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  • Public hearing on rate increase to be heard

    Los Alamos residents could see a hike in sewer rates if the county council adopts Code Ordinance 02-100.

    A public hearing will be held at tonight’s 7 p.m. council meeting, during which time council will consider the increase. The meeting will be held in council chambers.

    If they adopt the ordinance, residents can expect their monthly bill to increase by about $4, while the minimum monthly residential bill would increase by about $2.

  • Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    May 28

    6:55 a.m. – Mateo Garcia Cordova, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested at 2025 East Jemez Road and charged with false imprisonment.

    7:10 a.m. – Rey Garcia Cordova, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested at 2025 East Jemez Rd., and charged with tampering with evidence.

    May 29

  • A new massage therapist comes to town

    Feeling stiff, cramped or tense? Christa Helbling, a licensed massage therapist, can help with that.

    Helbling is setting up shop at Los Alamos Chiropractic, located in the Mary Deal Building at 2610 Trinity Drive. She will be available from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays for the next four weeks, starting June 15. After working for a period of time in Switzerland, Helbling will return to Los Alamos starting on Sept. 7.

  • County council back at work

    After a two-week break, county council will be back in council chambers at 7 p.m. Tuesday night for their weekly meeting.

    They’ll be busy Wednesday night as well, because they are holding a joint council meeting with the Pueblo of San Ildefonso. That meeting is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

  • Siting committee holds first meeting

    The first meeting of the Municipal Building Site Steering Committee was held Thursday night in the conference room at the County Annex.

    Fourteen of the 16 committee members met in an introductory session led by Community Development Director Rick Bohn and attended by two members of the public, as well as County Planner Paul Belson, Assistant County Administrator Anthony Mortillaro and Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent.

    Committee members Patrick Raichur and Terry Goldman did not attend the meeting.

  • HSAC meeting targets border strife

    ALBUQUERQUE – Fighting Mexican drug cartels and associated violence plaguing U.S. border towns is a top priority for the Obama administration, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in a meeting at the University of New Mexico Friday.

    Napolitano, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Director Gil Kerlikowske of the Office of National Drug Control Policy unveiled President Barack Obama’s strategy for attacking the crisis, which she said has killed 10,000 people since 2005.

  • Plant society forum finds fault with Caldera trust

    ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Native Plant Society might sound like an unlikely place for a rebellion. But two of the four speakers at a meeting of the Albuquerque chapter this week called for an overthrow and a third said it was time for people to stand up and say they were not going to take it any more.

    The object of their criticism was not the taxonomy of desert wildflowers, but rather the system of governance of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the 89,000-acre experiment in public land.

  • Summerfest 2009 rocks the mountain

    Hikers and bikers and fun-loving families flocked to Summerfest at Pajarito Mountain Saturday. Many sipped beer and danced to the ’50s and ’60s style rock tunes of The Nomads, which is part of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series.

    Dan’s Café and Haägen Daz dished up a variety of ice creams and sherbets and the Coffee House Café helped nourish the hungry crowd.

    Pajarito Mountain Manager Tom Long spoke about how the annual event came to be during an interview Saturday morning.

  • Local sorority attracts major convention

    Beta Sigma Phi members in Los Alamos are preparing for a state convention set to draw more than 200 sorority sisters, plus dozens of husbands, from throughout New Mexico for three days of local history, culture, arts and entertainment this weekend.

    “Our theme is The Golden Age – the 1940s,” said Convention Chairwoman Dawn Brown.

    Convention co-chairwomen include Kate Stoddard and Shannon Harms.

  • Police propose Business Watch program

    Theft hotspots tracked in 2007, 2008 and 2009 clearly identify downtown Los Alamos as the most concentrated center of crime in the entire county.

    “Every time I step out of my truck there’s a victim and I hate it – I hate it for all of you,” Det. Doug Johnson told business owners gathered at UNM-LA for Thursday’s Chamber Business Breakfast.

    Following a recent rash of downtown break-ins, Los Alamos Police partnered with the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce to present a security talk to area business owners.