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  • Administrator search narrows

    The search for a new county administrator that began about 10 months ago has yielded a group of finalists with one expected to emerge from the process as the chief executive for Los Alamos County.

    Carl Thornton – the only citizen to attend one of two public input sessions on qualities and qualifications the county should look for in a county administrator – said, “They’ll need to be a real superman or superwoman.” Council seemed to agree with Thornton, and the five candidates being considered for the position have an exacting set of standards to meet.

  • GOP wins in NY House race, seen as Obama rebuke

    NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have scored an upset victory in a House race that started as a contest to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner after he resigned in a sexting scandal but became a referendum on President Barack Obama's economic policies.

    Retired media executive and political novice Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin on Tuesday in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Weiner, a seven-term Democrat who resigned in June.

    With more than 80 percent of precincts reporting, Turner had 54 percent of the vote to Weprin's 46 percent in unofficial results.

  • AP poll: Divisions persist on legal gay marriage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barbara Von Aspern loves her daughter, "thinks the world" of the person her daughter intends to marry and believes the pair should have the same legal rights as anyone else. It pains her, but Von Aspern is going to skip their wedding. Her daughter, Von Aspern explains, is marrying another woman.

    "We love them to death, and we love them without being judgmental," the 62-year-old Chandler, Ariz., retiree said. "But the actual marriage I cannot agree with."

  • Regulation and Licensing Department cautions against investor schemes

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Superintendent J. Dee Dennis, Jr. today warned investors against potential scams on popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
    “As more and more people turn to online social networking sites to interact with others, so have con artists who lurk in the virtual shadows with shady investment deals,” said Dennis. “Just because you befriend someone online does not mean that person is your ‘real friend’ when it comes to investing. This individual may be deliberately mimicking your likes and interests to lure you into a scam.”

  • Richardson pushes to see jailed American

    HAVANA — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is keeping up his quest to visit an American subcontractor jailed in Cuba for nearly two years, despite rebuffs from Cuban officials.
    Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations with a long history of winning prisoner releases around the world, was hunkered down at the capital’s Nacional hotel on Tuesday, waiting for a response to his demand to visit Maryland native Alan Gross in a military hospital where the 62-year-old is being held.

  • Update 09-13-11

    County Council

    The County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m.
    Sept. 19 at the council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m.
    Sept. 20 at the Chamber Conference Room.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Municipal Court will close Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for staff training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544. Some payments may also be paid online at www.citepayusa.com.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m.
    Sept. 21 at the DPU Conference Room.

  • Pivotal redistricting hearing set for Wednesday

    The county is encouraging citizens interested in showing support for Los Alamos County to remain unified under District 43, to attend a hearing on Rep. Brian Egolf’s HB 21 at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 307 of the Capitol Building in Santa Fe.

    The Egolf proposal would blend Los Alamos County precincts 1 through 5, 7 through 13 and 17 with Sandoval County precincts 7, 10 and 51 and Santa Fe County precincts 5, 12, 40, 80 and 86. The Council passed a Resolution in August — as well as traveling with other local community leaders to Las Vegas, N.M. — to emphasize to the Redistricting Committee and governor that they oppose any redistricting changes.

  • United Way fundraiser

    United Way Youth Team member Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta enjoys spending a few moments with Fiona, an 11-year-old cockatoo during the Taste the Sky fundraiser at the Los Alamos County Airport Sunday.

  • CRC approves DPU Charter revisions

    After two months of negotiations with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the Charter Review Committee (CRC) approved revisions to the Charter concerning the board and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

    The CRC incorporated nine of the 15 suggestions proposed by the utilities board into the final proposal.

    Harry Ettinger, chair of the subcommittee on the DPU, delineated their objectives: eliminating ambiguity, providing better clarity, providing flexibility for the future, maintaining the independence of the utility board and utilities operations, providing a supermajority control of the utility board and establishing consistency with New Mexico state law.

  • Gunmen attack school van in Pakistan; 5 dead

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen attacked a school van in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing four children and the driver in an assault they said was carried out to punish local tribesman for resisting the insurgent movement.

    At least 12 boys, two girls and two female teachers were wounded in the attack in Matani on the outskirts of the main northwestern city of Peshawar, said police officer Qayyum Khan.