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Contractor's High Pressure Hose Breaches Power Line

on June 20, 2012 - 10:40am

A Department of Public Utilities lineman’s hands measure outputs from each phase while wearing protective safety gear during the power outage on North Mesa Tuesday afternoon. Courtesy/DPU

Power was interrupted to North Mesa beginning at 11:18 a.m. Tuesday when a contractor digging with a high pressure hose and vacuum exposed and breached one wire of three phase direct bury electric lines on the east end of North Mesa, according to officials at the Department of Public Utilities (DPU.)

“About 250 customers were affected, initially,” said DPU’s associate engineer for electric distribution

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North Mesa Power Outage - UPDATE

on June 19, 2012 - 1:52pm

DPU News:

A power outage on North Mesa began at 11:18 a.m. today due to contractor digging activities, which contacted with an underground utility line.

About 250 or one third of customers on North Mesa's eastern end were affected.

Department of Public Utilities electric linemen repaired the line and by 4:30 p.m. had restored power to the area.

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Work Continues on Pajarito Canyon/Nail Trail Loop

on June 19, 2012 - 11:25am

Ten volunteers worked on the Pajarito Canyon Trail Monday evening and stabilized about a quarter mile of the trail. Photo by Craig Martin

Volunteers are needed for a half-day work session to continue post-Las Conchas fire stabilization of the Pajarito Canyon/Nail Trail loop.

The work needs to be completed before the monsoon season begins or sections of the trail will wash away.

  • When: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday June 23
  • Where: Pajarito Canyon Trailhead
  • Plan: Hike in about one mile and work the eroded side slope section before the entire trail washes away
  • What to Wear: Sturdy shoes, long pants,
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White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee Wrestles With Funding Reduction

on June 19, 2012 - 11:04am

Los Alamos County Capital Projects & Facilities Department Director Anne Laurent speaks to members of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee during a meeting at the White Rock Townhall Monday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Council voted to slice the $16 million in funding recommended by the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee in half and gave members six weeks to come up with a new plan.

The committee wrestled with Council's request during a meeting at the White Rock Townhall Monday evening.

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Eco-Tourism Bonanza: Make LA America’s Zip-line Capital

on June 18, 2012 - 12:31pm

Multiple zip-line example. Courtesy photo

By William T. Sellers

As a recent Los Alamos resident returning to New Mexico after 17 years, the lab was a major business client of mine during the 1980s and 1990s.

Compared with those days, Los Alamos has come a long way.

Yet, from attending the latest capital improvement projects meeting I must confess: the end result was a bit of a disappointment.

I have long heard from local business and community interests, going back to my early days and then today, on the need for local investments that “create their own synergies.”

From my perspective,

Concert Series Entertains Community for 22 Years

on June 17, 2012 - 12:20pm

Concert Promoter Russ Gordon of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series at Friday's concert featuring The Police Experience. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Summer’s here and every Friday night, big hunks of the population of Los Alamos can be found at the current Los Alamos Summer Concert Series show of the week, also known as the Gordon’s Concert.

Russ Gordon, father of the Concert Series, has been providing great free concerts in Los Alamos for 22 years.

Gordon didn’t start out to be a concert promoter. It just sort of happened.

Gordon was exercising his fanatical

DWI Checkpoints Conducted by Los Alamos Police are Underway Throughout the County

on June 17, 2012 - 12:18pm

Throughout the remainder of June, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting DWI Checkpoints.

Officers will be targeting impaired drivers on local roadways and at DWI Checkpoints within Los Alamos County.

CONE ZONE: Road Construction Week of June 18

on June 16, 2012 - 4:18pm

COUNTY News:

Public Works Projects:
Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
Canyon Road between East Road (N.M. 502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic.
Residential access to this area will be maintained; however, residents who park on Canyon Road are asked to park off-street or on a nearby side street. Residents can expect flagging operations on Canyon Road during the day time, and two-way traffic at night. Minor delays may be experienced. Pedestrians must use the provided pedestrian detours. All through traffic must seek alternate routes.

