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  • NM Consortium reports 20 jobs created

    The New Mexico Consortium reported that it has created 20 new jobs since it received a major economic development grant from Los Alamos County in March of 2012.
    The NMC, Los Alamos County, and Los Alamos National Laboratory jointly recruited Dr. Richard Sayre and his team to Los Alamos in 2011. Los Alamos County contributed $2.6 million to the effort through the New Mexico Local Economic Development Act.
    The grant supports the construction of the NMC biological research facility now being built in the Entrada Business Park near the Holiday Inn Express and the Los Alamos Co-op Market. Los Alamos National Bank provided $6 million in financing for the project.
    Sayre and his team will be the initial occupants of the building. Sayre’s research program is the cornerstone of a joint LANL/NMC plant biology initiative involving researchers from universities, NMC, LANL and industry.
    Sayre is a leading researcher in algae and plant cell metabolism. His research is an area of national and international competition and has tremendous commercial potential. Sayre, who holds a joint appointment with NMC and LANL, has helped lead research consortiums and programs totaling $45 million since 2005. Sayre brought $3 million in research programs to Los Alamos.

  • Registration open for Cleanup Los Alamos Day

    Residents can now register for the 10th Annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day scheduled for April 27. Log on to the county’s Clean Up Los Alamos Day webpage to register online or print out a registration form. Get your group or neighborhood involved in beautifying the community and preparing for wildfire season.
    All those who register to clean up a public space will receive trash bags, gloves and a participation prize. This year’s participation prize will be shoe bags. The exact date and time of clean up is flexible and does not need to occur April 27.
    Registrants are encouraged to partake in the volunteer appreciation picnic scheduled for noon-1 p.m. April 27 at Ashley Pond, where free food and refreshments will be provided.
    Clean Up Los Alamos Day is also a time to clean up around the house with free disposal at the Eco Station (old landfill) and Overlook Convenience Center on April 27 and April 28.
     

  • County Democrats

    Fuller Lodge was the location for the Los Alamos County Democratic Convention on Wednesday. The newly elected State Central Committee members and local officers from left to right are Michael Redondo, County Vice Chair, Robyn Schultz, County Chair, Phil Gursky, Cathy Chapman, and George Chandler. 

  • Update 03-29-13

    Easter egg hunt

    This year’s event will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond. There are three age groups: four and under; five to seven; and eight and up. The Easter Bunny and members of the LAFDt will be at the event.

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    Firewise event

    The Interagency Wildfire Management Team will hold an event at 9 a.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

    Hunger march

    Assets In Action and several of the Los Alamos Public School sites will participate in a March on Hunger through March 31. Boxes are at Los Alamos Middle School, Chamisa Elementary, Piñon Elementary to collect non-perishables for those in need. For more information or a larger pick-up call Assets In Action at 661-4846.

  • Spa offers variety of services to customers

    The Hilltop House Hotel closed Sunday as the Los Alamos National Bank completed its foreclosure process.

    But there is still a business operating on the property.

    The Hilltop House Spa, which opened its doors five and a half years ago, has close to 180 clients and will remain fully operational despite the hotel’s closure. Spa owners Ed and Pam Worth have been paying rent to the Los Alamos National Bank for the past six months.

    “The bank has said we are an asset to the property,” Ed Worth said.

    “I really want to thank the bank, the county and the fire department for looking after us and keeping us open.”

    If the bank sells the property and the spa is forced to move, Worth said he is not worried.

    “A lot of the realtors in town are our clients and they told us we will find you a place for your business,” Worth said.

    But for now, the Worth’s are happy in their location next to the hotel.

    With the hotel’s closure, the pool and the sauna closed.

    Worth said that should not affect business.

    “We had a couple people use the pool and sauna, but I know their main thing is getting the services,” Worth said.

  • Library usage exceeds average

    Library Board Chair Thad Hahn’s annual report to the Los Alamos County Council during this month’s work session indicates continuing satisfaction with the county’s library services.

    One of the most impressive statistics was that the average circulation per borrower was 28 items, totaling 415,305 items checked out of county libraries in the past year.

    That puts Los Alamos well above the national average for circulation. The American Library Association’s State of America’s Libraries suggests that, on average, libraries circulate 8.3 items per capita. Los Alamos averages 24 items per capita.

    In addition to circulation, the libraries had 315,837 visits, 23,694 reference transactions, 16,902 attendees at library programs and 34,034 uses of public Internet computers.

    Of the 420 residents responding to the 2012 Los Alamos County Customer Survey, 88 percent had used the library, and more than 45 percent had used it more than a dozen times.

    That survey also recorded a high level of satisfaction with services.

    Respondents rated the overall quality of the library at 3.7 on a four-point scale. Eighty-nine percent of respondents rated the service as excellent (64 percent) or good (25 percent).

  • FBI 'flying saucers' NM memo bureau's most viewed

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A Federal Bureau of Investigation report of "flying saucers" in New Mexico sent to then-Director J. Edgar Hoover in 1950 has become the FBI's most popular file in the bureau's electronic reading room.

    The Roswell Daily Record reports that the memo sent by FBI Washington, D.C.- field office chief Guy Hottel is the most popular file in "The Vault." The memo is of an interview taken in New Mexico from an Air Force investigator who reported recovering three flying saucers, each occupied by three small human-shaped bodies dressed in blackout suits.

    FBI officials say the memo has been viewed nearly a million times, even though the bureau never followed up on the report.

    The FBI launched in 2011 "The Vault," an electronic reading room containing around 6,700 public documents.

  • Rio Arriba man sought in mom's dragging death arrested

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Arriba County man sought in the vehicle dragging death of his mother has been arrested after deputies got a tip from a relative.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that deputies arrested 24-year-old Rocky Dixon on Wednesday following a foot chase near a residence in Hernandez north of Espanola.

    He had been sought since a March 3 incident in which 59-year-old Patsy Dixon was dragged by her son's pickup as he fled from law enforcement officers. She died later at an Albuquerque hospital.

    According to authorities, the dragging occurred as Rocky Dixon sped away after law officers responded to a call at the home of Dixon's ex-girlfriend.

    A sheriff's official has said Patsy Dixon may have been trying to shield her son's license plate from the view of officers.

  • Today in History March 29
  • HIV test urged for 7,000 Oklahoma dental patients

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Health officials on Thursday urged thousands of patients of an Oklahoma oral surgeon to undergo hepatitis and HIV testing, saying unsanitary conditions behind his office's spiffy facade posed a threat to his clients and made him a "menace to the public health."

    State and county health inspectors went to Dr. W. Scott Harrington's practice after a patient with no known risk factors tested positive for both hepatitis C and the virus that causes AIDS. They found employees using dirty equipment, reusing drug vials and administering drugs without a license.

    Harrington voluntarily gave up his license and closed his offices in Tulsa and suburban Owasso and is cooperating with investigators, said Kaitlin Snider, a spokeswoman for the Tulsa Health Department. He faces a hearing April 19 where his license could be permanently revoked.

    "It's uncertain how long those practices have been in place," Snider said. "He's been practicing for 36 years."

    The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry said the inspectors discovered multiple sterilization issues at Harrington's offices, including the use of a separate, rusty set of instruments for patients known to have infectious diseases.