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  • Trinity Site lease signed

     Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess announced Friday that the county has executed the ground lease and developer agreement with Los Alamos Trinity LP for the property known as the “Trinity Site,” located just south of Trinity Drive and MariMac Plaza on the eastern edge of Los Alamos.
    A slight modification to the agreement was made Thursday after a final meeting with the developer, North American Development Group.
    The change will add up to 90 days during the feasibility period for the developer to consider their pre-leasing efforts regarding the other spaces surrounding the Smith’s Marketplace.

  • Los Alamos native heads into the wild

    “Lions, tigers and bears. Oh my!”  This is what some may say on a veterinary adventure in a foreign country, but not Los Alamos native Erin Smith. She’s headed back for round two this summer.

    Smith, 26, is heading to South Africa for the second year in a row this summer to lend a hand as a wildlife veterinarian.

    “Veterinarians play a role in the conservation of these species in their natural habitats,” she said.

    She said the veterinarians are able to help abate the suffering of individual animals to preserve the overall health of the herd or pack.

  • Winning Numbers Drawn in Mega Millions Jackpot

    ATLANTA (AP) — The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the "Mega Millions" game were:

    02-04-23-38-46, Mega Ball: 23

    (two, four, twenty-three, thirty-eight, forty-six; Mega Ball: twenty-three)

    Estimated jackpot: $640 million

  • Trinity Site deal signed

  • Court upholds state law in ‘tax lightning’ dispute 


    SANTA FE (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a law capping residential property tax valuation increases until a home changes ownership.
    Had the court tossed out the law, it was possible that longtime New Mexico homeowners could have faced significant tax increases if their homes were reassessed and property values rose.

  • Mega Millions jackpot hits $640M

    The Mega Millions jackpot is now the largest in U.S. lottery history.
    Lottery officials say the jackpot reached $640 million Friday morning and likely will grow even bigger before tonight’s drawing. It has rolled 18 times since Marcia Adams of College Park, Ga. won $72 million in the Jan. 24 drawing.
    A winner could get $19.2 million a year for 26 years or a single payment worth $359 million. The next drawing is at 9 p.m.
    Previously, the largest jackpot was $390 million, won by two players in Georgia and New Jersey in March 2007.
    The Mega Millions lottery is available in New Mexico and tickets can be purchased in Los Alamos and White Rock.

  • State tops in solar energy

    New research from the leading solar industry trade association indicates New Mexico sits atop national lists in two categories for installed megawatts of solar energy in 2011 and has moved up considerably in other areas.
    The Solar Energy Industries Association’s most recent Solar Market Insight Report, which presents an annual perspective on the country’s solar energy production, shows that New Mexico reached 166.9 megawatts of cumulative installed solar electric generation. This is equal to 77.3 watts of installed solar power per state resident last year.  
    At 77.3 watts per capita, New Mexico is first in the U.S. in the amount of solar per person. The state also ranked first for 2011 per capita additions of solar generation.

  • Update 03-30-12

    Kiwanis

     Environmental scientist Chick Keller will discuss PEEC Earth Day events scheduled April 21 and the Nature Center capital improvement project at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic temple.

    Bulk pickup

    Brush and bulk item collection will take place from 8 a.m. April 2 to 4 p.m. April 6. Items must be out by 8 a.m. April 2 for townsite residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service.

    March on Hunger

  • Municipal Building takes shape

    The new Municipal Building is beginning to take shape. Construction crews have been working on the Central Avenue site for the past several weeks.

  • Fisher makes first presentation to County Council

    The county’s new Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher discussed various economic development incentives with council Tuesday evening.

    “One of the main concerns in all the county’s strategic goals, is that we need to grow the population,” Fisher said.

    He recommended going for the “low hanging fruit.”

    “It’s interesting to be in a community where there are more jobs than there are people. There are 7,000 or 8,000 people climbing the mountain every day to come here to work. It’s a great opportunity to get them to live here,” he said.