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Today's News

  • A chilling spring scene

    A spring snowstorm showered the area Tuesday, including Rose Street near downtown Los Alamos.

  • Update 04-27-11

    Candidates sought
    Republicans interested in applying for the vacant District 43 House seat in New Mexico Legislature should contact Ron Dolin at rdolin@hotmail.com or call 695-0864.

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Community Building.

    Cowboy breakfast
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m., Sunday at Posse Lodge, open to the public, proceeds benefit local Military Order of the World Wars.

    Pancake breakfast
    Kiwanis Spring Pancake Breakfast, 7-11 a.m., Saturday May 7 at Betty Ehart Senior Center, community welcome.
     
    Charter Review
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the training room at the Community Building.

  • Two county parks could be in for a makeover

    Two county parks could be in for a makeover soon.  

    The playground near the North Mesa tennis courts and Brewer arena is in line for some improvements, and the northeast corner of Community Park could become the home of a new playground.

    But before any work gets underway, the Parks Division wants to hear from the public.

    A public meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the playground located near North Mesa tennis courts and Brewer Arena. Additionally, there will be a meeting at 6 p.m. May 4 at the northeast corner of Community Park, which is located north of Central Park Square and adjacent to Peach and Nectar Streets.

  • School board OKs audit firm

    A quick 15 minute meeting was all it took for school board members to approve a new contract for its existing audit firm.

    During the special noon meeting at the district’s central office Tuesday, Los Alamos School Board Vice President Kevin Honnell and board members Thelma Hahn, Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and David Foster unanimously approved Griego Professional Services LLC, which just completed a three-year auditing contract with the district. Board President Melanie McKinley was absent.

    Griego bid $135,000 for the new three-year contract that begins in July. Two other firms submitted bids including Accounting and Consulting Group LLP at $148,410 and Precision Accounting & Tax Service LLC at $152,000. All three firms are headquartered in Albuquerque.

  • Governor visits Los Alamos

    Gov. Susana Martinez spent Wednesday morning visiting the Hill.

  • Lab accounts for $3 billion to state economy

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is crucial to New Mexico’s economic health, creating a $2.9 billion impact on the state’s economy and supporting about 24,000 jobs, according to a new University of New Mexico study.

    In fiscal year 2009, the Lab directly injected $1.6 billion into New Mexico’s economy, with an additional $1.3 billion resulting from indirect economic spending.  The indirect impacts are the ripple effect of LANL vendors purchasing goods and services and LANL employees and vendors’ employees spending their earnings in the region.  UNM calculated the Lab’s economic impact based on employee compensation, purchases of goods and services, construction expenditures, taxes, and other outlays.

  • Practical Money Matters: For Mother’s Day, help Mom get organized

    Mother’s Day is May 8. In addition to traditional gifts like candy and flowers, consider spending a few hours helping your mom organize her financial, legal and medical records so she – and you – know where she stands.
    Being prepared will make it much easier to take appropriate actions should an issue ever arise.
    Here are a few key areas to sort out:
    Gather documents that address retirement income sources so your mom will know better how much income will be available throughout retirement:
    • If she’s still working, your mom should already receive an annual statement from Social Security showing estimated benefits at varying retirement ages.

  • Teens raise money for movie project

    Samantha Filer, 14 (left), and cast members in her film, “The Sword of Arundel” recently held a fundraiser in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. They worked to raise $1,700 for Filer Films, her production company, to film “The Sword of Arundel.” An account at the bank is open to finance the film, which, among other places, will be filmed in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • Homework needs to be done

    Several of my friends have written letters to the Los Alamos Monitor objecting to reducing Trinity Drive from four to two lanes. Others object to the entire concept of traffic roundabouts.
    I for one haven’t decided which side is right. The main I agree it is intuitive that reducing from four lanes to two would cause a traffic jam at peak hours, but I got to wondering how we know this.  
    In short, most people don’t know much about traffic and so have written their opinions, and while opinions can be correct, we need something more substantial.   
    What do we really know about efficient traffic and other benefits of two lanes vs four?

  • Topes Notes 04-27-11

    Isotopes top Zephyrs 13-8 to win series