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Today's News

  • Fire chief finalists to visit community

    Los Alamos County Fire Chief Doug Tucker postponed his retirement scheduled this summer following the May resignation of Deputy Chief Patrick Sleik, who after just 11 months on the job said it “wasn’t a good fit” for him.

    Going back to the drawing board, Tucker and other county officials launched a nationwide search for someone who would be the right fit to lead the state’s second largest fire department.

    “We had at least a dozen qualified applicants from which we narrowed the list down to five,” said Acting Assistant County Administrator Steven Lynne Tuesday.

    There are no internal candidates, he said, adding that the finalists are either currently employed as fire chiefs or are former fire chiefs.

  • Intersection earns its stripes

    Workers stripe the road at the corner of Rover and Meadow in White Rock.

  • Be There 08-17-11

    Today
    Geekout game night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m., upstairs in the Mesa Public Library.

    Wildflower Walk with Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Chick Keller. Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. to drive to Burnt Mesa. Free.

    Tsankawi Evening Walk, 6:30 p.m. Reservations required, call 672-3861 ext. 517. No charge

    The August Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. For more information, call 661-4097.

    Thursday

  • Dog training class registration

    Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club will begin Sept 6. Classes this session include Puppy PlaySchool, Basic Manners and Conformation and will begin the week of Sept 26.
    Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available at http://ladoc.dogbits.com and at the LADOC building, 246 East Road. Registration is first-come, first-served, so timely registration is advised.
    Registration materials must be postmarked by Sept 16.

  • Thank you 08-17-11

    Volunteers made event possible

    Los Alamos Aquatomics hosted the New Mexico Long Course State Swim Meet during the last weekend of July. Hundreds of swimmers from Los Alamos and across the state participated. To make an event of this size successful required the efforts of many in our community.
    The team would like to thank the many volunteers, county employees, local organizations and business owners who made this meet possible.  
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce provided information packets, coupon books, maps and multiple flyers for our visiting swimmers and their families.

  • UNM-LA program receives grant

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos recently received an $874,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve and market the UNM-LA Applied Technologies program.
    This associate degree in applied science is designed to train students for future careers as technicians in the areas of solar, electromechanical and nano technology.
    “There is a growing need on the part of Los Alamos National Laboratory and other high tech businesses and agencies for technicians with skills in these areas,” said Applied Technologies Program Coordinator Dr. Irina Alvestad.

  • Fix the knowledge gap

    Neutral is the outlook for the New Mexico economy from the Economics Group at Wells Fargo Securities.
    Wells’ only “upside risk” appears to be “if alternative energy begins to take hold over the near term.”
    Near term? What? A year or two? Snicker, chortle. Wells’ economists must be mainlining the green air around their San Francisco offices.
    One has to wonder if the neutral declaration, issued June 24, offers some insight about New Mexico getting no mention in Wells’ much broader report, dated April 13, “Economic Dynamics and State Competitiveness.”
    Maybe, being neutral, there are no dynamics to mention and no competitiveness to analyze.

  • Entrepreneurs: Beware of the valley of death

    Business owners know it takes money to make money; production expenses must be paid before products are sold and revenue is received.
    Entrepreneurs with a business idea have an even greater need for up-front cash.
    They must have enough capital to cover negative cash flow in the early months or years of new business creation and growth.
    Without adequate initial investment, they risk falling into the so-called valley of death – the deep and wide gulf that separates a company’s need for capital and investors’ willingness to supply it.
    Also known as the grand canyon of capital need vs. availability, the valley can be shallow or deep depending on the amount of money needed to develop the idea or product.

  • Triathlon returns Saturday

    The 2011 Los Alamos Triathlon is closing its online registration Thursday night.
    The triathlon, one of the most popular local sporting events of the year, is scheduled for Saturday morning. The first wave of contestants will head out at 7 a.m.
    Online registrations are being accepted at active.com through 7 p.m. Thursday. Price for online registration is $50 for individuals, $90 for relay teams of two and $120 for three-person relay teams.
    The triathlon is open to a total of 350 competitors.
    The triathlon consists of a 20-kilometer bike race, followed by a 400-meter swim in the aquatic center’s pool, followed by a 5-kilometer run up and down Canyon Road.

  • Hurricanes facing big allegations

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Hurricanes’ entire football team took the practice field Wednesday amid mounting allegations by a former booster and convicted Ponzi schemer who claimed he treated players with sex parties, nightclub outings, cars and other gifts.
    Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports he provided extra benefits to 72 football players and other athletes at Miami from 2002 to 2010. His claims involve several current players, but coach Al Golden said it was too soon to take disciplinary action.
    The Hurricanes open their season Sept. 5 against Maryland.