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  • Lynne, Bosshardt named deputy county administrators

    During Wednesday night’s county council budget meeting, County Administrator Harry Burgess announced organizational changes within several management positions, following his review of the various county departments and divisions and their relationship to his office. Burgess was appointed as county administrator in October 2011.

    “I reviewed the organization after meeting with staff to gather input, then worked to develop the best path forward for the organization,” Burgess said after the meeting, adding that he had also taken the last few months to review the county’s strategic goals and evaluate areas where he felt the staff could take on a more active role.

  • Dick Clark Dead at 82--Video Extra

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the year-end countdown from Times Square on "New Year's Rockin' Eve," has died. He was 82.

    Spokesman Paul Shefrin said Clark had a heart attack Wednesday morning at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica, where he had gone the day before for an outpatient procedure.

  • N.M.4 traffic switches lanes

    Starting Thursday, expect N.M.4 traffic adjacent to White Rock to be switched to the new pavement on the south side of the roadway to allow construction to begin on the north side.
    The work zone will provide for one lane in each direction, with a westbound left turn lane at Rover.  

  • Update 04-18-12

    Earth Day

    The Earth Day Festival will feature displays by earth-friendly organizations; entertainment by Clan Tynker, the Hillstompers, and Wise Fool; “Walk like a Wolf” and puppet-making for kids; bird walks; food and more. Saturday, at PEEC.

    Dem Party

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Library.

    Budget hearings

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold budget meetings 6-10 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Chamisa carnival

  • Transit center set to open in July

    After a nearly nine-month delay, construction of the Española-based North Central Regional Transit District’s Jim West Transit Center’s parking lot is underway.

    District Executive Director Tony Mortillaro said while the building is nearly complete, swampy soil had delayed the construction. But now that the District’s contractor Stoven Construction is preparing to lay down soil-stabilizing materials in the parking lot, Mortillaro said the Transit Center’s construction should wrap up by July 1.

    Change orders delayed construction by more than half a year and will cost the District $732,926 more on top of the project’s $2.3 million price tag.

  • Building upkeep takes heat

    Los Alamos County Council addressed a request for two FTEs in capital projects and facilities to maintain new county structures and that met with opposition.

    “The issue is the long-term nature of maintenance and, after investing tens of millions of dollars in these facilities, the desire to maintain them in the best state possible, as well as the addition of new preventative maintenance plans in existing buildings,” County Administrator Harry Burgess said.

  • Hearings turn contentious

    The issue of new full-time employees (FTEs) became a major point of contention at Tuesday night’s budget hearings.

    Departmental heads originally requested 30 new FTEs. County Administrator Harry Burgess asked directors to find other ways to meet their requirements, and then evaluated requests to determine critical needs.

    Burgess suggested 5.25 new full time positions: one for a new social services department, one for the Indigent Health Care (IHC) program, one to manage requests for public records, two in facilities maintenance and changing the position at the Overlook Park Convenience Center from three quarter time to full time to prevent illegal dumping.

  • VIDEO: Space Needle Gets Anniversary Paint Job

    As Seattle Center celebrates the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair, the Space Needle is getting an anniversary paint job. City officials say the roof of the needle will be painted "galaxy gold" this week.

  • VIDEO: Today in History for April 18th
  • Forest Service in quandary about Colo. frozen cows

    DENVER (AP) — It may take explosives to dislodge a group of cows that wandered into an old ranger cabin high in the Rocky Mountains, then died and froze solid when they couldn't get out.

    The carcasses were discovered by two Air Force Academy cadets when they snow-shoed up to the cabin in late March. Rangers believe the animals sought shelter during a snowstorm and got stuck and weren't smart enough to find their way out.

    The cabin is located near the Conundrum Hot Springs, a nine-mile hike from the Aspen area in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area.