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  • Council schedules a triple dip

    There will be three council-related meetings during the first week of March.

    Monday - Charter Review Committee

    At 5:30 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall, the Charter Review Committee will make up for a Feb. 22 meeting that was canceled due to a snowstorm. Participants at the meeting will discuss a report prepared by the Issues Identification Subcommittee. The plan for Monday’s meeting includes appointing individual analysis subcommittees to explore 3-5 key issues that will be selected from the discussions so far.

  • Keeping bad guys at bay

    POJOAQUE – In the game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, each child is spun around until disoriented and given the task of attaching a paper tail closest to the rear end of a picture of a donkey. The game is often won by interpreting why people are laughing at you and is good training for overcoming handicaps while dealing with challenging odds.

  • L.A. still a ‘low crime’ community

    Los Alamos is not without crime, according to Police Chief Wayne Torpy.

    “I prefer to say that we have a low crime community,” he said in his annual report Tuesday night to the county council.

    There were 499 prisoners in 2009 or a total of 4,519 prisoner days, he pointed out. Another way to look at it is if the 499 prisoners each spent about 10 days in jail, that would be a little more than 4,500 prisoner days.

  • Brisk Q4 economic growth rate not expected to be sustained

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy rocketed ahead at a 5.9 percent pace in the final quarter of 2009, stronger than initially estimated. But the growth spurt isn't expected to carry over into this year.

    The fresh reading on the nation's economic standing, released by the Commerce Department on Friday, was better than the government's initial estimate a month ago of 5.7 percent growth. It would mark the strongest showing in six years.

    Even so, it didn't change the expectation of much slower economic activity in the current January-to-March quarter.

  • NEWS ALERT Council goes big on municipal building

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  • Legislators concerned with forecast

    SANTA FE — New Mexico finance and taxation officials said Thursday they’re standing by their revenue forecast as lawmakers continue negotiations in an effort to hammer out a plan for financing public schools and state government.

    With a special legislative session looming Monday, the debate over spending cuts and tax increases in the Legislature has turned into a fight over revenue projections with the executive branch.

  • Getting a lesson in economy development 101

    What’s the definition of economic development? Whatever you want it to be. Easier said then done as the current Leadership Los Alamos class discovered on Feb. 19.

    The class gathered in the Research Park, rolled up their sleeves and set to work on pegging a definition and strategy for bringing economic development to Los Alamos.

    This wasn’t just an exercise, the ideas generated during the meeting will be included in public input as the county council works on updating its 17-year-old plan, which is now called an economic vitality strategic plan.

  • Slate of delegates selected

    State and local Democratic candidates turned out in force for Thursday’s combined Precinct Ward and County Convention hosted by the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County.

    Gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Diane Denish topped the list followed by all five candidates running for the vacancy she is leaving as she term limits out at year’s end.

  • 02-26-10 Update

    Enjoy a crab fest

      The Los Alamos Rotary Club will host a crab fest. at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. A social hour and a cash bar will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person or $360 for a table of eight. The dinner will feature an all-you-can eat crab and prawn dinner as well as live and silent auctions. Peace, a local band, will provide live music. All the proceeds will benefit local scholarships.

    Free talk Saturday

  • Council goes big on Municipal Building

    It took two meetings and several extra hours of discussion, but the Los Alamos County Council finally decided on an ambitious size for the new Municipal Building.

    At a special meeting Thursday night, they gave a go-ahead for selecting a design build team who would give them an expanded county seat and a more definite idea of what else they might afford.

    By a vote of 5-2, with councilors Robert Gibson and Vincent Chiravalle dissenting, council approved a basic building space program of 47,170 gross square-feet (GSF).