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  • Council schedules a special meeting for CIP projects

    To determine how to handle the 16 newest capital improvement project (CIP) applications, Los Alamos County Council agreed Tuesday night to hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in council chambers to further discuss the proposed projects.
    County Administrator Tony Mortillaro recommended to the council during their regular meeting to approve a budget amendment of $690,000 for fiscal year 2011 to fund phase one studies for:
    • Los Alamos Ice Rink bathroom, lift, station, parking, cover and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements – $240,000;

  • Beloved guinea pig returned

    Children rejoiced to find Violet, their beautiful classroom guinea pig, returned without a scratch after being kidnapped from Little Forest Playschool during a break-in Sunday.
    “One of our teachers put out the word on the Internet and Facebook that Violet had been stolen and a mother in town noticed and called to say that her son had come home with a guinea pig,” Executive Director Jeni Morris said. “The children had been devastated and were so happy to have Violet home safe and healthy.”

  • County personnel issues extend beyond top job

    The most visible outward signs of personnel issues within Los Alamos County government revolve around the seeming ongoing churn in county administrators. However, the tentacles that point to a trend appear to extend well beyond the county’s top spot.
    Several other senior county employees also have transferred, quit or been terminated in the recent past.
    • Former County Attorney Peter Dwyer was the subject of an independent investigation and is no longer with the county.

  • Update 12-08-10

    Fund set up to help White Rock barber

    A fund has been set up to help White Rock barber Julian Ortiz, who was recently released from the hospital. Those who wish to help Ortiz with expenses while he is out of work may make donations in person or over the phone at Los Alamos National Bank.

    Open enrollment

  • Fans remember John Lennon 30 years after his death

    NEW YORK (AP) — John Lennon's fans celebrated his life Wednesday by visiting Strawberry Fields, the Central Park garden dedicated in his honor, while a newly released interview he gave shortly before his death showed he was optimistic about his future.

    On the 30th anniversary of Lennon's murder outside his Manhattan apartment building, admirers played his music nearby at Strawberry Fields and placed flowers on a mosaic named for his song "Imagine."

  • Private company launches test spacecraft for NASA

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private company launched a spacecraft Wednesday in a bold demonstration test for NASA that could lead to a space station supply run next year.

    The Falcon 9 rocket, owned by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., blasted into a clear, chilly morning sky, carrying a capsule named Dragon. The company, known as SpaceX, aimed to place the capsule in orbit and then bring it back to Earth three hours later.

  • Obama facing tough sell in own party on tax deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a reversal, President Barack Obama is pressuring fellow Democrats to vote for a bill accepted by many Republicans — legislation that would retain existing tax rates for the middle class and stretch the safety net for the jobless.

  • Hackers strike back to support WikiLeaks founder

    LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks supporters struck back Wednesday at perceived enemies of the site and its jailed founder Julian Assange, launching hack attacks against MasterCard, Swedish prosecutors, a Swedish lawyer and a Swiss group that froze Assange's bank account.

  • House Democrats' bill freezes most agency budgets

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are promising to freeze the budgets of most Cabinet departments while wrapping Congress' unfinished annual spending bills into a single catchall measure.

    The 423-page measure, unveiled in the wee hours Wednesday, would cap the agencies' operating budgets at $1.2 trillion, the level of the budget year that ended in September. That's about 4 percent less than President Barack Obama asked for.

  • Elizabeth Edwards' legacy: toughness amid tragedy

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A son dying young. A six-year battle with cancer. A humiliating betrayal.

    Americans knew Elizabeth Edwards in large part through her tragedies, but more importantly, they knew her for the vitality and determination she showed through them. Her cancer incurable and her former-presidential-candidate husband mired in a paternity scandal, she did not shrink from public life but shared her story and advocated for health-care reform.