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  • Los Alamos group talks tax reform

    Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela indicated during a meeting Tuesday that he wants to work with the New Mexico legislature to obtain tax reform for the business sector. He met in his Santa Fe office with a business advocacy contingent from Los Alamos to learn more about the community.
    “It’s important that state government have a good solid impression of our community … my highest hope is that the secretary, as he travels around the state, will keep us in mind in terms of how we can help and also participate with other economic development activities that are out there.”

  • Wallace honored at Roundhouse

  • Council eyes muni designs

    Los Alamos County Council weighed in on the updated design plan options for the new municipal building during a meeting Tuesday night. While no clear consensus has emerged in terms of a most favored option, some councilors continue to question the size and scope of the project overall.
    The municipal building will be located in the former Los Alamos Apartments site along Central Avenue. The property covers 3.7 acres and the actual municipal building will be 64,450 square feet. Of that, 6,500 square feet will go to the county records facility, 7,500 will go to the historic archives and 1,280 will be designated for future information technology expansion space.
    The total cost for the project is $25,800,873.

  • March continues dry, warm weather

    Two storms left scant precipitation in March, continuing the very dry trend in Los Alamos in 2011.
    Temperatures, on the other hand, did an about face from the super-cold days of February, and March was considerably warmer than normal, and windier, too.
    Four cold fronts crossed New Mexico during March. Three of the four were “back door” cold fronts, coming from the northeast.
    The second such event, on March 7, brought with it enough moisture and cold that almost an inch of snowfall was measured in Los Alamos, which has accumulated almost 19 inches of snowfall this winter. This amount of snowfall may sound like a respectable total, but consider that the normal amount would be 54 inches by now.

  • LA utility preps to fire up new hydroelectric turbine

    When the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities flips the switch on a new 3-megawatt turbine April 21 at its hydroelectric facility on the downstream side of the Abiquiu Dam at Abiquiu Lake, the utility will increase its renewable power capacity by 22 percent.

    Senator Tom Udall is scheduled to make the keynote address and officially start up the turbine in a formal ceremony set to begin at 10:30 a.m. at the facility.

  • Forbes lists Los Alamos as the sixth richest county in US

    Forbes Magazine released its list of top 10 richest counties and taking up residence in the sixth slot was Los Alamos.

    The rankings were based on median household income estimates from 2005 to 2009 drawn from U.S. Census data.

    This is what Forbes wrote about Los Alamos County: "The richest county in the Western United States is Los Alamos, N.M., where decades of government money spent on nuclear weapons resulted in a bonanza for the local economy. Most of the 18,000 residents of the county (New Mexico's smallest) live in Los Alamos or White Rock. The biggest employer is the Los Alamos National Laboratory," Forbes writes.

  • Update 04-12-11

    DPU meeting
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) board will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at the DPU conference room. 

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 tonight at the fire station in White Rock.

    Spanish dance
    The Pajarito Spanish Dance Alliance will present its first recital of Flamenco and Spanish Dance at 3 p.m., April 16 at Fuller Lodge.

    Special event
    Nationally known Christian singer John Michael Talbot will participate in a special event at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and perform April 12-14. Call 662-6193.

  • Another record for LANL Laces

    Thanks to employees’ generosity, hundreds of less fortunate Northern New Mexico kids, as well as people in need in Haiti and Pakistan, recently received shoes.
    280 Northern New Mexico kids in need received brand-new shoes through the Lab’s LANL Laces program.
    “It’s another record,” said Tim Martinez of the Community Programs Office (CPO), which manages LANL Laces. Los Alamos National Security, LLC partner company URS again donated several thousand dollars to the program, Martinez noted.

  • Wallace to lie in state at Capital Rotunda Wednesday

    Rep. Jeannette Wallace, who passed away at home in Los Alamos Friday,  will lie in state from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday at the State Capital in Santa Fe, said her son, Terry Wallace Jr. A public service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.

    Wallace, 77, succumbed to various illnesses after a brief visit to the hospital in February, and was working until the day she died, said her son. She was discharged Feb. 18 from Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe following a night in the intensive care unit.

    She told the Los Alamos Monitor at the time that she had “a little” fluid in her lungs related to a heart issue for a couple of months.

  • Charter subcommittee: No mayor for LA

    It appears the current structure of Los Alamos government will remain unchanged, at least for the foreseeable future.

    After months of discussion and debate about transitioning to a mayor/council form of government, the Charter Review Structure of Government Subcommittee voted 8-1 Monday night to recommend that the Los Alamos County Council continue the charter discussions within the context of the current council/county administrator form with the potential for making some changes within that structure.

    There was no clear indication when council will formally hear the recommendation.

    Subcommittee member Skip Dunn was the sole opposition, voting by proxy since he could not attend the meeting.