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  • On the front lines of Los Alamos 311 center

    They are the first people encountered at the Los Alamos County municipal building. They answer the 311 information phone lines. They take utility payments and property tax payments, they handle banner permits and the county’s “lemon lot” permits. They also serve as notary publics and manage the sale of cemetery plots and arrange for internments.
    All these duties fall to the 311 Customer Care Center staff, who are often the first point of contact between county residents and county services.
    “Those people are so good. I needed some information yesterday and they really went out of their way to find out,” said resident Chris Judson. “They always come through for me. Every time I’ve ever dealt with them it’s been so positive. They really deserve kudos.”
    The Los Alamos Monitor sat down with Billing and Service Specialist Tracey Alarid to learn more about what the job entails.
    “My day is always very extremely busy, but it’s different every day,” Alarid said.
    Judson’s experience of having a 311-staffer track down information is not unusual.

  • Trinity Capital to pay 1.5 million in federal penalties

    The Los Alamos National Bank and its parent company, Trinity Capital Corporation, have agreed to pay $1.5 million in fines. In exchange, the Securities and Exchange Commissio will drop the charges it levied against the bank and Trinity for accounting fraud.

    “Without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings, Trinity agreed to provide ongoing cooperation and to pay a $1.5 million penalty, which takes into account the company’s significant remedial measures and cooperation during the investigation, The SEC said in a written statement.

    According to the SEC, Trinity underreported the net losses to its shareholders by $30.5 million. SEC officials said the company reported its 2011 income as $4.9 million, when actually the bank suffered a $25.6 million loss.

    In its investigation of the bank and Trinity Capital, the SEC directly blamed William Enloe, Trinity Capital’s CEO at the time, former chief credit officer Jill Cook and former lending officer Mark Pierce.

    The SEC’s complaint also blames Trinity’s former CFO Daniel Bartholomew and vice president of internal audit Karl Hjelvik for not installing proper internal auditing controls and failing “to ensure the bank’s books and records were reasonably accurate.” 

  • Schedule of Public Works projects set for Los Alamos

    Note: For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
    Western Area
    Improvements Phase 3:
    Paving operations will begin on Monday, Sept. 21 on 43rd Street (north). Residents are asked to park vehicles in their driveways during paving hours.
    Work hours will begin 8 a.m. Residents can expect flagging operations. Crew members will be available to escort residents through the work zone if emergencies arise.
    20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements:
    The north bound lane will remain closed through Wednesday. On Thursday, the contractor will change the traffic control to allow for paving on the south bound lane. Motorists will use the north bound lane. Signs will be in place to help guide motorists through the detour. To access local businesses please follow detour signs.
    On Friday, the contractor plans to close 20th Street north of the Deacon Street intersection to the parking lot across from the Teen Center. This will allow for the contractor to construct new concrete pedestrian crosswalks.

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  • Police Beat 11-29-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations do not imply innocence or guilt. The department defines “arrest” as anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons or issued a citation.

    Nov. 18
    2:19 p.m. — Police say a 45-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of an animal bites. The animal was impounded.
    2:58 p.m. — David Wyman, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of unlawful use of a license in the 1300 block of Central Avenue.
    6:58 p.m. — Police say a 53-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a car accident with no injuries.
    7:36 p.m. — Eric Smith, 62, of Santa Fe was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs in the 2300 block of Trinity Drive.
    Nov. 19
    4:25 a.m. — Police say a 41-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a larceny (over $500, less than $2,500).
    7:33 a.m. — Police say a 52-year-old Los Alamos was the victim of a car accident with no injuries at Diamond Drive.
    9:46 a.m. — Darlene Ramirez, 55, of Hernandez was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police Station. The original Oct. 31 charge was driving without headlights at Arroyo Lane and Verde Ridge.

  • Artwork a celebration of Native American Heritage Month

    Los Alamos Middle School this month celebrated Native American Heritage Month in a very unique way.
    Many of the school’s students turned out at the school to celebrate the dedication of a piece of artwork dedicated to the school by the San Ildefonso Pueblo. The artwork was a black vase created by Native American artist Erik Fender. Fender, as well as San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James Mountain, SI Tribal Council Member Tim Martinez and SI Lt. Gov. Wayne Martinez were also guests at the ceremony.
    “We are here to dedicate a wonderful and spectacular piece of art created by Mr. Fender, and we are also here to give our appreciation and our thanks to a group of students, who, a couple of years ago with their sponsor, decided they wanted to give a gift to the school, a gift that would help remind us of the rich traditions that surround us as well as remind us and appreciate why we live here in New Mexico,” said Los Alamos Middle School Principal Mike Johnson to the audience gathered for the ceremony. “We are very thankful for the gift that they’ve decided to give us here.”
    Superintendent of Schools Kurt Steinhaus also attended the event, which was organized by the middle school staff led by Bernadette Lauritzen and Linda Bennett.

  • Council to hear branding options

    The Los Alamos County Council will hear Atlas Advertising’s recommendations for a strapline (slogan) and logo for the county on Tuesday.
    The initial Atlas contract allotted up to $225,000 for the implementation stage of the county’s branding campaign, which included developing a brand logo design, a brand implementation plan and for brand execution services.
    North Star Destination Strategies provided the initial branding research and recommendations. That contract was for $50,000. County procurement rules prohibited North Star from bidding on the implementation contract.
    Council accepted North Star’s report and its recommendation for a strapline − “Live Exponentially” – in October 2014.
    After two months of what former Councilor Frances Berting called an “overwhelmingly negative” response to trying to sell Los Alamos on that strapline, council voted to reject it. The Atlas contract was amended to include an additional $17,500 for brand strapline development and selection services.

  • Skiing season open in Los Alamos
  • BPU seeks legal opinion on profit transfer

    The board continues to question the formula for determining transfer from utilities to the General Fund.