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  • Animal shelter details hammered out

      The roof and kennels of the proposed animal shelter were revisited again at last Tuesday night’s County Council meeting. Capital Projects Manager and Facilities Director Anne Laurent made her pitch to council in an effort to increase the budget for the animal shelter to $1,357,380, which would incorporate a metal roof, outside kennel drainage and would increase the number of kennels from 14 to 18.

  • Officials share Christmas plans, New Year's wishes

    Most community leaders are staying in town for Christmas this year and they all send best wishes to the residents of Los Alamos and White Rock this holiday season and throughout 2009.


    Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe, is planning on some much needed down time. “My plan is to find a few relaxing days at home because it’s been a very, very busy interim at the legislature and I’ve had no time off at all,” she said.


  • Photographer highlights cathedral's beauty
  • Outgoing councilors recognized

    Outgoing councilors were honored during the Dec. 16 County Council meeting held at the Community Building.


    Council Vice  Chairman Robert Gibson gave the presentation, thanking Council Chair Jim Hall and Councilors Frances Berting and Ken Milder for their service on the council.


    “This is often called a thankless job, but it’s not really true,” Gibson said.


  • Baskin Robbins to close temporarily

    Winter months are typically hard times for ice cream stores and Baskin Robbins is no exception.


    Soon BR patrons will have to find another way to satisfy their ice cream cravings, as the store on Trinity closes for a while to undergo a transformation.


    With the onset of spring, Baskin Robbins will reopen, with a new look and a new menu. It will be a place that serves breakfast and lunch, with a focus on providing hot food.


    “We will no longer be Baskin Robbins,” store owner Dan Sena said.


  • Council rejects petitions

      Two petitions have been presented to council regarding the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex and two petitions have failed to have an impact on councilors’ decisions to push through with the project.

      On  Tuesday night, Council approved GMP #2 in the amount of $15,011,650, as well as the 100 percent drawings on the project.

  • Airport Basin sees another increase

    The Airport Basin project inched closer to completion during Tuesday night’s County Council meeting when Guaranteed Maximum Price #3 was approved by councilors.

    As the project grows, so does the cost; or so it seems. Capital Projects Manager and Facilities Director Anne Laurent was in council chambers Tuesday night seek approval of GMP #3.

    During the presentation by Laurent, she said that GMP #3 will authorize all of the remaining work items except for remaining asphalt pavement.

  • Police pursue professional excellence through accreditation

    In its pursuit of continuous improvement, the Los Alamos Police Department is closing in on the prestigious distinction of becoming an accredited law enforcement agency.

    Chief Wayne Torpy explained that besides the special recognition, accreditation provides benefits such as an improved, more effective administrative system, reduced liability potential, enhanced supervisory accountability and greater governmental and community support.

  • Lawsuit returns to the scene of the CREM

    A lawsuit filed Dec. 12 in New Mexico District Court in Los Alamos revisits a controversial episode in the recent history of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    In a legal complaint, John Horne, a now-retired firing site leader and lead technician, says he was one of several employees implicated in the alleged disappearance of two classified disks, an incident that turned out to be a false alarm.

    A statement by the laboratory this morning said the laboratory had not yet been served with the complaint by John Horne.

  • Joint County/Schools Committee strengthens ties

    In her seven years living in Los Alamos, School Board Vice President Joan Ahlers told county councilors Tuesday she is not aware of there ever having been such solid cooperation between the county and the schools as exists today.

    During the regular County Council meeting held in Council Chambers, Ahlers praised that cooperation saying, “We serve the same people,” and she thanked council members and county staff for their participation on the Joint County/Schools Committee created to benefit the schools.