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  • New manager pilots airport

    The newly hired manager of Los Alamos County Airport felt an instant bond with the area the first time he piloted his red 1966 Piper Comanche 5-seater plane onto the local runway.  

    “I love the altitude, the vistas and the environment, and the grass roots general aviation of the job, which is what I love, is what really drew me here. I’m very, very pleased to have been selected,” Peter Soderquist said, adding that his beloved 44-year-old airplane is aging well.

  • Democrats to host County Convention tonight

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will host a combined Precinct Ward and County Convention at 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

    State Central Committee members and Delegates elected at the County Convention will attend the State Primary Convention at Buffalo Thunder March 13.

    Los Alamos County has 23 delegates allocated for Congressional District 3.

     

  • NEWS ALERT: County rescues senior day-out program

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  • 02-24-10 The Update

    Illustrated talk at PEEC

      “The Biggest Trees in Los Alamos,” an illustrated talk by Dorothy Hoard, will be presented at 7 p.m. today at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, located at 3540 Orange St. This is another session in the Winter Wednesday series, the talk is free and open to the public.

    Authors Speak Series

      Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series presents Michael Hamilton Morgan at 7 p.m. Thursday in the library’s upstairs rotunda.

    Talk and book signing

  • Legislative special session delayed

    SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is delaying the start of a special legislative session so lawmakers can work out differences before returning to the New Mexico Capitol on Monday to hammer out a plan for financing public schools and state government in the coming year.

    Richardson initially called for the special

    session to begin Wednesday, but House and Senate leaders urged him to push that back so they could have more time to discuss potential solutions to the state’s $600 million budget deficit.

  • Placing health first

    Los Alamos County is the healthiest county in New Mexico, according to a comprehensive national health report released last week.

    “I believe it,” said Michelangelo Lobato, coordinator for the Community Health Council. “Los Alamos is such a health-conscious place, and a lot of it relates to education,” he said. “I’m amazed at the programs here.”

  • Tackling one statue at a time

    At first glance erecting 13 life-sized statues in the downtown Historic District within 10 years seems daunting.

    But as one would eat an elephant a bite at a time, the task diminishes considerably when the goal is one statue at a time. That includes determining the statue’s subject and securing its funding.

    Reaching out to individuals and entities having had relationships to the historical figures is key to funding each commission, said Chair Ron Wilkins of the Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board during an interview Tuesday.

  • Senior Day Out Program rescued

    Los Alamos County Council agreed to find $15,000 to fund a shortfall in the Senior Day Out Program operated by the senior center. The funds will keep the program going for the next several months to the new fiscal year.

    The amount was trivial in terms of the county’s annual budget and reserves, but the revision late in the year is not welcomed as a rule.

    On the other hand, as Councilor Michael Wheeler said before the unanimous vote to approve the assistance, “Every family in this community at one time or another may require these services.

  • Iran's nuclear offer too little

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran has formally set out its terms for giving up most of its cache of enriched uranium in a confidential document, and the conditions fall short of what has been demanded by the United States and other world powers.

    The document — seen by The Associated Press on Tuesday — says Tehran is ready to hand over the bulk of its stockpile, as called for under a deal brokered by the International Atomic Energy Agency and endorsed by the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany.

  • United Way to open funding process

    The local United Way is changing how funds will be used in area communities.

    “The United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) is changing its nonprofit funding model beginning with funds raised in Campaign 2011,” Board President Jill Cook said.

    Currently, the annual Community Investment process is limited to 18 member agencies for funding from the UWNNM Community Solutions Fund, as well as from donor designations.  

    A smaller grants program is open to qualified nonprofits serving Los Alamos and or Rio Arriba counties.