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Today's News

  • SGR speaks about jobs package

    Tuesday’s Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce breakfast featured Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-District 43) and Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-District 38) reporting on the jobs package passed by this year’s legislature.
    The jobs package was the result of two years of effort by the Legislative Jobs Council, which was former House Speaker W. Ken Martinez’ (D-District 69) answer to what Garcia Richard called “abysmal” job growth.
    When Martinez formed the council in 2013, job growth was at just 1 percent.
    The council, which is comprised of legislators from both sides of the aisle as well as representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, small business owners and labor, has received strong backing from Gov. Susana Martinez and the new Republican leadership in the House.
    All Jobs Council recommendations require unanimous approval.
    “The list for last legislative session came out of two years’ work by jobs council and unanimous agreement,” Garcia Richard said. “So that was pretty phenomenal, because you had labor and business at the same table, agreeing on the same recommendations.”
    The initiatives proposed by the council and approved by the legislature include:

  • Warrant issued in stolen truck case

    A warrant for the arrest of Los Alamos resident Trevor Orr, 44. was recently issued by Los Alamos Police after he was accused of stealing a truck owned by a local real estate management company.
    According to court records, the alleged crime took place in April, and the truck has since been recovered.
    It was first reported stolen by a company employee April 13. The truck was a 1998 maroon Sierra with a snowplow mounted on the front.
    Española police located the truck there, on April 20, parked in the parking lot of the Santa Claran Casino on Riverside Drive. The snowplow appeared damaged.
    According to court documents, camera surveillance taken from the casino showed a man allegedly matching Orr’s description getting out of the driver’s seat of the truck, along with another man. A little while later, the footage shows he and the other man leave in a blue car. The truck was left in the parking lot.
    When police tried to track Orr down recently, relatives of Orr said Orr was not well and “has been making poor choices lately,” according to court documents.
    Police are still looking for Orr, and he has been charged with the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

  • Church construction is officially underway

    There were some mixed emotions expressed for members of the Unitarian Church at Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony.
    Officials from the church, which had been in the same building on North Sage Street — next door to the local Freemason’s building — since its founding, felt the structure had deteriorated to the point that it was no longer safe for the congregation.
    The decision was made to take the old building down, which was done last month, and start construction on the new building.
    “The building served its purpose for beyond its designated lifetime,” Galen Gisler said during the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday evening. “We built many memories within these walls that have coming tumbling down a short time ago…but we will not miss the 1940s-style bathrooms.”
    Architects Mullen-Heller designed the new building, which Rev. John Cullinan said is scheduled to be completed in late summer of next year.
    Currently, the 150 members of the local Unitarian church, plus what Cullinan estimated is about 100 or so contributors and others associated with the church, are meeting at the TRK building on East Road.
    The new building will be L-shaped, as opposed to the old, multi-story building that was box-shaped. It will include a sanctuary, lobby and a full kitchen.

  • YMCA to host a parade for July 4 Saturday

    The Family YMCA will host its annual July 4 Kids Parade Saturday starting on Central Avenue.
    The YMCA, which will be busy for Independence Day, will start its parade at 10 a.m. Kids — and kids at heart — who want to participate in the parade are asked to assemble at the elephant statue at Ashley Pond prior to the start time.
    The parade route will take marchers along Central Avenue to 15th Street, ending at the YMCA’s building. The parade concludes with a flag-raising ceremony performed by the American Legion.
    Walkers, bikes, trikes and dogs on leashes — which are current with their vaccinations — are welcome to participate.
    Also on Saturday, prior to the Kids Parade, there will be the YMCA’s annual Firecracker 5K race.
    For more information about the events, call 662-3100.

  • LACDC gets $10K grant from state

    New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela announced Tuesday 15 rural economic development projects were selected to receive Local Economic Assistance & Development Support (LEADS).
    Among those getting awards were the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.
    The newly created LEADS program will leverage $176,260 to supplement the work of local communities in their efforts to diversify their economy and create good-paying jobs that have a multiplier effect, that according to a press release from the NMEDD.
    “New Mexico’s rural communities are resilient and showing great promise in their economic development efforts,” Barela said. “LEADS is a wonderful new tool to stimulate economic-base job growth by working strategically with these communities and together stretch limited resources.”
    Projects for LEADS can vary, but can include a sales mission or trade show, business visitation program, property site design, permitting and development plan or workforce development.
    LEADS, according to NMEDD, is a retooling of the current Certified Community Initiative (CCI) award process.
    The department referred to the selection process as “competitive” among those eligible entities applied for a grant.

  • Update 7-1-15

    4th of July

    The Kiwanis Club will host its annual 4th of July event starting at 2 p.m. Saturday. It will be at Overlook Park in White Rock. A donation for admission is requested. Atomic City Transit buses will run from Sullivan Field and the White Rock Visitor Center to Overlook Park starting at 4 p.m.

    Walkup Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Center will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday in observance of Independence Day. The facility will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have Its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. July 7. It will be in council chambers.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market will be Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. The market is from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Helen Idzorek will host a talk about canning and drying food and homemade ice cream will be for sale starting at 10 a.m. until it’s gone.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The meeting will be in council chambers.

    TMNT

    Mesa Public Library will host a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles group starting Monday. It is scheduled for 3 p.m. and is for kids ages 6-12. Call 662-8258 for information.

  • Rock The Pond

    The Nukeproofs, a local punk and hard rock band, were the headline act at the Tuesday at the Pond show. They played several original songs, plus songs ranging from Nirvana to The Ramones to Johnny Cash. The Tuesdays at the Pond goes weekly through Aug. 11.

  • Blue buses out of service on Friday

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service on Friday, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
    Also, the RTD Taos Express will not be in service on Saturday.
    The Taos Express will be operating on its normal schedule on Sunday.
    The NCRTD operates transit systems around northern New Mexico, serving Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and surrounding counties.
     

  • State Briefs 7-1-15

    Pojoaque governor: Compact would have resulted in layoffs

    POJOAQUE PUEBLO (AP) — The governor of Pojoaque Pueblo says his tribe refused to sign a gambling compact with the state because it amounted to what he called an illegal tax that would hurt tribal members and the surrounding community.
    Pojoaque Gov. Joseph Talachy contends the compact would have resulted in layoffs and cutting services to tribal members.
    The tribe’s gambling compact with the state expired at midnight Tuesday, but U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez is allowing Pojoaque’s casinos to remain open pending the outcome of a federal court case.
    Pojoaque was one of several tribes that participated in negotiations that led to a new gambling compact between the state and five other tribes, including the Navajo Nation. Pojoaque walked out of the negotiations in 2013, saying the state wasn’t negotiating in good faith.

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  • Volunteers head into 'action' for United Way

    Members and volunteers from United Way of Northern New Mexico fanned out over Los Alamos recently to carry out their “Day of Action” projects, much to the relief of certain residents who, due to being too frail or sick, really needed their help.
    This year, UWNNM decided to help certain residents clean and landscape their yards.
    Volunteers and UWNNM employees went to houses on Pueblo Drive and Spruce Street to help those that were disabled and/or elderly who could no longer clean their yards.
    Though June 21 is the traditional date worldwide for the Day of Action, this year that was Father’s Day, so that’s why the organization decided to have it last Friday. “Day of Action” is for United Way chapters to contribute to their communities by helping complete projects other community organizations have set as a priority.
    For the actual volunteers though, besides the chance of giving back to their community, there are other benefits.
    “It gets us out of the office, makes us more visible to the community and gets people to see us as more than the folks that stand by our fundraiser thermometer every year,” said Marie Marroquin, who works in UWNNM’s finance and administration department.