Locals Participate at Albuquerque Summerfest Event

on June 16, 2012 - 2:02pm

Melanie Pena and Claire Roybal of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) represent Los Alamos at today's Albuquerque Summerfest at which more than 50,000 people are expected to attend. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Los Alamos area artists are well represented at Summerfest today in Albuquerque. Nine area artists are exhibiting and selling at the event. The participation was organized by the Los Alamos Creative District. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Hope Surrounds Ashley Pond's Relay for Life

on June 16, 2012 - 1:23pm

Dennis McLain, left and Scott Mills, members of the Order of Thisle Piples and Drums, lead a procession around Ashley Pond as part of the Relay for Life event Friday night. Photo by Salvador Zapien.ladailypost.com

Luminarias are placed along the edge of Ashley Pond as part of the Relay for Life. Photo by Salvador Zapien.ladailypost.com

Gloria Martinez (center) of the American Cancer Society poses with Sue and John Hofmann, Chair for the Relay for Life. Photo by Salvador Zapien.ladailypost.com

Betty Myers, left, and Sheila Riedel of the Hospital Auxiliary sell baked goods Friday at Ashley

Gordons Concert Draws Record Crowd

on June 16, 2012 - 1:14pm

The Police Experience play Ashley Pond as part of the Friday Night Concert Series where an esitmated 2,500 people turned out to hear the band play. Many people also participated in the Relay for Life walk around Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador Zapien.ladailypost.com

The Police Experience start their first set for the Friday Night Concert Series at Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador Zapien.ladailypost.com

Pat Cherry, guitarist for The Police Experience. Photo by Salvador Zapien.ladailypost.com

DJ Paddy Mac mans the KTAO table at the Friday Night Concert series at Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador

Open World Delegation from Sarov Emmerses in Los Alamos Business and Economic Development Culture

on June 15, 2012 - 10:42am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Technology Transfer Division Leader David Pesiri talks with Open World Russian delegation members from Sarov Thursday about the Lab's program during meetings at the Small Business Development Center. Photo by Katy Korkos

Los Alamos Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher educates Open World delegation from Sarov on the County's economic development strategy. Photo by Katy Korkos

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation speaks with the Russian delegation about his organization's mission. Photo by Katy Korkos

Baby Goats and Councilors Invigorate Farmers' Market

on June 15, 2012 - 8:18am

A baby goat draws attention in front of the Old Windmill Farms booth at Thursday's Farmers' Market. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Joyce Nichols and her grandson Ean chat with County Council Chair Sharon Stover. County  Council members were at the Farmers' Market Thursday morning greeting residents and answering questions. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
Andrea Anderson of Los Alamos feeds a baby goat underneath the Old Windmill Farms tent at the Farmer's Market. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
Mike Lyon of Los Alamos engages Councilor Frances Berting and Council

Manhattan Project Historical Park Site Bill Moves Through Congress

on June 14, 2012 - 7:22pm

Chairman Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) today introduced legislation that would designate Manhattan Project sites around the country as a National Historic Park. 

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Patty Murray (D-WA) are cosponsors of S. 3300

In the House of Representatives, Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) said today that he will introduce a similar bill when the House returns to session next week.

As an expert panel of historians reported in 2001, the top-secret program to create an atomic bomb during World War II centered in Los

LA Skateboard Competition Set for June 23

on June 14, 2012 - 9:01am

The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is hosting the LA Skateboard Competition at 11 a.m., Saturday June 23 at the Los Alamos Skate Park. 

The competition consists of Two 90-Second Runs in the Park and an Ollie Competition. 

Following the events will be a demonstration from the BZ Skate Team from Beyond Waves in Albuquerque.

Fees are $5 pre-registration and $8 on-site registration the day of the competition. 

Registration forms are available at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center or online at www.losalamosnm.us

Contact the Recreation Division at 662-8173 or lacrec@nm.us for

Russian Delegates Visit State Capitol

on June 13, 2012 - 9:26pm

The Russian delegates visiting Los Alamos from Sarov this week listen as Rep. Jim Hall of White Rock talks about the workings of state government with Lt. Gov. John Sanchez at the State Capitol in Santa Fe Wednesday. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties receives a small token of gratitude from the Russian delegates on the House floor. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

The delegates take a tour of the Capitol building. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Maura Shelden takes a picture of the group as they tour the

Committee to Hear Project Re-caps at Public Meeting

on June 13, 2012 - 4:32pm
Los Alamos County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold its monthly business meeting at 5:15 p.m., Thursday June 21 in Council Chambers in the Community Building at 475 20th St.
 
