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  • Update 08-19-12

    Public hearing

    A public hearing on Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement  is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos.

    Oppenheimer talk

    The Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture, featuring Alex Filippenko, will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Groundbreaking

    The public is invited to join the county council for the groundbreaking event for the new Golf Course Community Building at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24, at the building site. Refreshments will be served.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Scales of Justice

    The Arts in Public Places will host a statue dedication at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Justice Center courtyard.

     

  • Correction 08-19-12

    The amount of money in the agreement between NMCF and DOE for 2012 is $300,000 for the entire grant program, which is not limited to just New Mexico groups. The wrong amount was reported in Friday’s story. Secondly, DOE was ordered by the court to pay a settlement fine of $6.25 million. The MTA Fund was set up by the plaintiff groups, not by DOE.

  • Today in History for August 18th
  • County, Stepan reach settlement

    Los Alamos County and former employee Diana Stepan have reached a settlement.

    According to a statement released late Friday, the settlement was reached Aug. 1.

    The settlement addresses a claim that Stepan had filed last year against the county and former acting county administrator Randy Autio after her termination of employment.

    The statement read, “the county was represented in the settlement by the New Mexico Self-Insurer's Fund, an insurance pool of New Mexico municipalities and other political subdivisions, including the County, through an arrangement with the New Mexico Municipal League.

    Under the agreement, the New Mexico Self-Insurer's Fund will pay $800,000 to Stepan. The county will pay $175,000 of that settlement, which includes a $25,000 deductible.”

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed in favor of former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan in her case against Los Alamos County back in June.

  • ABQ Police: Officer Uses Stun Gun, Punches Suspect

    An Albuquerque police officer is facing battery charges for using a stun gun on one suspect and punching another after he had surrendered, Albuquerque police announced.

  • State revises Medicaid overhaul plan

     

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez's administration asked the federal government on Friday to approve a revised plan to overhaul a program providing health care for a fourth of New Mexico's population.

    The Human Services Department's latest Medicaid proposal comes nearly six months after the administration initially unveiled a blueprint to improve health care for needy New Mexicans while slowing the growth rate of a program costing nearly $4 billion a year. About a fourth of the money comes from the state budget, with the federal government paying the remainder.

    The administration hopes to implement the Medicaid overhaul in January 2014.

  • County line 08-17-12

    EVENTS:
     
    Summer Concerts - a "Wonderland" at Rover Park Tonight!
     
    Enjoy the blues  rock sounds of Carolyn Wonderland in White Rock this evening - the concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at the park! Bring your lawn chairs, friends and family!
     
    Council Meeting on Tuesday
     
    What's on the agenda? A discussion about management options for the new Creative District is likely to be the main discussion when the meeting begins in Chambers at 7:00 p.m. - streamed live on our Council webpage and broadcast on PAC-8 television, too! ...download the agenda... <http://www.losalamosnm.us/gov/council/Pages/default.aspx>
     
    Art Dedication at the Justice Center on Wednesday
     

  • NCRTD dedicates Jim West Regional Transit Center

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) today has dedicated the Jim West Regional Transit Center, its new headquarters, in a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the building located at 1327 N. Riverside Drive, Española, NM  87532.

    In dedicating the building, NCRTD Chairman and Taos County Commissioner Daniel Barrone stated that, “This Transit Center serves as a testament to the hard work and dedication of the government officials, NCRTD Board and the staff, both past and present, who believed that one day a transit system could connect a 10,000 square mile area of north central New Mexico and create mobility options for people in most cases where none had existed before.”

    “We are thrilled to be located in our new headquarters,” commented Anthony Mortillaro, NCRTD Executive Director. “This now consolidates the administrative offices with the operations and fleet management divisions which previously had been spread out over three locations in Santa Fe and Española.  The move will allow us to operate more efficiently and cost effectively as we position ourselves for the future.”

  • Posse Lodge wins historic status

    Supporters of the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Shack (now called the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge) won their bid to have the lodge placed on the State Historic Register. The New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee approved the petition last Friday.
    Posse Lodge President Carey Grzadinski is behind the effort to place the lodge on the historic registry and supplied much of the historical information about the building. Kelly Myers began preliminary investigations into the requirements for registry.
    The project was turned over to Debe Braden in February. Braden did the bulk of the research and developed the presentation for the review committee. She searched the library, Los Alamos Historical Society records and spoke to anyone who might have information about the Posse or the lodge.
    “I told my kids I thought I was doing a term paper,” Braden said. “When I was doing all this, I thought, I should have been an investigative reporter, because it’s really fun to dig and find facts and one thing leads to another. I’ve enjoyed that a lot.”
    The name, the Posse Shack, as it is known to most locals, derives from the building’s original incarnation.

  • Chile roasting season has arrived

    Matt Romero said his chile is hot, but his wife is hotter. Recently at the Los Alamos Farmer’s Market, Romero sold chiles in sandwich-sized bags to spread the love around to all. Romero will sell full bushels after Labor Day and will roast about 44 bushels per market at that time. Romero Farms also sells a variety of vegetables including eight different types of egg plant.