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  • Seen at the Scene: Valles Caldera

    With fall in high gear, moderate to high intensity burns from the Las Conchas wildfire blackened forests on the East side of the Valles Caldera National Preserve can be seen. The west side is virtually untouched.

  • Busy Friday for NCRTD

    The North Central Regional Transit Board met a couple of weeks ago and it spent all of its time hashing out a contract for executive director Anthony J. Mortillaro.
    For three hours, the board met in executive session and when it finally emerged, three hours passed and most of the board members had other places they had to be.
    There was an agenda packed with action and discussion items and most of those items have been pushed to Friday’s regular November meeting, which will be held at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Pojoaque.

  • Deaths from painkiller overdose triple in decade

    NEW YORK  — The number of overdose deaths from powerful painkillers more than tripled over a decade, the government reported Tuesday — a trend that a U.S. health official called an epidemic, but one that can be stopped.
    Prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and methadone led to the deaths of almost 15,000 people in 2008, including actor Heath Ledger. That’s more than three times the 4,000 deaths from narcotics in 1999.
    Such painkillers “are meant to help people who have severe pain,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, which issued the report. “They are, however, highly addictive.”

  • Update 11-02-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 in the council chambers.

    Trash collection

    There will be no residential or commercial trash or recycling collection on Friday, Nov. 11 due to the Veterans Day Holiday.  Those whose normal collection day is Friday should have trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 9.

    15th Street to close

    Complete closure of 15th street between Deacon Street and the south Metzger’s driveway began Monday to allow the installation of the utility vault for the new Municipal Complex.

    Leisure pool

  • New Mexico State helps out in fire aftermath

    As New Mexico’s record-breaking 2011 wildfire season got under way last spring, New Mexico State University personnel found themselves involved in emergency response efforts around the state. Evacuation of livestock was a major priority, and NMSU’s involvement was primarily through the Cooperative Extension Service and the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center.
    In the aftermath of the fires, a number of NMSU personnel and offices are involved in recovery assistance efforts of various sorts.

  • Broadband education continues

    Nearly 25 people crowded into a small room at the Mesa Library on Tuesday to learn more about the proposed Community Broadband Network.

    IT Project Manager John Jones said that major questions are still being researched: the range of options for systems and equipment, cost estimates, funding options and developing a business plan. Jones plans on having that information available in December, well in advance of presenting 60 percent design plans to council on Jan. 31, 2012.

  • Bookkeeper gets probation

     A judge has passed sentence on the Española woman indicted last March on charges that involved stealing money from her Los Alamos employer’s bank accounts.

    In Santa Fe District Court Monday, Judge Michael E. Vigil ordered Rebecca Serrano to serve five years probation and also banned her from entering gambling casinos in New Mexico or “anywhere else.”

    Serrano, 46, worked as the office manager and kept the books for Jemez Physical Therapy at 2101 Trinity Dr. According to court documents, she siphoned nearly $160,000 from the business between 2005 and 2008, utilizing fraudulent check schemes. She also failed to report her additional income or pay nearly $9,000 in state income taxes.

  • Strife continues over remains of 9/11 victims

    NEW YORK (AP) — An emotionally laden debate over the future resting place of thousands of unidentified remains of Sept. 11 victims is lingering as the attacks' 10th anniversary recedes, with several relatives saying they aren't satisfied with a recent city effort to spread the word about a plan to house the remains in the forthcoming 9/11 museum.

    Under pressure from families who oppose the plan, the city outlined it in a letter sent last week to relatives of all the nearly 2,800 people killed at the World Trade Center. The letter came after 17 relatives sued the city to try to get addresses so they could poll the families themselves.

  • Seen at the Scene: Halloween

    Los Alamos residents old and young came out to celebrate Halloween. Photos by Arin McKenna, Carol A. Clark, Skip Wecksung and Marlene Hamilton.

  • Update 11-01-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the council chambers.

    15th Street to close

    Complete closure of 15th street between Deacon Street and the south Metzger’s driveway began yesterday to allow the installation of the utility vault for the new Municipal Complex.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will hold a special meeting at 5:30 tonight at the Mesa Public Library meeting room No. 3.

    Talking broadband

    A community broadband public meeting will be at 5 tonight at Mesa Public Library.