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  • Park is topic of Thursday’s On Tap series

    Thursday’s History On Tap will include Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott, who will discuss the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    The newest park in the National Park Service system will be located in Los Alamos, as well as Hanford, Washington, and Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
    The On Tap event will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. It will be at the UnQuarked Wine Room, which is located in Central Park Square.
    The On Tap series happens every first and third Thursday of each month.
    The first Thursday of month rotates topics on history, nature and art, while the third Thursday of the month is Science on Tap.
    History on Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society. This series begins each evening with an informal 10 to 15-minute lecture followed by a group discussion.
    The Los Alamos Creative District is a program of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and is a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983.

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  • Udall will visit VCNP and valley

    U.S. Senator Tom Udall will discuss economic development with small business owners in northern New Mexico, as well as host a discussion about extending the Land and Water Conservation Fund at Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    Udall, the senior senator from the state, will be in Española Thursday and the preserve Friday.
    During his Thursday visit to Española, Udall will also meet with Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo leaders and visit a historic preservation project at the pueblo. That meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
    Friday, Udall will host a roundtable discussion on the future of the LWCF with New Mexico Wildlife Federation leaders and other partners at Valles Caldera.
    During his visit to the area, Udall will make a Thursday morning stop at Angelina’s, a popular restaurant in the valley. According to Udall’s office, the senator will met with Angelina’s owner, Fidel Gutierrez, to discuss the federal minimum wage and how it affects economic development.
    That meeting at the restaurant is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
    Also on Thursday morning, he will meet with the owners of Avanyu, a Native American and woman-owned construction company at La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences in Alcalde. Avanyu is owned by Liana Sanchez and Mateo Peixinho.

  • Schools have new resource advocates

    The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board has recently hired two new youth resource advocates, Rob Ward and Santina Shije, to serve at Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School.
    According to JJAB, the Youth Resource Advocate provides wrap-around case management and assistance to youth and their families in accessing comprehensive services at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School.
    The Youth Resource Advocate coordinates services and offers resources to youth in need of intervention. Referrals are received from the community, the schools, and the juvenile probation office.
    Ward and Shije will be available to help families connect to services, find the support they need and overcome any barriers to seeking or receiving services, JJAB announced.
    Ward will primarily be working with Los Alamos High School students and families.
    According to Ward’s bio, he grew up in California and Texas but made New Mexico his home for the last 12 years.
    He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in psychology and earned a master’s degree in counseling from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

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  • House Dems look to impeach Duran

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives are taking aim at New Mexico's top elections official after allegations of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering were leveled against her by the state attorney general.

    House Democrats announced Monday they want to begin the impeachment process against Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran. They've asked Republicans, who hold the majority in the chamber, for a meeting.

    Duran is facing a 64-count complaint stemming from allegations that she funneled campaign donations into personal accounts and withdrew large sums of money at casinos around the state.

    Duran's attorney says she looks forward to addressing the allegations in court.

    The secretary of state's office declined to comment on the charges Monday, saying only that the staff would continue to carry out the duties of the office.

  • County announces Labor Day information

    Los Alamos County announced its openings and closings for the Labor Day holiday.
    Most county offices and other regular functions will be closed in observance of Labor Day. Normal operation will resume at regular business time Tuesday.
    There will also be no trash pickup on Monday. For those whose regular trash day is Monday, pickup will be Wednesday.
    Other closures include Mesa Public Library, the Larry R. Walkup Center — which had been under maintenance and closed prior to Monday — and the county’s Eco Station.
    Los Alamos’ golf course, however, will be in regular operation for Labor Day. Call 662-8139 for hours and tee time availability.
    Emergency services will also be operating as normally scheduled, including 911 service and police dispatch at 662-8222.
    Also on Monday, Atomic City Transit will not be running either its normal route service or the Dial-a-Ride service.

  • LA resident Orr is missing

    The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department posted onto its Facebook page a notice of a missing person, Trevor Orr.
    Orr, who lives in Los Alamos, was last seen Wednesday. Orr is 48 years of age and is reported to be 6-foot-1, 160 pounds.
    According to Santa Fe County, Orr's car was found on N.M. 599 - the Santa Fe bypass - Thursday.
    Those that have information on Orr's whereabouts are asked to call Santa Fe County Sheriff's Detective John A. Ordonez at 428-3720.
    The Santa Fe County Sheriff's office said it is not actively conducting a search for Orr.

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