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House: All but one keeps Los Alamos County whole

Judge eyes redistricting plans

By John Severance

Judge James Hall has ordered the Executive Defendants to come up with a map that would consolidate a north-central seat and adopt all of the Native American requests during House redistricting hearings this week in Santa Fe.


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CRC issues final report

By The Staff

The Charter Review Committee (CRC) has posted its final report of recommended charter changes to their project webpage, as well as placing copies of the report at the 311 Customer Care Center and Reference Desks of the two public libraries. The 53-page report can be downloaded at losalamosnm.us under the Projects/Charter Review Committee link.
The Committee will present their report to Council in two special Council meetings set for Wednesday, January 11 and Thursday, January 12.
Both meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.
The public is welcome to review the report and give the Council comments either before the special meetings, or, by attending the meetings. The meetings will be broadcast live by PAC-8 and streamed atpac8.org.


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Weather: Series of systems leaves area reeling

Winter's just getting started

By Keven Todd, Publisher

Long-range forecasts issued just a month or two ago billed this as a “drier and warmer” than usual winter. So far, that prognostication has been dead wrong.


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Compensation: County leads the Southwest in average earnings

Los Alamos tops pay scale study

Los Alamos County continues to compile records as one of the wealthiest places in the state and the country.


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County: Efforts are underway to gather more input

Youth absent for Teen Center meeting

By Arin McKenna

Low turnout for Wednesday night’s public meeting on the proposed teen center may have been the result of bad timing. Fewer than 10 people were present, with no teens.

Teen Center Program Director Michelangelo Lobato believes there were two factors working against teen turnout: the start of finals on Friday and a strong turnout for youth day at Leadership Los Alamos last week.

“With teens, you can get them to about one meeting a month. I may have worked too hard to get them to the leadership meeting,” Lobato said.


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Muni building construction continues despite weather

By The Staff

Despite the weather, construction activities continue at the site of the new municipal building on Central Avenue.

The last LA Apartment building has been demolished. Clearing and clean up work continue at the east end of the site, county officials said.

Site work for the new buildings -- which include the Municipal Building, Historic Archives and County Records Center -- along with its related infrastructure work on Iris Street continues.

Road work continues through December, impacting Iris, 15th and Central Avenue, with lane drops, full closures or partial closures necessary to complete installation of the utilities to the building site just east of the Bradbury Science Museum.


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Seen @ The Scene: Randy Autio Farewell Reception

By Arin McKenna

Council hosted a farewell reception for Randy Autio on Tuesday. The outgoing county attorney has accepted a similar post with Bernalillo County.


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County: Line in the sand (trap) has been drawn

Debate pits tees against trails

By Arin McKenna

Parks and Recreation Board meetings are usually quiet affairs.


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Golf course meeting scheduled

Several residents have voiced concerns about possible impacts to trails near the Golf Course if safety improvements being proposed for the driving range were to be implemented.
The proposed improvements are currently being studied as part of a Capital Improvement Project funded last year by the council.
To address these concerns, the Parks & Recreation Board has placed this item as a discussion topic at the beginning of their next regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
They have changed the location of the meeting from the Training Room in the Aquatic Center to Fuller Lodge’s Pajarito Room.
No final design or construction of the proposed project has been approved or funded at this time.


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Community: Meeting seeks to motivate supporters

Broadband group pushes initiative

By Arin McKenna

At a Nov. 1 public meeting updating citizens on the Phase II study into the feasibility of bringing community broadband to Los Alamos, IT Project Manager John Jones stressed that it was important for council to hear community input on whether or not there is support for the project.


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County: Attorney leaves for post in Bernalillo

Autio rose to the challenges

By Arin McKenna

County Attorney Randy Autio’s year-and-a-half in Los Alamos has been anything but dull; in fact, he may have had the challenge of a lifetime.


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Public works: Teams take snow removal seriously

Crews prepare for ‘fight’

By Arin McKenna

Snow removal is a demanding job.

“Equipment operators have to drive, operate the plow, operate the sander and pay attention to what’s around them. And most of the time it’s in the dark,” Pavement Division Manager Tom Roach. said

As the season’s first winter storm approaches, crews are gearing up for action. Any employee who might be activated has been notified, equipment is being checked for readiness and 750–800 tons of granular deicer (a mix of sand and deicer which is replenished after each storm) has been stockpiled.


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Utilities: Residents have a chance to help shape policy

DPU forming Conservation Advisory Group

By Arin McKenna

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is forming a Conservation Advisory Group to generate ideas for updating its conservation and energy plan.

“We’re trying to get citizen input on what types of goals they would like to see and on how to implement those goals,” said Conservation Coordinator Christine Chavez. The plan will help determine DPU’s conservation goals for the next five years, as well as what type of budget and other resources should be allocated to conservation.


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County: Improving applications is a major thrust for officials

CIP committee takes closer look at Phase II process

By Arin McKenna

The Capital Improvement Projects Committee (CIP) recently focused on improving CIP applications to avoid the types of oversights revealed with the White Rock Visitor Center. Unexpected cost overruns were partially attributed to errors on the application. The goal is to improve the form before a number of Phase II projects come before the committee early next year.


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Board: Council chair talks about lessons learned

Stover sticks up for Los Alamos

By John Severance

The Defense Nuclear Safety Board was in Santa Fe Thursday and almost all of the people during the public comment session were critical of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.


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