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Today's News

  • Business community to weigh in on economic development

    At this Tuesday's work session, Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher presents council with a range of options for economic development.  Although no action will be taken, staff will look to council for guidance on where to focus the county's limited resources.

    As part of his preparation, Fisher presented his preliminary report to the county's Economic Vitality Action Team (EVAT) for feedback. EVAT advises the county administrator on implementation of the Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP). The EVAT team met last week, as did the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation's (LACDC) MainStreet Futures committee. Both discussed priorities for council to consider during its deliberations.

  • Today in History for June 16th
  • PERA notifies members of possible security breach

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico is notifying about 100,000 active and retired members about a possible security breach.

    PERA officials say personal information in the possession of a third-party vendor may have been compromised.

    They were notified Thursday by a company hired to perform an annual audit that a breach of personal information may have occurred after a company employee's computer was stolen.

  • Colo. Residents Prepare to Evacuate Fire Zone
  • Board of Governor added at labs

    Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), today announced that Steven E. Koonin has been named as an Independent Governor on the LLNS and LANS Boards of Governors.

    The appointments take effect July 1.Koonin also has been appointed to chair the LANS/LLNS Boards’ Mission Committee. The Mission Committee serves in an advisory role to review current and future national security issues and Laboratory initiatives, capabilities and strategic plans to address these issues.

  • Five LA students complete NM Boys State

    There are 138 new leaders in New Mexico on high school campuses that will take their new-found knowledge and skills into their senior year. Organization and application of governmental processes are now part of their lives.

    They did these things for five days on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University at New Mexico Boys’ State.  As one young man put it, “I thought that I knew a lot about government but I didn’t really know anything until I got here.”

  • CRC recommendations raise additional issues

    Two other Charter Review Committee (CRC) suggestions also warranted considerable discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting: whether council should have a say in removing at will employees and whether partisan makeup of boards and commissions should be specified.

    The CRC recommended that the county manager be allowed to dismiss at will employees without council approval.

    “This reflects our observation that if the manager wants to remove a department head, and the council didn’t approve that, it could put the manager in an untenable position,” CRC member Kyle Wheeler explained.

  • State gets $393M in PILT money

    More than 30 local governments around New Mexico will share nearly $35 million of compensation for non-taxable federal lands.
    The money comes from the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program. In all, the Interior Department says a record $393 million in PILT allocations are being distributed this year. The money compensates local governments for lost tax revenue from federal lands so they can continue to provide public services such as police and fire protection.
    The payments are calculated using a formula that includes acreage, population and prior year revenue payments.
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the program is essential for local governments in rural areas.

  • Update 06-15-12

    CIP meeting

    The county’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold its monthly business meeting at 5:15 p.m. June 21 in council chambers.

    Concert

    The Police Experience will play a free concert during the Relay for Life at Ashley Pond Friday night. Music will start at 7 p.m.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a work session at White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilties will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.

    Restrictions

  • Five LA students complete NM Boys State

    Five LA students complete NM Boys State

     

    From a press release

    There are 138 new leaders in New Mexico on high school campuses that will take their new-found knowledge and skills into their senior year. Organization and application of governmental processes are now part of their lives.

    They did these things for five days on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University at New Mexico Boys’ State.  As one young man put it, “I thought that I knew a lot about government but I didn’t really know anything until I got here.”