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County Announces CIP Public Comment Process

on May 16, 2012 - 12:57pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY COUNCIL News:

Los Alamos County has announced the process for CIP public comment for tonight's (Wednesday, May 16) County Council meeting:

  1. Beginning at 5:45 p.m. (the meeting starts at 6 p.m.) anyone wishing to give comments should plan to line up in Chambers and draw a ticket (a number) out of a bowl. One ticket can be drawn per person. Members of the public may arrive earlier than 5:45 to get a seat in Chambers, but, should note that the drawing won’t begin until 5:45 p.m. – no early ticket distribution.
  2. As each ticket is drawn out of the bowl, one half of the ticket
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A Neutron and Proton Go Into a Bar...

on May 16, 2012 - 9:48am

SFI News:

Alaina Levine will conduct a seminar at 12:15 p.m., July 17 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract. What did the bartender say to the neutron? What’s the difference between an introverted and an extraverted scientist?

When you think about it, being a scientist is, well, kind of funny.

In this boring, monotonous, time-wasting lecture, science journalist and comedian Alaina Levine will explore humor in science, probe the most comedic aspects of the scientific profession, and relate real-life anecdotes from a science communicator and wannabe nerd who

Bandelier Offers Spectacular Viewing of Solar Eclipse

on May 16, 2012 - 9:34am

Bandelier National Monument News

Courtesy Poster By Tyler Nordgren

Bandelier National Monument, located in Northern New Mexico, will offer an amazing opportunity to witness a solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20.  “The last solar eclipse in the United States occurred in 1994, this will truly be a once in a lifetime experience,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.

There are 33 national parks positioned for a great view of the eclipse.  At Bandelier, visitors will see an annular eclipse where a thin ring of the sun is visible around the moon.

Campaign Season Becoming More Visible

on May 16, 2012 - 9:21am

Volunteers Charlie and Max Hermann place campaign yard signs on a public site in White Rock. Volunteers for County Council Candidate Kristin Henderson distributed more than 60 yard signs on a recent evening in neighborhoods throughout Los Alamos, kicking off a flurry of campaign activity that included the candidate's Facebook page launch that same day. Photo by Ryn Hermann

Political signs are popping up at a public site near Rocket Park in White Rock. Photo by Ryn Hermann

 

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Art Center gets 'Naked' in New Show

on May 16, 2012 - 9:11am

"Tomorrow's Excuse" by Los Alamos Artist Amy Bjarke

By Kirsten Laskey

There is not just one way to interpret a theme. Finding an interpretation, in fact, can be an art form.

The Fuller Lodge Art Center has challenged artists with a real hefty theme to illustrate. Eighty artists responded to the challenge and their work will be unveiled to the public starting at 5 p.m. Friday at the Art Center.

The Art Center’s newest show, “Naked,” reveals numerous ways artists envision this theme.

Some saw “naked” as being the human figure.

New White Rock Visitor Center Update

on May 16, 2012 - 8:47am

Progress is being made on the new Visitor Center in White Rock. The parking lots are being paved, windows are going in, and stone facing is being added to the exterior. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com.
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Local Teens Heading to World Championships

on May 16, 2012 - 8:36am

Los Alamos teens Natalie Smith and Maria Jones are traveling to Wexford, Ireland to compete in the CRN World Open Championships June 2-3. The girls are students at the Belisama Irish Dance, founded in 2006 in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. Smith won the Regional Championships in the under-19 category this spring, and Jones was the 2010 North American Champion in the under-14 category. Both are Craobh Grad dancers, the highest level of dance in the CRN organization.

The Bradbury Joins Blue Star Program

on May 16, 2012 - 8:18am

Courtesy/BSM

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum is partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families Foundation and the Department of Defense in the Blue Star Museums program to host active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day May 28, through Labor Day Sept. 3.

