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  • Councilor makes costly motion

    Three senior-level county employees racked up hundreds of dollars in wages from a councilor’s request that resulted in holding the employees in place for the duration of a five and a half hour county council meeting.

    Earlier this month, the county’s acting director of the Community Development Department, the logistics manager and the acting Capital Projects and Facilities director attended the 7 p.m. council meeting on Sept. 6.

    The trio stood ready to answer councilor questions related to the demolition of the final Los Alamos Apartment building at 939 Iris St. – an item bundled in the consent agenda to be acted upon at the start of the meeting.

  • Paramedics up next in trial of Jackson's doctor

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paramedics who responded to Michael Jackson's mansion the day he died were expected to testify Friday in the trial of the pop star's doctor who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

    Martin Blount and Richard Senneff had previously testified at a preliminary hearing that Dr. Conrad Murray never mentioned giving Jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol and told them the singer lost consciousness moments before an ambulance was called. Both men believed the singer had died by the time they arrived in June 2009, but Murray insisted the performer be taken to a hospital for more resuscitation efforts.

  • Fear in Colo. town at heart of Listeria outbreak

    HOLLY, Colo. (AP) — Eric Jensen surveys his dusty cantaloupe field and seems equally stunned and puzzled at the fate that has befallen his crop: row upon row of melons rotting on the vine.

    Jensen is the co-owner of the Colorado farm where health officials say a national listeria outbreak originated, making his withering fields the epicenter of a food scare that has sickened dozens of people from Wyoming to Maryland and caused 16 deaths.

    Jensen has no idea how his cantaloupes became infected, and neither do the Food and Drug Administration investigators who have intermittently been in this town of 800 people near the Kansas border since the outbreak started earlier this month.

  • Yemen says al-Qaida-linked cleric Awlaki killed--video extra

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — In a significant new blow to al-Qaida, U.S. airstrikes in Yemen on Friday killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American born in New Mexico and a militant cleric who became a prominent figure in the terror network's most dangerous branch, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits for attacks in the United States.

    The strike was the biggest U.S. success in hitting al-Qaida's leadership since the May killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. But it raises questions that other strikes did not: Al-Awlaki was an American citizen who has not been charged with any crime. Civil liberties groups have questioned the government's authority to kill an American without trial.

  • Feds work with pueblo on fire recovery

    ALBUQUERQUE — The damage done to one Native American community’s ancestral lands by the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history is being assessed as part of a new agreement reached between tribal leaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    An agency contractor this week started collecting aerial photographs of the burned area along Santa Clara Pueblo’s charred canyon as the first step in the watershed assessment.
    Officials said the $1.8 million study is expected to take three years to complete. The findings will provide the basis for a long-term plan aimed at restoration and flood prevention.

  • Rumble in the Rio

    Twenty-eight police officers, firefighters and metro detention center personnel will face off in the eighth annual Rumble in the Rio charity bout at 7 p.m., Oct. 22 at the Santa Ana Star Casino. 2011 Rumble in Rio contenders include Los Alamos Police Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera who will fight in the first bout againt Santa Fe County Firefighter Grant Lundquist in the 200 lb. category, Los Alamos Firefighter Manfred Herman will take on Victor Duran of the Metro Detention Center in the 180 lb. category and Los Alamos Firefighter Daniel Garcia will go up against Steven Schmitt of the Metro Detention Center in the 160 lb. category.
    Tickets are available at the Santa Ana Star Players Club, www.startickets.com.

  • Analysis: NM redistricting replays 2001 battle

    SANTA FE — Democratic divisions in the House doomed the Legislature’s chance to approve a plan that would revamp the boundaries of New Mexico’s congressional districts.
    The Legislature ended a special session last weekend without the House and Senate agreeing on a congressional redistricting plan. But in the end, it may not matter.
    A court almost certainly will determine the makeup of the three congressional districts. That’s what happened a decade ago.
    Even if the Democrat-controlled Legislature had passed a plan during the special session, there’s a strong chance Republican Gov. Susana Martinez would have vetoed it, and the dispute would have ended up in court anyway.

  • Update 09-28-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in council chambers.

    Public meeting

    The Eastern Area Maintenance Project Public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., today at the council chambers.

    Parade

    The Los Alamos High School homecoming parade will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Alamos. At
    7 p.m., the Hilltoppers football team will host Albuquerque Academy at Sullivan Field.

    Hall update

    State Rep. Jim Hall of Los Alamos will speak at noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 on what he has learned since he was chosen to succeed the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace in the legislature. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage.

  • Payne points to wins in Rio Rancho

    This is the final story in a series featuring highlights from the community panel interviews of the county administrator candidates. Answers to some of the questions, such as the candidate’s experience and how it relates to the position, have been covered in previous Los Alamos Monitor stories.

    Jim Payne served one year as city manager for Rio Rancho and has nearly 25 years experience as a city administrator in Wisconsin and Iowa.

    In relating that prior experience to the challenges in Los Alamos, Payne pointed to specific examples of his economic development experience.

  • Experts propose life saving actions after nuclear strike

    WASHINGTON — Major cities and other communities in the United States can take a number of preparedness measures to drastically reduce the number fatalities and illnesses that would follow a nuclear strike, a leading nongovernmental organization declared on Tuesday.

    The Rad Resilient City plan includes a seven-point checklist composed by an expert panel that communities can implement to better protect residents from radioactive fallout after an atomic blast. Adherence to the guidelines could save more than 100,000 lives, according to the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Biosecurity, which led development of the report.