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  • Council set to finalize strategic plan

    The focus of Tuesday night’s council meeting will be an attempt to reach consensus and formally adopt the county’s updated Strategic Leadership Plan.

    Councilors and administrative staff met in January to discuss new strategic goals for 2011 and beyond. Facilitator Carl Neu conducted session to help councilors – with input from staff – formulate a new vision statement and strategic focus areas, which are described as “those items of extreme strategic importance that will ultimately determine the nature and quality of the future of Los Alamos County.”

  • A Dog Gone Miracle

    Los Alamos resident Beau Ballard and his fiancé, Magen Coleman, met adoptable Siberian Husky Jake, on several occasions at a dog park in Albuquerque. They decided to take the canine home to see if he would be a good fit. He was with them for just a couple of days when he slipped out of his collar during an evening walk at Ashley Pond and ran into Los Alamos Canyon.  

    The couple called me for help. Jake originally came to the Siberian Husky Rescue of New Mexico when he was part of a 24 dog (animal hoarding case) seizure near Dallas in 2009. Although only six to eight months old, Jake had not been socialized around people and was very shy and distrusted humans.

  • Update 06-24-11

    LAPS is on TV
    Mountain Elementary School will be featured at 5 a.m. Monday on the Discovery Channel in a special edition half hour show called The Profiles Series.

    Applications accepted
    Applications are being accepted through July 15 for the 2011-2012 Leadership Los Alamos program. Visit http://leadershiplosalamos.memberlodge.com/

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet in Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m. Monday and the main topic of discussion will be possible charter changes to the office of the county sheriff.

    Film series

  • LAMC welcomes neonatal team

    Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) welcomed its new Neonatal team on June 6.  The neonatal team will work in conjunction with the current pediatricians at LAMC to provide the highest quality of care to the newborns in the community.

  • CRC set to mull fate of sheriff in LA

    Concern that the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office may be eliminated has energized John Horne and Matthew Wolk to mobilize 21 local families to speak against that action.

    “Because the sheriff is elected, he is the closest official to the people,” said Wolk, a Los Alamos contractor. “The sheriff has authority over all law enforcement – including federal. We want to ensure the sheriff’s office stays intact because it’s just another check and balance for the people.”

  • NM 4 project gets green light

    The White Rock State Road 4 alignment project may soon be underway. Last night the county’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee reviewed and discussed contractors’ bids and made recommendations to move the project forward.

    The goal in reconfiguring the stretch of road is to promote slower and safer travel through the community and to facilitate the county’s economic revitalization goals for the area.

    The new design calls for one lane travel in each direction, with bus pullouts and left turn lanes. This design should slow traffic, which the community is requesting, while expediting traffic flow.

  • PRC approves gas plant

    SUNLAND PARK (AP) — New Mexico regulators have given their approval for El Paso Electric to build an 81-megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant near Sunland Park.
    The $85 million project will serve about 50,000 customers in the Las Cruces area. Construction will  take about two years.
    The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve an order for the utility to build the plant.
    PRC Chairman Patrick Lyons voted in favor of the project. He said the plant will bring needed electricity to one of the state’s fastest growing areas.
    The commission was the last of three entities whose approval was required to move the project forward.

  • Still on the Line

    A Department of Public Utilities crew checks things out at 20th and Nectar earlier this week.

  • Police: Profs ran site for esteemed men to get sex--video extras

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two aging professors accused of running a sophisticated prostitution website appeared to have one goal: Police say they wanted to create a place where respected men like themselves could go for sex without having to worry about getting caught up in street stings.

    "They have a lot to lose, and they tried to build an organization to protect themselves," Albuquerque police Lt. William Roseman said.

  • Lujan pledges support for first responders

    Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has joined with several other members of the House to introduce bipartisan legislation to provide support to firefighters and other first responders, a news release said.
    The bill, HR 2269, dubbed the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act, renews programs to assist first responders.
    “As a number of fires continue to bur throughout New Mexico, it is critical that we provide our firefighters with the resources they need to successfully do their job,” Lujan said in the release. “Their bravery and service to your community is unparalleled as they fight on multiple fronts to protect New Mexico’s families, homes and land.”