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  • County Briefs 10-22-17

    Swim lesson registration opening Monday

    Registrations for November swimming lessons will be accepted at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center starting Monday.
    Swim lessons for all ages and abilities begin monthly at the aquatic center.
    Along with walk-in registrations, which will be taken at the front desk of the facility, they will also be taken online at losalamosnm.us. A schedule of lessons can also be found at the county’ website.

    Phone survey for DPU starts this week

    The county’s Department of Public Utilities announced Thursday that it will begin an automated telephone survey of customers this week.
    The survey is scheduled to begin as early as Monday, although the actual start date wasn’t announced.
    According to the county, customers may receive the calls between the hours of 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
    The purpose of the survey is to assess the effectiveness of the DPU’s public awareness program, which is designed to promote natural gas safety. The county said the survey will allow DPU to measure and focus communication efforts to promote understanding of natural gas safety.
    Questions about the telephone survey can be directed to the DPU at 662-8333 or emailed to customercare@lacnm.us.

    Councilors will appear at summit, luncheon

  • Mountain School is higher priority

    An estimated $3.4 million worth of work on heating, ventilation, air conditioning, wiring and roofing at Mountain Elementary School has been moved to the top of the list of capital improvements for the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    The public school board last week approved moving the ranking of capital improvements at its Mountain Elementary to the top.
    The improvement is part of the school district’s Five Year Facilities Master Plan, which is a document accessed by the Public School Facilities Authority (PSFA).
    The school, which opened in 1950 and was last renovated in 2000, had been third on the list.
    However, as the school district has begun finalizing renovations at Barranca Mesa Elementary School estimated to cost $14.8 million, the board met to consider the recommendation of Assistant Superintendent Lisa Montoya to remove Barranca Mesa from the top of the list and move projects at other schools forward.
    The change in ranking would assist in getting additional state funds for the work in a timely manner, said Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus. Up to $1.8 million for state funding for “systems” may be available.
    A few board members expressed concern that moving Mountain Elementary from third to first would slight the two elementary schools in White Rock, which are also at the top of the list.

  • Last run of season for Chama’s train

    This weekend is the last chance to hop the train and enjoy a meal on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.
    The 2017 season is wrapping up this weekend, with the last day of operation being Sunday, except for the Christmas-themed Santa Trains coming up in December.
    As for dining on the Cumbres and Toltec, a full turkey dinner, with mashed potatoes, gravy and side dishes, is on the menu, along with meat loaf, a salad bar and soup options, as well.
    The Cumbres and Toltec Railroad runs between Chama and Antonito, Colo. on a track that was built in 1880 for use by the silver industry.
    In 1970, Colorado and New Mexico refurbished the track and equipment and have been offering the railroad to sightseers ever since.
    The operating season for the railroad is from May through October.
    For more information about this weekend’s season-ending train rides, visit CumbresToltec.com. 

  • State Briefs 10-20-17

    Martin mixes business, politics at forum

    SANTA FE (AP) — Proposals for expanding movie and television production in New Mexico are on the agenda at a film forum in Santa Fe.
    The discussion Thursday is designed mix business and politics, as author and producer George R.R. Martin sits down with film-industry experts and Congresswoman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham.
    The congresswoman this week proposed lifting a $50 million annual cap on film-production tax credits to boost the industry.
    Known for his fantasy novels that inspired the hit series “Game of Thrones,” Martin owns an art-house cinema in Santa Fe and has dabbled in a local nonprofit film production project.

    New judge appointed to Clovis shooting case

  • Pumpkin Splash is set for Saturday at aquatic center

    Dr. Seuss will be the theme of this year’s Pumpkin Splash, that’s going on at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center Saturday.
    Los Alamos County will be hosting the annual event, which features carnival games and a bouncy house on the outside deck of the aquatic center.
    The event will run from 10 a.m.- 1p.m. Price for participation is $7.
    Along with the games and activities, those taking part can swim with the pumpkins that will be floating in the main pool Saturday. Kids will be able to pick a pumpkin to take home with them.
    Pumpkin retrieval for the kids will start at 11 a.m.
    Tickets can be purchased either today or on Saturday at the front desk of the aquatic center. For more information about the event, call the center at 662-8170.

  • Part of Main Trail at Bandelier will be closed

    Starting Monday and continuing for approximately four days, parts of the Main Loop Trail at Bandelier National Monument will be closed.
    During the times of closures, helicopters will be carrying sling loads of dirt and gravel for a trail project at the monument. The closure is for the safety of visitors.
    According to a news release from Bandelier, from 6 a.m. Monday until the completion of that portion of the work, which is scheduled to continue until Oct. 27, the Main Loop Trail will be closed from the northern edge of Tyuonyi Pueblo to the top of the stairs at Long House.
    The part of the Nature Trail which parallels Frijoles Creek between the creek and the Main Loop Trail, will also be closed.
    Visitors who wish to visit Long House can use the trail on the other side of the creek, which leads to Alcove House, to access the site and return.
    Bandelier announced the small cavates on the cliffs just above Tyuonyi, the ones with short ladders, would also not be available during this time.  Alcove House, however, will be open.

  • Burke eyes council post for next election

    Los Alamos resident Brady Burke has thrown his hat in the ring for a seat on Los Alamos County Council next year, sensing people are looking for more responsive government.
    “I get the idea that the government has sort of lost touch with the voters. There’s that disconnect, that people feel they don’t have a voice,” Burke said.
    Burke admits in the past he was not politically active, but that all changed in May when county residents voted against the county raising $20 million through a sale of general obligation bonds by a slim margin.
    The money was to go toward funding five projects which included a recreation center in Los Alamos and a splash pad in White Rock’s Piñon Park. The bond came with a property tax increase.
    Though the voters rejected the bond sale, it was enough for Burke to get involved.
    Burke said didn’t like that shortly after the sale, county voted to go ahead and build some of the projects anyway using the additional $13 million the county has in its capital improvement fund.

  • Dark Night set for Saturday in WR

    The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night on Saturday at Spirio Soccer Field, located at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    The Dark Night will bet at sunset, which is approximately 6:30 p.m.
    The Pajarito Astronomers said the public is invited, weather permitting, to view the skies through the telescopes which will be set up for the event.
    According to the Astronomers, the planets Mercury, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune should all be visible, and possibly some Orionid meteors throughout the evening.
    Also planned for the Dark Night is a tour of the summer and fall constellations, the Milky Way, and telescopic views of double stars, clusters and other celestial bodies.
    Viewing will end before midnight.
    For more information about the Dark Night, you can call 662-3252.

  • Talk with a Councilor is Thursday

    Los Alamos County announced that a pair of members of the County Council will host a booth at the Farmer’s Market on Thursday.
    This is an informal setting open to residents who would like to stop by with comments, concerns or questions. They will be available from 9-11 a.m.  

  • You Can See Clearly Now

    Nick Washington of HEI replaces a lamp in the Smith’s Marketplace parking lot Tuesday morning.