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  • Airport Basin sees another increase

    The Airport Basin project inched closer to completion during Tuesday night’s County Council meeting when Guaranteed Maximum Price #3 was approved by councilors.

    As the project grows, so does the cost; or so it seems. Capital Projects Manager and Facilities Director Anne Laurent was in council chambers Tuesday night seek approval of GMP #3.

    During the presentation by Laurent, she said that GMP #3 will authorize all of the remaining work items except for remaining asphalt pavement.

  • Police pursue professional excellence through accreditation

    In its pursuit of continuous improvement, the Los Alamos Police Department is closing in on the prestigious distinction of becoming an accredited law enforcement agency.

    Chief Wayne Torpy explained that besides the special recognition, accreditation provides benefits such as an improved, more effective administrative system, reduced liability potential, enhanced supervisory accountability and greater governmental and community support.

  • Lawsuit returns to the scene of the CREM

    A lawsuit filed Dec. 12 in New Mexico District Court in Los Alamos revisits a controversial episode in the recent history of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    In a legal complaint, John Horne, a now-retired firing site leader and lead technician, says he was one of several employees implicated in the alleged disappearance of two classified disks, an incident that turned out to be a false alarm.

    A statement by the laboratory this morning said the laboratory had not yet been served with the complaint by John Horne.

  • Joint County/Schools Committee strengthens ties

    In her seven years living in Los Alamos, School Board Vice President Joan Ahlers told county councilors Tuesday she is not aware of there ever having been such solid cooperation between the county and the schools as exists today.

    During the regular County Council meeting held in Council Chambers, Ahlers praised that cooperation saying, “We serve the same people,” and she thanked council members and county staff for their participation on the Joint County/Schools Committee created to benefit the schools.

  • Lab program celebrates ‘New Heights’

    POJOAQUE – Paul Kedrosky, a CNBC television analyst and writer-investor-consultant, told a “New Heights” gathering of entrepreneurs and their supporters that the harsh economy was no reason to throw in the towel.

    A Senior Fellow at the Kaufman Foundation, dedicated to understanding and enhancing American Entrepreneurship, Kedrosky said an interesting finding by the foundation was that many companies established during recessions, like Microsoft, Sun, Genentch, TCBY and SGI, went on to great national success.

  • Bond Cabin painting to fund restoration

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve got a lot more out of Gary Morton than its first profitable season in the cattle business.

    Not only did Morton regularly supply free cowboy coffee to early morning visitors at the property this summer, but he also spent the waning days of September on a special art project.

  • Help is on the way for transit system

    Since its inception a year ago, the Atomic City Transit system seems to be very well received by Los Alamos County residents.

    It’s seen a spike in riders and has begun offering morning and evening Peak Services, which provide two options per hour from each neighborhood route during peak commute hours.

    Because of its popularity, however, the free service has caused some issues for ACT staff members.

  • LANL shows off liquid detection system

    Help for the hassled airline traveler was on display Tuesday at the Sunport in Albuquerque.

    One of the most popular technological hits this year for Los Alamos National Laboratory was the prospect of a detector that could dissolve an annoying security bottleneck at airports around the world, having to do with the difficulty of screening potentially dangerous liquids.

  • More JPJ concerns expressed at meeting

    A handful of petitioners against the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex tried once more to put a stop to the construction of the building near Ashley Pond at Tuesday’s County Council meeting.

    A handful of residents attended the meeting in hopes that they could convince councilors to halt the project and as before, council listened to their grievances and voted to proceed with construction.

    In a directly related matter, Council voted to accept Guaranteed Maximum Price No. 2 in the amount of $15,011,650 and approve the 100 percent design drawings.

  • Candidates file for school; college boards

    After deliberating the pros and cons of serving another four years on the Los Alamos Board of Education, current President Steve Girrens decided not to run again.

    “It’s important to me to continue working on current projects critical to the district such as the upcoming bond election and our 20-year facilities plan, and I intend to do that, but from a committee position rather than as a board member,” Girrens said. “I want to step aside and let others in my district have an opportunity to serve.”