Briefs 03-29-14

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Planned power outage set for Thursday

A planned power outage is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon April 3 to improve electric reliability in the downtown area,
It will affect approximately 350 residents and several businesses in the neighborhood of Oppenheimer, Short and Loma Vista Drive south of Trinity according to the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities.
DPU’s Associate Engineer for Electric Distribution, Steve Marez said “the planned electric outage is needed so that our crews can safely install a new electric switch for this neighborhood. The switch will enable us to isolate the neighborhood and maintain power, while crucial infrastructure replacement occurs elsewhere, later this spring.”
Residents with medical devices will be notified in person, per the DPU’s established Medical Alert listing. Residents of the Oppenheimer, Short and Loma Vista Drive area, who have not yet reported their medical alert status are advised to contact the DPU at 662-8333 or DPU@lacnm.us to be placed on this list.

Nature Center construction close to starting

The contractor (Klinger Construction) took possession of the construction site for the Nature Center Friday.
Starting next week, residents or motorists in the area may see them mobilizing their equipment, setting up their work site trailer, taking down or setting up fences, etc. They will not be performing any earthwork until the 15 day period after P&Z approval has taken effect. However, they may be taking down trees next week that need to be removed in order to accommodate the new parking lot.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Nature Center is set for 4 p.m. April 22 at the site (2600 Canyon Road, behind the Aquatic Center.)

Los Alamos healthiest county in New Mexico

Los Alamos has once again been ranked the healthiest county in New Mexico by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a position it has held since 2010.
The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income and teen births in nearly every county in America.

Chiravalle launches official campaign website

Vincent P. Chiravalle, a Republican candidate for New Mexico’s House of Representatives District 43, launched his official campaign website, chiravallefordistrict43.com.
The website describes Chiravalle’s political views and goals. Visitors can sign up to receive campaign news and event invitations, read his blog, volunteer and donate to the campaign.