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  • Judge: Fraud can't apply retroactively

    SANTA FE  — A judge has tossed out a whistleblower lawsuit seeking to recover hundreds of millions of dollars for the state because of alleged fraud and a “pay-to-play” scheme involving public investments.

    In a decision issued Wednesday, District Judge Stephen Pfeffer invalidated portions of a law that allows citizens to bring lawsuits on behalf of the state to recover triple damages.

    The judge said it’s unconstitutional to apply the law and its sanctions to activities that took place before the statute went into effect in July 2007.

  • Suggestions accepted through the weekend

    Suggestions from the public regarding new names for the county’s Airport Basin Site are still being accepted through the weekend. Naming ideas should be submitted to the county administrator by the deadline on Sunday.

    Airport Basin Site is the new home of county and schools’ facilities and is located in the bowl-shaped basin north of De Colores Restaurant on N.M. 502. Suggestions can be e-mailed to lacadministrator@lacnm.us.

    Visit the county’s Web site at www.losalamosnm.us for information on the buildings located at Airport Basin Site.

  • 10-day super blitz kicks off

    SANTA FE — Law enforcement throughout the State will conduct checkpoints and saturation patrols during Cinco de Mayo celebrations, as the 10-day Super Blitz kicks-off today through May 9.

    More than 60 law enforcement agencies will set up sobriety checkpoints to make sure individuals celebrating Cinco de Mayo don’t drink and drive. Mobile electronic signs along roadways will feature the message “Super Blitz in Progress; Cops Are Everywhere.”

  • An event you can’t forget

    The Los Alamos County Council invites the public to a Cerro Grande Fire 10 Year Anniversary Observance at 6 p.m. May 10  6 p.m. at the “Touch the Sky” statue at the northwest corner of Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. The Cerro Grande fire was the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history.

    May 10 was the day the fire entered Los Alamos, leading to the entire evacuation of the town site. White Rock was evacuated several hours later.

  • Permit process pummeled

    The overwhelming message taken away from Thursday’s economic issues forum is that Los Alamos County is tough on business.

    “From everyone I’ve talked to, the process is broken … if Los Alamos County were a business in itself, it would be out of business,” Democratic council candidate Nathan Hjelm said.

    The perception is that getting a permit in this town to build or expand is a cumbersome endeavor at best.

    “It can take years to get a permit for remodeling ...” Republican Ralph Damiani said.

  • News Alert: Former Defense Secretary Endorses New START Nuclear Reductions Treaty

  • 05-02-10 Update

    Master Gardeners

      The Los Alamos Master Gardeners will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the White Rock Community Building. There will be a potluck dinner in honor of the graduates of the 2010 Master Gardener class.

    Pasta dinner

  • Fewer New Mexicans turn in census

    ALBUQUERQUE — Census workers faced a big job when they began going door to door Saturday to interview people who didn’t mail in their questionaires because New Mexico residents returned their forms at a lower rate than almost any other state.

    The Census Bureau’s preliminary state-by-state figures show 63 percent of New Mexicans mailed back their 2010 forms, falling below the 65 percent rate for the last census in 2000. The national rate was 72 percent that year, the same as this year’s mail-in rate.

  • Not your typical rodeo

    There’s more to being a transit operator than just driving. As three of the Atomic City Transit drivers will tell you, daily experiences on Los Alamos County’s roads serve as valuable teaching tools.

  • Ex-manager of New Mexico studio sued

    ALBUQUERQUE — A lawsuit alleges three former managers of Albuquerque Studios, which has seen filming of such movies as “Terminator Salvation” and “Book of Eli,” were funneling business to a competitor, costing the studio more than $50,000, the Albuquerque Journal reported Friday in a copyright story.

    The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles by Pacifica Mesa Studios LLC, alleges Nick Smerigan and brothers Jeremy and Jason Hariton caused the losses but does not describe when and what business was routed to other studios.