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Briefs 08-19-14

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Council approves contract for fiber meet points

During Friday’s session, the Los Alamos County council unanimously approved a $250,000 general services contract with REDI Net for the purpose of developing fiber meet points in business districts. The infrastructure will provide access to broadband connections for local businesses and residents. Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on this story.
Council also approved a resolution to place proposed amendments to the county charter regarding the form of county government and the Department of Public Utilities before voters in the general election. The resolution passed 6-0.
Suzette Fox presented a progress report on the MainStreet Program.
Chair Geoff Rodgers was not present on Friday.
Arin McKenna

Emergency exercise planned Thursday at LANL

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise on Thursday. The lab routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency.
During the exercise, LANL employees and the public may see emergency response vehicles with their lights running in the area of TA-3. “Exercise in Progress” signs will be placed in affected areas.

Ex-Jemez Springs chief pleads not guilty to rape

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A former Jemez Springs police chief has pleaded not guilty to rape charges.
KOB-TV reports a judge on Monday ordered Shane Harger held on $250,000 cash or surety bond following his arraignment.
Harger was indicted earlier this month on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual contact and extortion.
According to a complaint filed in January, the 19-year-old woman said she and three men were stopped by Jemez Springs police and Harger raped her while holding her at the police station for three hours.
Harger was fired in February over what town officials called questionable judgment after Transportation Security Administration agents discovered he had two names.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 18.