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  • Councilors object to separate ordinances

    A number of Los Alamos County councilors objected  to having separate ordinances, since the CRC had urged that the changes be voted on as one ordinance.
    “I believe a single ballot question makes the most sense because we tried to balance the supermajority question with some of the additional clarification on the independence of both the utility manager and the utility board,” said Harry Ettinger, who chaired the subcommittee on utilities for the CRC.
     “I’m torn between the practicalities of what I think may pass and overall what I think is the best product,” councilor David Izraelevitz said. “I think overall the best product is the full set of recommendations the CRC has presented. We could break it up. My preference would be to present the entire packet to the public, because there are interactions, such as additional latitude given to the Board of Public Utilities.”
    Izraelevitz offered a substitute motion to that effect.
    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle said that all 10 changes should have separate ordinances.
    “If you do that, you could end up with a disjointed charter where the pieces did not fit together properly,” Rennick said.

  • Council approves more Charter amendments

    Despite continued opposition from the Board of Public Utilities, council voted 5-2 to approve the Charter Review Committee’s recommendations for amendments to the County Charter regarding utilities.
    The most contentious item was a provision that would allow council to remove one or more board members without cause by a 5-2 vote. The current charter only allows removal for specific violations of duty.
    The CRC was emphatic that this provision was not due to any past or present misconduct within DPU or the board, but to have procedures in place for future contingencies.
    “I want to make it clear that this is in no way a criticism of the Board of Public Utilities or the manager,” CRC Chair John Hopkins said. “We have the highest regard for their integrity and for their intelligence.
    “Our recommendations clearly support the semi-autonomous nature of the Board of Public utilities by explicitly spelling out the role of the BPU and council. But it also clearly spells out the role of council commensurate with their responsibilities.”
    Charles Rennick, who served as attorney to the CRC, reinforced that point during the lengthy debate.

  • Today in History for October 25th
  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Thursday:

    1. GLIMMER OF HOPE FOR A SYRIAN TRUCE

    UN backs latest call for a cease-fire, though similar efforts have failed.

    2. WHY ABORTION IS BACK IN POLITICAL FOREFRONT

    Republicans in close races rush to disavow an Indiana Senate candidate's comment that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, "that's something God intended."

    3. THIS TIME, IT'S PERSONAL

    CEO Steve Ballmer can't afford a flop when Microsoft unveils a pivotal overhaul Thursday of its Windows operating system.

    4. EMBRYOS HAVE GENES FROM ONE MAN, TWO WOMEN

    It's not clear if scientists' new technique will ever be used to produce children.

  • Police: Teen Arrested in Killing of Colo. Girl

    A teenage boy who lived just a mile from a 10-year-old Colorado girl who was abducted and killed earlier this month has been arrested in her death, along with a May attack on a runner, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Campaigning in Cuba

    State Rep. Debbie Rodella and Cuba residents Gene and Peggy McCracken hold a meet and greet for House 43 Democratic challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard Saturday at El Bruno restaurant in Cuba.

  • Satch Cowan Trail dedication

    The Satch Cowan trail and dedication took place Monday with a host of people taking part.

  • Update 10-24-12

    Trick or Treat

    Trick or Treat on MainStreet will be from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Alamos.

    Authors Speak

    Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents Margaret Wood, companion of Georgia O’Keeffe at 7 p.m. Thursday.

    Meet and greet

    Republican Jefferson Byrd, running against incumbent Ben Ray Luján, will be in  Los Alamos at 5 p.m. today at the local GOP headquarters, 1362 Trinity Dr., Suite D1.

    Brisket night

    The LAHS NJROTC will host a Barbecue Brisket Night from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa. The cost is $10 per plate and includes brisket, potato salad, vegetable, a roll, drink and dessert.

    Meet the councilors

    Several of the Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Health Fair Saturday to visit with residents about current projects, issues and other topics. Look for them at the library’s booth.

  • Cadets receive promotions, awards

    Cadets from the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol recently were awarded for their accomplishments during two separate award ceremonies at the Los Alamos Airport, where the LACAP’s headquarters is located.

    Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Chase Britton, 19, was awarded a silk scarf from 2nd Lt. Jane Lingenfelter and Col. Mark Smith. Lingenfelter made the scarf and the LACAP’s tradition is to present the scarf to cadets that make their first powered solo flight.

    Also receiving awards were Justin Dunn, who received his wings for his first glider solo flight and Colin Hehlen, who was promoted to cadet airman first class.

    According to Britton, he achieved that goal July 12 in Chandler, Okla. at the National Flight academy.

    Britton joined the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol in 2005 when he was primarily interested in just building model planes.

    “But I became hooked when I went on my first flight,” he said.

    From there, it didn’t take him long to find the motivation to rise through the ranks and achieve the goals he set for himself within the organization.

    “When you’re up there in the air, everything seems so small and you get to a lot of locations very fast,” Britton said of flying. “It’s an amazing experience.”

  • LA Community Garden grows more funding

    During a small “barn-raising” at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market Tuesday, State Farm representatives presented Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board members with a check for $96,250 from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

    The money will support the Los Alamos Youth Food Project’s educational and outreach community garden at the Los Alamos Middle School.

    “This grant was a competitive process across the nation and this is one of 68 community organizations to receive a service-learning, youth-led grant across the United States and Canada. It speaks well of our youth leadership,” said State Farm Agent Lou Santoro at the award ceremony. “I want to thank all of the young people that participate and make this work possible. You are making lasting change and we applaud you for that. Thank you.”

    The ceremony included the construction and decoration of a small hoop house at the co-op, which is a partnering satellite location for community garden project. The hoop house will be used for winter planting and spring seedling starters.

    The JJAB has contracted with The Family YMCA to deliver the grant’s education and food-assistance objectives throughout the next year.