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  • WIPP manager to trim jobs

    CARLSBAD — The manager of the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico plans to trim more jobs.
    Washington TRU Solutions on Monday announced the second phase of a workforce restructuring plan at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.
    Earlier this year, 51 of the company’s workers volunteered to leave as part of the first phase. The company expects about 65 workers, including temporary staff, to be involved in the second round of cuts.
    Subcontract personnel are also expected to be affected.
    Washington TRU Solutions pointed to the end of federal stimulus funding Sept. 30 and projections that peg WIPP’s budget next year at the lowest level in eight years.

  • Update 09-22-11

    Interview

    A panel of community leaders from various organizations and businesses will be interviewing the County Administrator candidates from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 5 p.m . Friday in Council Chambers. Public is welcome to observe.

    Reception

      There will be a reception to meet the County Administrator candidates. 5–7 p.m. today in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

    Groundbreaking

    Groundbreaking for the Municipal Building, Historic Archives and County Records Center at the building site, just east of the Bradbury Science Museum at 11 a.m. Friday on Central Avenue.

    Kick-off event

  • CDD wants to add mixed use zoning

    At Tuesday’s county council work session, Acting Community Development Department (CDD) Director Steve Brugger gave his 180-day progress report on improvements to the building and planning permits process. Brugger also proposed a change to the county code that would allow mixed use zoning for developments like the A-19 parcel in White Rock.

    The CDD has been working to implement council’s strategic goal of “dramatically simplifying and clarifying the building and planning permitting process.” The county hired Karpoff & Associates to lead focus group sessions with commercial business owners and developers, and their recommendations have guided the revisions.

  • Summer's last hurrah

    The “Grandmother’s Joy” statue stands outside the Betty Ehart Senior Center, surrounded by sunflowers. The first day of autumn is Friday.

  • House passes redistricting plan

    To say the least, it was a long day Wednesday for State Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe).

    A House redistricting plan that would keep Los Alamos intact won approval early Thursday in the 70-member chamber and Gov. Susana Martinez made it clear she doesn’t support the proposal.

    The measure passed on a 36-34 vote with one Democrat breaking party ranks to join Republicans in opposing the plan.

    Hall did not support or vote in favor of the measure either, but it pained him.

  • Republicans stepping up criticism ahead of debate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans seeking the presidency have spent months pitching glossy versions of themselves to voters, but they now find their rivals highlighting the unspoken caveats in their records.

    Ahead of Thursday afternoon's candidate forum and an evening debate in swing-state Florida, their advisers telegraphed the criticism each campaign was likely to use. As most of the candidates plan a two-day trip to the hard-fought swing state, they are ramping up their rhetoric against each other.

    For instance: Texas added jobs during the economic recession under Gov. Rick Perry's leadership. But unemployment went up last month and is at the highest level since 1987, rival Mitt Romney noted.

  • Veto showdown, court fight looms on redistricting

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats in the Legislature appear heading for a veto showdown with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over proposals for changing the boundaries of House and Senate districts.

    If no redistricting plans are enacted, the fight shifts to the courts and a judge likely will end up drawing new district boundaries.

    A House redistricting plan won approval early Thursday in the 70-member chamber and Martinez made it clear she doesn't support the proposal. The measure passed on a 36-34 vote with one Democrat breaking party ranks to join Republicans in opposing the measure.

    Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell called the plan a "partisan gerrymander."

  • Fire calls

    Firefighters go through training at the Los Alamos Fire Department Training Facility on DP Road Friday. The department’s August Fire Calls include 105 emergency medical service calls, five vehicle accidents, two fires and 44 miscellaneous calls.

  • Update 09-21-11

    CIP meeting

    A CIP Project public meeting on Golf Course Improvements, Phase I. will be held at 5:30 tonight in Council Chambers.

    Interveiw

    A panel of community leaders from various organizations and businesses will be interviewing the County Administrator candidates from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 5 p.m . Friday in Council Chambers. Public is welcome to observe.

    Reception

    A panel of community leaders from various organizations and businesses will be interviewing the County Administrator candidates from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 5 p.m . Friday in Council Chambers. Public is welcome to observe.

    Groundbreaking

  • Council reviews CIP processes

    Los Alamos County Council’s monthly work session was dedicated to reviewing changes to Capital Improvements Project (CIP) and Community Development Department (CDD) procedures. The CIP Committee and CDD staff has been making efforts to improve their respective areas.

    Acting Assistant County Administrator Steven Lynne, who sits on the CIP Committee, presented two recommendations.