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  • Cost hikes raise CIP concerns

     Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series.

    The escalation in costs for the White Rock Visitor Center raised specters of past overruns and future budget nightmares.

    “I’m having a hard time with a design increasing 50 percent. I think it was a poor job of estimating. I don’t know if it was really tried to stay in the $2 million. I just feel that council was misled in the original estimate,” Vice Chair Ron Selvage said during Tuesday’s county council meeting where councilors narrowly approved an additional $1,126,697 for construction.

  • Obama lost many donors from '08 presidential race

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has lost millions of dollars in support from former donors in Democratic strongholds and in districts that he won narrowly four years ago, according to an Associated Press analysis of the most recent federal campaign finance data.

    Tens of thousands of supporters who gave him hundreds of dollars or more in the early stages of the 2008 campaign haven't offered him similar amounts of cash so far in this campaign. And in some cases, former Obama contributors gave to GOP candidates, such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

  • Bandelier to open to private vehicles next week

    "In another step towards recovery after the Las Conchas Fire and monsoon floods, Bandelier is opening more trails and allowing visitors to drive into Frijoles Canyon on Oct. 31,”  announced Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott.  "The last day of the well-received shuttle service from White Rock will be Sunday, Oct. 30," he added.

  • LA American Legion riders to hold benefit event Saturday

    The Los Alamos American Legion Riders are conducting a fundraiser on Saturdayto support the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center, Albuquerque location, and Los Alamos school libraries that were flooded earlier this year.

    The events include a motorcycle “fun run”, shrimp boil, and Halloween Party and costume contest with live music by The Renegade Mountain Band. All events are at the American Legion Post, 1325 Trinity Drive.

    New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers provide transitional housing for homeless veterans by responding to the needs of veterans, with focus on those who are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis, through the provision of quality employment training, housing and supportive services based on a Continuum of Care.

  • Correction 10-27-11

    In Wednesday’s edition of the Los Alamos Monitor, the story, “WR Visitor Center Costs Skyrocket” incorrectly stated that Councilor David Izraelevitz voted against the motion.
    Vice Chair Ron Selvage was the third vote against the motion. Izraelevitz wrote, “I am a strong supporter of the project, even given its revised cost.”

  • Council approves hospital payments

    Council unanimously approved supplemental Sole Community Hospital Provider (SCHP) payment adjustments for Los Alamos Medical Center in the amount of $80,697, Santa Fe’s CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in the amount of $400,000 and Española Hospital in the amount of $60,000.
    The motion also specified that this supplemental payment is not to be added to the base payment for the program without council’s express approval. This prevents the state from automatically increasing the county’s future payments by the supplemental amount.

  • Update 10-27-11

    Council meeting

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

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Magistrate Court will be closed today for new computer training.

    Pancake breakfast

    The Kiwanis Fall Pancake Breakfast will be held 7-11 a.m. Saturday at Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    Health fair

    The Los Alamos Health Fair will be Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon at the Los Alamos High School Griffith Gym.

  • Goblins get ready

    Residents in White Rock are getting ready for Halloween by decorating their residences

  • NNSA dismantles B53 nuke bomb

    The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Tuesday that the last B53 nuclear bomb, which was designed by the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratory, has been dismantled.

    The announcement was made during a ceremony at NNSA’s Pantex Plant outside Amarillo, Texas. Officials from the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration and Pantex joined elected officials to commemorate the dismantlement of the final B53 nuclear bomb.

    The dismantlement of the 1960s-era weapon system is consistent with President Obama’s goal of reducing the number of nuclear weapons.

  • Rodgers appointed to NCRTD board

    On Jan. 1, Councilor Geoff Rodgers officially joins the North Central Regional Transit District’s 11-member board.

    The Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously during its Tuesday meeting to appoint Rodgers to the position. As a bit of comic relief, Rodgers exaggerated his   hesitation before adding his vote to the motion.

    The NCRTD’s mission is to provide safe, secure and effective public transportation within North Central New Mexico, provide mobility options and spur economic development throughout the region.  

    Rodgers, 49, served as transportation director for the Los Alamos Public Schools for 12 years.