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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Cerro Grande scholarships awarded

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation announces the award of the Cerro Grande Scholarships.  The students being awarded Cerro Grande Scholarships this year were in the first grade at the time of the fire in May of 2000. Each student’s family home was a complete loss.
    To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have been enrolled in the Los Alamos Public Schools at the time of the fire, be graduating in good standing and have plans to attend an accredited college or university, vocational school or be joining a branch of the United States military.  
    This year, three students are the recipients of the Cerro Grande Scholarship award.  

  • Food project gets underway

    Spring has been kind to the Los Alamos Youth Food Project. The Family YMCA is finalizing some permits and solidifying infrastructure support for the garden site and is  gearing up to engage community members to join the Y Earth Service Corps (YESC) youth as they begin planting seedlings on site.
    The month of May found Los Alamos Middle School students recording a commercial for local radio station KRSN AM 1490, to solicit volunteers to assist youth in creating a community garden that will aide the teachings of math, science, geography and more.
    Akash Dighe and Andres Maestas provided the musical interlude, and along with several classmates, added to the project by sharing additional information.

  • LACSCS presents Guy Forsyth

    Guy Forsyth, a Texas entertainer known for his live shows will be at Ashley Pond Friday as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.
    “He’s outrageously funny, as well as raucous, rowdy, gritty and full of hope,” LACSCS concert promoter Russ Gordon said. “Guy plays folk, country, rock, blues, Americana and Tin Pan Alley.”
    Forsyth was one of the founders of the Asylum Street Spankers. However, he has never played with that group in Los Alamos.

  • Hooray! We're not Wisconsin

    On the same day as the New Mexico primary, Wisconsin voters decided not to recall their governor.  
    Pundits have been busy analyzing the tea leaves about that election.  I’m considering the meaning for New Mexico.  I think simply: Thank goodness we can’t do that here. The New Mexico Constitution does not allow for recall of a governor.
    It is sometimes discussed among us policy wonks whether New Mexico should have “recall and initiative” like some other states. Recall is the opportunity to kick an elected official out of office by popular vote; initiative is the ability for citizens to put a proposal on the ballot directly, without going through the Legislature.