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  • Update 06-16-11

    Democrat meeting
    From 7-8:30 p.m. today  the Democratic Party of Los Alamos will meet at Mesa Public Library in Room. 3.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 20 has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 27. The venue is yet to be determined.

    WR Family Film Series
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “The North Avenue Irregulars,” at 7 p.m. today in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Skate park closed
    The White Rock Skate Park will be undergoing maintenance repairs and minor renovations by the Parks Division and will be closed June 14 through the expected completion date of June 23.

    Girls circle canceled

  • Smart House site plan scores approval--see attachment

    A project designed to forever change the way power is managed around the world cleared a major hurdle Wednesday evening. The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a site plan on which to construct a “Smart House” at 1925 Trinity Drive, behind the county’s public works modular buildings.

    Planning and Zoning Commission approval was needed to ensure the project met the criteria for site plan approval, said Acting Community Development Department Director Steve Brugger.

    “This demonstration project went through a well structured and rigorous approval process and we’re excited to get underway,” Brugger said.

  • Feds arrest local man for making death threats

    The FBI, New Mexico State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service traveled to Los Alamos Wednesday to arrest a man suspected of sending threatening e-mails to U.S. District Judge John Conway. The e-mails included death threats, according to the FBI.

    The law enforcement officers arrested Brian Stacy, 30, at his place of employment at a local retail store.
    Stacy was transported to Albuquerque where he appeared in U.S. District Court this morning.

    “The agencies notified us of the joint operation that they would be conducting and let us know that they had sufficient resources to arrest Mr. Stacy,” Los Alamos Police Lt. Preston Ballew said during an interview this morning.

  • DPU Needs Sewer Rate Hike To Get Flush

    Escalating maintenance and debt service costs are propelling the push for a 10 percent sewer service rate hike by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.

    Aside from board applicants David Powell and Steve Tenbrink, no members of the public attended the Board of Public Utility’s hearing concerning the sewage service rate schedule Wednesday.

    Staff was disappointed in the turnout, since board meetings are where the public can have the greatest impact.

    “The issues are addressed with the greatest expertise and depth at board meetings, and the restructuring of rates is done at utility board level,” said DPU spokesperson

  • Al Zawahri succeeds bin Laden as Al-Qaeda leader--video extra

    CAIRO (AP) — Osama bin Laden's longtime deputy Ayman al-Zawahri, a fiery ideologue who is known for his deep hatred of the West and helped plan the 9/11 attacks, has taken control of al-Qaida after the death last month of the terror network's founder, the group said Thursday.

    Al-Zawahri, an Egyptian-born surgeon, has been credited with bringing tactical and organizational cunning to al-Qaida, which has found itself increasingly decentralized and prone to internal disputes following its expulsion from Afghanistan after the 2001 U.S. invasion.

    The move also comes at a time the terror network is struggling for relevance as a wave of Arab uprisings has threatened to leave it marginalized.

  • Dems say Weiner to resign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Anthony Weiner intends to resign his seat in Congress after a two-week scandal spawned by lewd and even X-rated photos the New York lawmaker took of himself and sent online to numerous women, relieved Democratic officials said Thursday.

    "It's my understanding that later in the day he will have a news conference," said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

    Weiner, 46, has been at a treatment facility at an undisclosed location since last weekend. He has not been seen in public since telling reporters on Saturday morning he intended to return to work.

  • State Briefs 06-15-11

    Secretary of State IDs voter fraud cases

    SANTA FE, — New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran has identified what she says are 64,000 cases of possible voter fraud -- a number that represents more than 10 percent of the people who voted in the 2010 general election in New Mexico.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the huge number is raising questions about whether it is prudent of Duran to ask the Department of Public Safety to investigate so many cases.

  • Local governments debate firework bans

    SANTA FE, (AP)  — As wildfires rage in three corners of the state, local governments are debating fireworks restrictions.
    Los Alamos County already has instituted such a ban.
    Bernalillo County Tuesday imposed a ban on the sale and use of some fireworks in unincorporated areas heading into the Fourth of July holiday.
    In Santa Fe, City Councilor Chris Calvert has also suggested a ban. But he says it will be ineffective unless neighboring pueblos and counties go along with it.
    He told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the city is usually reluctant to enact bans because people just go outside the city limits and bring back stuff that is even worse.

  • Update 06-15-11

    Democrat meeting
    Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m.,  the Democratic Party of Los Alamos will meet at Mesa Public Library in Room. 3.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. June 20 in the Training Room of the Community Building.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at 170 Central Park Square.

    Skate park closed
    The White Rock Skate Park will be undergoing maintenance repairs and minor renovations by the Parks Division and will be closed June 14 through the expected completion date of June 23.

    JJAB meeting

  • Wildfires grow around state

    LUNA — Authorities expected a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona to become the state’s largest by Wednesday, as investigators focused on two people whose campfire may have started the blaze and firefighters fought to keep the flames from devouring a small New Mexico mountain town.
    Fires also grew elsewhere in New Mexico, including one near the Colorado border that forced the closure of a busy interstate highway.
    Kelly Wood, a spokesman for the multi-agency effort battling the Arizona blaze, said late Tuesday that two people of interest were being questioned about an abandoned campfire but he didn’t immediately have details. He said the U.S. Forest Service would release more information Wednesday.