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County: Line in the sand (trap) has been drawn

Debate pits tees against trails

By Arin McKenna

Parks and Recreation Board meetings are usually quiet affairs.


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Golf course meeting scheduled

Several residents have voiced concerns about possible impacts to trails near the Golf Course if safety improvements being proposed for the driving range were to be implemented.
The proposed improvements are currently being studied as part of a Capital Improvement Project funded last year by the council.
To address these concerns, the Parks & Recreation Board has placed this item as a discussion topic at the beginning of their next regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
They have changed the location of the meeting from the Training Room in the Aquatic Center to Fuller Lodge’s Pajarito Room.
No final design or construction of the proposed project has been approved or funded at this time.


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Community: Meeting seeks to motivate supporters

Broadband group pushes initiative

By Arin McKenna

At a Nov. 1 public meeting updating citizens on the Phase II study into the feasibility of bringing community broadband to Los Alamos, IT Project Manager John Jones stressed that it was important for council to hear community input on whether or not there is support for the project.


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County: Attorney leaves for post in Bernalillo

Autio rose to the challenges

By Arin McKenna

County Attorney Randy Autio’s year-and-a-half in Los Alamos has been anything but dull; in fact, he may have had the challenge of a lifetime.


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Public works: Teams take snow removal seriously

Crews prepare for ‘fight’

By Arin McKenna

Snow removal is a demanding job.

“Equipment operators have to drive, operate the plow, operate the sander and pay attention to what’s around them. And most of the time it’s in the dark,” Pavement Division Manager Tom Roach. said

As the season’s first winter storm approaches, crews are gearing up for action. Any employee who might be activated has been notified, equipment is being checked for readiness and 750–800 tons of granular deicer (a mix of sand and deicer which is replenished after each storm) has been stockpiled.


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Utilities: Residents have a chance to help shape policy

DPU forming Conservation Advisory Group

By Arin McKenna

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is forming a Conservation Advisory Group to generate ideas for updating its conservation and energy plan.

“We’re trying to get citizen input on what types of goals they would like to see and on how to implement those goals,” said Conservation Coordinator Christine Chavez. The plan will help determine DPU’s conservation goals for the next five years, as well as what type of budget and other resources should be allocated to conservation.


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County: Improving applications is a major thrust for officials

CIP committee takes closer look at Phase II process

By Arin McKenna

The Capital Improvement Projects Committee (CIP) recently focused on improving CIP applications to avoid the types of oversights revealed with the White Rock Visitor Center. Unexpected cost overruns were partially attributed to errors on the application. The goal is to improve the form before a number of Phase II projects come before the committee early next year.


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Board: Council chair talks about lessons learned

Stover sticks up for Los Alamos

By John Severance

The Defense Nuclear Safety Board was in Santa Fe Thursday and almost all of the people during the public comment session were critical of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.


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County: PAYT could help reduce waste, encourage more recycling

ESB will mull pay as you throw

By Arin McKenna

The Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) hosts a forum on whether the county should consider a “pay as you throw” (PAYT) option for trash pick up this evening.  


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Ranking: Town came in at No. 48 in the country

Report says LA, WR the smartest places in NM

By The Staff

This should not come as a big surprise but Los Alamos is No. 1 in New Mexico, according to On Numbers’ rankings of the smartest places with populations between 10,000 and 49,999.


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Referendum: Residents reject proposal 63.23 to 36.77 percent

Leisure pool drowns in 'No' votes

By Carol A. Clark

Despite a 25-year effort by several residents to make the leisure pool concept a reality, the Los Alamos County general obligation bond firmly failed Wednesday night.


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County slates meeting on golf course upgrades

Proposed improvements to the Los Alamos County Golf Course will be the topic of a public meeting set for from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the training room, at the Community Building.

The county council funded a Phase 1 “study” for these improvements last spring as part of the county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

The project team will present optional improvements to the following course concerns: the current irrigation system, water storage facility, the possibility to expand the practice facility to mitigate safety concerns, the re-routing of holes, cart path replacement and potential renovations of fairways, bunkers, greens and tees.


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County: Harry Burgess gears up to get to work

New administrator takes county helm Monday

By Arin McKenna

Harry Burgess has been busy the last month: wrapping up his duties as City Administrator for Carlsbad, preparing for his move to Los Alamos and prepping for his new position as Los Alamos County Administrator.


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Las Conchas: Funds are available to offset costs incurred

County seeks wildfire grant to recoup expenses

By Carol A. Clark

The funding process for a fire mitigation grant is underway to assist Los Alamos County in offsetting expenses incurred during last summer’s Las Conchas Fire.


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