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  • Workplace fatalities decrease in N.M. for 2010

    The New Mexico Environment Department announces today that workplace fatalities in New Mexico decreased in 2010 from 2009, with a preliminary total of 38 work-related deaths in 2010 compared to a total of 42 work-related deaths in 2009, according to the state’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) study.  
    According to NMED Deputy Secretary Butch Tongate,
    “While a total reduction in workplace fatalities is good news, it is important that New Mexicans remain vigilant with workplace safety.”

  • VCNP to conduct executive director search

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve is searching for a permanent executive director.
    The preserve posted a job advertisement on a government website Thursday. The posting comes about five months after Gary Bratcher resigned from the position. He had served as executive director since 2009.
    Preserve manager Dennis Trujillo has been filling the position on an interim basis.
    As of press time, Trujillo was unavailable for comment.
    The job posting runs through Nov. 18. Pay ranges from nearly $114,000 to $147,857.

  • Update 10-21-11

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the council chambers.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Magistrate Court will close Oct. 25-27 for new computer system training.

    Benefit dinner

    Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) is hosting the Kids Ski Pajarito Benefit Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pajarito Mountain Lodge.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 29, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Community Building Training Room to discuss voting methods.

  • Study: Valles would flourish under NPS management

    A new economic study has found that Valles Caldera National Preserve would create $11 million in economic activity and more than 200 jobs by 2016 if the preserve was managed by the National Park Service.

    The study also found greater economic growth and job creation under National Park Service management than under the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Hotel guests have reservations

    Guests have been lodging a number of complaints in recent weeks against the Ashley Hotel & Suites at 2175 Trinity Dr.

    Jay Patel said he owns 20 percent of the hotel and his partners in Roshni Ventures LLC hold the remaining ownership. The partnership owns several hotels throughout New Mexico including Santa Fe and Moriarty, he said.

    Patel explained during an interview from Santa Fe late Thursday that the hotel was in foreclosure when he got a call last year from a broker for GE Capital Bank in St. Louis.

    “I made an offer and they accepted it and we bought the hotel in December,” Patel said. “Then we were struggling with the bank to get a loan to make the repairs,” Patel said.

  • Obama signs 3 trade deals, biggest since NAFTA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed off Friday on the first three — and possibly last — free trade agreements of his administration, deals with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that could be worth billions to American exporters and create tens of thousands of jobs.

    The three deals were years in the making, and the difficulty of bringing them to fruition make it unlikely there will be another bilateral trade agreement during Obama's current term.

  • US boosts pressure on Pakistan over terrorism

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday intensified pressure on Pakistan to do more to crack down Islamist militants destabilizing Afghanistan, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a tough public message that extremists have been able to operate in and from Pakistan for too long.

    For the second time in two days, Clinton pressed Pakistani authorities to step up efforts against the Haqqani militant network, which is based in the country's rugged tribal region, and is blamed for attacks both inside Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.

  • Update 10-20-11

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the council chambers.

    CIP meeting

     The Capital Improvement Project Committee will meet at 5:15 p.m. today at the council chambers.

    Benefit dinner

    Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) is hosting the Kids Ski Pajarito Benefit Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pajarito Mountain Lodge.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 29, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    CRC meeting

  • Speculation About Plane’s Passengers

    The 1988 Gulfstream IV plane, with its blue bottom and white top and “United States of America” painted above the passenger windows, sat idle at the Los Alamos County Airport for most of Wednesday morning.

    Who was on that plane, though, remains a mystery.

    NNSA spokesperson Toni Chiri said that on occasion “we have distinguished visitors who want to learn more about the lab. But they also want to remain anonymous.”

  • CDD ramps up code revisions

    With new development such as the municipal building and Trinity Site either underway or continuing to look promising, Community Development Services has prioritized reviewing the downtown code.

    Acting Community Development Director Steve Brugger asked Council for some guidance before staff begins the process.

    The Downtown Master Plan was approved in 2002 and the Standards Code implementing it was enacted in 2004.