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  • Online forum looks to open government

    Los Alamos residents often complain that they are unaware of what the county is doing or that they do not have time to attend meetings or send emails about issues that concern them. The county has just launched another initiative that may make it easier for citizens to stay informed and involved.
    Open Forum is an online tool for citizen participation developed and moderated by Peak Democracy, a nonpartisan company whose mission is to broaden civic engagement and build public trust in government. The county’s cost for a yearly subscription and full support is $2,700.
    “This is in response to council’s desire to find additional ways to conduct public outreach with citizens and try to find different venues for people to have more 24/7 access to county government, without necessarily attending another public meeting or having to go to someone’s office to look at a particular document,” said Los Alamos County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger.
    Open Forum provides tools for citizen engagement. The county posts information about a project or an upcoming council issue on the site. Citizens can read a basic introduction and decide if they want to learn more by following links to power point presentations or additional information.

  • Today in History for October 11th
  • 10 things to know for Thursday


    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

    1. VP CANDIDATES TAKE CENTER STAGE

    Untested debater Ryan has been studying up on Biden, who has been sparring over public policy for years.

    2. REPUBLICANS CONFRONT STATE DEPARTMENT ABOUT LIBYA SECURITY

    GOP lawmakers aren't buying the explanation that protection was fine, but overwhelmed by the unprecedented Benghazi assault.

    3. TURKEY INTERCEPTS SYRIAN PLANE AS TENSIONS MOUNT

    The jet was forced to land at Ankara airport, and cargo was confiscated.

    4. WHO CLAIMS TO HAVE THE DOPE ON LANCE ARMSTRONG

    A report shows that 11 former teammates helped build the case against the dethroned Tour de France king.

  • Police: Focus on Tips on Missing Colorado Girl

    Authorities said they have received 'several hundred tips' as they continue to search for a 10-year-old girl who disappeared on her way to her suburban Denver school.

  • Congressman: Libya Terror Attack Exposes Security Flaws
  • Update 10-10-12

    Night in Italy

    Tickets are available for “A Night in Italy” fundraiser for Assets in Action. The event takes place Oct. 20 at the Hilltop House Hotel. Tickets are $40 each and proceeds benefit youth development programs. Additional information is available by calling 661-4846 or by email at AssetsInAction.info.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The board meets monthly. More information can be obtained by calling 662-8173.

    CRC Committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between 9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

  • AG looks into voter suppression allegations

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says he has launched an investigation into allegations of voter suppression.
    King said Tuesday that his office has received a number of complaints about efforts to discourage some state residents from voting.
    Last week, a Democratic-leaning political group on Thursday criticized poll challenger training by an Albuquerque-area Republican official, saying there was misinformation about voter identification requirements and provisional ballots that could be used to suppress turnout in the general election.
    ProgressNow New Mexico released secretly recorded video of the training done last week by Sandoval County GOP vice chairwoman Patricia Morlen, a tea party activist.
    “This is a how-to-guide to voter suppression and many of their instructions are in blatant contradiction to state law,” said Pat Davis, executive director of the political group. “People trained by the GOP to ‘protect’ our elections will wreak havoc on our elections and so frustrate voters that many will simply give up and go home.”

  • Convention Center concept advances

    Building a convention center has been high on Los Alamos County’s economic development priority list for well over a decade. The road toward realizing that goal is littered with the debris of failed proposals, ideas that never materialized and voters’ rejection of a county-owned civic/conference center.

    Now staff is optimistic that a recently issued Request for Qualifications will generate a workable option for building a convention center. The goal is for a high quality facility that can stop “leakage” to surrounding casino resorts and venues in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

    A market feasibility study conducted earlier this year by the Strategic Advisory Group concluded  that Los Alamos is losing anywhere from $2 million to $4 million in annual conference and lodging business to nearby casino resorts and to Class A lodging and conference facilities in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The estimate was based on data obtained from Los Alamos National Laboratory and other federal agencies and businesses.

    The study was prompted by a proposal from Trident Development New Mexico L.L.C., which had initiated negotiations for a public/private partnership with the county in 2010.

  • Former NFL lineman, TV actor Alex Karras dies at age 77

    DETROIT (AP) — Alex Karras, the rugged lineman who anchored the Detroit Lions' defense in the 1960s, then went on to an acting career in which he starred in the sitcom "Webster" and famously punched a horse in the 1974 comedy "Blazing Saddles," died Wednesday. He was 77.

    Karras, who had recently suffered kidney failure, died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney.

    Diagnosed with dementia, Karras in April joined the more than 3,500 former NFL players suing the league for not protecting them better from head injuries, immediately becoming one of the best-known names in the legal fight.

    Detroit drafted Karras with the 10th overall pick in 1958 out of Iowa and he was a four-time All-Pro defensive tackle over 12 seasons with the franchise.

  • 10 things to know for Wednesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. EMBASSY OFFICIAL WARNED STATE DEPT. BEFORE LIBYA ATTACK

    He is expected to tell a House panel at noon that he pleaded for more security before the ambassador and two others were killed.

    2. HOW MEXICO LOST THE REMAINS OF A NOTORIOUS DRUG LORD

    Gunmen in a hijacked hearse snatched the body of Heriberto Lazcano from a funeral home after the Zetas strongman was killed.

    3. WHAT A MAN ARRESTED AT LAX WAS WEARING

    Yongda Huang Harris was dressed in a bulletproof vest and fire-resistant pants when he was taken into custody on suspicion of transporting hazardous materials.

    4. ROMNEY'S NEW CAMPAIGN SLOGAN