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  • Property tax bill deadline looms

    Los Alamos County property tax bills for 2012 were mailed to property owners Nov. 1.
    The first half installment becomes delinquent after Dec. 10. Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. Dec. 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day, to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.
    The 311 Customer Care Center is located at 150 Central Park Square and open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, N.M.  87544.  
    Payments are also accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.

  • Sheriff Lucero's charter amendment petition fails

    A Charter amendment petition that would have allowed sheriff officers who successfully completed Law Enforcement Academy training to assume peace keeping duties was certified insufficient by council last Tuesday.

    Sheriff Marco Lucero, who initiated the petition, submitted 377 of the 1,327 required signatures. The petition was circulated from May 2 to Oct. 29, with an additional two weeks allowed to correct the insufficiency. No additional signatures were collected during that period.

    The petition was Lucero’s most recent attempt to obtain law enforcement duties for the sheriff’s office. He had proposed this amendment during the Charter Review Committee discussions about the role of sheriff.

    The charter reads “The Council shall establish as a department of the County, a Police Department to be charged with conserving the peace and enforcing the laws of the State and the ordinances of the County. The Sheriff shall have those powers and duties assigned to sheriffs by state statutes, including the powers of a peace officer, but the Sheriff shall not duplicate or perform those duties in this Charter or by ordinance or resolution assigned or delegated to the County’s Police Department.”

  • LANS to pay $10 million

    The first step was taken Tuesday to resolve the cost overrun issue with the Nuclear Material Safeguards and Security Upgrade Project at TA-55.

    The National Nuclear Security Administration and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the managing and operating contractor of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, have reached an agreement on how to move forward with the project.

    According to the joint statement issued late in the day Tuesday, the settlement agreement, reached in partnership between NNSA and the LANS Board of Governors, resolves LANS’ accountability for potentially unallowable costs incurred on the project to date and sets a path forward for completion of the project.

    Under the agreement, LANS, LLC will pay the government $10 million in non-reimbursable, non-taxpayer funds to settle project costs deemed potentially unallowable by the NNSA, and work with its subcontractors to develop plans to restart work at NMSSUP as efficiently and economically as possible.

    A revised estimate of the total project cost, which includes savings from this agreement, is due to NNSA by Dec. 10. NNSA has agreed to resume funding the NMSSUP project no later than Dec.14.

  • Raw: Hundreds Dead After Philippines Typhoon

    Stunned parents searching for missing children examined a row of mud-stained bodies while survivors dried their soaked belongings on roadsides Wednesday, a day after a powerful typhoon ripped through the southern Philippines.

  • Police Video Shows Man Found in Trunk

    Louisville, Kentucky Metro Police released surveillance video of an alleged kidnapping victim, found in the trunk of his car during a traffic stop.

  • Today in History for December 5th
  • Raw: Boehner Lights Christmas Tree at Capitol

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) lit the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on Tuesday afternoon. The 65-foot Engelmann Spruce is from Colo. and decorated with 10,000 lights and thousands of ornaments made by the people of that state.

  • 'In Cold Blood' murderers investigated in Florida

    OSPREY, Fla. (AP) — At the end of 1959, two families of four — one in Kansas, the other in Florida — were brutally murdered.

    Two men were arrested, charged and executed in the Kansas case, and writer Truman Capote captured the horrific tale in his iconic true crime book, "In Cold Blood."

    The Florida murder of two parents and two children was investigated by dozens of detectives over the years, but it remained unsolved. Now, a detective is trying to prove that the men who were executed in Kansas were also responsible for the Florida slayings.

    "It's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle," said Sarasota County Sheriff's detective Kimberly McGath, who began re-investigating the murders of Cliff and Christine Walker and their two young children in 2007.

    McGath said there is evidence that points to two men who are now in a Kansas cemetery for executed prisoners: Perry Smith and Richard Hickock.

  • Correction 12-04-12

    A story in last Thursday’s edition “Infrastructure Debate Surfaces,” incorrectly reported that the Los Alamos Public School  “district decided to go ahead with the [Piñon roofing] project with little input from the board, merely requiring board President Kevin Honnell’s signature to start the project off before the board had time to look into the specifics of the contract.”  Honnell pointed out that he did not sign off on the contract, nor was he aware that any such action was being taken by the LAPS administration. The document was actually signed on the board’s behalf by LAPS Finance Officer John Wolfe.
    The Los Alamos Monitor regrets any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.

  • Power outage effects 50 customers

    A brief power outage affected approximately 50 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities customers including the Los Alamos Monitor.
     Beginning at 11:10 a.m. Monday, electricity was lost to businesses on the south side of Trinity, from 15th Street to the end of DP Road, after a high voltage switch did not fully engage when placed back in service.
    DPU electric linemen responded and restored power within 15 minutes.