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Today's News

  • Challenges and opportunities for the 2015 U.S. Economy

    With the stock market at an all-time high, a bonanza of cheap gasoline, and unemployment at 5.8 percent, there is increased optimism about the U.S. economy. Yet challenges abound, both from the inside and abroad.
    Participation in the labor force remains at the lowest levels since the late 1970s, with over 6 million less people in the workforce since President Barack Obama assumed office. The time of reckoning for the Fed is arriving.
    The Fed will likely begin introducing higher rates early this year. If it waits until 2016 it might risk causing a negative short-term impact just before the presidential election.
    With over $7 trillion of new borrowing no other president in U.S. history has increased the debt as much as Obama. Eventually these policies need to be reversed, causing painful readjustments.

  • Considering life without owning a car

    Most baby boomers couldn’t envision their early adult years without a car. However, times are changing and younger commuters are leading the way.
    According to an October study by U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) and the Frontier Group, millennials — those born between 1983 and 2000 — are driving significantly less than older Americans. Many post-college drivers swimming in college debt are opting for urban living where walking, biking and mass transit tend to be easier options. Increasingly, those with a temporary need for four-wheel transportation can do so by smartphone.
    Today, there are many options to conventional car ownership, but it’s important to match solutions and their specific costs to your needs. Here’s a road map for exploring what’s right for you.
    Start with the cost of driving. If you already drive and budget carefully, you will have an idea of what driving costs you can incur each year in financing, fuel, fees, maintenance and insurance.

  • Pajarito Road should reopen after 7 p.m.

    LOS ALAMOS, NM -- As of 3:20 p.m. Pajarito Road remains closed as DPU crews continue making repairs to a broken water main.  Officials anticipate that the road will be open to through traffic after 7 p.m.

    The concrete cylinder water main broke early this morning on Pajarito Road just west of the intersection of Diamond Drive on the Los Alamos National Laboratory side. Pajarito Road is closed to through traffic at this intersection as Department of Public Utilities’ crews make repairs.  

    Traffic traveling southbound on Diamond Drive and eastbound onto Pajarito Road is unaffected. Vehicles traveling westbound on Pajarito Road will detour north onto Diamond Drive.

    Water valves have been shut off to isolate the break.  No customers should be without water. 

    Once the damage is assessed, DPU crews will have a better idea as to how long it will take to make repairs.

  • Today in history Jan. 21
  • Winter storm warning issued for the area

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Los Alamos and north central New Mexico effective from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Thursday.

    Initially, the NWS issued a winter storm watch for the area, but upgraded it to a warning this afternoon.

    Anywhere from 3 inches to a foot of snow is possible in some areas. The warning effects the eastern plains along with the mountain areas.

  • Full list of Community Assets Award nominees

    Businesses
    Cross Fit     
    Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock
    Couples
    Liz Martineau and Gordon McDonough
    Jim Hay and Reine Williams
    Individuals & Programs
    Sylvan Argo     
    Natalia Barkurdarova   
    Jeff Bingham
    David Bradshaw      
    Dawn Brown    
    Margie Candler  
    Carol Clark     
    Robyn Collom    
    Anna Dillane  
    Andy Erickson    
    Nicole Ferry     
    Dave Fox     
    Joanna Gillespie
    David Griggs     
    Sally Grindstaff     
    Cynthia Justice
    Chloe Keilers     
    John Kottman    
    Phillip Kunsberg
    Jane Lin      
    Joann Lysne     
    Ross Mason
    Heather McClenahan     
    Ann McLaughlin    
    Michael Mason    
    Judy Nekimken     
    Dave Phillips     
    Barbara Pigott   

  • Assets in Action: Nominees announced for 2015 Community Assets Awards

    This past weekend was the acknowledgement of the 2014 Assets In Action nominees for our community.
    I’m sure my husband and our children would tell you that I delight in the fact I get to talk the entire evening and it is expected for my duties.
    It is true, I get to preside over the many stories for a variety of people, programs and businesses that make our little world, even better than many of us know.
    There will be a variety of stories about the many do-gooders we recognized, but today, I will highlight a few.
    Two of those recognized are gentlemen who do the hard jobs many of us take for granted each day. They are the postman and the policeman.
    One particular postman, Aaron Tompkins was recognized by a local senior for being her eyes and ears. Tompkins made a note that she didn’t seem right one day, as he delivered her mail. He returned after his rounds just to make sure she was feeling better and didn’t need medical intervention.
    The second gentleman was Los Alamos Police Department Officer David Bradshaw. Bradshaw was recently recognized as the Detention Officer of the Year for 2014. He was recognized for being an honorable man that treats inmates with respect. On occasion, those with warrants would surrender to the Los Alamos jail because they knew they would be treated with compassion.

  • Running a business through a franchise has its advantages

    Multinational franchises like McDonald’s and KFC started small and worked their way up the food chain over decades.
    That methodical approach to growth seems too slow for the owners of two Albuquerque businesses.
    Before Olo Yogurt Studio opened its first store in 2010 and WisePies served its first pizza in 2014, the owners of both ventures planned to become franchises — and to waste no time doing it.
    Olo Yogurt opened a second store — a carbon copy of its colorful original — within three years and was strengthening its brand for further expansion.
    WisePies was less than a year old when it announced its intentions to open 20 new stores within a year and to offer franchise licenses for $35,000.
    In December, the company signed a $5 million deal for naming rights to the University of New Mexico basketball arena, commonly known as The Pit, now the WisePies Arena.
    The franchise or chain store model isn’t the only way for a business to grow, but its appeal is obvious.
    A franchisor can recruit talented go-getters who want to run a business with a built-in market, name recognition and institutional support. And they can do it without draining their capital budgets, as franchisees typically pay much of their own startup costs.

  • When city halls duck-and-cover

    Starting with the earliest years of the Republic, a constant theme has laced its way through American political rhetoric to the effect that local and state governments, being “closer to the People” than a far-away national government, are best able to deal with the “People’s” needs and problems.
    It has always been a slightly silly proposition, if only because some of the “People’s” needs and problems transcend the boundaries and jurisdictions of state and local government, such as interstate commerce, national defense and terrorism.
    Lately, however, even a governmental function, which has historically been deemed inherently “local” in nature has found local governments in every part of the land clearly floundering, if not downright incompetent to handle.
    Consider local law enforcement.
    As most New Mexicans know, the state’s largest city has basically lost control of its police department and has entered into a written agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to fashion far-reaching police reforms, which Albuquerque officials — mayor and city council — will be obligated to implement.

  • Spirit of the West Winners

    Jim Hay admires his new handcrafted Spirit of the West Award with wife Reine and award presenter, 2015 New Mexico Teacher of the Year, Debra Minyard, Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The Spirit of the West Award is named for former County Councilor Jim West.