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  • 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. 

    “Los Alamos County, which has adopted a home rule charter, may legally require the approval of county voters before the county proceeds with a capital project,” said Attorney General Gary King in a letter to Interim County Administrator Randy Autio Wednesday.

  • Pakistan suicide bombs kill 80 to avenge bin Laden--video extra

    SHABQADAR, Pakistan (AP) — A pair of suicide bombers attacked recruits leaving a paramilitary training center in Pakistan on Friday, killing 80 people in the first retaliation for the killing of Osama bin Laden by American commandos. The Taliban claimed responsibility, blaming the Pakistani military for failing to stop the U.S. raid.

    The blasts in the northwest were a reminder of the savagery of al-Qaida-linked militants in Pakistan. They occurred even as the country faces international suspicion that elements within its security forces may have been harboring bin Laden, who was killed last week in a raid in Abbottabad, about a three hours' drive from the scene of the bombing.

  • County takes aim at permit woes

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

    The permit procedure for something as simple as a sign to the complexities of building construction has come under fire from the business community in recent years, and has come to be viewed as a black eye for Los Alamos in relation to its overall demeanor in terms of being “business friendly.”  

  • Domenici scholars
  • Valles Caldera gets first Senate hearing

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman says the National Park Service is the agency best suited to handle long-term management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Democrat made the comment Wednesday after a committee hearing on legislation that directs the agency to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area’s natural and cultural resources. 

  • Lt. Gov. Sanchez recovers from surgery

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is recovering from surgery to remove his gall bladder.

    A spokesman for Sanchez said Thursday the elective surgery was performed Monday at an Albuquerque hospital and the lieutenant governor was sent home the next day. He's been working at home and plans to return to his office next week.

    Spokesman Mark Van Dyke said the lieutenant governor experienced pain in his abdomen Sunday night. It was decided that his gall bladder should be removed because it could cause more problems in the future.

    Sanchez, 48, was elected in November. He was the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2002, but lost to Democrat Bill Richardson in the general election.


     

  • Hill panel limits Obama's authority on nukes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel voted Wednesday to limit President Barack Obama's authority to reduce the nation's nuclear arsenal and implement a U.S.-Russia arms control treaty overwhelmingly approved by the Senate last December.

    Over the objections of the Defense Department and Democrats, the House Armed Services Committee approved a series of amendments directly related to the commander in chief's ability to make nuclear weapons reductions.

  • Update 05-11-11

    Lunch with a leader
    Lunch with a Leader, featuring Acting County Administrator Randy Autio, will be at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Central Avenue Grill. To reserve a spot, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605.

    Brown bag concert
    The Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipes and Drums will perform a Brown Bag concert at 12:05 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge

    Bear Aware
    Los Alamos Master Gardeners present “Bear Aware,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. The talk will focus on the basics of co-existing with bears in a rural environment.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Utilities will have a special meeting at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at 133 Central Park Square.

  • Historical society honors Stoddard’s WWII legacy

    Through May 27 at Mesa Public Library, the community can visit the Los Alamos Historical Society’s exhibit “Stephen Stoddard in World War II: One Soldier’s Story” at Mesa Public Library. The exhibit depicts the war time experiences of WWII veteran Steve Stoddard of Los Alamos.
    He and Hedy Dunn of the Los Alamos Historical Society created the exhibit and Stoddard spoke of his war years during a presentation Tuesday night at Fuller Lodge.
    Stoddard is probably known to most residents as a retired colleague from Los Alamos National Laboratory, former state senator, supporter of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, former Army reservist and officer and a perfect gentlemen and esteemed supporter of Los Alamos and New Mexico.  

  • County porn probe results in disciplinary actions at FD

    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.

    First Line Resources out of Albuquerque investigated county IT department findings in which eight computers at the Los Alamos Fire Department’s Station 3 in White Rock had “user-accessed photos that could be in breach of Los Alamos County Information Technology Security Policy.”

    The report states that 32 local firefighters were initially linked to the investigation by  their computer user profiles, which indicated they may have accessed inappropriate photographic materials.