en New LACDC executive brings local expertise <img src="" alt="Patrick Sullivan with his wife, Erica, and two children Aaron (age 3) and Sarah (age 6)." title="Patrick Sullivan with his wife, Erica, and two children Aaron (age 3) and Sarah (age 6)." align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /><p> According to Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) President Bill Wadt, newly hired Executive Director Patrick Sullivan&rsquo;s unique combination of local experience stood out among a field of top-notch candidates.<br /> After reeling off an impressive list of past positions and accomplishments within them (including a seven-year stint with LACDC), Wadt said, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know of anyone else who has that breadth of experience, any local person.&rdquo;<br /> The board was also impressed by how staff responded to Sullivan during the interview process and by his responses to questions.<br /> &ldquo;We had some very strong candidates from around the nation, and a couple of the other finalists in particular had done major projects, and had very impressive track records,&rdquo; Wadt said. &ldquo;But when we posed questions similar to the ones you posed, Patrick had the best answers and they made the most sense.&rdquo;<br /> &ldquo;With my work history in town&hellip;I think I have a unique perspective in being able to look at certain situations and problems from multiple perspectives of large employers in town,&rdquo; Sullivan said.<br /> Sullivan's vision for economic development <p> Patrick Sullivan said he would defer to the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation&rsquo;s staff and board in terms of immediate priorities, but he does have a vision for economic growth in Los Alamos.<br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to see the county be a place where it&rsquo;s not difficult for a trailing spouse who&rsquo;s highly educated and highly experienced to find a job,&rdquo; Sullivan said.<br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to see a lot more economic diversification in terms of job availability in the science and technology sector.<br /> &ldquo;I do not believe the answer to that is a large recruitment program of bringing other companies into town. I believe the majority of that is going to come from growing capabilities and companies here locally. There&rsquo;s going to be a mix of everything, but I think that&rsquo;s where the focus should be.<br /> &ldquo;I also envision a community where there&rsquo;s a thriving small business sector.<br /> &ldquo;If you think of it as a body, and you&rsquo;ve got all these different components of economic vitality akin to all the different organs, your small business sector is the heart of that. And if that is not beating or not working well, then none of the rest of it will.<br /> WR resident named N.M.'s top teacher <img src="" alt="Debra Minyard" title="Debra Minyard" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> Perhaps there really is something in the water, something that yields some pretty stellar teachers. For the second year in a row, Los Alamos is home to the New Mexico Teacher of the Year.<br /> Last week, White Rock resident and Pojoaque Valley High School Music Educator, Debra Minyard was announced as the next New Mexico Teacher of the Year.<br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an honor to be chosen and share this award with my excellent colleagues at PVHS,&rdquo; Minyard said.<br /> Minyard became the Band Director for PVHS in 2003. She isn&rsquo;t just the leader of the band, but has developed a full music program from scratch including beginner lessons for students in grades 7-12, developing a full concert band, jazz band, and pep band and teaching Music Theory and Music Appreciation classes.<br /> &ldquo;I am honored that the New Mexico teacher of the year is from the same district where I teach,&rdquo; said State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard. &ldquo;She does Pojoaque proud.&rdquo;<br /> Minyard is a certified Link Crew Coordinator, a transition program from the Boomerang Project, with upper classmen spending the entire school year as mentors for freshmen, with the motto, &ldquo;Students helping Students Succeed.&rdquo;<br /> Udall, Weh square off <p> ALBUQUERQUE (AP) &mdash; The unpopular leadership in Washington quickly became the focus Thursday night as first-term U.S. Sen. Tom Udall squared off with Republican challenger Allen Weh in their first and only televised debate.<br /> Weh, a retired Marine colonel and longtime businessman, challenged Udall for consistently voting in favor of President Barack Obama&rsquo;s initiatives, including his effort to overhaul health care.<br /> Weh went on to highlight a series of controversies that have plagued the Obama administration, from the IRS&rsquo; targeting of certain political groups to the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans.<br /> &ldquo;This has been a failed presidency, and the senator should have, could have, but didn&rsquo;t stand up against President Barack Obama on more than one occasion. There&rsquo;ve been numerous occasions,&rdquo; Weh said. &ldquo;The feckless leadership has been terrible in Washington.&rdquo;<br /> Taking a page from his campaign ads, Weh said voting to send Udall back to Washington would be a vote for Obama&rsquo;s policies.<br /> NCRTD wins national award <p> The North Central Regional Transit District today received the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator&rsquo;s Award for Outstanding Public Service in Rural Public Transportation.<br /> The Award was presented to NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro by FTA Acting Administrator, Therese McMillian, during the 21st National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation conference in Monterey, California.<br /> In a letter acknowledging the Award, the FTA stated that, &ldquo;This year&rsquo;s award features rural transit providers who improved the mobility of Americans in rural areas, allowing them better access to employment, training, education and other services that provide &lsquo;Ladders of Opportunity.&rsquo; North Central Regional Transit District&rsquo;s application successfully addressed all the evaluation criteria, and demonstrated that its services are a vital link in building Ladders for your community.&rdquo;<br /> Central Avenue construction <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Construction workers plug away on a crisp fall day on the upper section of Central Avenue this week.</p> Young shooters <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Update 10-31-14 <p> Yum Run</p> <p> The Yum Run will return Saturday.
The Yum Run includes 10K, 5K and 1K races and proceeds from the event go to benefit LA Cares. It will start downtown near Ruby K&rsquo;s Bagels. Runs begin at 8 a.m.
Registration forms are available at Ruby K&rsquo;s store or at the business&rsquo; website, For further information, call 672-1639.</p> <p> Performance</p> <p> Los Alamos Little Theatre presents: Agatha Christie&rsquo;s &ldquo;And Then There Were None.&rdquo; 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $14 adults, $12 students/seniors. Tickets available at CB Fox, and at the door.</p> <p> Halloween</p> <p> Halloween party. 7 p.m. Friday at the American Legion, Post 90, 1325 Trinity Dr. Public is invited for dress up and dancing. A 21-and-over event. IDs checked at door. No cover charge.</p> <p> Canyon hike</p> <p> White Rock Small Canyons Hike. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Experienced hiker Paul Arendt will lead a small group on a looping hike, which will include several smaller canyons south of White Rock and east of N.M. 4. Space is limited to 20, and advance registration is required. Free. For more information and to register, visit, call 662.0460, or email</p>