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  • Amount paid in film rebates plunges

    SANTA FE — Rebates paid to companies filming in New Mexico have plunged since the state enacted a yearly $50 million cap on film incentives spending.
    The Taxation and Revenue Department said 85 film rebate applications totaling more than $19 million were approved during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Another 27 applications that add up to more than $14 million in rebates were pending.
    While the paid rebates dropped from $102 million in 2011, the number of approved applications increased from 55, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
    Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford attributed the drop in rebates to an industry-wide slowdown and a rush to file rebate claims before the cap was approved last year. But others believe differently.

  • Weather interferes with lawn chair balloon flight--Video Extra

    BEND, Ore. (AP) — Hours into their lawn-chair balloon flight, two men made a hard landing after they were hit by hail and snow as thunderstorms swept into central Oregon. But their back-yard aircraft floated away.

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  • Regional Coalition appoints executive director, names officers

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced today it has contracted with the MVM Group to Provide Executive Director services to help move the coalition forward.

    The MVM Group is a strategic consulting firm focused on the intersection of business strategy, public policy and reputation management.

    Partners DeAnza Valencia Sapien, Yasine Mogharreban Armstrong and Lillian Montoya-Rael lead the firm.

    Sapien, a New Mexico attorney, will assume lead role of Executive Director for the Coalition.

  • Nominations sought for Public Service Awards

    There’s still time to nominate an exceptional person for the Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards for this year’s program.
    About 10 to 12 honorees are typically selected and celebrated at an awards banquet Nov. 1 at the Marriott Pyramid in Albuquerque.
    Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, in charge of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, has confirmed as the keynote speaker.
     The Nuclear Weapons Center is the steward and logistics manager for the Air Force’s nuclear arsenal. Its job is to ensure the availability of safe, secure and reliable nuclear weapons to the Air Force’s Global Strike Command if, when and where they might be needed.

  • Two bucks to go

    This photo of two bucks was taken at the corner of 47th Street and Trinity Drive.

  • Update 07-13-12

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed July 18-20 for staff to attend training.  Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.  The court will re-open at 8 a.m., July 23.

    Chamber FAN Club

    The July FAN Club will be hosted by Tasty Creations by Jarda for chamber members.
    Private Chef/Caterer Jarda Belmonte will host the event from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce, 109 Central Park Square.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 24 in council chambers.

    Correction

  • Los Alamos students fare well in SBA

    Los Alamos Public School District students fared far better than their colleagues statewide in the 2012 New Mexico Standards Based Assessment.
    More than 194,00 New Mexico students in third through eight grade and tenth and eleventh grades took the SBA last spring.
    This was the first year 11th grade students needed to achieve a standard composite score in math and reading as a requirement for graduation in 2013.
    According to reported test scores, of the 270 Los Alamos 11th graders who took the exam, 79 percent were considered proficient or higher in reading and 83 percent were considered as much in math.

  • High water takes out bridges at Bandelier

    An evening rain in upper Frijoles Canyon Wednesday sent high water down Frijoles Creek, washing away three temporary bridges in Bandelier National Monument. Bridges along the trail to Alcove House and the second bridge on the Falls Trail were taken out by rushing waters.

    The high water also closed N.M. 501 and sections of N.M. 4 temporarily.

    Chief Ranger Tom Betts said the temporary bridges were designed for such events.

    “Our talented trail crew designed split log and rail bridges which are very simple and very cost effective,” Betts said. “We built them knowing they would wash away at some point.”