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Today's News

  • Returning Colo. Residents Proud of Firefighers
  • Home Sales Drop As Mortgages Hit All-time Low
  • Pilot project takes shape

    Another proposal, researched and developed by Airport Manager Peter Soderquist, would bring a pilot project in commercial air service to Los Alamos.
    The proposal calls for subsidized flights, with LANL paying 50 percent of the $150,000 cost and the county paying the other half. One-way flights would cost $55, about $30 less than the shuttle. With the subsidy, the air service could be profitable with just four or five people on each of the six to nine flights a day.     
    “We have visitors, including chiefs of staff, top level government officials, CEO’s of companies, vice presidents - they land in Albuquerque. They drive one hour and forty five minutes to get here,” Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher said.

  • Hikers rescued at Bandelier

    Bandelier Rangers, with the assistance of National Guard air support, conducted a successful search and rescue operation in the area between Alamo Canyon and Capulin Canyon.

    Tuesday morning, Sandoval County 911 Center received a cell call from a group requesting aid in the backcountry of Bandelier  National Monument. Sandoval County provided Bandelier personnel with the call’s GPS coordinates, and Bandelier Archaeologist/Rangers Heath Bailey and David Shiffler, who were already in the vicinity, immediately responded.

  • Update 06-21-12

    CIP meeting

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

    P & Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 27 in council chambers.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos county council will meet at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Community Building.

    Evening meeting

    Come learn about county efforts to become more sustainable and share input at 5:30 p.m. today at the Community Building Training Room.

    Restrictions

  • Council mulls proposal

    Although Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher focused on foundation building at the council work session Tuesday evening, he also evaluated projects with the potential to grow the county’s economy. The two that garnered the most interest was a proposal from PLACE for a mixed-use downtown development (with a convention/event center option) and a pilot project for commercial air service.

    Fisher addressed the hotel/event center as a separate issue. By a conservative estimate, Los Alamos is losing more than $2.5 million to convention bookings to Santa Fe and nearby casinos; although Fisher believes it could easily be double that number. He proposed using development funds to support a Class A conference hotel and event center downtown.

  • LAMS contractor certification comes under state scrutiny

    The state Taxation and Revenue Department now believes McCarthy Building Companies — which was awarded in-state preference certification by the state — is actually not eligible for the perk and is seeking to revoke its status.

    “The Department is taking the necessary steps, in accordance with New Mexico law, to issue a notice of contemplated action to remove this designation so that the preference cannot be applied to its bids for public projects,” Department Spokesman S.U. Mahesh said in a recent email.

  • Bye-bye Best Western, hello Hilltop House Hotel

    The Best Western and the Hilltop House Hotel are parting ways.

    This week, the hotel on the corner of Trinity Drive and Central Avenue is changing its name to the Hilltop House Hotel and Conference Center.

    A Best Western spokeswoman at its Phoenix headquarters said, “They are no longer members of the Best Western family.”

    When asked why, she said, “You will have to talk to local management of the Los Alamos hotel.”

    When asked if other hotels have split from Best Western, she replied, “I don’t know.”

    Then she was asked if member hotels have general guidelines they have to follow and she said, “generally speaking yes.”

  • LANL to cut more jobs

    The workforce cuts are not finished at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    In a memo sent to all employees, lab director Charlie McMillan said that 80 contractor position would be eliminated.

    In March, 557 employees left the lab as part of a voluntary separation program and the next month, another 60 people were terminated from the flexible workforce.

    McMillan has scheduled a meeting for all employees for 2:30 p.m., June 27 to discuss the workforce update.

    Here is the memo sent to employees Wednesday.

  • Be There 06-21-12

    Today
    Wildflower Walk with PEEC. Join Chick Keller, curator of PEEC’s Jemez Mountains Herbarium for an easy walk along a local trail to learn the names of wildflowers. A plant list will be provided. Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. to carpool or caravan to the trailhead. Free, no registration required. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Puss in Boots,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.