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  • Top NMED official abruptly resigns

    SANTA FE (AP) - The head of the resource protection division at the New Mexico Environment Department has resigned, but the agency isn’t offering any details.
    Department spokesman Jim Winchester confirmed Jim Davis’ resignation was effective Tuesday morning.
    Winchester also confirmed that the department restructured some operations Monday and that included removing the state’s hazardous waste bureau from Davis’ division.
    The bureau is responsible for oversight and technical guidance related to the generation of hazardous waste as well as its storage and disposal.
    This includes work at Sandia and Los Alamos laboratories and the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico.

  • Update 07-20-11

    CIP oversight
    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a business meeting Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers.

    BAER meeting
    A community meeting will be held at Mountain Elementary School at 6 tonight to discuss the BAER’s initial assessments from the fire.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers. 

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utiliies will meet at 5:30 tonight in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    Dem meeting

  • Trail Network reopens Thursday

    With the Las Conchas Fire under control and firefighters performing mopup duties in different areas, things are returning to normal.

    Craig Martin, the county’s open space specialist and who is working with BAER officials, announced this morning that all trails on the Los Alamos County Trail Network on county land are open as of 6 a.m.

    At Bandelier National Monument, the Tsankawi area. the Overlook Trail at Juniper Campground, and the Burnt Mesa Trail are open. All other trails are closed.

  • Business guru coming to Los Alamos

    From office procedures to customer care,  national business expert Jon Schallert, who specializes in transforming local companies into irresistible destinations will present his “How to Create a Destination Business” workshop Aug. 10.

    Schallert’s seminar focuses on tools that independent local businesses can use to build their sales and customer traffic.

    A group of Los Alamos business owners attended his two-and-a-half-day Destination Business Boot Camp in Longmont, Colo., last month.  

  • Power outages impact Los Alamos residents

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ electric line crew spent the evening and early morning troubleshooting two underground power outages, one that began late Tuesday evening and the other early Wednesday morning.
     Tuesday evening’s power outage began around 10 p.m. and affected 40 to 50 customers at the Loma Vista Apartments and a small section of Oppenheimer. Crews restored power at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday by running a temporary line above ground to the area.  Linemen are still investigating the root cause so that permanent repairs may be conducted and the temporary line removed.

  • Jailed Palestinian leader asks millions to protest

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An imprisoned Palestinian uprising leader held by Israel called Wednesday for "millions" of people to take to the streets in support of a Palestinian independence bid this fall — a scenario that Israeli officials warn could spin into a new wave of violence.

    With peace talks stalled since 2008, the Palestinians have said they will instead ask the United Nations to recognize their state during the General Assembly session in September.

  • Mixed reaction to 'Gang of 6' budget plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat in the House reacted positively to a new bipartisan budget plan emerging in the Senate, even as a top House GOP military hawk said it would cut defense way too much.

    Asked about the budget unveiled Tuesday by the Senate's "Gang of Six" at a brief appearance with reporters Wednesday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, "It has some good principles in it."

  • LANL whistleblower
  • A tribute to firefighters
  • Crisis Response Hotline changes hands

    The Los Alamos Family Council provided local Crisis Response for several years. However, with the institution of Core Service Agencies (CSAs) in the behavioral health system, the CSAs are providing Crisis Response coverage to their areas as part of the contract with the state. Therefore, two Crisis Response resources are not needed. PMS is the CSA for Los Alamos County. The Los Alamos Community Health Council has expressed its gratitude to The Los Alamos Family Council for handling Crisis Response, especially its coverage during the past few weeks during the transition.