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  • Radio Station asks to share in funding

    Gillian Sutton approached council at the start of its budget hearings Monday evening. She referenced the county administrator’s budget, which includes a proposed increase from its current $390,277 to $435,109.

  • CIP projects get tentative green light

    County budgets hearings are nearing a close as several capital outlay projects were approved as the council took action tentatively approving design, study and budgets for them at its meeting Thursday night.

    Capital Improvement Projects were the topic of Tuesday night’s meeting, a continuation of the meeting held in Council Chambers on Monday.

    Councilors voted on various courses of action regarding the CIP applications that the CIP committee reviewed at their public meetings at the beginning of the year.

  • Los Alamos middle-schoolers finish strong

    Despite a few hurdles, Rachel Robey and Gabe Montoya captured third prize out of 61 teams in the N.M. Supercomputer Challenge this year.

    For one thing, they were from Los Alamos Middle School. They were middle-schoolers up against tough high-school competition, not to mention increasingly proficient elementary school participants as well.

  • FY-2010 Budget Hearings kick off with gusto

    Day one of the county's budget hearings moved along at a mostly vigorous clip Monday evening in council chambers and spirits remained high.

    “It’s been mentioned that the county has healthy fund balances and we do,” Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne said. “We’ll start at about $122 million and end at about $110 million.”

    The main weakness the county has is its lack of diversity, he explained adding, “Our greatest risk is one of our biggest assets because it pushes us towards a certain conservatism.”

  • Fire Union files “Prohibited Practices” Complaint

    Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Fire Association Local #3279  have been in collective bargaining since January.

    On April 6, the county declared negotiations were at an impasse and without an agreement with the union, county council approved a 3 percent pay increase for firefighters on April 7.

    While five councilors voted in favor of the pay hike, Nona Bowman was absent,  Councilor Robert Gibson voted against the pay hike.

  • Equal Pay champion to speak at UNM-LA Friday

    Lilly Ledbetter is the namesake of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law in January by President Barack Obama.

    Ledbetter is traveling to UNM-Los Alamos as part of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Spring Convention.

    The public is invited to hear Ledbetter speak at 4 p.m. Friday in the college lecture hall in Building 2, about how her historic legislation restored the long-standing interpretation of civil rights laws and EEOC policies that allow employees to challenge any discriminatory paycheck they receive.

  • Community Assessment finds Los Alamos has potential

    Hearty laughter laced with a bit of embarrassment marked a Community Assessment Workshop at the Los Alamos Research Park Thursday evening.

    Roger Brooks of Destination Development Inc. of Seattle, Wash., was brought in by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce to assess the community through the eyes of a first-time visitor.

    Brooks clearly captivated the nearly 100 business, community and county leaders with his brutally honest impressions.

  • Budget hearings begin Monday

    The deadline for filling federal taxes may have just passed, but money talk is far from over for Los Alamos County. In fact it’s just getting started.

    The county’s budget hearings will begin on Monday at 7 p.m. in council chambers. A slew of financial topics will be discussed, including strategic planning, the budget summary, fund statements, department summaries and performance measures and capital improvements, to name a few.

  • Here to be the leader

    It started with a fortune cookie. Los Alamos Public School superintendent finalist, Dr. Eugene Schmidt, explained he and his wife were eating at a Chinese restaurant and the fortune he received in his cookie said, “You are a leader. Others will soon need your inspiration.”

  • Scholar calls Artificial Intelligence back to its origins

    Not every goal in science and technology can be achieved by massive amounts of funding alone. At times it takes more than integrating the components.

    Sometimes, according to Pei Wang, one of the scholars in the field of Artificial General Intelligence, the answer must be found in having the big picture.