Joining more than 1,500 participating museums throughout the United States, “Bradbury Science Museum is excited and proud to be part of the Blue Star Museums program as a way to thank our nation’s military personnel – and their families – for their

Girls Track and Field Wins State!

on May 16, 2012 - 8:08am

The Hilltoppers Girls Team with their State Championship banner and trophy. The girls team took the 4A state title for the fourth straight year, despite only having a #3 seed going in. "The overall 'theme' of the State Meet was that all our athletes came through with spectacular performances when it really counted. All us coaches couldn't be more proud of them!" Asistant Coach Blake Wood said. Photo by Blake Wood

Amy Neal hands off to Chase Ealey in the 4x100 m relay final.
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Youth Entrepreneur Program Seeks Mentors

on May 16, 2012 - 7:24am

LACDC News:

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) in conjunction with UNM-LA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is providing a unique opportunity to youth in the communities of Los Alamos, Jemez Springs, Espanola and Pojoaque to experience the rewards of starting a business.

The Youth Business Grant Program will provide up to $400 to enterprising young business people, ages 13-19, who want to start a business this summer.

Will You Support the Youth Business Grant Program? This program relies on the support of local business people.

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Council Meets Again at 6 p.m. Wednesday

on May 15, 2012 - 9:30pm

No action was taken tonight. The County Council will its second special Capital Improvement Project meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at 475 20th Street. At tomorrow's (May 16) meeting, Council plans to take action on the Phase 2 applications including Ashley Pond Park Improvements, Golf Course Improvements, Ice Rink Cover and Improvements, Nature Center, Teen Center and the White Rock Civic Center or they could also consider any other requests for funding capital projects beyond those listed. Opportunities for public comment will be provided at the May 16 Council meeting.
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White Rock Civic Center Rounds Out Project Hearings

on May 15, 2012 - 9:22pm

Denny Erickson, right, explains details of the White Rock Civic Center Project - calling it the capstone of the White Rock Masterplan. The project involves relocating the White Rock Branch Library, Senior Center, Youth Activity Center and Town Hall into a single site with shared and multi-functional areas. The project cost ranges from $8.4 million to $15 million. Robert Repass of the Library Board and Pauline Schneider of the senior centers join Erickson in his presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Council is briefed on Teen Center Project

on May 15, 2012 - 8:59pm

Daniel Yamada, left, who helps run the current Teen Center, Executive Director Linda Daly of the Family YMCA and Alan Kirk address the need for a permenant Teen Center ranging in cost from $4 million to $8.7 million depending on the option selected. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Younger Crowd Among Nature Center Supporters

on May 15, 2012 - 8:45pm

Local school girls in the auddience tonight at the Council Chambers hold up signs in support of the Nature Center Project, which Council is considering. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC Co-founder and Board President Becky Shankland, second from left, discusses the proposed $3.5 million Nature Center project along with PEEC Co-founder and Board Member Michele Altherr, far left, Board Member Felicia Orth and PEEC Co-founder and Facility Director Chick Keller. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Ice Rink Improvements Under Discussion

on May 15, 2012 - 7:50pm

Fred Roach, at left, serves on the Ice Rink Subcommittee and is answering Councilor questions.County Recreation Manager Randy Smith, right, briefed Council on the $1.5 million needed to fund renovations at the Ice Rink. He is asking for $245,000 to redo the crumbling parking lot and $1.277 million to renovate the facility's restrooms and locker rooms. Mark Rochester, center, of the Hockey Tournament Association is telling Council that the restrooms are a huge safety, ADA and Title 9 issue. Girls don't have anywhere to dress, he said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com  
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Golf Course Improvements Project Under Review

on May 15, 2012 - 7:24pm

Randy Smith, far right, discusses various options to the proposed $9.888 million golf course project if funded in a single year. He also is speaking about a phased renovation approach stretching over four years. The cost under this scenario would be $11.3 million and would include $2 million in year one, $2.9 million in year two, $2.5 in year three and year $3.9 in year four. Scott Weiss, far left, of the Los Alamos Single Track Association representing open space and trail users is speaking in favor of the improvements.
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Ashley Pond Improvements First Up for Consideration

