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  • Espanola mayor weighs run for lieutenant governor

    Joseph Maestas is strongly considering a run at the state’s second highest office.

    The Española mayor is meeting with the best political consultants in the state and reaching out to key political organizations, labor unions, progressive organizations and top political leaders across New Mexico to discuss the upcoming political season, he said.

  • The Farmers' Market keeps manager hopping

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  • Smith’s buys Mari-Mac shopping center

    Smith’s Food & Drug Centers, Inc., has purchased the bulk of the property in Mari-Mac Village between Central Avenue and Trinity Drive. 

    Title Guaranty & Insurance Company at 1200 Trinity Dr., filed the special warranty deed in the Los Alamos County Clerk’s office conveying the property from Developers Diversified Realty of Ohio to Smith’s June 3. The plat indicating the perimeters of the property sold was filed in the clerk’s office July 9.

  • Accident victim dies after years in coma

    A tragic chapter for the community and particularly for Efren Martinez of Cordova, N.M. and his family came to a close this week. Martinez died Tuesday after 13 ½ years in a coma caused by a traumatic electrical accident while working for a construction contractor at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Martinez’ brother-in-law Richard Pacheco, speaking for family, said, “This brings closure to the family. We did not want him to be forgotten.”

  • Lujan Center touts string of successes

    A burgeoning number of college students and seasoned scientists from across the globe are conducting research projects together at the Manuel Lujan, Jr. Neutron Scattering Center.

    The 150,000 square-foot facility is unique in many ways as nationally recognized, award-winning scientist Alan Hurd pointed out during an in-depth tour on Tuesday afternoon.

  • United Way gives nearly $1 million to member agencies

    Nearly $1 million in United Way of Northern New Mexico designations and allocations went to its member agencies this year from the 2009 campaign that ended Dec. 31.

  • Council to discuss Trinity Redevelopment Project

    After a long wait, Los Alamos residents might finally get some answers about the status of the Trinity Site project.

    A special county council session will be held at 7 p.m. today in council chambers, during which time a presentation and discussion on the Trinity Site status will be held.

    Residents are invited to attend the meeting and voice their opinions and concerns during the public comment portion of the meeting. Assistant County Administrator Anthony Mortillaro will give the presentation.

  • SOC Los Alamos to begin layoffs

    SOC Los Alamos, the company that provides uniformed protective force services to Los Alamos National Laboratory, is executing workforce restructuring as a result of a reduction in funding, according to a company e-mail forwarded by SOC General Manager Ken Freeman.  

    There will be up to 18 positions affected.

    SOC is working to transition through this by encouraging individuals to apply for voluntary separation to minimize any involuntary separations.

    The workforce restructure is expected to be completed by Sep 30.

  • Espanola bans cell phone usage while driving

  • Stimulus money ready to go

    After a “ready” and a “set,” Los Alamos National Laboratory announced a “go” Wednesday to begin spending funds available for environmental cleanup under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    “We got the money,” said George Rael, assistant manager for Environmental Operations at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office.

    That means DOE headquarters has reviewed all project documents and feels comfortable that Los Alamos is set up to get the work done.