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  • NCRTD reviews top three picks

    Los Alamos Councilor Mike Wismer walked out of the Santa Fe County Commission Chambers and shook his head.

    Wismer had just spent the last three hours Friday at the North Central Region Transit District August board meeting. The meeting still was going on, but Wismer had to go back to Los Alamos because he had to go to work at the lab.

    It was the first hour of the meeting that left Wismer a little stressed.

    “I wasn’t expecting that,” Wismer said.

    The first hour was spent on the executive director search. And some thought it might be a slam dunk that the transit board would rubber stamp the search committee’s choice of Tony Mortillaro as the permanent executive director.

    Not so fast.

  • State Briefs 08-05-11

    Albuquerque will cooperate with Justice Department

    ALBUQUERQUE — The city of Albuquerque says it will cooperate with any U.S. Justice Department investigation into a recent escalation in police shootings.
    The mayor’s office Friday released a letter that Rob Berry, the city’s chief administrative officer, wrote to the department saying the city “will collaborate and cooperate fully with any review that may be ongoing.”
    Since January 2010, 19 people have been shot by police, 13 fatally.
    The DOJ told the Associated Press on Tuesday it is reviewing allegations against the department to determine if it should launch a full investigation.

  • Correction 08-05-11

    In a Thursday, Aug. 4 caption regarding the Board of Public Utilities, it was incorrectly stated that the Charter Review Committee would be voting on proposed changes to the charter concerning the Department of Public Utilities on Aug. 15. The vote will take place on Sept. 12.

  • Update 08-05-11

    Workshop

    Bicycle Commuting Workshop geared to riders ages 16 and up, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Justice Center parking lot. Visit www.pajaritoeec.org/programs/calendar.php#bike

    Parish picnic

     Immaculate Heart of Mary will hold their annual parish picnic at 1 p.m. Sunday on the parish grounds, 3700 Canyon Road.

    Presentation

    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory board will sponsor a free presentation by author Consuelo Kickbusch, from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. 

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

  • NCRTD still looking for executive director

    The North Central Regional Transit District still does not have a permanent executive director.

    The NCRTD met this morning at the Santa Fe County Commission chambers to vote on the recommendation that Tony Mortillaro, the former Los Alamos County adminstrator, become the next executive director.

    It didn’t happen.

    After more than an hour of discussion, the board voted to interview the top three candidates face to face at a meeting in two weeks. The search committee had interviewed the top five candidates on the telephone for 30 minutes and then made the recommendation of Mortillaro, who had the highest score, based on a matrix.

  • Trinity redesign scrutinized

    Janie O’Rourke, Transportation Board vice chair, made a motion at last night’s meeting that the board recommends a peer review of MIG’s design for Trinity Drive by Ourston Roundabout Engineering.

    Board member Khalil Spencer explained why a peer review would be valuable.

  • Teacher arraigned on charges--video extra

    Peter Bowman, 47, a resident of El Rancho, was arraigned this morning on two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. Bowman is a teacher at Los Alamos Middle School.

    Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados conducted the hearing at Los Alamos Justice Center. She kept Bowman’s bond set at $20,000 cash or surety. Bowman remained in custody at the Los Alamos County Detention Center as of press time.

    If convicted Bowman faces up to three years in prison for each count, and up to $5,000 in fines, Casados said.

    Los Alamos police became aware of an alleged crime after a 14-year-old LAMS student came forward about her relationship with Bowman, Police Capt. Randy Foster said.

  • NASA launches spacecraft on 5-year trip to Jupiter--video extra

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A sun-powered robotic explorer named Juno rocketed away Friday on a five-year journey to Jupiter, the solar system's most massive and ancient planet.

    Hundreds of scientists and their families and friends watched from just a few miles away, cheering and yelling, "Go Juno!" as the NASA spacecraft soared into a clear midday sky atop an unmanned rocket.

    "It's fantastic!" said Fran Bagenal, a planetary scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who is part of the project. "Just great to see the thing lift off."

  • NCRTD still looking for executive director

    The North Central Regional Transit District still does not have a permanent executive director.

    The NCRTD met this morning at the Santa Fe County Commission chambers to vote on the recommendation that Tony Mortillaro, the former Los Alamos County adminstrator, become the next executive director.

    It didn't happen.

  • NM chile crops weather tough growing conditions

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The familiar roasters are popping up, spinning their Hatch green chile and luring in customers with the unrivaled smell of charred skins.

    At Los Chile Bros., in business for 25 years, owner Johnny Duran is happy to be out selling chile at his usual Big Lots rental spot on Cerrillos Road after a spring and summer of unfavorable crop conditions.

    Although New Mexico is known for all things chile, this year's drought and extreme heat have withered almost a quarter of Duran's crop.