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  • Burgess realigns county staff, names deputies

    Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess transformed what promised to be another contentious night of budget hearings regarding the addition of several full time employees (FTEs) with an unexpected announcement.

    “I’d first like to announce the appointment of two deputy county administrator positions,” Burgess said. “I have appointed Steve Lynne and Brian Bosshardt. I want to extend my congratulations to both of them.” Filling the positions was at Burgess’ discretion and not subject to council approval.

  • Court Rules Online Retailer Owes NM Sales Tax

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has ruled a national online retailer must pay more than a half million dollars in taxes on sales of books, music and movies in New Mexico.

    The court's ruling on Wednesday involved a limited liability company that's a subsidiary of Barnes&noble.com, Inc.

  • VIDEO: Today in History for April 19th
  • 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.