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  • Triay given key to county

    Los Alamos County Council Chair Mike Wismer presented the key to the county to Dr. Inés Triay this morning in Council Chambers.

    The key was presented to Triay in appreciation for her assistance to Los Alamos.

    “Dr. Triay is a friend to the county and to the State of New Mexico and she ensures that protection of human health and the environment are first and foremost in every decision,” Wismer said in presenting her the key.

  • Wildfire forces evacuation

    JEMEZ SPRINGS  — Forest Service officials say 10 people were evacuated from the community of Seven Springs because of a wildfire burning in the Jemez Mountains northwest of Albuquerque.

    Evacuations also were ordered for campers in the Fenton Lake area.

    The fire is burning on the Santa Fe National Forest about six miles northwest of Jemez Springs and a half-mile southwest of Fenton Lake State Park.

    Forest officials say as many as 83 structures are threatened.

  • Flier flusters dog owners

    Some dog owners are barking mad thinking they could be cited or arrested for their canine’s feisty behavior.

    “The Los Alamos Police Department would like to clarify that there is reasonable and then there is unreasonable dog barking behavior,” Capt. Randy Foster said. “Incessant barking is indeed a nuisance to surrounding neighbors and our intent is to find a happy medium for all of our community members.”

  • Chile police detain Dutchman in Peru killing

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Dutch man long suspected in the disappearance of an Alabama teen in Aruba was arrested Thursday in the murder of a young woman in Peru.

    Stephany Flores, 21, was killed in a Lima hotel Sunday, five years to the day after Natalee Holloway disappeared.

  • Quintana seeks district court seat

    Yvonne Quintana is a recent widow and mother of two children, Nicolette, 9, and Enrique, 6. She is a native New Mexican who lives in Española and describes her life and professional experiences as making her “uniquely qualified” to serve the community as judge for the First Judicial District Court.

  • Governor nixes proposed tax on food, signs off on other tax hikes

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson has vetoed a proposed tax on food, but signed other tax increases that will raise about $170 million to help balance the state budget next year.

    The governor used his line-item veto powers Wednesday to reject a proposal that would have reinstated the gross receipts tax on food at the rate imposed by local governments, which averages about 2 percent statewide.

  • 03-24-10 Update

    Donations needed

      Blue Star Mothers will host a “packing party” to assemble Care Packages for our troops, at 9 a.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory, 2011 Industrial Park Road, Española. Drop off locations for non-perishable food items are located at the YMCA on Iris Street; the VFW Post on Deacon Street and Los Alamos Middle School. The last day to make donations is Wednesday.

  • Governor vetoes food tax

    SANTA FE  —  Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed the food tax today in the final legislative action of his two terms as governor.

    “I am not willing to put this burden on working families in the form of an unfair tax on food. I agree with those who call this a cruel tax,” Richardson said. “It is especially cruel during the worst financial crisis New Mexico has ever experienced.

    Richardson made good on a campaign promise when he led the charge in 2004 to eliminate the tax on food.

  • Kate Thomas says goodbye

    The beginnings of Kate Thomas’ 40-year-long career as an educator can be spotted when she graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree in history from the University of Virginia. Since career pickings are slim in that area, Thomas went on to earn a master’s in graduate English education so that she could teach English. “And the rest,” Thomas said, “is history.”

    It’s a period of time that is about to conclude. After working nine years in the Los Alamos Public Schools district, Thomas is retiring.

    Her final day is June 30.

  • Police chief marks milestone

    Wayne Torpy stood out among a large pool of applicants under consideration for Los Alamos police chief five years ago this month. Torpy came from Melbourne, Fla., where he served with the Melbourne Police Department for 25 years. He was deputy chief over a force of more than 265 law enforcement professionals in a city of 76,000 residents.

    He received the job here and on this anniversary, community leaders took the opportunity to express their esteem for Torpy and his accomplishments.

    Retired County

    Administrator Max Baker