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  • Sheriff’s duties remain at issue in charter debate

    The longest discussion at Thursday’s joint council/Charter Review Committee (CRC) session centered on the recommendation concerning the sheriff. The current charter assigns all law enforcement responsibilities to the Los Alamos Police Department. The sheriff has civil duties defined by state law. The recommendation is that those duties remain unchanged but that confusing language in the charter needs to be clarified.

    Acting County Attorney Brian James is adamantly opposed to any change in the charter language on the grounds that a 1976 court case upheld the current charter, and that any change in language, even to clarify, could subject the new charter to a legal challenge.

  • NCRTD looks at long-range finance plan

    Executive Director Anthony J. Mortillaro outlined three scenarios when it came to the long-range financial plan for the North Central Regional Transit District at a meeting last week at Christus-St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.

    Mortillaro pointed out a worst-case scenario which reflected the possibility that federal funding could be reduced by 30 percent in FY 13 and that Los Alamos County would make its final contribution in 2012.

    “This scenario would result in immediate service reductions as of FY 2014 and possible reductions in the capital and cost allocations to the District members in order to balance the budget,” he wrote.

  • Claims mount from wildfire

    Anyone who suffered property damage or other losses attributable to last summer’s Las Conchas Fire was invited to participate in a conference to discuss potential claims and possible recovery.

    The Albuquerque-based Branch Law Firm together with Kenneth Roye, an attorney from Chico, Calif. specializing in hazard tree claims, hosted the conference at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque Saturday.

    “This is our second conference, our first was Nov. 19 in Los Alamos where about 30 families showed up,” said Roye. “They all had some type of damage – structure, timber, vehicle.”

  • Centennial arts crawl

    As part of the state’s centennial celebration, the Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos Historical Museum and Fuller Lodge Art Center hosted an arts crawl Friday evening.

  • Centennial arts crawl

    As part of the state’s centennial celebration, the Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos Historical Museum and Fuller Lodge Art Center hosted an arts crawl Friday evening.

  • Dispute looms over Governor’s tax cut proposals

    SANTA FE (AP) — When the Legislature convenes Tuesday, lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez will consider doing what was unthinkable in the past three years because of New Mexico’s sour economy: Cutting taxes.

    With the economy on the mend, the governor is proposing $55 million in tax cuts to boost businesses and encourage them to create jobs. But those tax reductions likely will turn into one of the biggest disputes between the Republican governor and the Democratic-controlled Legislature, which has been forced to slash state spending since 2009 to balance the budget. Many Democrats hoped this year’s session would allow them to restore recent cutbacks in programs and services.

  • Pile Burns Continue

    Burn Boss Bill Armstrong ignites a pile of Ponderosa pine slash during Friday’s burn operation by the Santa Fe National Forest and the Los Alamos County Parks Division. Pile burns will continue through Monday in Walnut, Pueblo and Bayo canyons.

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  • Death Toll Up, Captain Blasted in Ship Disaster

    Criticism has mounted against the captain of a cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast. As the death toll climbed to six, he was accused of steering it too close to shore, and abandoning it during the evacuation.

  • Pile burning near North Mesa

    The recent mild weather on the Pajarito Plateau provides a good opportunity for local wildfire mitigation officials to conduct pile burning operations.  Craig Martin, Los Alamos County’s Open Space Specialist will coordinate the activities of local fire crews as they work to address burn units located below San Ildefonso Road and Camino Redondo, below Walnut Street, south of Camino Encantado, west of El Gancho, and along the south edge of the golf course.

    Burning began Friday. Burning will continue through the day from Friday through Monday. Lingering smoke may be visible throughout and beyond this period as fire crews monitor the piles and consolidate the material to reduce the volume of smoke.