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Today's News

  • LANL's MDA-T clean up could hit $1 billion

    Clean up costs for a 2.2-acre parcel of land located inside TA-21, known as Material Disposal Area (MDA) T at Los Alamos National Laboratory could be as high as $1 billion, according to the Department of Energy, although no accurate estimate can be given until a survey is completed.

    MDA-T is near the eastern end of DP Road. Environmental remediation activities at TA-21, including MDA-B, located across from businesses along DP Road on the southern side, have been underway since 2009.

  • Church listings 06-24-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come join the Family.
     
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, www. bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist

  • Update 06-24-11

    LAPS is on TV
    Mountain Elementary School will be featured at 5 a.m. Monday on the Discovery Channel in a special edition half hour show called The Profiles Series.

    Applications accepted
    Applications are being accepted through July 15 for the 2011-2012 Leadership Los Alamos program. Visit http://leadershiplosalamos.memberlodge.com/

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet in Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m. Monday and the main topic of discussion will be possible charter changes to the office of the county sheriff.

    Film series

  • 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.