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  • Update 04-03-14

    New club

    Elizabeth Watson Digital Learning Instructional Assistant at Los Alamos Middle School is starting a running or walking club from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


    Summer Concert Fundraiser. Music starts at 7 p.m., auction at 8:30 p.m. at Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa. Lots of stuff to bid on to raise funds for the Summer Concert Series. Featuring music by DK & The Affordables, with special guests Ed Partridge and James Carothers. Tickets $15, couples $25. For more information call 690-2484 or email russ@gordonssummerconcerts.com.

    Bag Days

    Bag Days are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Jemez House Thrift Shop, 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock.


    Posse Lodge Pancake Breakfast. 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday. All proceeds will benefit Los Alamos’ Friends of the Shelter. FOS will feature a silent auction of gift baskets donated by Zena Thomas and Best Buddy Baskets. The auction goes on all morning, as well as a chance to sign up for the Dog Jog before rates increase. Cost is $7 for adults, and $4 for kids 10 years and younger. 

  • County releases proposed budget

    For the first time in three years, Los Alamos County staff anticipates a slight increase in county revenues, reversing the downward trend of the past three years.
    Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) collection dropped 20 percent during that period, and the county originally projected another 5 percent decrease for FY2015.
    Now, with the federal government budget adopted in January 2014, the county projects a 2 percent increase in GRT. Council directed staff to prepare a flat budget, rather than one with another 5 percent reduction in expenditures, as originally proposed.
    This is the first year of a new biennial cycle, when staff will present proposed budgets for FY2015 and FY2016.
    General Fund revenues for FY2015 are projected to be $1.3 million higher, or 2 percent, than in FY2014, for a total of $56.8 million. The majority of that is due to increased spending from Los Alamos National Laboratory, but the new Smith’s Marketplace is also expected to bump up GRT revenues.
    Staff is proposing $46.7 million in expenditures, $1.4 million (or 3 percent) higher in Y2015 than in the FY2014 adopted budget. The majority of the increase is from transferring salaries and benefits for project managers from the CIP fund to the General Fund.

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  • Today In History, April 3
  • Gunman kills 3, injures 16 at Fort Hood


    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The soldier who killed three people at Fort Hood never saw combat during a deployment to Iraq and had shown no apparent risk of violence before gunning down fellow service members on the same military base that was the scene of an infamous 2009 mass shooting, authorities said Thursday.

    Spc. Ivan Lopez seemed to have a clean record that showed no ties to extremist groups. But the Army secretary promised that investigators would keep all avenues open in their inquiry of the Puerto Rican truck driver whose rampage ended only after he fired a final bullet into his own head.

    "We're not making any assumptions by that. We're going to keep an open mind and an open investigation. We will go where the facts lead us," Army Secretary John McHugh said, explaining that "possible extremist involvement is still being looked at very, very carefully."

  • Housekeepers get jobs back, backpay from LA hotel



    The National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of four  housekeepers, who  said they were retaliated against and fired for trying to improve working conditions at the Los Alamos Holiday Inn Express.

    The housekeepers won reinstatement and back pay this week, according to a press release from Somos Un Pueblo Unido .

    The press release said in September 2013, Rosa Sanchez, Malena Sanchez, Ramona Salaiz and Yolanda Salaiz formed a work site committee to collectively complain about a hostile work environment, favoritism by supervisors, and unequal application of disciplinary measures (including arbitrary write-ups).

    The press release said the hotel soon began a series of retaliatory actions that included: threatening committee members with termination and lawsuits; reducing hours; intimidating the workers by having a uniformed police officer at a staff meeting; and increasing surveillance by installing cameras in housekeeper areas.

  • Update 04-02-14

    New Club

    Elizabeth Watson Digital Learning Instructional Assistant at Los Alamos Middle School is starting a running or walking club from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning today.

    GOP meeting

    • The Los Alamos Republican Women will host a 2014 Republican Candidates Meet and Greet. 7 p.m. 1615 Central Avenue, Suite 100 (Downstairs from Pro2Serve & beside Metzger’s). All political persuasions are invited to come and meet the Republican candidates. State and local candidates will briefly speak and then attendees will have opportunity to personally meet and ask them questions. For more information, contact Donna MacDonald, 662-4001.
    • Republican U.S. Senate Candidate David Clements will be at the Fusion Cafe from 5:30 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a meet and greet session. The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Branch of the Northern New Mexico Tea Party.


    Los Alamos Little Theatre will have a reading of the play “Tower of Magic” by local playwright Tess Light at 6 p.m.Wednesday in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.


  • Santa Fe meeting promises new Japanese opportunities

    SANTA FE — Los Alamos County was a key player in an exchange between the Japanese Consulate General of Japan in Denver, senior officials from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and various business and community leaders from New Mexico.
    The county’s Economic Development and Public Utilities departments joined the Consulate General in co-hosting a meeting and reception at Santa Fe’s La Fonda Hotel last week with support from the State of New Mexico.
    “This is a continuation of the cooperation that led to the Smart Grid and Smart House projects. Even though those are now finished, they opened up a lot of doors for cooperation between the Japanese government, Japanese industry and Japanese business and New Mexico,” said Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers.
    Discussion topics included economic overviews of Japan and New Mexico, oil and gas development, renewable energy projects (including the Los Alamos Smart Grid project) and other potential trade sectors.
    “The consulate general’s office as well as the JETRO group, were the ones who requested this meeting. They had a number of different issues they wished to discuss,” said County Administrator Harry Burgess. “They invited us due to NEDO’s relationship to us and the whole experience there.”

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