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Today's News

  • First cement slab laid on Entrada Project

    County projects seem to be abundant these days. The call for Capital Improvement Projects proved that there are a lot of ideas floating around out there.

    One idea that’s been in the works for a couple of years is the Entrada Business Park. Not much has been said about the project lately, and so far it’s trudged along silently.

    Rick Reiss, Managing Member of Main Gate LLC has been working on getting businesses to move into the park. So far, he’s secured a deal with Holiday Inn Express.

  • Long-time lab employee celebrates

    Gerald Martinez celebrated his 35th anniversary with Los Alamos National Laboratory Thursday at De Colores restaurant with his wife Rochelle and colleagues.

    Martinez, who has served for a total six years on the Tribal Council at San Ildefonso, is the great-grandson of the renowned potter from San Ildefonso, Maria Martinez. He has worked in some 10 different groups and divisions during his time at the laboratory.

    During the laboratory’s 60th anniversary, Martinez was featured as one of five generations of his family employed by the lab.

  • To tax or not to tax

    One thing that we find interesting is that when  it suits them, some people find gross receipts taxes to be a regressive thing.

    But then, when they want more money for the government to spend, they say, “Let’s increase the gross receipts tax.”

    Such was the case this week as the House approved a bill that would raise money to fund education.

    Earlier, they had passed an education reform bill that called for some $400 million in new expenditures. This measure was their answer to that.

  • Nudging America to go online

    Among the memorable books of 2008 is Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s “Nudge” in which the University of Chicago professors outline a new philosophical approach to governance. By creating the right incentives, government can “nudge” Americans to make the right decisions about their retirement, health and education.

     

    The book appeals to both fiscal conservatives who want to rein in uncontrolled government regulations and progressives who want the government to address unmet social needs.

     

  • A timeless story will be told

    It is a 12-year-old script but the story never gets old.

    From 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 11, the Santa Fe Stake of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church will present a timeless story in the form of a pageant titled, “Christ’s Passage to Resurrection” at the Los Alamos ward.

    Brent and Marcia Boyack of Los Alamos wrote the script, which is based on the King James’ version of the New Testament.

    “We wanted to provide a special Easter experience for members of our church,” Brent said.

  • Good time for title insurance reform

    SANTA FE – Are New Mexico homeowners getting the shaft on their title insurance? The 2009 Legislature is again being asked to consider the possibility.

    Last year, legislation to reform the industry got sidetracked and delayed. This year’s possibilities look better.

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Chairman Ben Ray Lujan was the leading advocate of the legislation last year. Now that Lujan is a member of Congress, his father, New Mexico House Speaker Ben Lujan, is championing the legislation.

  • Death penalty repealed

    Gov. Richardson signed legislation late Wednesday repealing the death penalty in New Mexico.

    Richardson made the decision, he said, after going to the state penitentiary, where he saw the death chamber and visited the maximum security unit where those sentenced to life without parole could be housed.

    “My conclusion was those cells are something that may be worse than death,” he said. “I believe this is a just punishment.”

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy discussed the governor’s decision during an interview this morning.

  • Scorecard for the Legislature

    Dear Editor,

    I’m keeping score of some of the “more important” issues our state legislature has deemed it necessary to take up during this economic downturn:

    • Assisted suicide – killing the sick and the elderly when they are most vulnerable and should be receiving humane treatment;

    • Domestic partnership – dissolving the very foundation upon which Western society is built;

    • Embryonic Stem Cell Research – destroying human life at the earliest possible stage in the interest of science,

  • Kill old horses, not people

    Dear Editor,

  • Trinity Drive: 2 Lanes or 4?

    Dear Editor,

    Wake up Los Alamos!

    The county staff under Kyle Zimmerman is planning to change Trinity Drive between Oppenheimer and DP Road. The two plans last on the table (March 5, 2009) are: leave this part of Trinity Drive as four lanes with modifications, or make Trinity Drive a two-lane road with four roundabouts.