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  • Caldera removes interim tag from Trujillo’s job title

    The Valles Caldera Trust Thursday announced the appointment of Dennis Trujillo to the position of Executive Director. Trujillo has been with the Trust since its inception and recently served as Interim Executive Director after the departure of Gary Bratcher in June of 2011. Trujillo was selected by the Board of Trustees from a field of 30 applicants.
    “The number of applicants was surprising but what was even more impressive was the overall depth and quality of the field,” said Board Chairman, Dr. Raymond Loretto. “This was a difficult process but in the end the Board decided Dennis was the best person to lead the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve (Preserve) to the next level.”

  • Update 03-02-12

    Co-op milestone

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market celebrates its first year Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. with children’s activities, product samples, music, raffle and more.

    Council meeting

    County Council has a special session on Los Alamos Main Street. 6 p.m. March 6, White Rock Fire Station #3.

    CIP meeting

    CIP Committee reviews Phase 2 Applications for Golf Course Improvements, 5:15 p.m. March 6, Council Chambers.

    Dinner theater
    “The Love Boat Friend Ship,” a dinner theatre fundraiser for Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at TOTH. Advance purchase tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for teens. For more information, call 662-5107.

  • NCRTD ponders ripple effect

    The North Central Regional Transit District may need to update its long-range financial plan after Los Alamos County allocated funding for the organization far less than anticipated.

    The county allocated the district $5.5 million over five years when it was a start-up as part of the “Progress through Partnering” initiative.

    But that cash flow is at its end and the district sought additional funding over another five-year period, according to a Dec. 11 letter from District Executive Director Tony Mortillaro to County Council Chairwoman Sharon Stover.

  • Logrolling question gets tripped up again

    By a 4-3 vote, the Los Alamos county council rejected a petition to revisit its policy on logrolling.

    A petition, submitted by Patricia Max on behalf of the Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative (LAGRI), requested that council “schedule for discussion and possible action an item on logrolling in elections to amend the Incorporated County of Los Alamos Charter.”

  • Trujillo named Valles Caldera executive director

    – The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) today announced the appointment of Dennis Trujillo to the position of Executive Director. Trujillo has been with the Trust since its inception and recently served as Interim Executive Director after the departure of Gary Bratcher in June of 2011. Trujillo was selected by the Board of Trustees (Board) from a nationwide field of 30 applicants.

    “The number of applicants was surprising but what was even more impressive was the overall depth and quality of the field,” said Board Chairman, Dr. Raymond Loretto. “This was a difficult process but in the end the Board decided Dennis was the best person to lead the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve (Preserve) to the next level.”

  • Hoop-shooting robot

    In six weeks, a team of 14 Los Alamos High School students and 10 adult mentors built a robot that can shoot hoops. The team began work Jan. 7 and wrapped up on Feb. 21. The group is competing in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. This year’s competition is Rebound Rumble. The object is to manipulate the robot to score as many baskets as possible during a 2 minute and 15 second match. The competition also includes a balancing component in which the robots are required to balance on a bridge. The group is heading to Salt Lake City March 15 to compete in the regional round of the competition.

  • Gov. Martinez signs vets’ bill

    SANTA FE (AP) — More National Guard and Reserve personnel can qualify for state benefits for veterans under legislation signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez.
    Under the new law, National Guard and Reserve members who complete six years of service will be considered veterans and eligible for state benefits, such as a property tax break. Military personnel currently must serve on active duty on a federal mission for at least 90 consecutive days to be considered veterans and eligible for certain state benefits.
    An estimated 4,000 National Guard personnel should qualify for benefits because of the change of law, according to state officials.

  • Bandelier’s Alcove House slated to reopen today

    Alcove House, an Ancestral Pueblo site at Bandelier National Monument, reopens to visitors today.
    Situated along Frijoles Creek, a mile hike up canyon from the Visitor Center parking area, Alcove House has been closed to the public since last summer. The Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flash flooding severely affected the trail.
    The trail is now clear of debris; however, hikers must cross Frijoles creek a minimum of three times without the aid of bridges.

  • NCRTD seeks voice on Rail Runner issues

    The North Central Regional Transit District could have a place at the table in decisions regarding the Rail Runner Train, but that seat may be limited to discussions only.
    The District’s Board of Directors approved a resolution asking the Rio Metro Board to include the District on its board because of its annual contribution to the Rail Runner. The District has budgeted nearly $1.8 million to the train this fiscal year.
    NCRTD Executive Director Tony Mortillaro said previously that the Rio Metro Board  had made decisions about drawing back service, and the District felt left out from those discussions.

  • Update 03-01-12

    Co-op milestone

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market celebrates its first year Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. with children’s activities, product samples, music, raffle and more.

    The Giver

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre presents, “The Giver,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9 and 16; 2:30 p.m. March 3, 10 and 17. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children and seniors and are available at CB Fox or at the door.

    Film series