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  • Candidates gear up for 2010 elections

    Who’s running and when they must file are questions circulating the local community since the 2010 campaign season kicked off in New Mexico Oct. 1. That was the day candidates began surfacing to collect signatures for their nominating petitions, which are due in the Secretary of State’s Office by Feb. 9.

    Rep. Jeanette Wallace is serving her 19th year in the New Mexico Legislature. When asked if she intends to seek reelection to an 11th two-year term, Wallace said, “Yes ma’am I certainly am.”

  • Feds fault lab cyber security

    In answer to a bipartisan request by the leadership of two committees in the House of Representatives, the Government Accountability Office identified a number of “shortcomings” in the cyber security program at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Cyber security encompasses a number of activities that attempt to prevent unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information on the laboratory’s classified computers.

  • NEWS ALERT

    Read all about it in Wednesday's Monitor.

  • Computer network to come down for two days

    The county will be bringing down its computer network starting Friday afternoon for a fiber “cutover” project related to construction of the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex. The network will be down through Sunday evening, Nov. 22.

    Many county facilities will be without phone or computer internet service during this time. The impacted facilities include:

  • MVD reinstates services

    The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division has reinstated New Mexico Registration Services Inc. as a private retail agent, allowing the company to continue processing vehicle title and registration services.

     NMRSI was subject to a search recently by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and all of its equipment was seized as part of the BCSO’s investigation of an NMRSI employee.

  • L.A. poverty on the rise

    Each month, The Food Depot distributes an average of 300,000 pounds of food and household products, providing more than 400,000 meals through its partner agencies in nine Northern New Mexico counties.

    Through LA Cares, the nonprofit organization has provided 31,221 pounds of food to local residents so far this year.

    Statistics in 2006 showed a 3.1 percent poverty rate (575 people) in Los Alamos County.

    “Being the richest county in the state, we should be able to do something to help,” said County Councilor Sharon Stover.

  • Gas rate cut covers sewer increase

    Los Alamos County Councilors spent more time approving a modest sewer rate increase than they did accepting a moderate reduction in the natural gas rate.

    At the end of the debate Tuesday night, both ordinances were adopted by a substantial majority, but not without scrutiny.

    One ordinance proposed a $150 a year cutback on an average gas bill, while the other sought a $50 yearly increase for a typical residential sewer bill. The bottom-line, $100 a year combined savings for the customer, carried the day.

  • 11-18 Update

    JJAB meeting tonight

      The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. today at the LAPS Board Room.

    LA Mountaineers meeting tonight

      Vaughn Hadenfeldt will give a presentation about Everett Ruess, a 20-year-old who journeyed into the canyon country of the Southwest and never returned, during the Los Alamos Mountaineers’ meeting at Fuller Lodge.

      The meeting will begin with dessert and social time at 7:30 p.m. today followed by a discussion of past and present trips. The talk will begin at 8 p.m.

  • Council to mull utility rate changes at tonight's meeting

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  • Utility rate changes on council agenda

    A Los  Alamos County public hearing tonight will consider three new ordinances.

    Two ordinances pertaining to utilities are under review, one that raises the average residential customer’s sewer utility rates by about $4 per month and the other that effectively lowers gas rates by 17-24 percent, depending on the volume used.

    A third ordinance spells out a lease agreement with the Administrative Office of the Courts for accommodations within the new Los Alamos Judicial Complex.