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  • Candidate wants to help businesses

    Ron Selvage wants county council to do more for local business owners and is seeking one of four vacancies to help make that happen.

    Selvage, 44, is a hotelier and restaurateur.

    “One of my main goals as a councilor will be to have the county work better with the local small business owners. I want to make it easier for small business owners to start up and run their business,” he said. “The county should work in conjunction with these owners, not against them.”

  • County sets moving days

    Staff from the Community Development Department will begin moving out of the County Annex beginning March 22. Services will still be available from CDD (second floor of the County Annex) but may be limited as furniture and boxes are moved to their new temporary location at 195 East Road (in the TRK building, next to L.A. Fire Administration). They plan to be back up and operational on March 29.

  • Charter review subcommittee meets

    The Issues Analysis Subcommittee of the Charter Review Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, in Council Chambers to begin work on identifying solutions to their selected issue, “The perceived need for voters to have more control over major county projects.”  The members of this subcommittee are Chris Chandler, Harry Ettinger, Deborah Gill and Morrie Pongratz.

  • Smart grid effort

    POJOAQUE — The Japanese government has launched a four-year, $30-million research program in New Mexico to demonstrate green grid technology. A large share of the work will be done in Los Alamos, involving both county utilities and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Corporation (NEDO) held a signing ceremony Friday with 70 representatives from 31 Japanese companies, along with state and local officials and representatives of LANL and Sandia National Laboratories and private companies in New Mexico.

  • Unemployment rate unchanged as employers shed 36K more jobs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate held at 9.7 percent in February as employers shed 36,000 jobs, fewer than expected. The figures suggested the job market is slowly healing but that significant hiring has yet to occur.

    The Labor Department said it wouldn't quantify how the snowstorms that hammered the East Coast last month affected job losses. Some data in the report signaled the storms didn't reduce payrolls as much as had been feared.

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  • Budget balancing session ends

    SANTA FE The Legislature adjourned a politically difficult special session on Thursday after putting the finishing touches on more than $230 million in tax increases to balance the state budget next year.

    The final measure to win approval was a 75-cents-a-pack increase in the cigarette tax. It will generate $33 million next year.

    “We did what we had to do. We got the job done,” said Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, a Belen Democrat. “I think we helped keep government running and people employed.”

  • Changing blueprints to green prints

    “One Mississippi, two Mississippi…,”  students in Laura Patterson’s fifth grade class counted as they filled plastic bags with water from the bathroom faucets of Mountain Elementary School.  This activity was part of a water audit done by the students in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program as an important step in their quest to create a more sustainable Mountain school.

  • Listeners get an earful on the Valles

    Jonathan Neal, who works in Los Alamos but lives about a mile away from the Valles Caldera National Preserve, was a typical participant at a public meeting Thursday.

    Along with more than 50 others who came out to Fuller Lodge, he had an experienced view of the federal property that was the subject.