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  • 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.

  • County briefs 04-12-11

    DWI checkpoints to be conducted
    The Los Alamos Police Department is conducting DWI checkpoints through summer’s end.
    The public can help reduce the threat that drunk drivers pose to motorists by calling the Drunk Busters hotline anytime they spot a suspected drunk driver.
    The number to call from a cell phone: #-D-W-I or #-3-9-4. Citizens in Los Alamos also can call the Los Alamos County Police Department at 662-8222 to report drunk drivers in the community.

    Library to host animal nutritionist

  • Los Alamos employment rates stay strong

    Although the state’s unemployment rate increased .1 percent from December 2010 to January 2011 – 8.6 percent to 8 .7 percent – Los Alamos County’s unemployment continues to remain low, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.
    The Workforce Solutions’ preliminary numbers for January show that Los Alamos’ labor force was 10,295. Those who were employed totaled 9,883 and its unemployed numbers totaled 412.  
    Despite a high employment rate, local employment was down and unemployment was up from December 2010. The Workforce Solutions revealed that in December, the employed number was 9,976 and the unemployed number was 403. Additionally, the labor force was higher in December 2010; it totaled 10,379.

  • Work at Fuller Lodge

    Workers recently prepared the ground near Fuller Lodge for the installation of the Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves statues. The dedication ceremony for the statues will be at 4:45 p.m. May 19 on the south lawn of Fuller Lodge. A reception will follow the ceremony.

  • Help offered to homeowners in Ruidoso fire area

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Federal funds could help low- and moderate-income homeowners rebuild or remodel homes damaged by a fire this month in the Ruidoso area of southern New Mexico.

    USDA Rural Development says it can provide financial support to buy or repair a home.

    Its direct home loan program was created to help low-income people buy a house and its guaranteed rural housing loan program provides affordable home loans to moderate-income people.

  • Global markets dogged by Japan nuclear worries

    LONDON (AP) — Stocks fell sharply Tuesday after Japan said its nuclear crisis is as severe as the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, while the euro pushed above $1.45 for the first time in 15 months after figures showed a disappointingly small narrowing in the U.S. trade deficit.

    In stock markets, the main focus was on Japan after the country's nuclear safety agency raised the severity of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant incident by two notches to level 7, the highest on the scale and the same rating as the Chernobyl incident.

    The move, along with continuing earthquake aftershocks which have interfered with recovery work, sent ripples of unease through markets.