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New Teen Center director named

 Sylvan Argo, current Community Programs director at The Family YMCA, has been named the new director of the Los Alamos Teen Center. The position was left vacant when Michelangelo Lobato was hired by Los Alamos Public School District as a counselor for Chamisa Elementary School.


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Reorganization aims to save money

By Arin McKenna

The consolidation of two division manager’s positions into one for the new Parks, Recreation and Open Space division will net considerable savings for Los Alamos County, despite upgrading two positions.

The division manager’s grade will increase from grade 32 to 34, with a salary range of $95,348–$115,847. The parks superintendent is also upgraded from 25 to 26 to compensate for the additional duties, with a pay range of $50,660–$78,410. Exact salaries will be determined when the contracts are finalized.

The full time employee (FTE) position vacated by Dick McIntyre will be reassigned as a parks maintenance specialist I, which Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan said the parks are “desperate” for.

“There has been a great expansion over 10 years to include additional parks such as the dog parks and the RV park, new recreation areas such as the skate park, the disc golf course and the mini golf, an enlarged Camp May. There are open space and trails, including Canyon Rim. They’ve taken on the medians, the streetscapes, Art in Public Places, where they’re often called in to design and install bases, and then landscaping and maintenance for all the new buildings.”


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Restructuring > Integrates three arms of the division

Parks and Recreation Dept. reorganizes

By Arin McKenna

The retirement of Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre has prompted a reorganization of Parks and Recreation.


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DOE work continues near condos

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The Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration will continue to do some remediation work on Los Alamos Canyon.

And the residents who live in the Los Arboles Condominiums on Oppenheimer Drive don’t seem to mind a bit.

“There’s no problem, none at all,” said Jim Stetzer, the board president of the condo association. This is the third time they’ve come through here.”

Asked about the possibility of radioactive waste, Stetzer replied, “All the properties were cleared during the last check. Our requirement is that they can only have access by foot. All the test holes are hand dug.”

According to lab spokesman Fred DeSousa, the work is a continuation of the Upper Los Alamos Canyon Aggregate Area Phase II project, which began in 2011 under a work plan approved by the New Mexico Environment Department.

“This project is part of an on-going effort to complete sampling and cleanup within the historic footprint of the buildings, waste lines, and outfalls that were used during the Manhattan Project,” DeSousa said.


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A Final Farewell

By Tris DeRoma

Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Alfred Roybal, Jr. was laid to rest with honors Thursday in Santa Cruz.


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Education > Debate forces trustees to look at status of out-of-district students

Class size spike in three schools angers parents

First in a series.


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Restaurant Inspections 08-15-13

Los Alamos
China Moon, 121 Central Park Square
Date inspected: July 24
Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Cutting board has deep groves and must be replaced immediately, need thermometers.
Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.


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Native art > Indian Market attracts thousands of visitors each year

World famous market returns to Santa Fe

Santa Fe Indian Market is the ultimate venue for world-class Native art. On Saturday and Sunday, thousands of world-renowned Native American artists, visitors and collectors will come together to celebrate the 92nd annual Santa Fe Indian Market.


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Hilltoppers ranked No. 13 in first poll

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It’s not even two weeks into the official New Mexico football preseason, but MaxPreps.com has already thrown its two cents in to determine the top teams in Class 4A.


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Nevada petroglyphs the oldest in North America

PYRAMID LAKE, Nev. (AP) — Ancient rock etchings along a dried-up lake bed in Nevada have been confirmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America, dating back at least 10,000 years.


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Council > Environmental Sustainability Board vacancies also filled

Chandler named probate judge

By Arin McKenna

The Los Alamos County Council selected Christine Chandler to fill the unexpired term of Probate Judge Ellen Hong during its regular meeting on Tuesday.


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LAPD honors Roybal

By John Severance

It’s been a tough week for the Los Alamos Police Department as it mourns the passing of Corporal Alfred Roybal, who died on a camping trip in Angel Fire last week.


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County > Officials balk on Pecos League pitch for a team

Semipro ball strikes out

By Mike Cote

 The prospects of Los Alamos hosting a semiprofessional baseball team for the 2014 season appear to have whiffed.


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By Ada Ciuca

County Fair, parade enlivens Central Avenue--Photo Extras

This past weekend, the 2013 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo served as an excuse for people to take a relaxing, fun-filled promenade down Central Avenue. The fair, which featured exhibits, arts and crafts, a concert, a parade and, of course, rodeo, brought together crowds of all ages, from little children, to post-grad interns, seniors and everyone in between.

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This year’s theme was “100+ Years of Homesteading,” honoring those that set foot on Los Alamos soil before the lab era. The fair officially began on Friday, with a pool tournament at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Exhibits at the Mesa Public Library were also open that day. The summer concert series featured James Hyland and Joint Chiefs, who put on a mellow show for the County Fair-goers.

The Saturday morning parade drew big crowds. While people-watching, one could observe every age group present at the event. The parade itself featured local businesses in a fun, carefree environment, which included a giant squirrel and vintage cars. Each participant tried to spice up his or her own march by adding twirls, dances, or just good ol’ large smiles across their faces. The parade was organized by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

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