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County's Economic Vitality Administrator Discusses Trinity Site Lease Transfer

on September 20, 2012 - 11:00pm

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post (Post) at the Smart House Monday following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony about the Trinity Site lease transfer from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger: 

Post: What are your thoughts on the Trinity Site lease transfer to Kroger? 

Fisher: "I think that it's very hopeful that Smiths and Kroger have such a positive outlook and I think the opportunities exist.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Fails to Pass House

on September 20, 2012 - 4:05pm

Staff report

Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Resolution 5987. 

A 2/3 vote was require to pass the "Yeas and Nays" vote. The Park received 257 Yeas and 158 Nays, however, 276 Yea votes were needed to pass the park through the House and on to the Senate for consideration.

H.R. 5987 is titled, "To establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington, and for other purposes."

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director

Letter to the Editor: Explore Better Trinity Site Options

on September 20, 2012 - 8:17am
By Robert Gibson 
Former Los Alamos County Councilor   
 
The Monitor’s headline, “Council short on options,” of Thursday, Sept. 13, regarding the Trinity Site should not be just a lament. It should be a call to action.

The economic viability of the Trinity Site “lifestyle center” concept was uncertain when it was developed in 2005-06, long before investment money for such projects dried up. 

Two developers, first Boyer and now NADG, have been unable to implement even scaled down versions.

Why should we think a third entity, Kroger/Smith’s, whose interests are much narrower, would

Atomic City Transit Proposes Pilot Ski Hill Bus Route

on September 18, 2012 - 11:10pm

Public Works Director Philo Shelton and Transportation Division Manager Nancy Talley presented plans for a computer-aided dispatch system and a pilot program for a route to Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill to Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. The service to Bandelier National Monument runs March through November. The pilot service to Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill would run from December through February. As described, bus service would be available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

The Ski Hill route would start at the Visitor's Center in White Rock,

Environmental Sustainability Board Agenda Sept. 20

on September 18, 2012 - 10:33pm

Environmental Sustainability Board
AGENDA - Regular Meeting
Community Building Training Room
Sept. 20, 2012 – 5:30 p.m.

I. Public Comment

II. Approval of Minutes

III. Committee/Subcommittee Reports
1. Chair Report
a. Welcome New Board Members and Introductions
b. B&C Luncheon Synopsis
2. Liaison Reports
(1). Utility Board – Don Machen, Christine Chavez
(2). Planning and Zoning – Deb Gill
(3). Transportation –Skip Dunn
(4). Parks and Recreation –Mary Barr
(5). County Council – Fran Berting

IV. Board Business
1. Future Presentation at Board Meeting by Tom Ribe
2. Appointing New Liaisons
3. Glass Recycling

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Council Recommends Formation of Creative District Committee

on September 18, 2012 - 9:21pm

  Los Alamos County Council members hear input from the public involved in existing cultural organizations in Los Alamos and members of the Creative District Steering Committee regarding how to move forward with the implementation plan for the new Creative District Tuesday night at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. No action was taken during the meeting, but the Council did provide direction to County Administrator Harry Burgess.
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International Dignitaries Tour NEDO Smart House

on September 18, 2012 - 1:46pm

Dignitaries from Japan join officials from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County, Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in Monday's NEDO Smart House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., Los Alamos County Council Chair Stover, NEDO Chairman Kazuo Furukawa and other dignitaries tour the NEDO Smart House Monday. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Local, state, national and international officials tour the NEDO Smart House including this garage area.

LACDC's Holsapple Reflects on Next Big Idea Festival

on September 17, 2012 - 6:45am

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, center, visits the Los Alamos Visualization Associates dome at the conclusion of Saturday's Next Big Idea Festival. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff report

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post at the conclusion of the Next Big Idea Festival Saturday. 

Holsapple reflected on the day's events:

“To me, this is just an excellent demonstration of the idea of the creative district.

White Rock Visitor Center Opens Sept. 28

on September 17, 2012 - 6:13am
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
COUNTY News:
 
The new White Rock Visitor Center Complex at 115 N.M. 4 is scheduled to open its doors during a grand opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28.
 
The 3,281 square foot Visitor Center, located along New Mexico Highway 4 (N.M. 4), the gateway to Bandelier National Monument, will serve as a tourist center and local transit hub to and from Bandelier and the Los Alamos townsite.

Concurrent with the building of the White Rock Visitor Center, Los Alamos County Public Works Department also reconstructed the section of N.M.
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County Line: Smart House Grand Opening Monday

on September 16, 2012 - 7:29am

  COUNTY News:

Join the Los Alamos County Council celebrate the Grand Opening of the NEDO Smart House/Smart Grid with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the Smart House.

http://www.losalamosnm.us/utilities/DPUDocuments/DPU_PR120911SmartGridPublicInviteWmap.pdf

Council Meeting Tuesday

What's on the agenda? It's a work session at 7 p.m. at  White Rock Fire Station #3 on N.M. 4,  in which a discussion of governance and management options plus funding for the Cultural Creative District are scheduled.

Former Councilor is New Mexico REALTOR of the Year

on September 16, 2012 - 7:17am

By Carol A. Clark

When Los Alamos REALTOR Francine J. Mendoza traveled to the REALTOR Association of New Mexico Fall Conference in Albuquerque Friday, she had no idea who would be selected 2012 REALTOR of the Year.

