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  • Correction 08-05-11

    In a Thursday, Aug. 4 caption regarding the Board of Public Utilities, it was incorrectly stated that the Charter Review Committee would be voting on proposed changes to the charter concerning the Department of Public Utilities on Aug. 15. The vote will take place on Sept. 12.

  • Update 08-05-11

    Workshop

    Bicycle Commuting Workshop geared to riders ages 16 and up, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Justice Center parking lot. Visit www.pajaritoeec.org/programs/calendar.php#bike

    Parish picnic

     Immaculate Heart of Mary will hold their annual parish picnic at 1 p.m. Sunday on the parish grounds, 3700 Canyon Road.

    Presentation

    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory board will sponsor a free presentation by author Consuelo Kickbusch, from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. 

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

  • NCRTD still looking for executive director

    The North Central Regional Transit District still does not have a permanent executive director.

    The NCRTD met this morning at the Santa Fe County Commission chambers to vote on the recommendation that Tony Mortillaro, the former Los Alamos County adminstrator, become the next executive director.

    It didn’t happen.

    After more than an hour of discussion, the board voted to interview the top three candidates face to face at a meeting in two weeks. The search committee had interviewed the top five candidates on the telephone for 30 minutes and then made the recommendation of Mortillaro, who had the highest score, based on a matrix.

  • Trinity redesign scrutinized

    Janie O’Rourke, Transportation Board vice chair, made a motion at last night’s meeting that the board recommends a peer review of MIG’s design for Trinity Drive by Ourston Roundabout Engineering.

    Board member Khalil Spencer explained why a peer review would be valuable.

  • Teacher arraigned on charges--video extra

    Peter Bowman, 47, a resident of El Rancho, was arraigned this morning on two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. Bowman is a teacher at Los Alamos Middle School.

    Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados conducted the hearing at Los Alamos Justice Center. She kept Bowman’s bond set at $20,000 cash or surety. Bowman remained in custody at the Los Alamos County Detention Center as of press time.

    If convicted Bowman faces up to three years in prison for each count, and up to $5,000 in fines, Casados said.

    Los Alamos police became aware of an alleged crime after a 14-year-old LAMS student came forward about her relationship with Bowman, Police Capt. Randy Foster said.

  • NASA launches spacecraft on 5-year trip to Jupiter--video extra

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A sun-powered robotic explorer named Juno rocketed away Friday on a five-year journey to Jupiter, the solar system's most massive and ancient planet.

    Hundreds of scientists and their families and friends watched from just a few miles away, cheering and yelling, "Go Juno!" as the NASA spacecraft soared into a clear midday sky atop an unmanned rocket.

    "It's fantastic!" said Fran Bagenal, a planetary scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who is part of the project. "Just great to see the thing lift off."

  • NCRTD still looking for executive director

    The North Central Regional Transit District still does not have a permanent executive director.

    The NCRTD met this morning at the Santa Fe County Commission chambers to vote on the recommendation that Tony Mortillaro, the former Los Alamos County adminstrator, become the next executive director.

    It didn't happen.

  • NM chile crops weather tough growing conditions

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The familiar roasters are popping up, spinning their Hatch green chile and luring in customers with the unrivaled smell of charred skins.

    At Los Chile Bros., in business for 25 years, owner Johnny Duran is happy to be out selling chile at his usual Big Lots rental spot on Cerrillos Road after a spring and summer of unfavorable crop conditions.

    Although New Mexico is known for all things chile, this year's drought and extreme heat have withered almost a quarter of Duran's crop.

  • Powerful typhoon bears down on China's east coast

    BEIJING (AP) — China warned residents and alerted emergency relief centers Friday to prepare for a powerful typhoon forecast to hit the country's heavily populated eastern coast.

    Typhoon Muifa is forecast to hit late Saturday or early Sunday close to Shanghai, a commercial hub with a population of 23 million. Residents were warned to take precautions to prevent injuries and losses, the website of the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported.

    More than 9,000 fishing vessels were called back to ports in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces while officials in charge of disaster relief centers in the region were told to get ready to disperse their materials, said the official Xinhua News Agency.

  • Decision Time

    Board of Public Utilities members pore over revisions to the Los Alamos County Charter proposed by the Charter Review Committee. The board opposes new provisions that would weaken the autonomy of the BPU and allow the council to fire the utility manager. In a special session Tuesday evening, members reached a consensus about these and other revisions affecting their work. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the CRC before Aug. 15, when the committee is scheduled to vote on the proposed changes.