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  • Update 01-31-12

    Historic board

    The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    T-board meeting

    The Transportation Board’s regularly scheduled meeting has been moved to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the public works conference room, 2101 Trinity Drive.

    Special session

    A special session with council and the Los Alamos Board of Education is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at council chambers.

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in the council chambers.

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  • House panel puts off vote on $5B budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — A proposed $5.6 billion state budget hit a last-minute snag in a House committee Monday after Republicans objected that several of the GOP governor’s initiatives might get chopped if the state’s revenue outlook dims.
    The Appropriations and Finance Committee postponed a final vote on the budget, and the chairman, Rep. Henry Kiki Saavedra, D-Albuquerque, said he was surprised by the GOP complaints because members of the panel had tentatively agreed last week on provisions of the spending plan.
    The budget proposal calls for a spending increase of nearly $216 million, or about 4 percent, in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

  • Hungry Like a Coyote

    A coyote stops to take a rest after chasing a raven across the street on Fairway Drive this morning.

  • Merrill's credibility cited in court case

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series.

    Hildegard Merrill, of Candles Delight, LLC - one of the principals in the Los Alamos Plaza development – has been the defendant in two lawsuits that shed some light on her career in real estate. The former broker turned developer and her partner are currently trying to beat the clock on a court-mandated deadline to repay more than $1.2 million or lose the prime property on Trinity Drive to foreclosure.

    Key allegations in the earlier lawsuits involve fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Although Merrill contends she did nothing wrong, both judgments were decided in favor of the plaintiffs and upheld in appeals.

    John Warren was awarded a disputed condominium and over $65,000 in damages after suing Merrill for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and ejectment. Merrill received over $50,000 credit against the damage awards for reimbursements for storage, mortgage, taxes, homeowners’ association dues and other payments she made related to the condominium.

  • Los Alamos Plaza: Samuels vs. Merrill poses questions about broker's conduct

    Benjamin and Inez Samuels also won a judgment against Hildegard Merrill.

    The Samuels agreed to have Merrill list a condominium they were selling and to buy a condominium owned by Merrill. The Samuels agreed to buy the property "as is," subject to an inspection and their written agreement that any "applicable contingency" revealed by the inspection be removed in writing by them.

    Escrow would open and close concurrently on both properties. Merrill was also designated the sole real estate broker for the sale of her property.

  • Crucial vote set for joint meeting

    Tell us how you would vote on this issue... Take the online opinion poll here.

    Buildings could start sprouting up within the next couple of years if the Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education gives the Trinity Site Revitalization Project the green light on Wednesday.

    The board will have a joint meeting with the Los Alamos County Council to decide whether they will agree to the ground lease and developer agreement presented to them, which would signal the start of the project.

  • Trinity Site letters to the editor

    To the editor:

  • VIDEO: Window Shopping Will Never Be the Same

    This is window shopping the 21st century way. And if researchers at the have their way, this is how we will soon make purchases at the mall.

  • Marine gets jail time, reduced rank in hazing case

    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii-based Marine lance corporal will spend 30 days in jail and have his rank reduced to private first class for punching and kicking a fellow Marine who killed himself shortly afterward, a judge ruled late Monday, saying she found no evidence the abuse led to the suicide.

    Lance Cpl. Jacob Jacoby, 21, who pleaded guilty to assault, acknowledged he punched and kicked Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, of Santa Clara, Calif., out of anger and frustration that the fellow Marine repeatedly fell asleep while on watch for Taliban fighters.

  • Toy company owners to be sentenced in drug scheme

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For more than four years, a Los Angeles toy company that sold cuddly stuffed animals was a perfect front for Colombian drug traffickers to launder their money, authorities said.

    The complex scheme involved the deposit of drug money to Angel Toy Corp. bank accounts in exchange for Colombian pesos via the sale and shipment of the company's toys. Two Angel Toy co-owners are expected to be sentenced Tuesday in a case that highlights how cartels are funneling drug proceeds into the U.S. to avoid detection.