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  • Today in History for Thursday, February 28th
  • Police detain suspect

    Los Alamos police arrested a juvenile Wednesday morning at Sullivan Field after an eyewitness saw him allegedly pulling on car door handles and entering a vehicle that was not his. The juvenile then ran to the Teen Center across the street where he was apprehended by police. Police said the teen will be charged with burglary and referred to juvenile authorities.

  • Sewer rates set to climb

    The Los Alamos County Council voted 4-2 to approve a significant sewer rate increase following a public hearing Tuesday night.

    Every councilor agreed that the rate increase was needed to replace deteriorating infrastructure, but Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilor Frances Berting opposed the way the rate hike was distributed and the impact it will have on commercial customers. Councilor David Izraelevitz was away on business.

    The Department of Public Utilities evaluated the current rate system, which was based entirely on winter water usage, and found that residential customers were subsidizing commercial customers. Residential consumers place relatively small demands on the infrastructure — which accounts for the major cost in wastewater systems — whether there is one person in a household or six.

    “The system has to be able to handle the largest load that might ever go down to the treatment plant. So some of the large commercial customers can significantly influence that requirement,” said Robert Westervelt, deputy utilities manager for finance and administration for the Department of Public Utilities.

  • Update 02-27-13

    Photo show

    The Los Alamos Photography Club (LAPC) will be hosting its annual photography show for 2013 at the Mesa Public Library from March 4 through March 29.

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    There will be a charity benefit for Cindy Geoffrion from 5-9 p.m. Saturday at De Colores. $5 donation at the door, music by Jemez’s Train Wreck Blues Band. A cash bar will be available.

    Authors Speak

    The Authors Speak Series presents Slim Randles, veteran newspaperman and outdoorsman, at 7 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda.

    Brisket night


    The LAHS NJROTC will host its monthly brisket night at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Posse Lodge. The menu includes brisket, potato salad, baked beans, roll, cookie and drink for $10. 


    Ice rink closed


    Due to the warm weather and unsafe ice conditions, the Ice Rink is officially closed for the season, the county announced Monday.  

  • To Lose Weight, Holly the Housecat Takes a Dip
  • Today in History for February 27th
  • Raw: Amatuer Video of Deadly Egypt Balloon Crash

    Nineteen people were killed in Luxor on Tuesday morning in what could be the deadliest hot air ballooning accident on record.

  • Senate confirms Hagel as defense secretary


    WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply divided Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Republican Chuck Hagel to be the nation's next defense secretary, handing President Barack Obama's pick the top Pentagon job just days before billions of dollars in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts hit the military.

    The vote was 58-41, with four Republicans joining the Democrats in backing the contentious choice. Hagel's only GOP support came from former colleagues Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Dick Shelby of Alabama and Mike Johanns of Nebraska — all three had announced their support earlier — and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

    The vote came just hours after Republicans dropped their unprecedented delay of a Pentagon choice and allowed the nomination to move forward on a 71-27 vote.

    Hagel, 66, a former two-term Nebraska senator and twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran, succeeds Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Hagel is expected to be sworn in at the Pentagon on Wednesday.

    Obama welcomed the bipartisan Senate vote, although 41 Republicans opposed his nominee, and said in a statement that "we will have the defense secretary our nation needs and the leader our troops deserve."

  • Briefs 02-26-13

    Cleanup continues

    SANTA FE — Western Refining and its environmental cleanup contractor, D & H Pump, are continuing to work to clean up an estimated 1,600 gallons of gasoline that were spilled from a Western Refining fuel tanker that jackknifed and ruptured on US 84/285 at the NM 599 exit Sunday evening.
    The right northbound lane and the right southbound lane of US 84/285 were closed as of 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Traffic was delayed Sunday evening as first responders worked to contain the spill. Motorists are advised that the cleanup work could take several days.
    The New Mexico Environment Department’s Hazardous Waste Bureau is working with Western Refining to ensure proper remediation of the site. The New Mexico Environment Department’s Surface Water Quality Bureau has also been alerted.
    NMDOT urges motorists to proceed through the area with caution, watch for traffic control signing, and observe reduced speed limits.
    Up-to-date information on this and other construction and maintenance projects can be found on NMRoads.com, the NMDOT road advisory website.

    Children’s Museum at the Legislature

  • County seeks feedback on meeting times

    The county’s public information officer has posted a new question on the county’s “Open Forum” regarding the possibility of changing the day and time of one council meeting a month.
    The question posed to citizens, “The county council currently holds two business meetings per month at 7 p.m. Tuesday. To enable broader public participation, they are considering moving one of the Tuesday meetings to a Friday morning at 11 a.m. Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not?”
    During a council meeting in January, the council discussed having a different meeting date and time for council meetings. Currently, the council typically meets three times a month at 7 p.m. Tuesday. They meet twice in Los Alamos (council chambers) and once in White Rock (fire station #3). White Rock sessions are “work” sessions only, no action is taken and there is only discussion of possible action items.
    Attendance at council meetings is typically sparse, unless there is a topic of significant interest on the agenda. For example, the council’s recent meeting about deferring some capital projects drew a very large crowd and significant public interest.