dec. 8 and entered into a settlement agreement to close DR’s (Donny Robertson’s) TLC Driving School with sites in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Roswell and Ruidoso Downs for violations of state laws and regulations, according to NMDOT.
    NMDOT, in a combined effort with the Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) and the University of New Mexico Institute of Public Law, launched an investigation after learning of illegal practices conducted at the school.  

  • County settles muni building injunction

    Council members shed light Tuesday night on a seemingly mixed-up issue that has delayed construction of a new municipal building for months.
    Council voted 5-2 to settle a suit brought last month by local attorneys George and Christine Chandler. The suit called for an injunction and declaratory judgment in relation to a citizen petition that called for voters to decide whether the county should build a new municipal space or reconstruct a replica of the original at Ashley Pond.

  • Council awards muni contract to Jaynes Corp.

    In a 5-2 vote, the Los Alamos County Council approved a $19,536,868 contract with the Jaynes Corporation to construct the new municipal building during the final regular meeting of 2010 Tuesday night.
    Included in the approved general contractor lead design-build contract are the county records and historic archive facility, information technology expansion space and improvements to Iris Street.