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  • Diamond Drive, take four

    The clock is now ticking on Diamond Drive Phase 4.

    By a 5-2 vote, County Council awarded a $6.4 million plus contract Tuesday to AS Horner, for the next and last major roadwork and utility project on Diamond Drive stretching south from North Road to the Omega Bridge that spans Los Alamos Canyon.

    Although councilors expressed concerns that the contractor was responsible for at least some of the public’s dissatisfaction over Phases 1 and 2, Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman began his presentation with reasons to expect a different outcome this time.

  • 03-04-10 Update

    Don’t miss “Diner” today

      Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will screen ”Diner” at 6:30 p.m. today.

    Lenten fish fry dinner

  • NEWS ALERT: Councilors tighten compensation plan
  • 03-03-10 Update

    Winners to be announced

      The Sierra Club will be introduced to the winners of the Sierra Club’s Environmental award. The winners will present their posters at 7 p.m. today at Mesa Public Library.

    Don’t miss “Diner”

    Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will screen ”Diner” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Lenten fish fry dinner

  • Higher taxes on the horizon

    SANTA FE — New Mexicans will pay higher taxes on goods and services they buy, including food, under a compromise, budget-balancing package in the Legislature.

    Proposals approved by the House and Senate will increase taxes by more than $230 million next year to help finance public schools and government programs.

    Lawmakers hope to finish work on the budget package and wrap up a special legislative session Wednesday. Each chamber must approve the same tax and budget measures before the proposals can go to Gov. Bill Richardson.

  • A new approach to an old system

    The old grade book is being tossed out at the elementary schools in the Los Alamos Public Schools district.

    What is taking the place of the former excel spreadsheets is an electronic grade book system called Pinnacle. Just as many students anxiously wait for report cards to see what grades will be revealed, teachers and administrators are working and training to discover what Pinnacle will produce for them.

  • Grazing program extended

    The Valles Caldera Trust will open their new 15,000 square-foot science and education facility next week in Jemez Springs.

    The newly renovated complex was used to house elderly priests from the Servants of the Paraclete and was unoccupied for 10 years, said Bob Parmenter, chief scientist for the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    The trust has taken out a lease and has an option to purchase the property.

  • Councilors tighten compensation plan

    Councilors seized on findings of an employee compensation report Tuesday to eliminate the “Los Alamos Factor,” the cost of living premium thought to have an arbitrary influence in boosting the income of county employees.

    Although there were questions about how that could be accomplished, it was one of several disapproving whacks that the Los Alamos County Council gave to the county compensation system in a motion accepting a Market Pricing Study by consultant Fox Lawson and Associates (FLA).

  • NEWS ALERT Local woman surfaces, safe in Chile

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  • 03-02-10 Update

    Police beat

      A large piece of concrete thrown through the rear window of a parked vehicle, a rock thrown through the window of another parked vehicle and the windows of an office building damaged by shots from a pellet gun or firearm top this week’s Police Beat. Read the full report on Page 2.

    AAUW meeting today

      The American Association University of Women will host a talk titled, “Growing Up Female in

    India,” during their regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.