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  • Target closing Canadian stores

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target is giving up on Canada.
    More than 17,600 employees will eventually lose their jobs when the U.S. discount retailer closes its 133 Canadian stores after only about two years to cut losses that went as high as a billion dollars a year.
    The company didn’t see how to stop the losses before at least 2021, Target Corp. Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell said Thursday. Cornell said on Target’s corporate blog that its Canadian arm was losing money every day.
    The closing is Cornell’s first major move since becoming CEO. His predecessor, Gregg Steinhafel, was pushed out last May after a string of problems, from a massive data breach to woes in the U.S. to Canada.
    Cornell said the company will instead focus reigniting Target’s 1,800-store U.S. business, which has struggled with sluggish sales since the recession.
    Exporting Target’s cheap chic across the border seemed like a no-brainer, because for years droves of Canadians crossed the border to shop at its U.S. stores.

  • State of County Given

    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce manager Nancy Partridge led off Thursday’s Chamber breakfast, where County Manager Harry Burgess gave his annual State of the County address. Look for the story in Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 1-15-15

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will meet at 7 p.m. today at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos room 610. The proposed ban on plastic bags in Los Alamos County will be discussed. The event is open to the public.


    Jane Voss and Hoyle Osborne will present “All In, Down and Out: The Great Depression in Song and Story,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mesa Public Library.

    Ken Burns film

    Mesa Public Library will screen the Ken Burns film “The Dust Bowl” Jan. 24 starting at 10:30 a.m. The first half of the 4-hour film will be shown until 12:30 p.m., and the second half will be shown from 2:30-4:30. The film is shown in conjunction with the Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit, which is in the Upstairs Art Gallery.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session in White Rock Jan. 20. The session will be at Fire Station No. 3. It will begin at 7 p.m.

    Coalition meeting

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold a regular business meeting Friday at the Santa Fe City Council chambers.

  • Prescribed burns now rescheduled for this weekend

    Santa Fe National Forest announced that it is planning to proceed with its prescribed pile burn in Bayo Canyon.
    The original burn was scheduled for earlier this month but was delayed due to weather and moisture conditions.
    The burn is now scheduled to start Saturday and continue through Monday in Bayo Canyon, however, those burns will still be subject to conditions.
    Los Alamos Fire Department and SFNF will be conducting the burns.
    The prescribed pile burn will consist of a total of 150 acres east of the townsite.
    Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.
    The Bayo Canyon burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health.
    SFNF said that smoke from the burn will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met.
    Smoke will likely be visible from the communities of Santa Clara, Española and Santa Fe, as well as for motorists on N.M. 502 and N.M. 285.
    Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged by SFNF to take precautionary measures.
    Information on air quality can be found online at the New Mexico Environment Department’s website at nmtracking.org/fire.

  • NCRTD weighs its objectives

    ESPAÑOLA — The board of the North Central Regional Transit District weighed options for what consultant Jeremy Nelson called “leading edge” policies last Friday.
    Nelson, founder and president of REgeneration Strategies, was subcontracted by Felsburg, Holt and Ullevig (FHU) to address some big-picture questions NCRTD hopes to address in the development of its Long Range Transit Service Plan.
    FHU is the lead consultant for the plan.
    According to Nelson, NCRTD leadership wants to consider how the agency can realize “non-mobility benefits” such as using transit to shape regional land use patterns, catalyzing development along the transit corridors and being part of the conversation on economic development.
    “I call this a leading edge topic because really it’s a testament to the visionary leadership you have at this agency and at this board. For an agency of this size and in this context to begin thinking about these issues now is quite forward thinking,” Nelson said.
    “These are future-oriented topics. This isn’t what you’ll be doing tomorrow. This is a long-range plan. And these are topics that a transit agency starts working on and starts to see the benefits years in the future.”

  • LAHS grad elected as new Croatian president

    A 1986 graduate of Los Alamos High School has been elected president of Croatia.
    Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, 46, was elected Monday as the nation’s first woman president, beating out her opponent and incumbent Ivo Josipović by a close margin, garnering 50.5 percent of the vote.
    “Our community is very proud of her many accomplishments that include serving as Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy at NATO and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia.  We wish her well in her new duties as President of Croatia,” Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said to KOB-TV.
    While attending LAHS, she took the following courses. English, American Literature, World Literature, History, History of Art, European History, Law and Government, Math, Foreign Language, Art, Business and Typing.
    She maintained at 3.9 GPA.
    According to the superintendent’s office, she was very enthusiastic about learning about New Mexico culture, she was not shy and was interested in all things American. She was a part of the Homecoming staff.
    After high school, she went on to receive both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Zagreb in Croatia, in 1992 and 2000.

  • Bjarke-McKenzie exits race

    Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, president of the Los Alamos School Board, announced her decision Wednesday that she would not be seeking reelection. She said her decision was based on medical and personal reasons.
    “I liked working on the school board because I wanted to make a difference in education,” she said. “I’d like to still work in the field of education, but I’m afraid I will not be able to still contribute to the board.”
    Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt said that Bjarke-McKenzie was a valuable liaison between the board and the administration, and that she was a valuable asset during the reconstruction of the high school, the middle school and Aspen elementary.
    “She was a very committed believer in education,” Schmidt said. She was very focused on strategic planning and was very involved in our school construction projects. She can be proud of the work she did to help those projects come to fruition.”
    Bjarke-McKenzie was elected to the school board in 2011, and has been serving on the board every since. She joined a year after she retired from teaching in 2010.
    According to McKenzie she made the decision to retire so she could take care of her father.

  • State police closes U.S. 550 near Lybrook

    SANTA FE (AP) — Authorities have extinguished a fuel fire that closed U.S. 550 in both directions near the northwestern New Mexico community of Lybrook.

    KOB-TV reports that two 500-gallon propane tanks and a hot oil tank caught fire around 11 a.m. Thursday.

    New Mexico State Police say it's still unclear how the fire started.

    Lybrook is located in southwestern Rio Arriba County.

    State Police Sgt. Chad Pierce says the multiple agencies reported to the scene.

    He says northbound and southbound traffic is stopped at locations four miles apart and that residents aren't allowed in the area until the fire is completely contained.

    KOB reports that businesses near the fire were evacuated.

  • Today in history Jan. 15
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