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  • Improvements ordered for county’s CIP process

    County staff has been directed to prepare changes to the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) process by county council members.
    During a special meeting Wednesday night, council agreed that the current CIP method could be improved through ensuring projects representing maintenance or safety are planned and prioritized in accordance with an integrated evaluation process.
    Council approved that the CIP process changes ensure policy decisions precede the scoping of any capital project where required.

  • Newly elected officials sworn in at ceremony

    The Justice Center buzzed with excitement this morning as nine people took the oath of office.

    Incumbent Democrat Magistrate Judge Pat Casados administered the oath of office to incumbent Republican Municipal Judge Alan Kirk before he officiated over the remainder of the ceremony.

  • New councilors' talk priorities

    The elections have wrapped up and the swearing-in ceremony is complete, so now it’s time to get down to business.

  • Update 12-17-10

    Communications Team seeking nominations

    Citizens interested in applying for the new Communications Team that will help Los Alamos County government implement its Communications Plan still have time to submit a letter of interest to the county administrator.
    The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday.
    The county is seeking at least four citizens who will join four county staff members.

    GOP convention

  • House Roll Call: Bill to extend tax cuts

    The 277-148 roll call Friday by which the House passed a bill to avoid a Jan. 1 spike in income taxes, renew jobless benefits and cut Social Security taxes.

    A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the measure.

    Voting yes were 139 Democrats and 138 Republicans.

    Voting no were 112 Democrats and 36 Republicans.

    X denotes those not voting.

    There is 1 vacancy in the 435-member House.


  • Stocks drift down a day after hitting 2-year highs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stock trading opened quietly Friday, a day after major indexes hit two-year highs.

    In a sign the economy is improving, the Conference Board said its index leading economic indicators rose 1.1 percent in November. The index — which tracks data such as orders for new goods and materials — rose 0.5 percent in October.

  • Mullen: Taliban hideouts can be shut down

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Friday that he thinks it is possible that the Pakistani military can shut down Taliban hideouts on its soil to prevent insurgents from moving back and forth across the long, porous border with Afghanistan.

  • Autio's whirlwind rise to the top

    In a one-two punch Tuesday night, Chairman Michael Wismer announced that the Los Alamos County Council was terminating County Administrator Tony Mortillaro and appointing County Attorney Randy Autio acting administrator — effective immediately.
    “Never in my wildest dreams of five months coming to Los Alamos would I think I’d be the acting county administrator,” Autio said during an interview in his new county headquarters office Wednesday. “It’s surreal – I feel like I’m in a Salvador Dali painting.”

  • Weather Propels Construction Progress

  • First substantial snowstorm of the season arrives

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the area that will remain in effect through 11 a.m. Friday morning.
    Snowfall is expected to increase throughout the afternoon and evening hours and continue Thursday night before tapering off Friday morning.
    The high temperature today is expected to hover just above freezing and dip to 31 degrees overnight. The high tomorrow is expected to only reach the freezing point, and then dip into the mid-20s overnight.