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  • Woman found dead on Barranca Mesa

    A 59-year-old Los Alamos woman was found dead at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at her Bonito Place residence on Barranca Mesa.

    The brief statement from the Los Alamos Police Department said that the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator is treating the incident as an apparent suicide.

    The initial call to dispatch came at 12:10 p.m., according to police.

    “Investigators are going to be on the scene for a while,” acting police chief Phil Taylor said Wednesday. “People should use caution while traveling through the area.”

    The Los Alamos School District sent out the following email to parents: “Chief Phil Taylor has noted that student travel will not be impacted by this incident.”

    Police and the Los Alamos Fire Department initially responded to the call in the early afternoon. The call said that shots were fired.

    Neighbors, meanwhile, were stunned by the news.

    “They were a nice couple,” said a neighbor, who did not want to be identified. “We used to help them put luminaria out for Christmas.”

    “They were very nice,” another neighbor said. “They helped us plow out our driveway in the winter.”
     

  • In other council business ...

    • A surprising piece of information came out of the Environmental Sustainability Board’s annual report: Los Alamos is below the national average for recycling. Los Alamos averages 23 percent; the national average is 34 percent.
    • Council approved the Los Alamos Retirement Center’s request for a 50-year lease on the county land it is situated on. The lease will enable LARC to retire the Industrial Revenue Bonds the county issued for construction of its facilities by refinancing through HUD. HUD requires a 50-year lease. The move is expected to save LARC between $250,000 and $300,000.
    • Council agreed to amend the Memorandum of Understanding between the county and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan. Under the original agreement, all NEDO provided smart grid equipment was to be conveyed to the county at the end of the initial demonstration period, March 31, 2014.
    Due to delays in starting the Smart Meter component, NEDO has requested a one-year extension to convey the Micro EMS, ancillary computer and communications equipment in order to provide sufficient time to complete their research. All of the other equipment provided by NEDO will be conveyed as originally agreed.
     

  • LA Ski Club seeks aid for water infrastructure aid

    At Tuesday’s meeting, Los Alamos Ski Club President Phillip Rae asked the Los Alamos County Council to consider assisting the club with the development of a reliable water source.

    “Pajarito Mountain is an asset to the whole community and to all of Northern New Mexico,” Rae said. “It is a small ski area, but with good snow it is one of the best ski areas. It’s also a resource that can be used to increase the county’s economic base.”

    Rae noted that skiers spend money while in Los Alamos and that the ski area is one attraction for those considering relocation, and that LASC makes their facilities available for community activities.

    A shortage of water is a major obstacle facing the ski resort.

    “There is no active water source on our property or even close to our property,” Rae said. “What we need is a reliable water source to keep Pajarito as a viable business.”

    The membership approved a 40-acre snowmaking system, but a limited water supply restricts its use.

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  • Woman, 59, found dead on Barranca Mesa

    A 59-year-old Los Alamos woman was found dead at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at her residence on Bonito Place.

    The brief statement from the Los Alamos Police Department said that the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator is treating the incident as an apparent suicide.

    “Investigators are going to be on the scene for a while,” acting police chief Phil Taylor said. “People should use caution while traveling through the area.”

    The Los Alamos School District sent out the following email to parents: “Chief Phil Taylor has noted that student travel will not be impacted by this incident.”

    Police and the Los Alamos Fire Department initally responded to the call in the early afternoon. The call said that shots were fired.

    Neighbors, meanwhile, were stunned by the news.

    “They were a nice couple,” said a neighbor, who did not want to be identified. “We used to help them put luminaria out for Christmas.”

    “They were very nice,” another neighbor said. “They helped us plow out our driveway in the winter.”

  • Burgess gives budget update

    County Administrator Harry Burgess provided the council with its first quarterly financial report (financial reports have been every six months in the past).

    Although the report is still unaudited, it offers some good news regarding the county’s budget.
    Departments were asked to decrease spending by 10 percent.

    Small departments with minimal budgets and those such as the fire department with contractual obligations were unable to reach that goal, but a concerted effort has brought spending in at 13 percent below the FY2013 revised budget for the general fund, which was itself $1.3 million less than the FY2012 actual budget.

    The savings amounts to $6.8 million to the general fund.

    “This brings us in at 87 percent of budget. We met and exceeded the goal we established, and did that in the last six months of the year,” Burgess said.

    Departments outside the general fund are 20-percent below the projected budget, which brings county-wide expenditures to only 81 percent of the countywide budget for FY2013.

  • Update 08-28-13

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. Speakers and topics are occasionally subject to change because of illness, conflicts, or weather. On Sept. 3, Chris and George Chandler will speak on their recent adventures in Alaska.

    Town Hall

    The League of Women Voters and UNM-LA invite the public to attend a Town Hall meeting 7-8 p.m., Thursday at UNM-LA Lecture Hall, room 230. The LAHS Hilltalkers will debate will present pros and cons of the mil levy election question, followed by a presentation by Dr. Cindy Rooney. Refreshments provided by LA Co-op at 6:30 p.m.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in council chambers at the Municipal Building.

    Police finalists

    Members of the public are invited to meet the top five police chief finalists at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 in council chambers.

    Trash pickup

    In observation of Labor Day there will be no trash or recycling collection on Monday. If Monday is your normal pickup day put your trash and recycling out on Sept. 4 by 8 a.m. for collection.