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Today's News

  • BPU considers rate hikes, restructuring

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on a proposed restructuring of the electric rate structure as well as two rate hikes at its Oct. 15 meeting.
    The Department of Public Utilities had already projected the need for a 6-percent revenue increase, which is included in the FY2014 budget. If approved, that would be implemented in January. DPU also anticipates the need for an additional five percent increase for FY2015, beginning in July.
    According to Deputy Utilities Manager for Finance and Administration Robert Westervelt, three factors are driving the need for rate increases: higher power costs, the need to renovate and replace aging infrastructure and the need to replenish cash reserves.
    In order to keep rates low, DPU has been using cash reserves to cover power costs that came in higher than budgeted and to fund infrastructure projects that required attention sooner than their scheduled replacement time.
    In order to protect the utility from under-recovery of costs and to more accurately classify and allocate the cost of service, DPU hired Leidos to conduct a Cost of Service and Rate Design Study. The study cost $65,000.
    On Wednesday, the board directed staff to return in October with an ordinance implementing Leidos’ recommendations for rate increases and restructuring.

  • Board tweaks 'super' plan

    With an eye toward picking the best candidate possible, Los Alamos School Board members Kevin Honnell and Jim Hall presented a revamped superintendent search plan at Tuesday night’s special board meeting.
    The major change in the plan will be instead of starting with a regional search before expanding into a national search, the board has opted to “go national” from the start.
    “Last Tuesday night, at the regular meeting, the board voted to proceed directly with a national search and commissioned Jim and I to update our initial recommendations, which is the point of this meeting tonight,” said Honnell to the board. Honnell, who is also the board’s vice president, referred to their new plan as “Superintendent Search 2.0.”
    Key points in their timeline are:
    • Formulating a bid proposal by Sept. 26
    • Establishing advisory committees by Sept. 30
    • Establishing qualifications for the job by Oct. 23
    • Identification and/or selection of a search firm by Oct. 17
    • Job posted, applications accepted in the month of November
    • Having search firm narrow down the selection of candidates from roughly 12 to six by Dec. 17
    • Board to then narrow down that selection from roughly four to two by Jan. 16

  • Middle school unveils Wall of Awesomeness

    Los Alamos Middle School Student Council members, along with some WEB Crew Leaders recently assembled the Wall of Awesomeness. As part of their suicide prevention awareness activities, LAMS students answered the following questions; What make you awesome? What makes life awesome? Many responses included the importance of family, teachers, friends and chocolate. Today (World Prevention & Awareness Day) staff will add their responses to the same questions.

  • Today In History, Sept. 19
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  • On The Docket 09-18-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:
    Sept. 10

    Darlene E. George was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding in a school zone, six to 10 miles an hour over the limit. Defendant was fined $70 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Sept. 11

    Amy Justice was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court for use of possession of drug paraphernalia. Defendant was ordered to pay $148 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to a year of supervised probation.

    Joshua A Krepps was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Julie O. Wangler was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $30 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Marcus Leibrecht was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving and causing an accident. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs Defendant was also ordered to attend defensive driving school. Sentence deferred until Nov. 9.

  • 'Toppers look to right the ship for homecoming

    There has been no shortage of bad news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to start the 2014 season.
    There were some injuries in the preseason, compounded by injuries in the team’s first three games, it has struggled on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and head coach Garett Williams has been missing for the last two games with few people talking about where he might be or when he might be back.
    But there is a bit of good news heading into the 2014 homecoming contest: the Hilltoppers will also be facing a struggling squad.
    Los Alamos will meet up with the Kirtland Central Broncos Friday night at Sullivan Field. The Hilltoppers and Broncos go way back — for many years under the tenure of former head coach Bob Scott the teams opened their seasons against one another.
    The Hilltoppers dropped all three of their games so far this season, having been outscored by a combined 94-19 in those three games.
    Despite the early season issues, the Hilltoppers have shown some signs of life. Quarterback Clay Singer had a solid game last week against the Moriarty Pintos, throwing for 115 yards and moving the ball into Moriarty territory consistently through much of the contest.

  • Update 09-18-14

    Features

    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents candidate forums. 7 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. Invited are candidates for county assessor, county sheriff, magistrate judge, municipal judge and New Mexico House District 43.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at party headquarters, 1362D Trinity Drive. Note the earlier than normal starting time. Final campaign efforts will be planned. For more information, call Robert Gibson at 662-3159 or Bill McKerley at 672-1067.

    Alzheimer's walk

    Alzheimer’s Walk. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Register, opening ceremony, kids run, adult run/walk and basket raffle and silent auction.

    Alzheimer's talk

    Alzheimer’s Talk: “Dementia Won’t Stop the Music.” 5:30 p.m. today at Bradbury Lecture Hall. Presenters will be Mary Yamada, Community Outreach Coordinator for Los Alamos Retirement Community and Pauline Schneider, Hospice Music Therapist for Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services.

    Homecoming

    Homecoming Parade. 2:30 p.m. Friday. Starts at 4th Street and Central Avenue.  

  • Storm takes right turn

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Much of New Mexico remains under a flash flood watch thanks to remnants from Tropical Storm Odile.
    But not Los Alamos or northern New Mexico.
    The forecast today for Los Alamos calls for sunny skies with temperatures in the 70s. The National Weather Service said there is a chance of a thunderstorm Friday.
    The National Weather Service says remnants of Odile took a right turn overnight, with a corresponding shift in the heavy rain forecast.
    The storm system’s center approached New Mexico on Thursday bringing threats of flooding and possible mudslides in areas previously affected by wildfires.
    The New Mexico Department of Transportation says Highway 152 in the southwestern part of the state was closed indefinitely Wednesday after severe weather damaged portions of the road.
    Doña Ana County officials say overnight rainfall water-logged several communities and around 250 sandbags were sent to Sunland Park overnight.
    In Luna County, authorities say deputies saved a 78-year-old motorist Tuesday after his vehicle was swept away by a strong current of flood waters.