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Police beat 01-24-11

 

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Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

Jan. 12

 

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Restoration of Ashley Pond is underway

Ashley Pond could sing swan song

By Arin McKenna

Many Los Alamos residents consider Ashley Pond Park “the jewel” of Los Alamos. But, unlike a jewel, the pond is a living system - a living system that is dying. 

Ashley Pond’s in the early stages of eutrophication - a depletion of oxygen in the water. A combination of factors are contributing to the pond’s demise including an overabundant fish population, waterfowl and pollutants from storm water runoff. Dissolved nutrients from fertilizer or sewage encourage the growth and decomposition of oxygen-depleting plant life, which harms other organisms. 

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Council seeks RDC appointee

The Los Alamos County Council is seeking letters of interest from a citizen interested in serving on the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) Board of Directors.
The council is required under the RDC bylaws to appoint three Los Alamos County individuals to the Board to represent the community. There is currently one vacancy on the Board.
The RDC is a non-profit, regional economic development organization focused on creating a diverse and sustainable economy, especially in Northern New Mexico. The RDC has a service area focusing primarily on Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, and Taos, San Miguel, Mora and Sandoval counties. They oversee a number of small business orientated programs.

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Gender income disparity greatest in Los Alamos

A comparison of paychecks indicates that it’s still a man’s world.
On Numbers looked at the median earnings of men and women in 942 metropolitan and micropolitan areas, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey.
The final score: Men outearn women in 941 markets. Women have the edge in only one place, the tiny micropolitan area of Clewiston, Fla.
Among medium-sized markets, the income disparity among genders is the greatest in Los Alamos. Men in the community that is home to Los Alamos National Laboratory earn a median of $81,712, while women earn $41,392.
In the Albuquerque area, median income for men is $38,372, while the median for women is $27,827.

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County: Design options meet teens’ expectations

Teen Center nears Phase II application

By Arin McKenna

Two design options for a new Teen Center generated excitement at the final public meeting for the phase I Capital Improvements Project (CIP) study. The meeting drew a crowd of more than 50, with teens outnumbering adults three to one.

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Autotroph Architectural Designs (AAD), the firm in charge of the study, incorporated as much of the teens’ wish list (garnered from previous meetings) as possible.

The core feature of both designs is a large atrium, which serves as a lounge/snack bar.

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County: Recommendation combines four options presented by TAC

T-Board arrives at 502 proposal

The Transportation Board finalized its deliberations Thursday on a recommendation for the N.M. 502 roadway project between Airport Road and the DP Road intersection.

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A staff recommendation combining features from four options presented by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) received five votes of approval, with the chair abstaining and Wayne Hardie voting no.

County Engineer/Traffic Engineer Kyle Zimmerman presented the staff proposal, which was soon labeled “the Zimmerman option.” The option calls for one westbound lane as far as the DP Road intersection, and the two eastbound lanes to narrow just before the Canyon Road intersection, with a center median with left turn bays and pedestrian refuges.

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Golf Course public meeting scheduled for Tuesday

A public meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge to discuss the progress of the Golf Course Improvements project and two new conceptual layouts will be presented.  
After the Parks and Recreation Board meeting held in December and considerable public interest level received, the direction of the project was re-analyzed.
The project architect was in Los Alamos Jan. 9, 10 and 11 to meet with project enthusiasts.  The attendees of those meetings consisted of various interest groups including trail users, mountain bikers, local residents, animal enthusiasts, golfers and county staff.

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Retail: Committee addresses fears of monopoly

Residents question aspects of Trinity lease agreement

By Arin McKenna

The first of two public meetings scrutinizing the proposed lease agreement between Los Alamos County and the North American Development Group (NADG) for the Trinity Site development was Wednesday night at Fuller Lodge.

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Members of the Trinity Site Revitalization Project Advisory Committee fielded a series of questions they had asked themselves for several years.

The questions raised by approximately 30 attendees echoed those County Administrator Harry Burgess has been answering in small informational meetings during the past few weeks.

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Politics: Democrats appeal Judge Hall’s decision

Redistricting fight carries on

By The Staff

The House redistricting fight is not over yet.

The Legislature and some Democrats are appealing a court-ordered plan for drawing new district boundaries for the state House of Representatives.

Lawyers for the Legislature and a group of Democrats and minority voters filed separate appeals Tuesday with the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals seeking to overturn a redistricting decision by District Court Judge James Hall. The State Supreme Court will hear the case Feb. 7.

The judge earlier this month adopted a House plan advocated by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and other GOP statewide officials.

In his ruling Judge Hall, adopted Executive Plan 3, which kept Los Alamos County intact.

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LA to be represented by two senators

By Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A New Mexico district judge on Monday adopted a bipartisan plan for revamping the boundaries of state Senate districts.
Under the plan, two Republican incumbents in southeastern New Mexico will be paired in the same district. The plan also lumps together two Democratic incumbents in Albuquerque.

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County: Greg Fisher has spent most of his life in the Southwest

Economic vitality administrator starts Feb. 6

Los Alamos County’s first economic vitality administrator, Scott Frederick, held the position for less than seven months before being terminated in November 2010. Less than a month later, County Administrator Tony Mortillaro also was terminated. The position of economic vitality administrator - along with several other key positions - fell into limbo, awaiting the appointment of a new county administrator.

The wait is over. Greg Fisher has been hired to implement the county’s Economic Vitality Strategic Plan.

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Transit: Board looks to support from Los Alamos County

NCRTD looks at long-range finance plan

By John Severance

Executive Director Anthony J. Mortillaro outlined three scenarios when it came to the long-range financial plan for the North Central Regional Transit District at a meeting last week at Christus-St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.

Mortillaro pointed out a worst-case scenario which reflected the possibility that federal funding could be reduced by 30 percent in FY 13 and that Los Alamos County would make its final contribution in 2012.

“This scenario would result in immediate service reductions as of FY 2014 and possible reductions in the capital and cost allocations to the District members in order to balance the budget,” he wrote.

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TAC Meeting

By Carol A. Clark

County employee Leah Sullivan takes notes as facilitator Carl Moore shares TAC member comments with the Transportation Board including from left, Chair Eugene Dougherty and member Khal Spencer Thursday at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

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CIP meeting scheduled

The county’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold its regular business meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday in Council Chambers.
They will continue discussions about the CIP criteria and overall CIP process.
All committee business meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted 72 hours in advance of the meeting. Public comment is accepted at the beginning and close of each meeting.

 

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