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County: Autio says this ‘actors guild’ has built a strong rapport

For staff, it’s all about acting

By Arin McKenna

Randy Autio became Los Alamos County Attorney in July of 2010. In less than five months, the county council terminated Anthony Mortillaro and named Autio Acting County Administrator. Autio has now held that role longer than his official one.


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County: Proposed changes would decriminalize violations

Council examines nuisance code

By Arin McKenna

As it is currently written, the only enforcement action allowed for nuisance violations is prosecuting the violation as a general misdemeanor (a criminal offense) before the Municipal Court. Penalties under the county’s misdemeanor code include up to $500 in fines and/or 90 days in jail. Proposed changes to the code would decriminalize all but the most egregious violations of the code.


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County: Some small progress was made toward resolving differences

BPU, CRC on possible collision course

By Arin McKenna

The Charter Review Committee (CRC) and the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) met last night to discuss proposed changes to the charter. Tension filled the air as positions staked out on both sides of the issue expressed their differences face-to-face.


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Protecting dam is high priority

By Arin McKenna

Infrastructure and property in Los Alamos County escaped the Las Conchas fire relatively unscathed.


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County: Crews responded to emergency and maintained services

DPU head: Staff really 'stepped up' during fire

By Arin McKenna

John Arrowsmith reported on Department of Public Utilities (DPU) activities during the Las Conchas fire at the Board of Public Utilities meeting Wednesday.


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Aspects of the presentation were not clear

Broadband Meetings Clarify, Confuse

By Arin McKenna

Two meetings at Fuller Lodge Thursday, one for businesspeople and the other for the general public, were designed to educate about the proposed Community Broadband network and presented the results of recent market research surveys assessing community response to the proposal.


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Signals go up at Diamond and Trinity

By Carol A. Clark

A worker sits on a crane and helps install a traffic light at the intersection of Trinity and Diamond Drive this week.


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County Community services update

Here are updates the County has received from community service providers today:

Senior Centers: The Betty Ehart and White Rock Senior Centers are open as of Tuesday (July 5) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Regular evening activities will also resume this week.  Homebound meal recipients are being served and transportation services are fully operational.  Lunches are being served daily to seniors at the Betty Ehart Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Residents should call 662-8920 with any questions related to senior services.

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County services resume

By The Staff

The County will begin resuming several Community Services and Programs this week as noted below. Other contractors for services will be contacted after repopulation, to determine re-opening hours:

Tuesday

• Recycling services and regular trash pick up will resume.


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County asks employees to check in with supervisors

 

Los Alamos County officials are beginning to work on
a plan to recall County employees in preparing to re-open the townsite
in the near future.
No date for re-opening the townsite to the general
public has been announced yet; the threat of the Las Conchas fire is
still too imminent. Employees necessary to the re-start of County
operations will be notified via postings to the County’s webpage, or,
by phone calls from their supervisor.
Employees who evacuated during
the fire who have not contacted their supervisor are being asked to
phone in to their supervisor with their availability to assist in
planning for the recall.


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Kiwanis Independence Day event canceled

 

Due to the wildfire, the Annual Kiwanis Independence Day event with
evening fireworks display has been canceled. The event was planned at Overlook Park
on Monday, July 4th. It will be rescheduled for another date.


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Public information meeting draws large crowd

By Arin McKenna

A public information meeting concerning the Las Conchas wildfire was held Tuesday night at Pojoaque Valley High School. Governor Susana Martinez, B Michael Lopez (legislative assistant for Senator Tom Udall), Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, Speaker Ben Lujan and several Los Alamos County Council members were among those present. Los Alamos County fire chief Doug Tucker was not present, nor were there any representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL).

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The meeting started at 6 p.m. and Tucker had a 7 p.m. news conference at Ashley Pond.

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County/LANL update

 

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Council set to finalize strategic plan

The focus of Tuesday night’s council meeting will be an attempt to reach consensus and formally adopt the county’s updated Strategic Leadership Plan.


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LA County has 2.5 percent of workforce without a job

Unemployment falls locally, statewide

By The Staff

The unemployment rate in New Mexico took a big tumble in May, although job growth wasn’t a factor in the fall.
The state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in May, according to the state’s Department of Workforce Solutions. That number was significantly down from 7.6 percent in April and 8.3 percent in May 2010.
However, job growth hasn’t been part of the drop in unemployment. Between May 2010 and May 2011, nonfarm payroll employment has dropped by 6,300 jobs, or 0.8 percent, the worst clip in the nation.
Despite the losses, statewide employment was still considerably stronger than the nation as a whole. The U.S. currently has a 9.1 percent unemployment rate.


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