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  • Lauritzen garners Governor's Award

    Anyone who is familiar with Assets in Action and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board has likely met Bernadette Lauritzen at least once. When it comes to volunteering, she lends a hand wherever help is needed.
    Because of her selfless efforts with various organizations around town, she was nominated for — and was awarded — the Governor’s Award.

  • Inmates Repay Community

    It costs taxpayers a standard rate of about $140 a day to house inmates in the Los Alamos County Detention Center.
    “We average about 15 inmates a day at the jail and there are many variables that can lower or raise the cost to house them such as medical issues, but $140 is a good average cost,” Capt. Randy Foster said.  
    Det. Paige Early and Det. Brian Schamber escorted inmate Aaron Roybal this morning to White Rock where they had him paint over graffiti sprayed on the rear exterior wall of Smith’s Food on Longview Drive.

  • Administrator search launches

    The search for a new county administrator is ramping up nearly five months after the prior council terminated Anthony Mortillaro without cause last December.

    Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved hiring Prothman Company, a Seattle-based headhunting firm that specializes in finding local government employees.  

    The decision was made during Tuesday’s council meeting. Councilors authorized a contract to retain the firm worth $26,500. Additional expenses, such as travel costs, cannot exceed $5,000.
    Assistant to the County Administrator Brian Bosshardt said there were 12 responses to the request for proposals (RFP).

  • Al-Qaida vows revenge for Osama bin Laden's death

    CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida confirmed the killing of Osama bin Laden and vowed revenge, saying Friday that Americans' "happiness will turn to sadness." The statement was the first by the terror network since its leader was slain in a U.S. commando raid against his Pakistani hideout.

    The statement, written in typical al-Qaida style and in the name of the organization's General Command, seemed mostly intended to reassure followers that the terror group remains vigorous and intact.

    The statement was dated Tuesday, the day after bin Laden's death. Its authenticity could not be independently confirmed, but it was posted on militant websites Friday by the al-Fajr Center, al-Qaida's online media distribution network.

  • Info from Osama raid shows plans to hit US trains--see videos

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Holed up in a compound in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was scheming how to hit the United States hard again, according to newly uncovered documents that show al-Qaida plans for derailing an American train on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

    Details of the plan emerged Thursday as some of the first intelligence was gleaned from the trove of information found in bin Laden's residence when Navy SEALs killed the al-Qaida leader and four of his associates. They took his body and scooped up computers, DVDs and documents from the compound where U.S. officials think he had been living for as long as six years.

  • Councilors share vision for the county

    Some on the Los Alamos County Council would argue the county has a lot going for it – they point to the level of intellect, resources, services and drive at its disposal. 

    The key question remains unanswered in terms of how local officials can best tap into those assets to make a substantial impact on the quality of life in Los Alamos.

  • Bleak finances squeeze LAFC

    The cost of doing business at the Los Alamos Family Council exceeds its client’s insurance payments by some 35 percent. Over the years, the agency has sought financial assistance from grants, contracts and financing, but today’s local, state and national mental health environments have made those options increasingly difficult. 

    The 48-year-old mental health agency must restructure and downsize its operation by 50 percent in order to stay afloat.

  • Census: NM population getting older

     New Mexico’s population is getting older, and that could mean changes in everything from housing to medical care.

  • Inside bin Laden's lair with SEAL Team Six--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — So much could have gone wrong as SEAL Team Six swept over Pakistan's dark landscape, dropped down ropes into a compound lined by wall after wall, exchanged gunfire and confronted "Geronimo" face to face. The vital things went right.

    Just about every contingency the 25 commandos trained for came at them, rapidly, chaotically and dangerously, in their lunge for Osama bin Laden.

    They had acted on the best intelligence the U.S. had ever had on bin Laden's whereabouts since he slipped away in the mountains of Tora Bora just under a decade ago. But it was guesswork, too, with the commandos' lives, a president's reputation and a nation's prestige riding on the outcome.

  • DPU begins electric work to improve reliability

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is working to improve its electric services in the North Community, North Mesa and Barranca Mesa areas.
    Crews contracted by DPU began mobilizing on county property along the southeast edge of the golf course Monday.
      According to DPU officials, this major project will improve electric reliability and safety for almost 3,600 customers in the North Community, North Mesa and Barranca Mesa. Replacing more than 60 wooden utility poles and overhead wire, the Feeder 15-16 project targets a problem section of the distribution system primarily in the Pueblo and Walnut Canyons.