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  • New-look legislature opens up

    SANTA FE (AP) — Their priorities aren't much different — lift New Mexico from the bottom of the nation's education rankings, keep the state's children safe and find a way to boost economic development and job creation.
    The best route for accomplishing those goals is what Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the state Legislature will be hashing out when the 60-day session begins Tuesday.
    Efforts to stop the state from issuing driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally and right-to-work legislation are also expected to pepper the debate since the session isn't limited to just the budget and taxes.
    Martinez and lawmakers also will be wading into an unfamiliar political landscape this year. Despite reassurances of bipartisanship from both sides of the aisle, the dynamics in the Roundhouse will be different this year since Republicans now hold the majority in the House of Representatives, something the state hasn't seen in 60 years.
    Incoming New Mexico House Speaker Don Tripp, R-Socorro, said he looked forward to working with Democrats, who still control the Senate, on ideas to push economic development and creating an environment to attract more businesses.

  • Update 1-18-15

    APP feedback

    The Art in Public Places Board is seeking additional feedback on artwork to be installed at the county’s Municipal building using Open Forum. A handout with a description of each piece of art can be downloaded at peakdemocracy.com/portals/119/Forum_345/Issue_2410. Residents can leave comments for the board. Feedback will be a topic of discussion at the board’s Jan. 22 meeting, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building. Deadline for comments is Jan. 21.

    BPU meeting

    A regular session of the Board of Public Utilities is schedueld for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    School board

    The Los Alamos School Board will hold a work session Thursday at Mountain Elementary School. Session time is 5:30 p.m.

    NCRTD

    The North Central Regional Transit District’s Blue Buses will not be in service Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday. Regularly scheduled bus service Fe will resume Tuesday.

    County Council

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

  • Today in history Jan. 17
  • Geese on the Golf Course

    A flock of Canada Geese touched down on the Los Alamos Golf Course on Wednesday.

  • MOWW speaker to talk about boyhood in Germany

    The Military Order of the World Wars announces the January meeting. The guest speaker this month will be Hansjorg Jansen.
    Jansen was a young boy growing up in Germany during World War ll. He will be talking about his life at that time and how the war affected his young life.
    He will speak at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars at the Hot Rocks Java Cafe.
    The meeting begins with a social period at 6 p.m. with a dinner at 6:25 p.m. in the Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the Los Alamos National Laboratory control stations to West Jemez road.)
    Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.

  • Update 1-16-15

    Pile burns

    Santa Fe National Forest and Los Alamos Fire Department will being prescribed pile burns in Bayo Canyon at 9 a.m. Saturday. The burns are scheduled to continue through Monday.

    Chautauqua

    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 p.m.

    School Board

    The Los Alamos School Board will hold a work session Jan. 22 at Mountain Elementary School. Session time is 5:30 p.m.

    NCRTD

    The North Central Regional Transit District’s Blue Buses will not be in service Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday. Regularly scheduled bus service will resume Tuesday.

    County Council

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

  • Burgess updates Chamber on State of the County

    The tone of County Manager Harry Burgess’ annual State of the County address was decidedly more upbeat than a year ago, when cutbacks at Los Alamos National Laboratory forced a 20-percent reduction in the county’s budget.
    Burgess led off Thursday’s address to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce with the opening of the Smith’s Marketplace in July.
    “This is a project which I think is going to have significant impact as we move forward. It already has had significant impact on our economy,” Burgess said. “It’s already reaping benefits for the schools. The county is getting some of that lease payment. They’re also not done. The requirements of the lease include another 60,000 square feet available for retail over the next five years. They’ve built about 10,000 now.”
    Smith’s was the most significant investment in the county last year, but not the only one.
    “The neat thing as we look back over this past year, we have had about $110 million of investment in new projects,” Burgess continued. “About half of that is private and the other half is public expenditure. And I think that bodes well for the last year’s activity, as we’re seeing some other entities invest in our community.”

  • Today in history Jan. 16
  • Cross-Course Skiing

    A lone cross-country skier makes their way across the front nine of the Los Alamos Golf Course Wednesday morning.

  • 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.