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Today's News

  • Some economic good news

    Years of writing negative things about the New Mexico economy have gotten tedious.
    Maybe I’m hallucinating, but I see a few items suggesting some economic green shoots.
    I’m sure that our eventual recovery will resemble my tomatoes this year — small and slow. That’s because we’ve been so far down so long and because the creaky national economy is our biggest economic driver.
    State jobs figures, due today, could place all my optimism in the delusion file. (Seewww.dws.state.nm.us .)
    Still … Some people want to be optimistic about the reported Albuquerque appearance, set for next year, of Dick’s Sporting Goods, the nation’s largest such firm.

  • Composting conundrum in Los Alamos County

    It’s just a hunch, but I bet everyone reading this column has driven by the intersection of East Jemez Road and West Jemez Road and caught a whiff of the county’s composting operation.  
    Depending on the day, and your past olfactory experiences, you may find the smell to be an assault on your nostrils.  
    Personally, I think it is a pleasant earthy scent that symbolizes the transformation of waste into a valued commodity. But, that seems to be a minority view.  
    The Los Alamos County Council and public in general have made it clear that the creation of a sustainable community is important, and composting is one initiative that greatly increases the sustainability of our community.  

  • Seen at the Scene: At the Roundhouse

    A contingent from Los Alamos made the trip to Santa Fe to meet with Gov. Susana Martinez regarding redistricting. Making the trip were Council Chair Sharon Stover, school board member Kevin Honnell, Bill Enloe of Los Alamos National Bank, Katy Korkos of the Chamber of Commerce, Mike Wheeler of the Los Alamos Democratic Party, Don Lucero, and Veronica Rodriguez of the Los Alamos Republican Party.

  • WIPP manager to trim jobs

    CARLSBAD — The manager of the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico plans to trim more jobs.
    Washington TRU Solutions on Monday announced the second phase of a workforce restructuring plan at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.
    Earlier this year, 51 of the company’s workers volunteered to leave as part of the first phase. The company expects about 65 workers, including temporary staff, to be involved in the second round of cuts.
    Subcontract personnel are also expected to be affected.
    Washington TRU Solutions pointed to the end of federal stimulus funding Sept. 30 and projections that peg WIPP’s budget next year at the lowest level in eight years.

  • Two exhibits to open at Bradbury

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum will unveil two exhibits next week and hosts a talk about Manhattan Project physicist Richard Feynman on Sept.  29.
    All the events are open to the public and coincide with Los Alamos County’s “See You In September” celebration of Cultural Heritage Month.
    The museum opens its “Fireset” exhibit with a reception from 3 to 4 p.m., Tuesday followed by a discussion and question-and-answer session with Laboratory retiree Glenn McDuff.

  • Update 09-22-11

    Interview

    A panel of community leaders from various organizations and businesses will be interviewing the County Administrator candidates from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 5 p.m . Friday in Council Chambers. Public is welcome to observe.

    Reception

      There will be a reception to meet the County Administrator candidates. 5–7 p.m. today in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

    Groundbreaking

    Groundbreaking for the Municipal Building, Historic Archives and County Records Center at the building site, just east of the Bradbury Science Museum at 11 a.m. Friday on Central Avenue.

    Kick-off event

  • LANB expands Albuquerque office

    Los Alamos National Bank is moving its 600 square-foot Albuquerque loan production office into a 1,600-square-foot facility at 6801 Jefferson NE.
    LANB has maintained the loan production office for four years in Albuquerque’s Uptown sector and this move will allow the bank to provide additional lenders as well as teller and deposit services, President Steve Wells said.
    “We believe in New Mexico and we believe lending to small business is the solution to economic recovery and we think there’s a lot of opportunity for lending in Albuquerque,” Wells said.
    Ten onsite and eight auxiliary employees will service the bank’s Albuquerque customers when the doors to the new facility open Nov. 14.

  • CDD wants to add mixed use zoning

    At Tuesday’s county council work session, Acting Community Development Department (CDD) Director Steve Brugger gave his 180-day progress report on improvements to the building and planning permits process. Brugger also proposed a change to the county code that would allow mixed use zoning for developments like the A-19 parcel in White Rock.

    The CDD has been working to implement council’s strategic goal of “dramatically simplifying and clarifying the building and planning permitting process.” The county hired Karpoff & Associates to lead focus group sessions with commercial business owners and developers, and their recommendations have guided the revisions.

  • Summer's last hurrah

    The “Grandmother’s Joy” statue stands outside the Betty Ehart Senior Center, surrounded by sunflowers. The first day of autumn is Friday.

  • House passes redistricting plan

    To say the least, it was a long day Wednesday for State Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe).

    A House redistricting plan that would keep Los Alamos intact won approval early Thursday in the 70-member chamber and Gov. Susana Martinez made it clear she doesn’t support the proposal.

    The measure passed on a 36-34 vote with one Democrat breaking party ranks to join Republicans in opposing the plan.

    Hall did not support or vote in favor of the measure either, but it pained him.