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Today's News

  • LAMC welcomes neonatal team

    Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) welcomed its new Neonatal team on June 6.  The neonatal team will work in conjunction with the current pediatricians at LAMC to provide the highest quality of care to the newborns in the community.

  • LAPS bolsters art education with $209,000 grant

    So far 2011 has not been kind to school districts in the State of New Mexico; Los Alamos is no exception. Due to tough financial times, districts were forced to cut 3.4 percent from their budgets this year.

    LAPS received some help from Los Alamos County by way of reducing fees at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and agreeing to share certain employee costs, but were still forced to trim approximately $600,000 from its budget.

    Despite the cuts, the LAPS Fine Arts Program continues to thrive thanks to the Fine Arts Education Act Grant. For the past 10 years, LAPS has received funding through the FAEA grant. LAPS teacher Kim Letellier, serves as the fine arts grant coordinator. She’s also the music team leader for the district.

  • CRC set to mull fate of sheriff in LA

    Concern that the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office may be eliminated has energized John Horne and Matthew Wolk to mobilize 21 local families to speak against that action.

    “Because the sheriff is elected, he is the closest official to the people,” said Wolk, a Los Alamos contractor. “The sheriff has authority over all law enforcement – including federal. We want to ensure the sheriff’s office stays intact because it’s just another check and balance for the people.”

  • NM 4 project gets green light

    The White Rock State Road 4 alignment project may soon be underway. Last night the county’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee reviewed and discussed contractors’ bids and made recommendations to move the project forward.

    The goal in reconfiguring the stretch of road is to promote slower and safer travel through the community and to facilitate the county’s economic revitalization goals for the area.

    The new design calls for one lane travel in each direction, with bus pullouts and left turn lanes. This design should slow traffic, which the community is requesting, while expediting traffic flow.

  • Just a Wag 06-24-11

    Business leaders get toughened up

    A group of eight local business owners, managers and members of the Los alamos Chamber of Commerce spent all week at a “Business Bootcamp” in Denver.
    The bootcamp is designed to provide participants with  intensive workshops led by successful entrepreneurs and experts.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • State employee roles decreasing

    Last fall, both gubernatorial candidates promised state employees “no furloughs and no layoffs.”
    We could be pretty sure there would be no furloughs. The furloughs in 2010 were wildly unpopular and, more importantly, they were a budget-cutting tool of Gov. Bill Richardson. Both candidates were running away from him.
    At the conclusion of the 2011 legislature, Gov. Susana Martinez and legislative leaders proclaimed the budget that was adopted would require no furloughs and no layoffs.
    But layoffs already have begun. They sometimes are called reductions in force, or RIFs, but the results are the same.
    On June 10, 44 state employees were told to clean out their desks. They will be paid through the end of the month.

  • Economic Development 101

    It’s another beautiful day in the Land of Enchantment.
    This is the way Bob Hoffman, the Dean of Economic Development in New Mexico, opened all his meetings.
    If your skies aren’t blue, and your view of the horizon is hazy with wild-fire smoke, you might not agree, but Bob would convince you that beneath the smaze (yes, that’s a word), it’s still beautiful.
    Bob Hoffman, who created jobs across the state at times when it seemed impossible, has passed on, but his words are still gold.
    Bob had a passion for New Mexico almost from the moment he arrived at Holloman Air Force Base in 1950. His early career in radio broadcast and marketing gave him sales skills; that and his enthusiasm made him a force of nature.

  • PRC approves gas plant

    SUNLAND PARK (AP) — New Mexico regulators have given their approval for El Paso Electric to build an 81-megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant near Sunland Park.
    The $85 million project will serve about 50,000 customers in the Las Cruces area. Construction will  take about two years.
    The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve an order for the utility to build the plant.
    PRC Chairman Patrick Lyons voted in favor of the project. He said the plant will bring needed electricity to one of the state’s fastest growing areas.
    The commission was the last of three entities whose approval was required to move the project forward.

  • Unemployment falls locally, statewide

    The unemployment rate in New Mexico took a big tumble in May, although job growth wasn’t a factor in the fall.
    The state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in May, according to the state’s Department of Workforce Solutions. That number was significantly down from 7.6 percent in April and 8.3 percent in May 2010.
    However, job growth hasn’t been part of the drop in unemployment. Between May 2010 and May 2011, nonfarm payroll employment has dropped by 6,300 jobs, or 0.8 percent, the worst clip in the nation.
    Despite the losses, statewide employment was still considerably stronger than the nation as a whole. The U.S. currently has a 9.1 percent unemployment rate.

  • Business Watch: Investors can bring cash, other benefits

    Business owners who obtain outside equity – whether from family, friends or institutional investors – quickly learn money has strings attached.
    Most outside equity providers want to get repaid over a reasonable period of time and at a very good rate of return. In exchange for capital, they obtain a piece of the company, thereby becoming business partners.
    For a growing business, the advantages of this kind of capital are numerous. Equity significantly improves a company’s balance sheet and provides resources for hiring marketing staff, developing new products, purchasing equipment and other needs.