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  • Gas rate cut covers sewer increase

    Los Alamos County Councilors spent more time approving a modest sewer rate increase than they did accepting a moderate reduction in the natural gas rate.

    At the end of the debate Tuesday night, both ordinances were adopted by a substantial majority, but not without scrutiny.

    One ordinance proposed a $150 a year cutback on an average gas bill, while the other sought a $50 yearly increase for a typical residential sewer bill. The bottom-line, $100 a year combined savings for the customer, carried the day.

  • 11-18 Update

    JJAB meeting tonight

      The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. today at the LAPS Board Room.

    LA Mountaineers meeting tonight

      Vaughn Hadenfeldt will give a presentation about Everett Ruess, a 20-year-old who journeyed into the canyon country of the Southwest and never returned, during the Los Alamos Mountaineers’ meeting at Fuller Lodge.

      The meeting will begin with dessert and social time at 7:30 p.m. today followed by a discussion of past and present trips. The talk will begin at 8 p.m.

  • Council to mull utility rate changes at tonight's meeting


  • Utility rate changes on council agenda

    A Los  Alamos County public hearing tonight will consider three new ordinances.

    Two ordinances pertaining to utilities are under review, one that raises the average residential customer’s sewer utility rates by about $4 per month and the other that effectively lowers gas rates by 17-24 percent, depending on the volume used.

    A third ordinance spells out a lease agreement with the Administrative Office of the Courts for accommodations within the new Los Alamos Judicial Complex.

  • Roadrunner ends its run

    After 18 months at the top of the world’s fastest supercomputers, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Roadrunner has slipped to number two.

    The current standings are scheduled to be announced Tuesday at the SC09 Conference in Portland, Oregon.

    The new leader, after biting at the heels of Roadrunner for 18 months is Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Jaguar.

    Roadrunner is an IBM machine; Jaguar is made by Cray.

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  • Winter storm headed to N.M., will bring colder temps, snow

    A strong storm system will impact New Mexico continuing into tonight and early Monday. The storm system will bring much colder air and significant accumulations of snowfall favoring the northern mountains, then shifting eastward into the northeast highlands and plains tonight.


  • New venture capital firm takes root

     While economists are looking for green shoots signaling a robust recovery, Los Alamos can now point to a new cottonwood seedling.

    Cottonwood Capital Partners, LLC, with offices in Los Alamos and El Paso, Texas, announced this week that it had reached its first closing of Cottonwood Technology Fund.

    It will be the first new venture capital fund rooted in New Mexico in several years and the first ever to establish its headquarters in Los Alamos, according to the company announcement.

  • "Let Me In" alert

    On Oct. 27, the Monitor printed a photograph about a casting call for the movie “Let Me In.” In the information included with the picture, an incorrect Web site address was listed for people who were unable to participate in the casting call. That information was then picked up and passed along to other points of distribution, amplifying an error in the Web address.  The correct address is www.egcasting.com, for Elizabeth Gable Productions. (The incorrect address that was printed was www.cgcasting.com.)

  • Wallace advocates spending cuts

    If the state’s budget is going to get balanced, Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-N.M., says spending has got to be cut.

    “The fact is the only way to balance the budget is to cut spending. We’ve tried it all, we even sent the governor a 7 percent cut to major agencies, letting him determine the criteria and he got angry at that and vetoed it,” Wallace said. “Now he’s doing furloughs and that’s not good.”