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  • Today in History for August 25th
  • NM man arrested in vast child porn network--graphic content

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man who authorities say talked about raping, butchering and cooking children has been charged in a massive child porn investigation that started in Massachusetts and has led to 46 arrests in seven countries.

    Richard Dates, 67, of Grants, N.M., a reporter and copy editor for the Cibola Beacon, was charged Thursday with possessing child pornography.

    In documents filed in federal court Friday, authorities said searches of computers owned by a Massachusetts man and a Kansas man arrested earlier this year showed Dates had chatted online with the men and received photos of children engaged in sexual acts.

    Authorities said Dates told federal agents that he traded child pornography online with people in several countries, including Turkey. He also allegedly stated that he had used a photo editing program on several photos of butchered body parts, sending them through his Skype account to various users.

  • Local briefs 8-24-12

    Letters of interest due

    The deadline to apply for the open vacancy on the Los Alamos County Council is quickly approaching. Letters of interest must be received in the county administrator’s office by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
    Applicants must be a registered voter and resident of Los Alamos County and cannot be employed by the county. The letter should explain their background, experience and why they are interested in the position. The County Administration office is located at 133 Central Park Square. Those who apply must attend a special council meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in council chambers and be prepared to respond to questions from councilors. The council expects to interview applicants and then make their selection that evening.
    The vacated term expires Dec. 31, 2014.

    Visiting Nurse Services closes on property

    Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services Board Vice President Steve Stoddard brought this non-profit home health care and hospice agency one step closer to a 20-year dream of an in-patient hospice care facility in Los Alamos.
    The closing documents for a 4.7 acre parcel of land on Canyon Road were signed Tuesday.
    The property, adjacent to the Jewish Center, is the former home of the Boy Scout Lodge and also features several acres of forested canyon views.

  • Justice Center achieves LEED gold certification

    Utilizing energy-efficient systems such as a heat-reflecting roof and high-efficiency mechanical systems, the Los Alamos County Justice Center has achieved a LEED Gold certification through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
    “Achieving LEED gold for a justice complex required a delicate balance of advanced security features and energy efficient features. The entire team did a great job achieving the project’s security and sustainability goals,” said HB Construction President and CEO Jason W. Harrington.
    The facility has a number of energy efficient features including an improved thermal building envelope, high-efficiency glazing, an overhang shading system, high-efficiency mechanical systems, a rainwater drip irrigation system and a reflective roofing system.
    During construction, the use of recycled and regional materials, the development of a storm water pollution prevention plan and use of a waste landfill diversion program which diverted 76.59 percent, 657.9 tons, of on-site generated construction waste from landfills, all contributed to the facility’s LEED Gold rating.
    Completed in 2010, the $17.7 million, 44,000-square-foot Los Alamos County Justice Center houses the security, law enforcement and courthouse components of the county government.

  • School board votes on gas line issue
  • Neal to volunteer soccer skills at Tennessee

    It’s good to be connected.

    It certainly was for Amy Neal, the star player on the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team, as she was trying to figure out where she might attend college next season.

    Neal, the two-time Player of the Year in Class 4A, will attend and play for the University of Tennessee next season.

    She made her decision during the off-season, saying she was glad to get it out of the way before the start of her senior year with the Hilltoppers.

    Although she was impressed with the Tennessee women’s soccer team, she’s rather underwhelmed by the school’s overall lack of fashion sense.

    “They have this really gross orange color,” Neal said. “But they have a nice program and they support their teams really well.”

    When she begins her collegiate career in 2013, she will be the third Neal sibling to play college-level soccer. Big brother Avery played at Pacific University and her older sister Kelsey is currently at the Colorado School of Mines.

    Amy considered joining Kelsey at CSM, but changed her mind and selected the Division-I school in Knoxville.

  • Burgess dissolves CIP

    County Administrator Harry Burgess met with the Capital Improvements Project committee on Thursday to thank them for their hard work and announce his decision to dissolve the committee until such time as additional funds become available for capital improvements projects. For more details, read Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

    Monitor staff report

  • Smart House art has Japanese theme

    The Art in Public Places Advisory Board (APPAB) rose to a challenge the Department of Public Utilities staff presented them with two months ago: provide art for the Smart House project before the Sept. 17 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The Smart House is a component of the $52 million Demonstration Smart Grid Project, the collaboration between Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County.

    DPU asked the board to select art with a Japanese theme to symbolize the partnership Japan and Los Alamos have formed in an effort to provide worldwide energy solutions for the future.

    With the restricted time frame, commissioning artwork was out of the question. Chair Carolyn Bossert and board member Ken Nebel took on the challenge of finding suitable art.

    The pair first toured the Smart House to see what space was available. The main challenge they encountered was the amount of light: too much for many delicate pieces.

    Bossert credits Nebel, who also directs the Fuller Lodge Arts Center, with searching out pieces to present to the board.

  • White Rock committee selects Civic Center option

    At its Aug. 13 meeting, the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Advisory Committee (WRMPIAC) voted unanimously to approve Scenario B for the White Rock Civic Center Phase 2 CIP project.

    Scenario B retains the existing Town Hall building.

    The Los Alamos County Council rejected the committee’s initial proposal for a $16 million visitor center complex, which would have consolidated the library, senior center, youth activity center and communal space under one roof.

    Council instead allocated $8,400,000 remaining in the White Rock Master Plan placeholder and directed the WRMPIC to return in six weeks with options for separating the civic center components and reducing the project’s scope.

    On July 10, council approved a revised plan, which calls for renovating the existing civic center complex and building a new library. The civic center renovation had two options. Option A would have demolished the town hall to provide additional parking. Council directed the committee to decide on an option.

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