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Today's News

  • Business people our best hope

    It is no accident that aspiring GOP presidential candidates are focused on our economy — or rather what needs to be done to get it back into good shape.
    Almost three years into a devastating recession, precipitated by the mortgage loan debacle of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and made worse by the fiscally irresponsible policies of both the congress and Obama administration, there has been very little recovery.
    And the painful consequences of lost jobs, reduced wages and a problematic future for millions of Americans are hurting people in ways unimaginable just three years ago.
    I’ve been heard to say publicly that free markets routinely rise and recede, and that politicians don’t really create jobs, businesses do.

  • Tribes line up against new casino

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s Indian tribes are lining up against one of their own as the federal government once again is considering a controversial proposal to let a northern New Mexico pueblo partner with a Santa Fe art dealer to build a hotel and casino along the Texas-New Mexico border.
    The New Mexico Indian Gaming Association Inc., which represents tribal casino operators, recently filed comments with the Bureau of Indian Affairs opposing the plan, according to Mark Chino, president of the Mescalero Apache tribe, which operates Inn of the Mountain Gods resort and casino in the Ruidoso area.

  • LANL Foundation receives $715K for First Born Program

    Since its founding in 1997, the First Born Program (FBP) has been committed to serving first time families and women pregnant for the first time. The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has been awarded a $715,000 grant for the First Born Program by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to continue its signature brand of home prenatal support and community based family curriculum.
    “The W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant will help the LANL Foundation expand services to young children and their families in New Mexico. We are thrilled to be a partner in their initiative to help New Mexico improve early childhood wellbeing,” Susan Herrera, CEO of the LANL Foundation said.

  • Just Married at the Justice Center

    This newlyweds’ vehicle was parked outside the Los Alamos County Police Department earlier this week.

  • State Briefs 06-12-11

    State agencies laying off 44

    SANTA FE — Nearly four dozen state workers, most of them in the Public Education Department, are losing their jobs next month because of layoffs as agencies deal with budget cuts.
    The State Personnel Board approved plans Friday to lay off 44 workers in the Education Department, the Economic Development Department, Regulation and Licensing Department, Commission on the Status of Women, State Land Office and Organic Commodity Commission. The job losses take effect July 1 with the start of the new budget year.

  • Construction Zone 06-12-11

    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below,
    e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.
    Diamond Drive Phase 4 2011
    Canyon / Diamond: On June 13, the contractor will re-open Canyon after 8:30 am.
    Northbound from the Bridge – No left turns onto West or Trinity; use Sandia. No left or right onto Canyon Road; use University.  The right turn slip lane onto eastbound Trinity is closed; motorists in the right lane must turn right onto eastbound Trinity at the signalized intersection. The left lane continues through the work zone.

  • Update 06-12-11

    Democrat meeting
    Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.,  the Democratic Party of Los Alamos will meet at Mesa Public Library in Rm. 3.

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

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a work session at the Community Building. The council will then hold a special session at 10 p.m.

    Flag Day
    Flag Day will be celebrated at the Elks Club on Trinity Drive, Tuesday at 6 p.m.

  • Hall sworn into State House

    Jim Hall takes the oath of office as House District 43 Representative at the council chambers Friday afternoon. Administering the oath was magistrate judge Pat Casados.

  • A mineral is born: Terrywallaceite

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory’s principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering has been granted the unusual and prestigious honor of having a mineral named after him.
    On June 2, the International Mineralogical Association Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification officially added “Terrywallaceite” to its roster of known minerals. Terrywallaceite is an extremely rare silver-based mineral that was discovered in 2005 about 180 miles southeast of Lima, Peru, by William Pinch and characterized by a University of Arizona mineralogy team led by Robert Downs.

  • Road to Community Broadband a long one

    Some Los Alamos County residents are so eager for a community broadband network they are asking, “How much does it cost and how can I get it?”

    It’s still a long way off.

    It will be at least two years before community broadband becomes a reality – provided the county decides to move forward with the project.

    But that type of enthusiasm is being noted by John Jones, IT project manager for Los Alamos County. The project team is conducting market research into how area residents and businesses feel about the project and what features and benefits are most important them.