Today's News

  • Diamond Drive on council's map

    Los Alamos County Council will discuss the Diamond Drive Project Tuesday, which many say has inconvenienced motorists and retailers.

    Because of short notice, only a limited amount of information was available, but one item staff promised to prepare before the meeting was a chronology of traffic control actions at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Arkansas. Also, in the staff report was a note that some key staff members would not be able to attend because they were in training out of state.

  • Airport Basin: 60-percent design phase approved

    The Airport Basin project now moves into the 60-percent phase following a nearly unanimous vote by county councilors during a special meeting Thursday in Council Chambers.

    Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman walked council through the meeting.

    Zimmerman explained the changes and cost savings that have occurred since council approved the 30-percent design phase May 1, 2007. At that time, council approved the addition of Value Engineering Services to the scope of the project, which has facilitated the identification of efficiencies and savings potential.

  • Retailers sound desperate plea

    Phase 2 of the Diamond Drive Project is having a devasting impact on local businesses, say shopkeepers whose stores are directly impacted by the construction.

    “We are concerned and we are scared,” said Jackie Beebe, who, together with husband Leonard, owns Hilltop Shopping Center at 3801 Arkansas Ave.

    Ana Fukui and husband K Fukui, owners of Sushi Café, located in Suite G of the shopping center, said business is definitely down.

  • High risk meets high gain

    ALBUQUERQUE – Among the many high points of the 15th annual Technology Ventures Corporation’s (TVC) New Mexico Capital Equity Symposium was the keynote talk Thursday by Stuart Alsop.

    “Venture capitalism is about dreams done by people who are mostly insane,” he said. “Banks operate at about 2-4 percent profit; we’re expected to make ridiculous returns.”

  • 3M buys IMTEC

    3M Corp. of St. Paul, Minn., announced Thursday it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire IMTEC Corp. IMTEC is the dental implant and computer tomography company with which the Los Alamos engineering company HYTEC recently merged.

    The 3M announcement said the acquisition would give the company access to two of the fastest growing segments in the dental industry. 3M is one of the largest dental suppliers.

  • Register for Bethlehem and Trinity on the Hill VBS, day camp

    Join other children from age 3 years old to those entering third grade in fall 2008 for a fun-filled week of scientific adventure, “Discovering Jesus’ Miraculous Power” at Vacation Bible School.

  • Celebrating milestones

    It’s cleanup time for the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church congregation. However, it won’t be all work and no play; the graduates from elementary, middle and high schools will be honored during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday.

    During the service, the Rev. Colin Kelly said the graduates stand up to be recognized and receive a gift. High school graduating seniors also tell what their plans are for after graduation.

  • Helping White Rock

    Last week, the county council met to discuss plans and proposals for White Rock.

    While that community needs assistance, care must be taken on just what is spent there. If the county thinks that just building buildings will bring in business, it does not understand economics.

    However, there is a word for us all to consider here, and it could really be the key to the White Rock discussion.

    And that word is Bandelier.

  • Off and On: Higher gas prices could mean more taxes

    State lawmakers are being warned that rising gasoline prices could aggravate financial problems confronting the state Department of Transportation and New Mexico’s highway system.

    The agency expects that as motorists cut back on their travel because of high gasoline prices, less money will flow to the state from New Mexico’s fuels taxes. Less fuel sold means less revenue to the state, based on per-gallon sold.

    And that is already happening.

  • N.M. to issue new drivers’ licenses

    Things will go a little differently next time you go to obtain or renew a driver license.

    In an effort to improve security for New Mexico’s 1.7 million holders of driver’s licenses and state-issued IDs, the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is completely overhauling its system. Licenses now offer 12 security features where they used to have four. And every license in the state will be created in one, centralized location.

    While this means a few changes for customers, it also means a far smaller risk of identity theft.