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  • Ballot question 2 summary from the county


    Summary of Proposed Changes for Ballot Question 2 – Utilities

    Article V of the Charter contains text regarding the Department of Public Utilities. The Charter Committee was tasked by Council to review Article V for any issues related to accountability and liability; to review the current practice of profit transfer between the county and the utilities department; and to determine whether the Charter was clear on the sale or purchase of a new utility.  The Charter Review Committee believed that the current language combined multiple issues into one paragraph and recommended separating Article V into distinct sections. The Council adopted some of the Committee recommendations, to be accomplished by either clarifying language, re-stating current language or adding new language to Article V. A brief explanation summarizing the changes proposed by the Committee is as follows: 

    ·         the Board of Public Utilities (“the Board”) shall have authority and control over the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), except as limited by Article V of the Charter. The Board already has jurisdiction and control of DPU. This is not a substantive change.

  • Update 10-08-14

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon Friday at council chambers.

    Parks and Rec

    The Los Alamos County Parks and Rec board will meet at noon Thursday in Suite 110 of the Municipal Building.

    Voters' forum

    Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents back-to-back forums at Fuller Lodge Thursday. At 5:30 p.m., a forum on the Structure-of-Government Charter Amendments will be held. At 6:45 p.m. there will be a forum for candidates for the Third Congressional District. That forum will feature Democratic Candidate Ben Ray Luján and Republican Candidate Jefferson Byrd.

    Viewing party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    GOP Women

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women’s monthly meeting will be noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ridgepark Clubhouse. The public is welcome to attend. The Republican women have invited House of Representatives candidate Jefferson Byrd, state auditor candidate Robert Aragon, State House candidate Geoff Rodgers and other local candidates, LAFRW Officers for the 2015-2016 term will also be elected. For more information, call 662-4001. 

  • Charter amendments take center stage

    Proposed changes to Article V of the Los Alamos County Charter were the focus of Tuesday’s League of Women Voters of Los Alamos voter forum.
    Susan O’Leary, who chaired the utility Charter Review Committee (CRC) and four-term county councilor George Chandler argued in favor of the changes. Robert Gibson, who has served on both county council and the Board of Public Utilities, and Chris Ortega, former Department of Public Utilities (DPU) manager and former BPU member, argued against.
    The main item of contention was a provision for a dispute resolution process, which either the board or the Los Alamos County council could request, with council having the authority to make the final decision by a vote of a majority plus one if a resolution is not reached.
    Gibson argued that the current autonomy of the board — free from political influence — is responsible for its success. He stated that it allows the utilities to be run as a business, and again argued that this gives DPU a higher bond rating. He stated that that autonomy would be compromised by the proposed changes.
    “It’s a transfer of control from these two entities that check and balance each other, the board and council, to a single entity: the council, with all of the political implications that come with that,” Gibson said.

  • Gas leak contained at LA middle school

     Emergency crews responded to a gas leak at the Los Alamos Middle School Wednesday and deputy chief Justin Grider said the leak was pinched off and contained within an hour.

    Grider said the middle school was placed in shelter during the leak and within an hour, the shelter has been lifted.

    "Kids are safe and everybody is safe," Grider said.

    The leak occurred on the left side of the entrance to the school on Hawk Drive, which was blocked off by Los Alamos Police during the leak.

    After the all clear was given, school superintendent Gene Schmidt said school continued on as normal and he said he wanted to thank emergency personnel for their quick response to the leak.

    LAFD's Justin Cassel said the situation is being turned over to the county.

  • Today in history Oct. 8
  • DOE declassifies transcripts of Oppenheimer's personnel board hearings

    In December 1953, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) suspended the security clearance of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, and after a four-week, closed-door hearing in April and May 1954, formally revoked that clearance. In June 1954, the AEC released a redacted version of the hearing transcript,  with security classified information deleted, published by the Government Printing Office (GPO) under the title, In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer: Transcript of Hearing before Personnel Security Board.

    Sixty years later, the Department of Energy has re-reviewed the original transcript and is making available to the public, for the first time, the full text of the transcript in its original form. The transcript, produced in 19 volumes, is arranged in such a way that pages from which information was deleted in the published version are easy to locate with the deleted information readily identifiable. 

    To read the transcripts, go to https://www.osti.gov/opennet/hearing.jsp 

  • Prescribed burn in Jemez Mountains

    The Valles Caldera Trust has implemented a prescribed burn project that began today and it is scheduled to last for two to four days. If conditions are not right next week, the burn may occur later in the season. The prescribed burn will be on 818 acres of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of N.M. 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area.
    Smoke will linger a few days after the burn. The burn activity is not expected to impact recreation sites or necessitate road closures.
    The purpose of the burn will be to reduce hazardous fuels and the chance for future catastrophic fire, and the restoration of fire in a fire adapted ecosystem. The area has been thinned and larger materials have been removed from the site. This pretreatment will allow safe use of low intensity fire to clean up residual slash and remove ponderosa pine seedlings that sprouted since the thinning.