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  • Board recommends sculpture for Justice Center entrance

    Four finalists presented their proposals for a Justice Center sculpture to the Arts in Public Places Advisory Board Wednesday.

    After a closed door discussion, the board voted that Jemez Springs artist Troy Williams receive the commission for “The Scale of Justice.” The recommendation should go before the county council for consideration sometime in October.

    The board was looking for a piece that would honor the 12 jurors and the diversity of the juror pool here. The Request for Proposals (RFP) specified that the piece had to include one- or two-dimensional figures representing jurors of all ages and backgrounds, it had to be durable and sturdy and could not have a shiny finish. The budget parameter was $50,000 to $100,000.

  • Finalists in town this week

    The culmination of the search for a new county administrator is near at hand.

    Candidates will be in town this Thursday and Friday for interviews with councilors and staff and to answer questions from the community. Council expects to reach a decision by early October.

    Citizens may meet the candidates at a reception from 5–7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

    The public can also hear more of what the candidates have to say at two panels scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23. Councilors asked organizations that represent large segments of the community to choose panelists to interview the candidates.

  • One Dead in Pajarito Road Rollover Crash

    A person was killed Saturday morning in a rollover crash on Pajarito Road, which is restricted and on Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

    Allen L. Martinez, 31, of Chimayo was on his way to work at LANL when he was involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash near TA-46.

    The cause of the rollover is under investigation.

    Martinez was driving a black 1999 four-door Oldsmobile.

    Sgt. Jeff Regenold of the Los Alamos Police Department said Martinez did not have a pulse when he was transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center by the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    More details to follow on lamonitor.com.

  • Reno crash killed 9; probe focuses on wayward part--video extras

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — The death toll in the crash of a World War II-era plane during a Reno air race rose to nine people Saturday as investigators combed through wreckage and scoured amateur video clips to determine why the aircraft suddenly spiraled out of control and plummeted to the ground near hundreds of spectators.

    The deaths include seven who died on the tarmac, including the 74-year-old pilot, and two others who died at hospitals, Reno Deputy Police Chief Dave Evans said.

    The higher death toll was announced at a briefing a day after the Friday afternoon crash. Authorities previously said that three people had perished.

  • Update 09-16-11

    County Council

    The County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m.
    Monday at the council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m.
    Tuesday at the Chamber Conference Room.

    Dance canceled

      The Big M.A.C. Dance scheduled for 7-9 p.m. today  at Pueblo Gym has been canceled.

    CRC meeting

    Charter Review Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Community Building Training Room for discussion and a vote on voting methods.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m.
    Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room.

  • New fire suppression system pays off

    Wreaking havoc on Northern New Mexico, the Las Conchas fire consumed more than 150,000 acres primarily on the Santa Fe National Forest and parts of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument, Pueblos of Jemez, Santa Clara, Cochiti and Santo Domingo, and private lands.

    To combat the fire, 215,000 gallons of water was available to firefighters to suppress the blaze around Pajarito Mountain thanks to a new water diversion/storage tank and hydrant system built and placed into operation a year ago by the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities.

  • Chiles spice up Farmers Market

    Farmers Market shoppers brave the autumn rain Thursday as they select spicy chile from the Romero Farm in Abiquiu.

  • CIP Committee preps process recommendations

    The Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation & Oversight Committee has spent several sessions reviewing the CIP process to determine how it can be improved. The county council will discuss some of those recommendations at its work session Tuesday.

    The committee is responsible for reviewing all new CIP applications and making recommendations to the county administrator and council and for reviewing the progress of individual projects at each CIP development phase.

    The committee is composed of 10 members appointed by the County Administrator. Five members are county staff and the other five are citizens. The committee agreed that the balance of five staff members and five citizens functioned well, and had never been gridlocked.

  • Panetta: DOD cuts could up jobless rate by 1 point

     Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Congress on Thursday that if lawmakers fail to agree on debt-ceiling talks and trigger $1 trillion in Pentagon budget cuts, they could add 1 percentage point to the nation's jobless rate.

    Pentagon press secretary George Little said Thursday that Panetta has relayed those numbers to lawmakers in person and in calls this week, urging Congress to avoid the deadlock that would require the sweeping cuts.

  • Texas execution halted amid Supreme Court review

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago was at least temporarily spared from lethal injection when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review his lawyers' claims that race played an improper role in his sentencing.

    The court on Thursday halted the execution for Duane Buck, 48, two hours into a six-hour window when he could have been taken to the death chamber. Texas officials, however, did not move forward with the punishment while legal issues were pending.