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  • Former PRC Commissioner Jerome Block jailed

    SANTA FE — Former state Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr., who recently resigned after pleading guilty to felony charges, has been jailed in Santa Fe.
    Santa Fe County jail records indicate Block was booked at 12:10 p.m. Friday on a remand order, indicating he violated a condition of his release.
    Under a plea agreement with the attorney general’s office, Block pleaded guilty last month to the fraudulent use of a state-issued gasoline card and other felonies.
    If the 34-year-old from Espanola fails to complete a court-supervised drug treatment program, he potentially faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison.

  • Correction 10-16-11


    In the “Trinity debate takes a turn” story that ran in the Los Alamos Monitor in September, William Mead was quoted as saying that between 2006 and 2009 there was only one pedestrian “fatality” — he actually said “accident.”

  • LA Delegation Tours Sister City

    Members of the Los Alamos Sarov Sister City Initiative (LASSCI) were moved by the warm welcome they received from Los Alamos’ Sister City of Sarov, Russia.

    The delegation included Council vice-Chair Ron Selvage, Acting Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan (also representing the library), Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos, LASSCI Board Members Paul White and Nora Arbuckle and Colleen Olinger, former owner of the Otowi Station Bookstore. Arbuckle, who is originally from Uzbekistan, augmented the services of the interpreters.

    Selvage’s and Kalogeros-Chattan expenses were paid for by the county, whom they were representing, and other members paid their own expenses.

  • Mortillaro accepts lesser contract

    SANTA FE — Former Los Alamos County administrator Anthony J. Mortillaro finally got his contract as the executive director of the North Central Regional Transit District Friday.
    But it was far from an easy process.

    For more than three hours behind closed doors, the transit board met in executive session to hash out the details of the contract.

    It was far from unanimous.

    Santa Fe County Commissioner Robert Anaya initially made a motion that would give Mortillaro a base salary of $96,000 and no $500 per-month vehicle allowance. The motion failed 15-11, despite the support of Espanola’s Robert Seeds and Rio Arriba County’s Barney Trujillo.

  • NCRTD, Mortillaro agree to contract

    For three hours, the North Central Region Transit board sat behind closed doors, trying to hash out the details of executive director Tony Mortillaro's contract.

    When the dust settled Friday afternoon, the board approved a contract that would give Mortillaro a base salary of $100,000 per year and no vehicle allowance of $500 per month.

    "I am just glad now we can focus on moving forward," Mortillaro said.

    For more on the meeting, pick up a Sunday copy of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Clarification 10-14-11

    The Oct. 13 story, “Council approves zoning request” stated that Roger Waterman had offered to relocate the Boy Scout cabin housed on the property.
    Waterman called the Los Alamos Monitor to clarify that he has confirmed that it is possible to move the building if the community wishes to preserve it, but has not offered to move it himself.

  • Roadwork begins Monday

    Utilities installation for the new Municipal Complex begins Monday, Oct. 17, on Deacon Street. Work begins with intermittent flagging operations and then proceeds to full street closure, limited to the eastern end of the street. Motorists should use the 20th Street entrance to Deacon to access parking for El Parasol, Central Avenue Grill, CB Fox, Metzgar’s hardware store or the LANL offices. Delivery truck access to the south loading docks for businesses is being coordinated with the contractor and will be accommodated as needed.  
    Roadwork should be completed within the week, weather permitting.

     

  • Teen Center Study progresses

    Only about 20 people turned out, about half of them teens, to the first of three public meetings to discuss the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Phase I Study for the Los Alamos Teen Center Facility Thursday evening.
    “Although turnout was low, there was a nice cross-section of the community there,” said Linda Daly, executive director of the YMCA.
    Council approved $150,000 for the Phase I study in December 2010. The Phase I study request argued that Los Alamos needs a teen center because of its isolation. Los Alamos lacks the places where teens usually “hang out,” such as shopping malls and bowling alleys.

  • Update 10-14-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Training and tour

    The Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, are holding Electronic Public Reading Room training and a tour of the Hard copy Public Reading Room. There are two sessions: 11 a.m.-noon or 5-6 p.m. Oct. 18.

    PEECnic

    The PEECnic will be at Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Children’s activities, nature exhibits, talks on birds of Honduras and Columbia and refreshments will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

    BPU meeting

  • LAHS construction unable to catch up

    After missing their initial deadline of Oct. 19, Flintco is expected to reach substantial completion on the main building of the Los Alamos High School construction project by Oct. 26.

    During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Gerald Martin’s Owner’s Representative David Wharram gave a brief presentation to board members and explained where the project stands.

    He cited the Las Conchas Fire in late June as the reason Gerald Martin missed the deadline. He also said the company thought they would be able to make up the time lost due to evacuation of the town, but were unable to do so.