The Committee will hear a re-cap of the Council’s May meetings regarding selection of CIP projects and discuss how it relates to the Committee and the overall CIP process.
 
All Committee business meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted 72 hours in advance of the meeting.
 
Public comment is accepted at the beginning and close of each meeting.
 
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County Announces Movies in the Park: 2012 Series

on June 13, 2012 - 12:40pm

Enjoy a summer evening in the park with a fun, family movie. Bring your blankets, pajamas, and snacks to watch a movie under the stars.

Showtime is 7:45 p.m.

Weather cancellations are made an hour before show time. all showings are FREE and open to the public.

June

6/13 Dolphin Tale (PG), Ashley Pond

6/20 Cars 2 (G), Urban Park (Sponsored by "Bandelier National Monument")

6/27 Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (PG), East Park

June Rain-out Date: Thursday, June 28, Ashley Pond

July

7/11 Chicken Run (G), Barranca Mesa Park

7/18 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (PG), Rover Park

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County Council Takes Action on CRC Recommendations

on June 13, 2012 - 9:47am

Los Alamos County Councilors listen to members of the Charter Review Committee during Tuesday's mCouncil meeting held in Council Chambers. Councilors from left include Fran Berting, Mike Wismer, Vice Chair Ron Sevage, Chair Sharon Stover, Vincent Chiravalle, David Izraelevitz and Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

During its meeting in Council Chambers Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council took action on the following items researched and reported on by members of the Charter Review Committee.

Sheriff and Police:

Councilor Berting moved, seconded by Councilor Wismer

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Brief Power Outage in White Rock Identified

on June 13, 2012 - 9:21am

DPU News:

Half of White Rock customers serviced by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities lost electricity at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The DPU explained that a contractor replacing utility poles in the area inadvertently caused the outage, which was restored 15 minutes later.

A jumper burned while the primary riser was being attached to the new pole structure.

Work procedures require that overhead protective devices be placed on non-reclosing mode when work is being conducted on live electric lines.

This is to avoid further damage to the electric system and for worker safety.

As a

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County Council Welcomes Russians from Sarov

on June 13, 2012 - 8:59am

During Tuesday evening's County Council meeting in Council Chambers, Councilor Vice Chair Ron Selvage and Councilor Fran Berting, at right, welcome and present gifts to the Russian delegation visiting Los Alamos this week from the Sister City of Sarov. Nora Arbuckle of the Sister Cities Initiative, left of Selvage, translated for the group. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Watching closed-circuit TV from an adjacent conference room, the Russian delegates discussed County Council action occuring Tuesday evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

 

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Call for Exhibitors for White Rock's Art & Artisans Market

on June 12, 2012 - 9:27pm

The Los Alamos Creative District is now accepting applications for exhibitors/ vendors from throughout the area to display and sell their work at the White Rock Art and Artisans Market.

The market will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday from June 17 until Oct. 21 and is free to the public.

The location will be an outdoor space at the Hive at 134, N.M. 4 in White Rock where about 40 tents and tables can be accommodated.

The Hive is close by the parking and shuttle stop for the Bandelier National Monument shuttle which begins in June – all visitors going to Bandelier will be

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Council Recognizes KRSN Owners for State Award

on June 12, 2012 - 9:26pm

KRSN Owners David and Gillian Sutton are recognized by the County Council at this evening's meeting in Council Chambers for winning the 2012 Broadcasters of the Year award from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
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Russian Delegates Take in Los Alamos Life

on June 12, 2012 - 9:18pm

Russian delegates from the Los Alamos Sister City of Sarov wait for tonight’s County Council meeting to begin in Council Chambers. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Photo by Salvador Zapien

 

 

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Los Alamos Friday Night Out? Lend Us Your Ears! Drop by to Hear Locals Reading Poetry in June!

on June 12, 2012 - 9:05pm

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:

As part of the Los Alamos Friday Night Out events, Mesa Public Library is hosting a series of poetry readings each Friday night in June featuring local poets.

On June 15, Mike Katko and David Schiferl will read their work. Katko will read new work as well as poems from his recently published book, Skies and Other Poems.

David Schiferl will read his recent work. Along with others featured in the Friday poetry readings, Schiferl has participated in Mesa Public Library’s Poetry Gatherings facilitated by Jane Lin who also teaches poetry at UNM LA.

On June 22, the

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