It turned out to be the woman who sold her and her husband their first home in Los Alamos.

"The REALTOR of the Year is always kept secret until announced at the annual luncheon and it was so much fun to learn that our own Patt Rogers was chosen this year," Mendoza said. "We have a special connection - Patt was our local REALTOR.

CONE ZONE: Week of Sept. 17

on September 16, 2012 - 7:01am
COUNTY News:
 
Public Works Projects:
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at http://www.losalamosnm.us/.
 
Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon is closed.  Work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.
 
The work zone on Canyon Road is between NM502 to just south of Nugget.

New Mexico’s Living Landscapes: A Roadside View

on September 16, 2012 - 5:58am

Photo: William Dunmire

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:

William Dunmire will present a free, 45-minute slide illustrated program that will take listeners on a tour through New Mexico’s six ecoregions and along some of the magnificent state and National Scenic Byways.

Dunmire's program is part of the Authors Speak Series and a New Mexico Centennial Event.

From grasslands to mountains, deserts to forests, his talk focuses on the wide range of New Mexico’s landscape features.

Blue Gramma grass, apache plume, mesquite and yucca; elk, burrowing owls, and cranes are just a few of the the plants

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Pet of the Week is Seren

on September 16, 2012 - 5:47am

FRIENDS OF THE SHELTER News:

This week's featured pet at the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter is Seren, a large, two-year-old female Shepherd mix that has been spayed.

She does well with other dogs, enjoys the dog park and enjoys human interaction and is emerging as a sweet dog.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a wide selection of on-site adoptable pets waiting for a home. Other pets are living in area foster homes.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website: http://www.lafos.org/, for more information about volunteering, adopting and donating and search

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East Road Gas Line Tunneling Underway

on September 15, 2012 - 12:53pm
The gas line tunneling project near the Crossroads Church on East Road involves placing both a 6 inch and an 8 inch line in separate tunnels. It is cheaper to dig a tunnel for the new gas lines with a $350,000 machine than to do it the old fashioned way by digging a trench. Tunneling doesn't wreck driveways and sidewalks. This strange machine in the photo bores a tunnel underground for placing the new gas lines. One crew member operates the machine with a support three or four person support team.

Little Theatre Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

on September 15, 2012 - 10:30am

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover, center, high fives Los Alamos Little Theatre Board President John Gustafson following Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand re-opening of the building at 1670 Nectar St. Stover and Gustafson are surrounded by the many people who played a part in the facility's recent renovation. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

For more information on the Little Theater renovation, see prior story http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-little-theatre-grand-re-opening-sept-14.

 


 

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Candidates Debate at White Rock Senior Center

on September 15, 2012 - 9:33am

The White Rock Senior Center hosted a Los Alamos County Council Candidate Debate Sept. 14. From left, Republican incumbent Vincent Chiravalle, Republican Steve Girrens, Democrat Kristin Henderson, Democrat Pete Sheehey and Democrat Michael Redondo. Republican candidate Marc Clay did not attend. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

Downtown Buzzed with Activities Friday Before Today's Next Big Idea Festival

on September 15, 2012 - 8:01am

Engineers from Proctor & Gamble give a preview of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette Friday evening as part of today's Next Big Idea festival. The Corvette will be on display 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library parking lot during. Photo by Sal Zapien/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos County Council candidate Steve Girrens, right, got a tour under the hood of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette. Photo by Sal Zapien/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos County Councilor Sharon Stover got to sit behind the wheel of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette and rev its engine. Photo by Sal Zapien/ladailypost.com
A crowd gathers

Local Firefighters Demonstrate Rescue Techniques

on September 15, 2012 - 7:39am

Firefighter Cari Mace and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department gave a demonstration Friday in front of the Bradbury Science Museum for students attending STEM Day as part of The Next Big Idea festival. Firefighters demonstrated how they conduct rescues from car wrecks. STEM Day is designed to stimulate interest and inspire young people from throughout the state about possible futures in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Firefighters participate in The Next Big Idea's STEM DAY Friday. Photo by Bonnie J.
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Balloon Glows on Ashley Pond

on September 15, 2012 - 7:27am

A large balloon glowed off and on throughout the first half of the Gordons Concert Friday night across Ashley Pond from the band. Photo by Felicia Orth

Los Alamos Family Council Marks 50 Years of Service

on September 14, 2012 - 4:13pm

Joy Beery, left, and Cheryl Pongratz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Today marks a 50-year milestone for Los Alamos Family Council, Inc.

The behavioral health agency at 1505 15th St., Suite C, incorporated Sept. 14, 1962 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.

Today the agency is launching a year-long campaign, to thank the community for its support and to focus attention on the importance of personal and community wellness.

"We want community members, organizations and Los Alamos County to know how much we appreciate their support," Executive Director Joy

Downtown Banners Display Leslie Bucklin Photos

on September 14, 2012 - 8:55am

By Leslie Bucklin

COUNTY News:

New seasonal and Los Alamos welcome banners are being hung downtown on the Central Avenue streetlights.

The old banners were several years old, worn out, and in need of replacing.

A state funded MainStreet grant has helped the County update the banners.

Designed and featuring photographs by Leslie Bucklin, the new banners feature some of Los Alamos’ most notable attractions – summer outdoor activities, historic district, skiing, and community events, as well as stunning area scenery.

By Leslie Bucklin

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