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Today's News

  • DPU scraps 10 percent rate hike

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities has scrapped plans to ask for a 10 percent increase in favor of looking at other options and bringing the rate issue back to the Utilities Board.

    The board will discuss the alternatives at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the DPU office at 170 Central Park Square.

    Timing played a role in the decision to waive off on pushing for a rate hike. Council tabled the electric rate issue during their Aug. 24 meeting and instructed John Arrowsmith, manager of DPU, to return to the council with a proposal in 30 days.

  • Avoiding fire dangers through the winter

    Using wood and solid fuels to keep homes warm comes with inherent risks. It’s important to understand those risks given the fact that more than one-third of local residents use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes, according to the National Fire Safety Council.

  • NMAC president pays a visit

    To better learn the needs of the county, President Mary Ann Sedillo of the New Mexico Association of Counties met with local officials and senior management Tuesday at the Community Building.
    Sedillo received the NMAC Soaring Eagle Award at this year’s final board meeting in Socorro Oct. 8 for her service and efforts to improve the quality of life for all New Mexico citizens.
    “I’m visiting all 33 counties in the state to learn what your needs are,” Sedillo told the group assembled in council chambers.

  • Negotiations with IMTEC conclude

    Los Alamos County officials announced today that the county has successfully concluded negotiations with IMTEC on the payment of the principal and interest owed to the county for a small business loan, keeping approximately $2.1 million in economic development loan funds.

  • Council candidates say no

    I recently posed the following two questions to all seven county council candidates and made them aware that I would be making their responses public.
    •Do you plan to vote yes or no on the Hannemann mail-in initiative to build a replica of the old Municipal Building on Ashley Pond Park?
    •What is your stand on this initiative?
    Following is a synopsis of the candidate’s responses in the order that I received them:

  • Ghostly encounters

    Editor’s note: In keeping with the Halloween spirit, a couple of Los Alamos residents shared their Halloween stories. Albuquerque ghost hunter, Lisa Yorio also shared her supernatural experiences with the Monitor. These  stories are meant for entertainment purposes.

    Ghostly encounters

  • Boy scouts compete in pushmobile relay

    On Oct. 16, 97 Cub Scouts from seven area Cub Scout Packs competed in the Northern New Mexico District Pushmobile Race at White Rock LDS Church.
    Pushmobile is a relay race similar to soapbox derby. Teams of six to 10 Cub Scouts push a car built by their Cub Scout pack. Each team is divided up so that two scouts start the race, with one steering and one pushing.
    After they race the car 50 feet, another two scouts take over and guide the car for 50 feet to the next station, where the final group of two scouts take over.

  • Nominate your favorite tourist location

    National Geographic Maps is creating a Web site and map guide to support geotourism in the Four Corners Region.  

  • People in the News 10-31-10

    Brad Burk’s Hot Rocks Java Café was featured in a book titled, “Breakfast New Mexico Style,” by Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco. The book is a dining guide to “more than 100 favorite, fancy, funky and family friendly restaurants.”

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    Loretta Rivera, RT (R)(M), is Los Alamos Medical Center’s third Employee of the Quarter for 2010. Chief Executive Officer Wally Vette recently recognized Rivera, an employee of LAMC’s Imaging Department since May 1999, at a special ceremony.

  • Animal Shelter 10-31-10

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.