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  • Slumping economy impacts Indian casino industry

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The economic downturn has slowed the growth of Indian gaming in America but the industry is faring better than traditional casinos, a report released Thursday shows.

    Revenues climbed by 1.5 percent last year — the smallest increase since a federal law regulating the industry was passed in 1988, according to the Indian Gaming Industry Report by economist Alan Meister.

    That was down from a growth rate of 5 percent in 2007 and an average rate of about 15 percent from 2001 through 2006.

  • County Assessor JoAnn Johnson seeking second term

    For more than 20 years her role was recruiting people to run for office – but that all changed in 2006 for longtime political leader JoAnn Johnson.

    “I felt it was time for me to step up and do what I had asked of others for so long. Assessor Jane Bates was term limiting out and with my financial background I felt the assessor vacancy was an area where I could contribute most,” Johnson said during an interview Thursday. “I also feel this office is very important to the community.”

  • LANL withdraws objection to Rio Grande monitoring criteria

    The state environment department announced Wednesday that Los Alamos National Laboratory had withdrawn its opposition to a proposal for a numeric water quality standards for monitoring and reporting radiological contaminants in the Rio Grande down stream from the laboratory.

    The proposal grew out of what the New Mexico Environment Department called “concerns from the public about the health risks of radiological contaminants such as plutonium in water from the Rio Grande being diverted by the Buckman Diversion Project.”

  • Give loved ones the gift of time this season

    Not being particularly skilled at making crafts usually makes me seek other options for holiday presents. Just trying to cut in a straight line is a challenge. When I was little, I read a holiday story about a girl who made all her own presents, which encouraged me to reconsider handmade gifts.

    Following the character’s idea, I pulled out magazines, glue and scissors, and began decorating everything from shoeboxes to cardboard jewelry boxes for my mom.

    Whether they were truly beautiful or not, my mother would graciously oooh and ahhhh over all of them.

  • Arms Control Center opens reading room

    The Los Alamos Center for International Nuclear Security Studies and its sister organization, the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) hosted a public lecture and reception at their new office Friday.  

    Los Alamos National Bank has generously provided the office, Room 318 on the third floor, named the Bill Beyer Reading Room in honor of the late Bill Beyer, one of the organization’s founders along with Dave Thomson of the organization.   

  • IMTEC lays off ‘more than 10’ employees

    A company official confirmed Wednesday that several employees at IMTEC, a Los Alamos manufacturing company, were laid off this week.

    “We had just over 10 positions eliminated,” said Mark Farmer, general manger for digital oral care, whose office is in St. Paul, Minn. Farmer was en route back to his office Wednesday.

    “These were positions not aligned with our longer term direction,” he said. “And that’s about it.”

  • Local hero packed a global wallop

    Louis Rosen’s role as hero, mentor and prophet of nuclear policy was the subject of an affectionate tribute Wednesday night. Rosen, one of the last of the great Manhattan Project physicists, died Aug. 15 at the age of 91, but his memory lives on in the hearts of his friends.

    At a meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security, four colleagues who knew Rosen exceptionally well shared their insights with an audience who were pleased to have the chance to contribute some of their own memories as well.

  • Sweep nets 100 percent compliance

    Los Alamos businesses earned a perfect score during Thursday night’s alcohol compliance sweep.

    Owners and employees not only denied service to underage operatives involved in the sweep – they did it with conviction. A woman at one establishment even scolded the two 18-year-old Santa Fe operatives for attempting to purchase drinks and promptly escorted them out the front door.

    Los Alamos Police Det. Shari Mills was in charge of the three-hour undercover operation conducted in conjunction with Santa Fe’s Special Investigations Division.

  • 12-11 Update

    Enjoy a concert

      The Community Winds Christmas Concert will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Discuss breastfeeding

      La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss “Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties” at its monthly meeting at

    7 p.m. Dec. 20 in the Teen Room at the First United Methodist Church.

      All interested, pregnant or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding.

  • Committee’s effectiveness doubted