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  • CRC recommendations raise additional issues

    Two other Charter Review Committee (CRC) suggestions also warranted considerable discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting: whether council should have a say in removing at will employees and whether partisan makeup of boards and commissions should be specified.

    The CRC recommended that the county manager be allowed to dismiss at will employees without council approval.

    “This reflects our observation that if the manager wants to remove a department head, and the council didn’t approve that, it could put the manager in an untenable position,” CRC member Kyle Wheeler explained.

  • State gets $393M in PILT money

    More than 30 local governments around New Mexico will share nearly $35 million of compensation for non-taxable federal lands.
    The money comes from the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program. In all, the Interior Department says a record $393 million in PILT allocations are being distributed this year. The money compensates local governments for lost tax revenue from federal lands so they can continue to provide public services such as police and fire protection.
    The payments are calculated using a formula that includes acreage, population and prior year revenue payments.
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the program is essential for local governments in rural areas.

  • Update 06-15-12

    CIP meeting

    The county’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold its monthly business meeting at 5:15 p.m. June 21 in council chambers.


    The Police Experience will play a free concert during the Relay for Life at Ashley Pond Friday night. Music will start at 7 p.m.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a work session at White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilties will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.


  • Five LA students complete NM Boys State

    Five LA students complete NM Boys State


    From a press release

    There are 138 new leaders in New Mexico on high school campuses that will take their new-found knowledge and skills into their senior year. Organization and application of governmental processes are now part of their lives.

    They did these things for five days on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University at New Mexico Boys’ State.  As one young man put it, “I thought that I knew a lot about government but I didn’t really know anything until I got here.”

  • Bandelier bear watch continues

    It has been a busy couple days for Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott.

    On Thursday, the park announced it was entering Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.

    But what happened Wednesday morning was what everybody was talking about.
    A black bear took a swipe at a tent at Ponderosa Campground, slightly injuring a girl who was camping with her scout troop.

    The bear has not been caught as of Friday morning.

    Park officials have set a trap and also set up cameras at the campground, which could be closed for up to 10 days if the bear is not captured.Lott said his entire staff has been notified and the trap is checked periodically.

    The bear may have made a quick getaway because Lott said it has not been seen since.

  • Blindfolded, Bound Kids Found at Kan. Walmart

    A man and woman from suburban Chicago face felony child abuse and child endangerment charges after police said two of their five children were found blindfolded with their arms and legs bound in a Kansas Walmart parking lot.

  • Today in History for June 15th
  • Colo. Fire Official: It's Devastating Up There

    More than 1,200 people are helping fight roughly 80-square-mile wildfire in northern Colorado that has forced hundreds of residents to leave their homes since it started Saturday. Officials say the fire is 15 to 20 percent contained.

  • Vehicles collide at Trinity, Diamond; at least one driver injured -- photos

    Two vehicles collided at the corner of Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive, snarling traffic around 4:20 p.m. Thursday.

    A Chevy Impala, with California tags, apparently was heading northbound on Diamond when it collided with a subcompact SUV heading eastbound on Trinity. Police said the Honda SUV was southbound on Diamond and attempted to make a left onto Trinity when it was involved in the collision with the Impala.

    The Los Alamos Fire Department was quickly on the scene and put the woman driving the Impala on a stretcher and put her in an ambulance for the very short commute to the Los Alamos Medical Center. There was no immediate word on her condition.

  • National park a step closer to reality

    U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman  introduced legislation Thursday that would designate Manhattan Project sites around the country as a National Historical Park.  U.S. Senator Tom Udall is a cosponsor.  

    The legislation stems from the findings of a report prepared by the National Park Service and the Department of Energy that says the best way to preserve and interpret the Manhattan Project is for Congress to establish a national historical park.

    The three sites where much of the critical scientific activity associated with the project occurred:  Los Alamos, Oak Ridge (Tenn.) and Hanford (Wash.).