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Today's News

  • Plaza developer has colorful past

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series.

    Hildegard Merrill, of Candles Delight, LLC, and one of the principals in the Los Alamos Plaza development project, has a history punctuated by lawsuits and accusations of dubious business practices.

    Plans for Los Alamos Plaza, a mixed use project on a 3.9 acre parcel of property located at 2201 Trinity Drive in downtown, have been in various stages of limbo since 2008.

    Principals behind the project, estimated at $40 million, are now in a race against the clock to secure financing or lose the property to foreclosure.

    But Merrill’s background in the real estate business raises more questions than answers.

  • DOE to Transfer Tracts to County

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration issued an amended Record of Decision (ROD) to the Environmental Impact Statement for the conveyance and transfer of certain land tracts to Los Alamos County.

    The tracts include the remaining acreage of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 21 (about 245 acres) and the remaining acreage of the Airport Tract (about 55 acres).

    In the ROD, NNSA administrator Thomas D’Agostino wrote that DOE/NNSA has determined that it is no longer necessary to retain these lands and will make them available for conveyance and transfer.

  • Update 01-29-12

    Historic board

    The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    T-Board meeting

    The Transportation Board’s regularly scheduled meeting has been moved to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the public works conference room, 2101 Trinity Drive.

    Special Session

    A special session with council and the Los Alamos Board of Education is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at council chambers.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the council chambers.

    DOE/NNSA

  • Ashley Pond meeting set for Thursday

    A public meeting will be Thursday in the Community Building council chambers to seek public input on the three conceptual designs/options to improve pond water quality at Ashley Pond.

    In the last CIP public meeting for the Ashley pond renovations on Jan. 12, Richard McIntyre, Parks Division Manager and Project Manager gave a brief overview of the scope of work from the RFP which addresses the future health, well being and condition of Ashley Pond due to eutrophication. George Radnovich and Jesse Scott from Sites Southwest, LLC., who was awarded the design contract for the Ashley Pond Renovation project, provided a brief time outline for the project.

  • Trinity Site will last 73 years

    We face a significant decision on the Trinity Site.  It is essential to consider the impact on future generations and closely look at the business details because the agreement will last 73 years.  
    Whether or not one agrees with the project, the citizens and staff who worked tirelessly should be thanked.  
    Hundreds of hours, good faith  and personal commitment mark their efforts.  
    In business terms, we are playing a very weak hand.  
    The worst economic downturn since the Depression serves as the backdrop to our effort to bring new retail to a community struggling to attract business.  
    It is not surprising that the results are uninspiring.  

  • Broadband for everybody

    In the upcoming meeting this Tuesday night, the county council will be considering moving forward in creating a county broadband network called the Community Broadband Network (CBN). The council vote on Tuesday could be one of the most important votes for our future needs. The country is moving forward and the question is will Los Alamos County join in the future of our nation -- or be left behind?
    The CBN is a complete fiber network and would include every home and business, extending fiber into every premises. Currently, some of the Internet services from major providers are not adequate for the coming revolution in digital services.

  • Raw Video: St. Louis Parade for Iraq War Vets

    Thousands of people lined the streets and cheered wildly as veterans marched in St. Louis, Missouri during the nation's first big welcome-home parade for Iraq War veterans.

  • Toward the Net

    Los Alamos’ Tanner Kennedy sends the puck toward the goal during Friday night’s game at Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

  • ´Toppers lose heartbreaker to Jags

    It was nearly a stunning upset. It was nearly a game that could’ve instantly reversed the Hilltoppers’ fortunes.
    Clawing back from an 11-point deficit at the half Friday night, Los Alamos’ boys basketball team dropped in 19 third quarter points, one of its most productive quarters of the season.
    But with 3.0 seconds remaining, Los Alamos star Nick Baker was whistled for a ticky-tack foul at the baseline. Capital Jaguar veteran Mikey Lopez hit two free throws and Daniel Salazar’s desperation 3-pointer from half court just sailed wide of the bucket as the Jaguars escaped Griffith Gymnasium with a 52-50 victory.

  • Sports Schedule Jan. 30-Feb. 4

    Tuesday

    Boys basketball: West Las Vegas at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at Taos, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Boys basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Friday

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Diving: Los Alamos at APS Invite, TBA.

    Saturday

    Wrestling: Bryan Sanchez Memorial Invitational, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls, 8:30 a.m.