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  • Ex-NFL Player's Home Trashed by Partying Teens
  • Accidental Find May Solve Okla. Missing Cases

    Authorities in Oklahoma recovered two vehicles from a lake that contain the bodies of six people who may have been missing for decades. The remains were turned over to the medical examiner's office.

  • Officials examine flood damage

    The rains have largely stopped and flooding has been reduced.
    Now New Mexicans are working to assess all the damage to roads, water systems, homes and businesses.
    In the small town of Madrid, residents worked to clean out coal-soaked mud that seeped into homes and stores from the flooding.
    Meanwhile, Catron County officials say they were working to re-establish basic services to residents along several drainages near Glenwood and Mogollon. The area in the Gila National Forest received around eight inches of rain last week, destroying roads and flooding homes.
    New Mexico Environment Department officials told private well owners to open all the facets indoors and flush chlorine through the system. That’s because officials estimate there are more than 2,000 infected water wells around the state due to flooded sewers.
    Governor Susana Martinez will tour areas in Carlsbad today that were affected by recent flooding.
    Martinez will also visit with local officials.
     

  • FOG files lawsuit over audit

    The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has filed a lawsuit seeking public disclosure of an audit that identified potential overbillings and fraud by providers of mental health and substance abuse services.
    The Human Services Department has frozen payments to more than a dozen behavioral health providers because of the fraud allegations.
    The lawsuit in state District Court in Santa Fe seeks to force the department and attorney general’s office to release an unredacted copy of the audit or justify why it shouldn’t be disclosed under the Inspection of Public Records Act.
    The attorney general’s office contends public disclosure of the audit could jeopardize its investigation of the fraud allegations.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News and New Mexico in Depth filed a lawsuit last month to require disclosure of the audit.
    “The audit report was significant enough to cause HSD to suspend Medicaid payments to 15 behavioral health providers in New Mexico,” said Gregory P. Williams, an officer of FOG.
    “The report is too important to the citizens of New Mexico to be kept from public view, and in our view New Mexico law does not permit it to be withheld.

  • Rainbow over LA

    With early morning rain, a rainbow formed over Los Alamos Wednesday morning.

  • Update 09-18-13

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilties will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. to in Room 110 of the Municipal Building. The main topic will be a public hearing on the proposed gas rate ordinance. If approved, it will be introduced to county council at a regular meeting at a later date, after which a council public hearing will be scheduled. Interested residents are encouraged to attend this public hearing.

    Environment

    Come learn about county efforts to increase environmental sustainability and create a stronger and healthier community. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the BCC Conference Room in the Municipal Building.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon Sept. 27 in council chambers in the Municipal Building.

    Shelter hours

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter announced its new hours: Noon to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends.

    APP board

    The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board holds its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Mesa Library.

  • County council to re-examine strategic plan

    The rapidly-shifting sands of reduced revenue flowing into county coffers are forcing a reprioritization of goals based on a new reality.

    It became clear during Tuesday’s work session at White Rock Fire Station No. 3 that members of the Los Alamos County Council were dissatisfied with the county’s Strategic Leadership Plan.

    One of the main motivations for re-examining the plan is the change in circumstances since it was adopted in 2011. Targets have been delayed due to reduced resources for implementation.

    “Two years ago, I directed staff to support any of their budget requests by using the MAP documents as a reference,” County Administrator Harry Burgess said. “Unfortunately, the last budget year we had other priorities —mainly reducing the budget — and we had so much focus on that we did stray from utilizing the MAP documents in the budget process.”

    MAPs, or Management Action Plans, were developed within each county department as a means of implementing the Strategic Plan.

    Councilor Pete Sheehey advocated for prioritizing the plan’s 10 focus areas, which break down into 16 goals.

  • County sustains more than $5M in flood damage

    Last week’s storms, especially the one of Friday the 13th, will prove costly to Los Alamos County.

    The county released preliminary flood cost estimates from public works and utilities and the price tag could be more than $5 million, according to memos released Wednesday.

    “Keep in mind that these are very rough cost estimates at this point,” county public information officer Julie Habiger said in an email.

    Habiger said the county qualifies for FEMA and state assistance.

    “We are submitting our cost estimates to them today,” Habiger said Wednesday morning. “All counties in New Mexico were invited to submit preliminary flood damage estimates after Gov. Martinez issued her disaster proclamation on Friday. Whether or not the county will receive any portion of its claim from FEMA or the state is yet to be determined. There were many counties in the state with serious damage to infrastructure and that will likely impact funding levels.”

    Habiger said if FEMA and the state reject the claims, the county will have to explore other options

  • Today in History for September 18th
  • Voters reject proposed UNM-LA 2-mil levy

    The crowd in the lobby of the Los Alamos Municipal building was guarded, as members of the UNM-LA Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Committee For Higher Education waited anxiously to see if the residents of Los Alamos voted for a 2-mil increase in their taxes to help support the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos campus.

    The polls closed at 7 p.m., and County Clerk Sharon Stover had the results by 7:30 p.m.

    It was not to be. Though the margin was close, with 47.49 percent of those who voted supported the measure, and 52.21 percent voted against it. The unofficial tally is 2,662 for and 2,908 against.

    UNM-LA Business Director Lisa Wismer, who was one of many heavily involved in the “Vote Yes” campaign, offered words of consolation.

    “I’d like to thank you for showing your support, appreciation and support you showed UNM-LA,” she told the crowd. “We all have a passion for education, and we wanted to convince the community to invest in the future, as far as it relates to UNM-LA, and it didn’t come out the way we hoped.”

    UNM-LA had a lot riding on the vote. Recent degree programs started by UNM-LA, including fire science and robotics were supported by $3 million in grants, many of which are due to run out soon and are not renewable.