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Local News

  • 2008 election drew high local turnout

    Some 10,922 out of 13,186 eligible voters cast ballots in Los Alamos County during the 2008 general election, according to official results posted on the Secretary of State's website.

     

    That equates to a 82.83 percent local voter turnout compared to 68.34 percent statewide results in which 815,363 voters cast ballots out of 1,193,084 eligible voters.

     

  • Three Fellows tapped for 2008

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has named three new Fellows for 2008.

     

    In an announcement Thursday, Robert C. Albers, Paul A. Johnson and Kurt E. Sickafus were recognized for outstanding scientific contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement

     

  • LANL Foundation invites scholarship applications

    Eligible students of northern New Mexico are encouraged to apply for scholarships offered by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation.

     

    Applications for the 2009 scholarships are now available for any permanent resident of northern New Mexico who is enrolling in or currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution is eligible to apply.

     

    The program is available to residents of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties.

     

  • Petitioners want JPJ work stopped

      County Council’s agenda for Tuesday night is light, however, there are a couple of big items that will be discussed. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Community Building.

      The first item on the agenda is recognition and a proclamation of the services given to the county by Councilor Jim West. With the resignation of Councilor Jim West, Council Chair Jim Hall has requested that this item be placed on the agenda for a formal recognition of the service provided by Councilor West as he has served for the last six years as a councilor.

  • Residents want work on JPJ Complex stopped

    Some concerned residents voiced their opinions on the location of the skate park and circulated a petition in an effort to get council to reconsider the location.

     

    Despite their efforts, the park was built in front of Mesa Public Library.

     

    Now, another group of residents have presented the county with a petition opposing the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex.

     

  • Smooth transition promised

    SANTA FE – To ensure a seamless transfer of power, Gov. Bill Richardson is including Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in all budget briefings until his confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Commerce, expected to occur in mid-to-late February.

    “The lieutenant governor is being briefed by my staff,” Richardson said during a press conference in his cabinet room Thursday. “I’ll make the decisions, but she’s going to have a role.”

  • West resigns from County Council

    Even though elections were held last month, and new councilors were elected, the county council will have one more seat to fill, following a surprising announcement made during Tuesday night’s council meeting.

     

    After public comments were heard, Chair Jim Hall announced that Councilor Jim West has rendered his resignation from the council effective immediately.

     

  • Bingaman talks cleantech

    SANTA FE – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman likes the idea of moving, leaning and looking “forward” for the next few months of energy legislation.

     

    Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M, spoke at the Coronado Ventures Forum’s annual Cleantech Event for  the state’s entrepreneurial community Wednesday.

     

    He emphasized tax incentives and credits for businesses, consumers and builders, and pointed to the recent eight-year extension of solar tax credits, as a positive trend for the future.

  • DPU gives report on power outages

    Los Alamos residents are no strangers to power outages and it’s common knowledge that some areas are worse than others.

    As a result of repeated phone calls regarding the outages, Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith, and Department of Public Utilities Engineer Rafael De la Torre, were in council chambers on Tuesday night to present a report to councilors on the reliability of the electric distribution system.

  • Skaters left in the dark

    Those visiting the skate park in front of Mesa Public Library in the evening hours have found themselves in the dark.

    Nov. 20, county staff conducted a walk-through of the skate park to determine what more needed to be done to complete the skate park project. One of the big concerns for county staff and county council is the lack of lighting at the park.

    Community Services Director Stephani Johnson said that staff had been told that it would take three weeks for the lights to be installed. However, the contractor said that they thought it would take six weeks.