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  • Council ups fee structure

    When severe reductions in gross receipts tax revenues from Los Alamos National Laboratory became apparent nearly a year ago, the Los Alamos County Council directed staff to re-evaluate the county’s fee structure and propose reasonable increases.

    Council approved several changes during Tuesday’s meeting. “In many cases our fees have not been looked at or adjusted on any sort of regular or periodic basis, so part of the motivation for some of the suggested changes is that the fee hasn’t changed in 10 or 20 years,” said Deputy County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steve Lynne.

    Staff estimates the fee increases will bring an additional $75,000 in increased revenue to the general fund.
    Lynne noted that each department evaluated fees by analyzing similar fees around the state, estimating the cost of providing service and looking at other factors affecting rates.

    Council voted separately on fees set by ordinance and those set administratively. Some of the key changes include:
    Fees set by ordinance:

  • Raw: Base Jumpers Leap Off 45-Story Denver Hotel

    Two base jumpers successfully parachuted off the top of a 45-story hotel in downtown Denver to raise money for a scholarship fund.

  • Today in History for August 28th
  • Raw: Snow Leopard Cub Makes Bronx Debut

    The Bronx Zoo in New York City is showing off its newest resident: a snow leopard cub.

  • Luján addresses hunger, poverty

    Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) of New Mexico’s Third District joined constituents from throughout northern New Mexico on Saturday, August 24 to discuss issues related to hunger and poverty. The video forum brought together key stakeholders who addressed both best practices and challenges regarding these important issues facing the state.
    “Hunger and poverty impacts seniors, children, and families throughout New Mexico. The reasons behind each story can differ, but the impact is broad, affecting everything from school performance to health care outcomes,” Congressman Luján said. “It is vital that we take steps to not only pull people out of hunger and poverty, but also prevent them from facing it altogether. No New Mexican should go to bed hungry, worried if they will eat the next day or where they will sleep the next night. This important discussion must continue and we must build on the efforts of so many in our communities to combat the root causes of poverty and hunger in New Mexico.”

  • Police Beat 08-27-13

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Aug. 16

    3:58 p.m. — A 94-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police that his car was stolen from a location on North Monte Rey Drive. The car has a value of approximately $2,500, according to the police report.
    11:07 p.m. — Galen Martinez, 47, of Santa Fe was arrested on a charge of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs on North Road.

    Aug. 17

    6:35 p.m. — Brenden Brown, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at 3974 Alabama Avenue.
    5:10 p.m. — A 47-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police damage to her Rover Boulevard property. The damage was estimated to be less than $1,000.

    Aug. 18

  • Update 08-27-13


    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos, N.M. 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. today in council chambers at the Municipal Building.

    Scout meeting

    The regularly scheduled meeting of the Scout Museum Society is at 7 p.m. today at the LDS Church.

    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.  

  • YCC Hits The Hot And Dusty Trail

    Just two years after being heavily damaged by fire and floods in the aftermath to the Las Conchas fire, Los Alamos County’s trail system is nearly restored, thanks in large part to the efforts of the Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC).

    This summer’s theme was building sustainable trails in impossible places.

    Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin and Española Ranger District Recreation Team Leader Lynn Bjorklund wanted to avoid a repeat of what happened after the Cerro Grande fire, when trails were rebuilt in the same locations and destroyed again after the Las Conchas fire.

    That put the YCC crews to the test, and they rose to the challenge.

    “They’ve found amazing, creative ways to build trails in impossible areas,” Bjorklund said. “It’s really fun to walk those trails and see the work they’ve done.”

  • Raw: 'Haboob' Dust Storm Covers Phoenix

    A dust storm covered the Phoenix metropolitan area late Monday. Dust storms known as 'haboobs' have occurred during Arizona's monsoon season in recent years.

  • Heat Wave Shuts Down Midwestern Schools