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  • Councilor contributed to U.S. mission

    President Barack Obama promised Friday that all U.S. troops serving in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays. Over the next two months, tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq will board convoys for their journey back to American soil, he said.

    County Councilor Mike Wismer, a security official at Los Alamos National Laboratory who spent 21 years in the U.S Air Force, recounted his own mission to Iraq six years ago.

  • 'Toppers roll to big win

    Los Alamos sophomore runningback Seth Drop gains some yardage during the Hilltoppers 58-0 win against Española Friday night in the final home game of the season. For more details, see sports.

  • Leisure Pool bond issue goes before voters

    The addition of a Leisure Pool to the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center has been a citizen-based effort. Now Los Alamos residents are being asked to commit to funding the project.

    Ballots went out last week on a bond issue to raise the funds necessary to bring the project to completion.

    Final design and construction costs are expected to be $6.1 million. The county has allocated $3.1 million from the General Fund. Citizens are being asked to approve an increase in property taxes through a General Obligation (GO) bond of up to $3 million. Should voters approve the measure, the average increase in property taxes on a home valued at $300,000 would be $32.35 annually, based on county estimates.

  • LA Study Group files second lawsuit

     A nuclear watchdog group on Friday filed a second lawsuit seeking to halt construction of a $5.8 billion plutonium research lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The suit filed in U.S. District Court by the Los Alamos Study Group seeks to force Los Alamos to consider cheaper alternatives to the project.

  • Obama announces U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all American troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end.

  • Hot off the grill

    Bonnie McGahee, who works for Red Mesa Meat, cooks up some sausages at the Farmers Market Thursday.

  • Workplace fatalities decrease in N.M. for 2010

    The New Mexico Environment Department announces today that workplace fatalities in New Mexico decreased in 2010 from 2009, with a preliminary total of 38 work-related deaths in 2010 compared to a total of 42 work-related deaths in 2009, according to the state’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) study.  
    According to NMED Deputy Secretary Butch Tongate,
    “While a total reduction in workplace fatalities is good news, it is important that New Mexicans remain vigilant with workplace safety.”

  • VCNP to conduct executive director search

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve is searching for a permanent executive director.
    The preserve posted a job advertisement on a government website Thursday. The posting comes about five months after Gary Bratcher resigned from the position. He had served as executive director since 2009.
    Preserve manager Dennis Trujillo has been filling the position on an interim basis.
    As of press time, Trujillo was unavailable for comment.
    The job posting runs through Nov. 18. Pay ranges from nearly $114,000 to $147,857.

  • Update 10-21-11

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the council chambers.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Magistrate Court will close Oct. 25-27 for new computer system training.

    Benefit dinner

    Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) is hosting the Kids Ski Pajarito Benefit Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pajarito Mountain Lodge.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 29, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Community Building Training Room to discuss voting methods.

  • Study: Valles would flourish under NPS management

    A new economic study has found that Valles Caldera National Preserve would create $11 million in economic activity and more than 200 jobs by 2016 if the preserve was managed by the National Park Service.

    The study also found greater economic growth and job creation under National Park Service management than under the U.S. Forest Service.