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  • Council approves B and C recommendations

    In August, Councilor Mike Wismer requested a study on how to improve communication and linkages between council and boards and commissions (B and C). Libby Carlsten, staff liaison to B and C, returned to council with recommendations Tuesday night.
    “I’m very glad that Councilor Wismer asked us to do this, because it’s been a number of years, and I think we periodically need to check in and see what sort of adjustments they think need to be made,” Carlsten said. “So I’m hoping the recommendations made tonight will make it a little bit easier and more rewarding to serve on our boards and commissions.”

  • Trash management key to managing bears

    Bear season begins soon at a trash can or dumpster near you.

    To make this a safe spring and summer for bears and humans, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is encouraging the public to manage their trash properly.

    “Everyone needs to keep their trash in an enclosed container stored in a secure building,” said Rick Winslow, large carnivore biologist for the department. “Only put your trash out on the morning it will be collected and hauled away.”

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  • Council approves realignment, budget

    The Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved County Administrator Harry Burgess’ recommendation for reworking some county departments and their functions Tuesday night.

    The reorganization involves:

    • Merging the Community Development Department and the Capital Projects and Facilities Department into a new single department — the Community and Economic Development Department.

    • Transferring the economic development function from the County Administrator Department to the new Community and Economic Development Department.

    • Transferring the Airport and Environmental Services function from the County Administrator Department to the Public Works Department.

  • LAPS bus loop panel chooses option seven

    After several revisions and pushback from the community, the committee charged with coming up with a new bus loop plan to submit to the Los Alamos Public School Board has made a decision.

    The committee made up of students, staff and community members recommended that the Board adopt “Option 7.” The plan was selected from nine options, including those that would unload students behind the school, to various locations along Diamond Drive and Canyon Road.

    According to a prepared statement from District Superintendent Gene Schmidt, “the revised plan separates buses from an area from parents to drop and pick up students as well as separates the student parking area from (Duane) Smith Parking Lot plan.”

  • More fallout from lab job cuts

    The fallout from lab director Charlie McMillan’s decision to cut 60 more jobs from the flexible workforce has begun.

    Two emails were sent to the Los Alamos Monitor and the author still is employed at the lab and feared retribution if his name was revealed.

    The email referred to the cuts of 60 jobs in the flexible workforce of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. And a fair amount of those involve people who are employed by COMPA Industries, Inc.

    “LANL handed golden parachutes to hundreds of *their* employees a month ago. They received regular updates and careful treatment.  But COMPA employees working right next to them received no-notice terminations. Pow. Gone. COMPA’s methods are simply cruel.”

  • VIDEO: Bin Laden's Last Words Go Online

    In letters from his last hideout, Osama bin Laden fretted about dysfunction in his terrorist network and the loss of trust from Muslims he wished to incite against their government and the West.

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  • Student left in cell 4 days recalls hallucinations

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A college student picked up in a drug sweep in California was never arrested, never charged and should have been released. Instead he was forgotten in a holding cell for four days and says he had to drink his own urine to stay alive.

    Without food, water or access to a toilet, Daniel Chong began hallucinating on the third day.

    He told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that he saw little Japanese-style cartoon characters that told him to dig into the walls to find water. Chong tore apart the plastic lining on the walls.

  • LAYL hosts Wild Day

    LAYL sponsored an event for elementary age students Saturday at the high school. LAYL members were the “big brothers and sisters” to the students. The kids played tag games, made art  projects and seed planters, decorated with sidewalk chalk and played with the robot from the police department as well as many other activities.