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  • Council set to hear report on broadband

    The most significant item on Tuesday night’s county council agenda will be the 60 percent status update on the proposed Community Broadband network.
    In April of 2011, council approved a study of the feasibility of building a Fiber-to-the-Premise infrastructure for Los Alamos County. The parameters of the study included 1 Gbps dedicated bandwidth per premise, an open access model and fiber to all 8,994 residences and businesses in the county. If the final stage of the study is approved, the end result will include a business case and an engineering design for a “shovel ready” project.

  • Florida highway pileup kills at least 10 people

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A long line of cars and trucks collided one after another early Sunday on a dark Florida highway so shrouded in haze and smoke that drivers were instantly blinded. At least 10 people were killed.

    When rescuers first arrived, they could only listen for screams and moans because the poor visibility made it difficult to find victims in wreckage that was strewn for nearly a mile, police said.

  • VIDEO: Herman Cain Endorses Gingrich

    Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain endorsed his former rival Newt Gingrich at an event in West Palm Beach, Florida Saturday night.

  • Plaza developer has colorful past

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

    Hildegard Merrill, of Candles Delight, LLC, and one of the principals in the Los Alamos Plaza development project, has a history punctuated by lawsuits and accusations of dubious business practices.

    Plans for Los Alamos Plaza, a mixed use project on a 3.9 acre parcel of property located at 2201 Trinity Drive in downtown, have been in various stages of limbo since 2008.

    Principals behind the project, estimated at $40 million, are now in a race against the clock to secure financing or lose the property to foreclosure.

    But Merrill’s background in the real estate business raises more questions than answers.

  • Update 01-29-12

    Historic board

    The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    T-Board meeting

    The Transportation Board’s regularly scheduled meeting has been moved to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the public works conference room, 2101 Trinity Drive.

    Special Session

    A special session with council and the Los Alamos Board of Education is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at council chambers.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the council chambers.


  • Ashley Pond meeting set for Thursday

    A public meeting will be Thursday in the Community Building council chambers to seek public input on the three conceptual designs/options to improve pond water quality at Ashley Pond.

    In the last CIP public meeting for the Ashley pond renovations on Jan. 12, Richard McIntyre, Parks Division Manager and Project Manager gave a brief overview of the scope of work from the RFP which addresses the future health, well being and condition of Ashley Pond due to eutrophication. George Radnovich and Jesse Scott from Sites Southwest, LLC., who was awarded the design contract for the Ashley Pond Renovation project, provided a brief time outline for the project.

  • Raw Video: St. Louis Parade for Iraq War Vets

    Thousands of people lined the streets and cheered wildly as veterans marched in St. Louis, Missouri during the nation's first big welcome-home parade for Iraq War veterans.

  • Ex-PRC member ordered to prison for evaluation

    SANTA FE (AP) — Former state utility regulator Jerome Block Jr. was sent to a state prison diagnostic center Friday, and a judge sternly warned him that he potentially faces many years behind bars if he doesn’t deal with a drug addiction.
    District Judge Michael Vigil postponed Block’s sentencing on felony charges until after a 60-day evaluation at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas. Block resigned last year from the Public Regulation Commission under a plea agreement with the attorney general’s office. He pleaded guilty to felonies for misuse of taxpayer money and election law violations.
    The five-member commission regulates utilities, telecommunications and insurance.

  • Deadline looms for LA Plaza

    As Los Alamos Plaza, LLC attempts to secure financing and move forward with its planned development, a huge deadline looms that could change everything.

    A settlement agreement in a court case filed against Los Alamos Plaza, LLC and managing member Candles Delight, LLC by a group of creditors stipulates that an outstanding loan on the property must be repaid by Feb. 29.

    The creditors filed for foreclosure and judgment on the promissory note in October of 2010. On August 19, 2011, a summary judgment and decree of foreclosure awarded the judgment to the plaintiffs.

  • LANL activists surrender to authorities

    Will Covert, Mitzi Kraft, Bobbie Sue Davis, Juan Montoya and Marcus Page, members of the Trinity Nuclear Abolition from Albuquerque, turned themselves in to Los Alamos Police Thursday. The five co-defendants were arrested at LANL last year and served 90 days probation, and donated the “mandatory court fee” to a local Tewa environmental justice program. Kevin Purtymun said “they were arrested on a bench warrant from Magistrate Court after turning themselves in this afternoon.” The group will serve four days behind bars for non-payment of court fees.