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Today's News

  • Burgess to speak at luncheon

    The new Los Alamos County Administrator, Harry Burgess, will be the featured speaker at the League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Feb. 9. The public is invited to this event at the Central Avenue Grill.
    Burgess was appointed Los Alamos County administrator in October 2011. Prior to this appointment, he worked in the governmental sector within New Mexico for more than 17 years.
    Burgess’s educational background covers a variety of areas related to local government. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations (personnel/organizational management), a master’s degree in fire and emergency management administration, a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate in economic development.

  • LAHS students chosen for presidential scholars program

    In a letter released from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Department of Education, eight Los Alamos High School students were selected as 2012 candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.
    The U. S. Presidential Scholars Program was created in 1964 by executive order of the president to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors.
    In 1979, the program was expanded to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.  

  • Be There 01-31-12

    Today
    The Family Strengths Network presents Families in Action, from 6:30-8 p.m. every Tuesday, Jan. 31-March 6. The class is for 14-19 year old and a parent/guardian. For more information, visit lafsn.org.

    Critter and Kinnikinnick clubs start up again at Pajarito Environmental Education Center and run from 3:45-5:15 p.m. every Tuesday at PEEC. Kids explore, experiment and enjoy nature. The cost is $100 o r $80 for members for 13 sessions. Register at PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Wednesday
    The Brown Bag Performance Series at noon at Fuller Lodge has been canceled for the month of February.

  • Police Beat 01-31-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Jan. 19

    12:13 p.m. — Kelly Casados, 43, Los Alamos, was arrested on a probation violation at 3055 Trinity Drive.

    12:50 p.m. — A 15-year-old El Rancho juvenile was arrested on a marijuana possession charge at Los Alamos High School.

    1:46 p.m. — Benjamin Baca, 36, Los Alamos, was arrested and charged with driving while his license was suspended or revoked at 1247 Trinity Drive.

    8:01 p.m. — Leroy Romero, 55, Truchas, was arrested on a charge of minimum speed regulations on East Road.

  • 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.

    DOE/NNSA

  • 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.

  • LANL honors four for leadership, research

    Achievements in scientific research and leadership are being honored at Los Alamos National Laboratory this week.
    Laboratory Director Charles McMillan and the Laboratory’s Fellows organization have awarded the 2011 Fellows Prize for Leadership in Science or Engineering to scientists John Gordon of LANL’s Inorganic Isotope & Actinide Chemistry group and Geoffrey Reeves of the Lab’s Space Science & Applications group.
    “This year’s Fellows Prize winners embody the excellence of the science that is so vital to completing our national security missions,” McMillan said. “I congratulate each of the four winners and salute their creativity and innovation.”

  • 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.