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  • 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.

  • Hotel guests have reservations

    Guests have been lodging a number of complaints in recent weeks against the Ashley Hotel & Suites at 2175 Trinity Dr.

    Jay Patel said he owns 20 percent of the hotel and his partners in Roshni Ventures LLC hold the remaining ownership. The partnership owns several hotels throughout New Mexico including Santa Fe and Moriarty, he said.

    Patel explained during an interview from Santa Fe late Thursday that the hotel was in foreclosure when he got a call last year from a broker for GE Capital Bank in St. Louis.

    “I made an offer and they accepted it and we bought the hotel in December,” Patel said. “Then we were struggling with the bank to get a loan to make the repairs,” Patel said.

  • Obama signs 3 trade deals, biggest since NAFTA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed off Friday on the first three — and possibly last — free trade agreements of his administration, deals with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that could be worth billions to American exporters and create tens of thousands of jobs.

    The three deals were years in the making, and the difficulty of bringing them to fruition make it unlikely there will be another bilateral trade agreement during Obama's current term.

  • US boosts pressure on Pakistan over terrorism

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday intensified pressure on Pakistan to do more to crack down Islamist militants destabilizing Afghanistan, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a tough public message that extremists have been able to operate in and from Pakistan for too long.

    For the second time in two days, Clinton pressed Pakistani authorities to step up efforts against the Haqqani militant network, which is based in the country's rugged tribal region, and is blamed for attacks both inside Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.

  • Update 10-20-11

    Council meeting

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

    CIP meeting

     The Capital Improvement Project Committee will meet at 5:15 p.m. today at the council chambers.

    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

  • Speculation About Plane’s Passengers

    The 1988 Gulfstream IV plane, with its blue bottom and white top and “United States of America” painted above the passenger windows, sat idle at the Los Alamos County Airport for most of Wednesday morning.

    Who was on that plane, though, remains a mystery.

    NNSA spokesperson Toni Chiri said that on occasion “we have distinguished visitors who want to learn more about the lab. But they also want to remain anonymous.”

  • CDD ramps up code revisions

    With new development such as the municipal building and Trinity Site either underway or continuing to look promising, Community Development Services has prioritized reviewing the downtown code.

    Acting Community Development Director Steve Brugger asked Council for some guidance before staff begins the process.

    The Downtown Master Plan was approved in 2002 and the Standards Code implementing it was enacted in 2004.

  • Libya's Moammar Gadhafi killed in hometown battle--video extras

    SIRTE, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi, who ruled Libya with a dictatorial grip for 42 years until he was ousted by his own people in an uprising that turned into a bloody civil war, was killed Thursday by revolutionary fighters overwhelming his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell.

    The 69-year-old Gadhafi is the first leader to be killed in the Arab Spring wave of popular uprisings that swept the Middle East, demanding the end of autocratic rulers and the establishment of greater democracy.

    "We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Moammar Gadhafi has been killed," Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told a news conference in the capital Tripoli.

  • Ski benefit dinner scheduled for Friday

    The Los Alamos Ski Club is implementing a new program focused on providing financial assistance to underprivileged youth interested in learning to ski or snowboard.
     The program will offer financial assistance with ski lessons as well as equipment to children ages 6 to 18.
    To raise the money necessary to begin offering the program to area youth, members of Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) are hosting the Kids Ski Pajarito Benefit Dinner on Saturday Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. at the Pajarito Mountain Lodge.
    The evening will include an old fashioned shrimp boil, drinks, music, both a live and silent auction, and door prizes.  

  • On the Docket 10-19-11

    Oct. 14

    Laura Gluvna, 22, of Santa Fe pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to the charge of one count of contempt of court and two counts of failure to appear. Judge Alan Kirk sentenced Gluvna to pay $340 in fines and fees.

    Jose Rosales, 26, of Santa Fe pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to the charge of one count of failure to pay and two counts of failure to appear. Judge Alan Kirk sentenced Rosales to pay $292 in fines and fees.

    Oct. 18