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  • NCRTD: No change in routes; Mortillaro named interim ED

    There will be no interruption in public transit in Los Alamos at least for the next year.

    The North Central Regional Transit District hammered out a compromise and on Friday, voted on a proposal that was suitable for everybody regarding funding allocation methodology.

    “It took a lot of work and the discussions were difficult, but I commend all of you for getting it done,” NCRTD chair Rosemary Romero said.

    The compromise entails that the Los Alamos County proposed percentage-based formula used to calculate the fixed amount to be budgeted for Los Alamos County, City of Santa Fe and the Regional Transit District (Santa Fe County, Rio Arriba County and Taos County.

  • ‘How far we’ve come’

    The 48,000-acre Cerro Grande Fire of May 2000 began as a well-intended controlled burn effort on the part of the National Park Service to protect Los Alamos National Laboratory and the community of Los Alamos.

    Major devastation resulted from those intentions when high winds and drought conditions caused the fire to quickly grow out of control, crown and run across the face of the local mountain, damage and destroy structures at LANL and destroy hundreds of homes.

    The U.S. General Accounting Office estimated total damages at $1 billion.

    Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker was the deputy fire chief at the time of the fire, and Doug MacDonald, known by the community as “Chief Mac,” was the longtime fire chief.

  • As water inches closer, an agonizing wait in La.--see videos

    BUTTE LAROSE, La. (AP) — The final wave of holdouts has mostly packed up and left this Louisiana town as water from the swollen Atchafalaya River has inched toward their homes, with their frustration and hope painted on signs posted outside.

    "Nothing left worth stealing," read one. "Stay strong. Believe," urged another. "Our hearts are broken, but our spirits are not. We will come HOME," are the words Kip and Gwen Bacquet spray-painted on the plastic liner that covers the entire first floor of their house.

    Most had left Butte LaRose days earlier amid high tension as the water continued creeping toward the area, about 45 miles west of Baton Rouge.

  • State Police recruiters to test in Santa Fe and Española

    Area residents interested in a career with the New Mexico State Police can take the introductory tests locally in May and talk one-on-one with a recruiter for the State’s top law enforcement agency.
    Officers Jonathan Tenorio and Elizabeth Whitfield from the Training and Recruiting Bureau will conduct the physical fitness and written testing in Santa Fe on May 9th, 16th and 23rd and in Española on May 19th.
    Applicants should complete the application on the www.nmsp.com  website in advance, and bring with them.  Testing begins at 9 a.m. at the State Police District Office, 4491 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe, and in Española at 1410 North Paseo de Onate.

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


    CAIRO — 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.

  • Oppenheimer scholarship winners announced

    Eleven college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
     The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley, Capital and Santa Fe high schools.
    The JROMC has awarded 157 scholarships and other awards totaling $319,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization’s scholarship program is supported by several endowments; numerous small, individual donations; and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.

  • Update 05-06-11

    Wild Day
    Los Alamos Youth Leadership will host Wild Day for K-6th grade students from 10 a.m.-
    3 p.m. Forms are available at www.laymca.org  or by calling 662-3100.

    Clean up Los Alamos
    Clean up Los Alamos Day will be Saturday. A volunteer appreciation picnic will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Personnel Board meeting
    The personnel board will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Nambe Room at Fuller Lodge.

    Hadassah
    National President of Hadassah Marcie Natan will be the guest speaker at a lunch, noon to 2 p.m., Sunday at the Hilltop House Hotel. For reservations call 992-1416 or 662-2397.

  • 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).