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White Rock residents voice opposition to county’s plan for emergency roadway

Overlook Park access plan hits roadblock

By The Staff

A county plan to build a $25,000 emergency access road through wilderness land leading into Overlook Park hit a roadblock at an informational meeting for White Rock residents Monday evening.


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Council decision questioned

If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Another incredibly bad decision from council on the Los Alamos Municipal Building.  At a time when most state agencies are struggling for funding, including the schools, the council decides to spend $25MM+ on a huge municipal building, at the same time replacing tax-generating apartments with parking.  It’s hard to see how this decision could have negatively impacted more people  and organizations.


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So we want a mayor...

It was an interesting piece in the Los Alamos Monitor on the machinations of the Charter Review Committee “that doesn’t want a mayor but would prefer a super county council chairman.”  This looks like a “weak mayor” form of government but would not subject the position to a vote of the people.  The mayor would be a strong council chair who would be chosen for us by the council.
This sounds a bit elitist and it may well be since the CRC consists of former council chairmen and longtime members of county boards and commissions. This type of position would be beholden to the council members and not directly to the electorate.


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County to review which matter should be voted on by the public

AG King issues local opinion

The New Mexico attorney general has issued an opinion regarding the hotly contested question of whether the county charter may legally require certain capital projects receive prior voter approval. 


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County takes aim at permit woes

By Kirsten Laskey

Recommendations to improve Los Alamos County’s commercial building permitting process were presented to the council during Tuesday’s work session. 


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County porn probe results in disciplinary actions at FD

By Carol A. Clark

There aren’t any significant revelations in the redacted version of the final report released by the County Attorney’s Office concluding an investigation into alleged pornography downloaded from county computers last fall.


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CRC tells council to hold fast to current form of government

By Kirsten Laskey

Charter Review Committee members recommended that the Los Alamos government’s structure remain unchanged during a county council work session Tuesday.


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Fiber optic network could produce positive economic impact

Web surfers could catch a big wave

By Kirsten Laskey

Web surfers in Los Alamos could be catching a really big wave in the not-too-distant future.

The community broadband project is gearing up to build a broadband network that would deliver Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. Additionally, the fiber optic network would allow service providers to offer “triple play” service bundles – telephone, television and Internet.

Los Alamos County Council approved awarding a contract to Crestino Telecommunications Services for design and consulting on the project. The contract price tag: $511,690.

The results from a community survey are expected back this week, which collected people’s input on the project.


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Los Alamos police put prisoners to work

Inmates Repay Community

By Carol A. Clark

It costs taxpayers a standard rate of about $140 a day to house inmates in the Los Alamos County Detention Center.
“We average about 15 inmates a day at the jail and there are many variables that can lower or raise the cost to house them such as medical issues, but $140 is a good average cost,” Capt. Randy Foster said.  
Det. Paige Early and Det. Brian Schamber escorted inmate Aaron Roybal this morning to White Rock where they had him paint over graffiti sprayed on the rear exterior wall of Smith’s Food on Longview Drive.


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Council hires headhunter to identify candidates

Administrator search launches

By Kirsten Laskey

The search for a new county administrator is ramping up nearly five months after the prior council terminated Anthony Mortillaro without cause last December.


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DPU begins electric work to improve reliability

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is working to improve its electric services in the North Community, North Mesa and Barranca Mesa areas.
Crews contracted by DPU began mobilizing on county property along the southeast edge of the golf course Monday.
  According to DPU officials, this major project will improve electric reliability and safety for almost 3,600 customers in the North Community, North Mesa and Barranca Mesa. Replacing more than 60 wooden utility poles and overhead wire, the Feeder 15-16 project targets a problem section of the distribution system primarily in the Pueblo and Walnut Canyons.  


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Apartment will be demolished and added parking possible in future.

Council picks muni option

By Kirsten Laskey

In a close 4-3 vote, the county council approved a final design option for the new Los Alamos municipal building at Tuesday’s meeting.


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CRC mulls mayoral powers for council chair

By Kirsten Laskey

Work to clarify the relationship between Los Alamos County Council and Los Alamos County Administrator in the county charter is progressing after Monday night’s Charter Review Committee meeting.

“Everyone is in agreement that the council is responsible for policy and the county administrator and staff is responsible for implementing it,” committee member Kyle Wheeler said.

She added the charter committee is trying to develop language that would limit the council’s ability to tell the administrator how to implement policy.


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Got food?

Two young mountain lions have been frequenting the yard of Los Alamos residents Paige and Bill Purtymun. They recently encountered this curious cub on the back deck of their North Mesa Home.


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The 49 year old said it was a difficult decision to make

Deputy chief Sleik resigns

By Carol A. Clark

Deputy Chief Patrick Sleik has resigned from the Los Alamos Fire Department effective 5 p.m. today.
Sleik, 49, joined LAFD May 3, 2010 and was considered to be in line to take over the top spot at the department following Chief Doug Tucker’s planned retirement this summer.


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