on May 15, 2012 - 6:48pm

Duck Buddies Committee Chair Sallye Sibbett speaks to Council about the need for improvements to Ashely Pond, which she said has not been ungraded since 1973. County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre, center, and Consultant George Radnovich are preparing to speak about the project as well. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Consultant George Radnovich explains that the $1.9 million project includes renovating the sidewalk, which does not meet ADA requirements and to improve the water quality that is now is poor as well as a stage and shade structure and a boardwalk, both of which would be
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County Officials Lay Out Project Hearing Procedures

on May 15, 2012 - 6:27pm

County Administrator Harry Burgess addresses Council explaining that there are 17 potential projects hoping for funding. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne describes the process that will be used to review the various projects. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Council Will Hear Details on Six CIP Projects

on May 15, 2012 - 6:13pm

Council Chair Sharon Stover is explaining that the County has $100 million worth of projects to consider yet there is a decline in revenue so extreme care has to be taken as to which projects are funded. Six Capital Improvement Projects, (CIP) are being presented during this evening’s Los Alamos County Council meeting in Council Chambers. Projects include Ashley Pond, Golf Course, Ice Rink, Nature Center, Teen Center and White Rock Civic Center. The sponsors of each project get 15 minutes floor time to make their final case to Council.
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Police and Fire Join Special Olympics Torch Relay Thursday

on May 15, 2012 - 1:20pm

Los Alamos Police Sgt. DeWayne Williams and Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker (Retired) ran in the 2009 Special Olympics Torch Relay. Local police officers and firefighters participate in the annual Special Olympics Torch Relay running from the back gate to Jemez Springs. They will do so again on Thursday as a part of the fund raising efforts that they do for the Special Olympics. Courtesy/LAPD 

Early Voting Begins Saturday!

on May 15, 2012 - 1:05pm

By Carol A. Clark

Voting early begins from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at both the Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St. and the White Rock Fire Station #3, 129 N.M.4.

Early voting will continue at both locations 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the following Tuesday, May 22 through Saturday, May 26 and Tuesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 2.

Also, Election Day has never been easier with Voting Convenience Centers (VCC) that will scattered throughout Los Alamos County.

VCC’s are Election Day polling locations available to any registered voter of Los Alamos County regardless of their designated

LANL Scientist Heads to India for Climate-Monitoring Research

on May 15, 2012 - 9:03am

LANL News:

Los Alamos scientist Manvendra Dubey selected as Fulbright-Nehru Fellow. Courtesy/LANL

Manvendra Dubey, a Los Alamos National Laboratory climate scientist, has received a J. William Fulbright scholarship to conduct monsoon-related research in India.

The Divecha Center for Climate Change and Center for Atmospheric Science at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, will host the researcher in late 2012 for several months.

Republicans Running for County Offices to Speak at Kiwanis Today

on May 15, 2012 - 7:49am

The Republicans running for Los Alamos County offices in the June 5 Primary Election will be speaking today (May 15) at the Kiwanis lunch meeting. 

The meeting begins at noon and is held at the Masonic Lodge on Sage, near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Drive.
 

Geological Society Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Today

on May 14, 2012 - 11:43pm

LOS ALAMOS GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY News

The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society is 7:30 p.m., today at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. The speaker is Dr. Catherine Plesko.

The Society's May 2012 field trip is set for the Ojo Caliente area Saturday, May 19. The group will meet at 7:50 a.m. in the Sullivan Field parking lot and will visit the Joseph mine and a large pre-pueblo Native American site.

Plan on bringing rock breaking equipment, storage items to protect small specimens, a hand lens, sunscreen, water, snacks, lunch, eye protection, camera and whatever else may be

How the Affordable Care Act is Working for New Mexico

on May 14, 2012 - 9:22pm

By Sen. Jeff Bingaman

In the two years since Congress passed the health insurance reform law, called the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has been a lot of debate about its merits. As we move closer to implementing some of the most significant pieces of that law, I’d like to highlight reasons why New Mexico will be one of the nation’s biggest winners from the improvements in the ACA.

Nearly one in five New Mexicans lacks health insurance, making New Mexico the state with the second-highest rate of uninsured in the country.

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