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  • Update 03-14-12

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday in the Community Building Training Room.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. March 20 in Council Chambers.

    Planning and zoning

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the council chambers.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m., March 21 at 170 Central Park Square.

    LANL meetings
    LANL will host one more forum regarding the voluntary separation program. It is set for 6-7:30 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

     

  • Drunk driving deaths on rise in state

    Despite efforts by the state to curb drunk driving, state records show that alcohol-related deaths from traffic crashes increased slightly.
    State Transportation Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau records indicate that 146 people were killed in highway crashes involving alcohol last year. That’s up from the 145 in 2010, but down from 152 in 2009.
    Alcohol-involved traffic deaths accounted for 41 percent of the 355 people killed in highway crashes last year.
    According to Los Alamos Police Department records, drunk driving arrests in the County were up in 2011 to 57 from the 49 the year before. But that’s down from the 63 in 2009.

  • No housing glut foreseen

    There have been plenty of ripple effects after the decision was made to offer voluntary separation packages to Los Alamos National Laboratory employees.

    The lab is hoping for 400 to 800 takers. So does this mean, is there going to be a mass exodus or a flood of for sale signs going up in the county?

    The Realtors at RE/MAX of Los Alamos recently released a report analyzing the market area.
    The report ran the following scenario:

    Assume that 500 employees leave LANL in April and according to the lab, 58 percent of them don’t live in Los Alamos County. The report states only 30 percent of employees who retire from the lab actually leave the county.

    That leaves 64 new homes for sale.

  • LA Plaza files for bankruptcy

    Los Alamos Plaza, LLC, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    The proposed development was slated for a prime piece of real estate on Trinity Drive across from Ashley Pond.

    It was to include three 60,000 square foot structures with retail space on the ground floor, two floors of office space and 14 luxury penthouses on the top floor.

    A fourth unit was to feature 21 townhouses overlooking Los Alamos Canyon. The entire project was projected to encompass approximately 135,000 square feet of office and retail space with 63 residential units.

  • DP Road open after HAZMAT situation on lab property

    With sirens blaring, emergency management vehicles raced down DP Road Wednesday, responding to a Hazmat situation at Enclosure 12 in TA-21.

    For two hours, DP Road was closed as the LANL Hazmat team, Los Alamos Fire and Police Department and FEMA assessed the situation.

    Most of DP Road was reopened around 1:45 p.m. as LAPD decreased its perimeter. Capt. Randy Foster said the initial call came into dispatch at 11:53 a.m. The road was closed east of 272 DP Road until the all-clear from the LANL Hazmat teams came in Wednesday evening.

  • 2 Syrian dissidents quit opposition council

    BEIRUT (AP) — Two prominent Syrian dissidents said Wednesday they have quit the main opposition group that emerged from the year-old uprising against the regime in Damascus in protest over what one of the men described as an "autocratic" organization.

    The resignations from the Syrian National Council dealt another blow to the opposition, which has been hobbled by disorganization and infighting since the popular revolt against authoritarian President Bashar Assad started a year ago with protests calling for political reform.

  • Lawmakers debate pay cutoff for budget gridlock

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It might be dismissed as an election year gimmick by the big shots who run Capitol Hill, but frustration over Congress' failure to pass a budget since 2009 has given surprising momentum to a bill that would cut off lawmakers' pay if they can't — or won't — pass a budget blueprint.

    The "no budget, no pay" idea is still a long shot, but it's actually getting an official hearing Wednesday from the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee as part of a package of congressional reform proposals from a centrist group called No Labels.

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    A Florida man is jailed after attempting to steal money from a fast-food restaurant in what's being dubbed a "dive-through'' robbery attempt. Some video silent from source.

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