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  • Heavy Lifting

    Ryan McNiff picks up a tractor tire during a workout at Fire Station No. 6. Firefighters perform many different exercises during their routines to keep in shape.

  • Cone Zone 8-1-15

    For more information about the projects listed below, email lacpw at lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.
    The information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
    20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements:
    Star Paving will continue construction on 20th Street and the Fuller Lodge parking lot improvement projects.
    Star Paving will be closing the southbound lane and begin demolition of curb and gutter, asphalt and sidewalks on the west side of 20th Street. Pedestrians will need to use the east side of the street.
    The northbound lane will remain open for business access. Motorists may experience flagging operations and some delays.
    The secondary Fuller Lodge parking lot has been demolished. The contactor will begin installing electrical conduit for lighting and new curb and gutter.
    The lot will remain closed except for Thursday morning during the Los Alamos Farmers Market, at which time it will be made accessible for parking.
     Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection are scheduled to be maintained.

  • Today in history Aug. 1
  • WR Library opening is still on

    The scheduled grand opening of the White Rock Library, which will be at 11 a.m., is still ongoing.

    Los Alamos County confirmed the opening is still going on as planned. The county said police protection will be there for the ribbon-cutting.

    Police are currently searching for a juvenile, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with shoulder-length hair, who is possibly armed.

    Additional information will be posted on LAMonitor.com as it becomes available.

  • Today in history July 31
  • Police Beat 7-31-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    July 23
    8:10 a.m. — Steven Kowalczyk, 53, of Abiquiu was arrested for possessing false evidence for title/aegis on Rover Boulevard.

    4:05 p.m. — Police reported that a 13-year-old girl was the victim of child abuse on Trinity Drive.

    9:24 p.m. –– A 49-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a burglary from a dwelling on 33rd Street.

    July 25
    1:23 a.m. — Andrea Rivera, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated battery against a household member in the 3000 block of Canyon Road.

    6:48 p.m. — A 40-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $2500) at 47th Street.

    11:17 p.m. — Darryl Hayes, 53, of Albuquerque was arrested for identity theft at the intersection of 39th Street and Orange Street. On July 27, he was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.

  • Senate passes new transportation bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a long-term transportation bill, but with House lawmakers already dispersed for their August recess, the bill will become just one more sticky issue on a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall.
    The $350 billion long-term bill was approved Thursday on a 65-34 vote with bipartisan support. It would make changes to highway, transit, railroad and auto safety programs, but its sponsors were only able to find enough money to pay for the first three years of the six-year bill.
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the bill’s passage, “a win for our country.”
    “Many thought we’d never get here, but we have,” he said.
    Immediately after the vote, the Senate turned to a three-month patch previously passed by the House that extends the government’s authority to process highway and transit aid payments to states through Oct. 29. Without congressional action, that authority expires at midnight Friday. House Republican leaders opted for the patch to give themselves more time to work on a long-term — and long-sought — transportation bill.
    Lawmakers have said they are loath to take up yet another short-term transportation funding extension — this will be the 34th extension since 2009.

  • Udall, Heinrich want to expand RECA law

    On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on their work to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to expand compensation for victims of radiation exposure in New Mexico, as well as several Western states and the island of Guam.
    The announcement was made through Udall’s office.
    Udall, Heinrich and Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) introduced legislation earlier this year to amend RECA to cover victims of the government’s nuclear arms testing, including those living downwind of the Trinity bomb test in New Mexico’s Tularosa Basin and post-1971 uranium workers in northwestern New Mexico.
    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the test of the atomic bomb at White Sands and the dropping of the bombs on Japan that helped end World War II.
    In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the bipartisan group of senators cosponsoring the bill wrote, “Considering the importance of RECA to many of our constituents, we respectfully request that you move quickly to hold a hearing to bring to light existing deficiencies in the compensation program and to review our legislation.”

  • Italian artist tops this year's SMART Contest

    Art and mathematics have been linked for millennia. Only relatively recently has there been a chasm created between the two.
    And getting those two disciplines linked back together is one of the underlying themes of the SMART Contest.
    Winners of the SMART contest were announced last week as part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest. Noted artist Jean Constant, who works out of Santa Fe, was on hand at Mesa Public Library Saturday to announce the winners.
    Constant, whose works include a variety of digital compositions, said the line between mathematics and art, which had been drawn sharply since roughly World War I, is blurring again, in no small part to the advent of the computer.
    “Math and art have always been one and the same,” he said. “Mathematics, 2,000, even 4,000 years ago used images to explain ideas to us, and to themselves, what they had…Digital art, in many ways, has an intensity, a quality that raised the bar and raised the aesthetic.”
    This year’s SMART contest attracted 260 entries, those coming from almost every state in the union and nearly 30 different countries.
    Constant said people around the world, including artists as well as scientists, knows what it means to compete in Los Alamos.

  • APP board seeks comments

    The Art in Public Places Board announced recently it is seeking comment on its proposal to place a series of pottery replicas along the N.M. 4 corridor in White Rock.
    The APPB is accepting comment through Aug. 3 for the proposal, which includes placing six large Native American pottery replicas along the area, a similar display to one that adorns the road going toward the Albuquerque Sunport.
    According to an announcement by the board, the proposed project was first suggested by the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee, that proposal coming when the new Visitor Center was still under construction.
    The concept, now developed, involves a historical progression of pottery styles associated with San Ildefonso Pueblo, from prehistoric to contemporary.
    The pottery forms, which would be made out of concrete, would be produced by the same firm that made the Sunport display, while a group of San Ildefonso artists, descendants of the original inhabitants of the Pajarito Plateau, would select authentic ancestral designs and paint them on the replicas.
    The pieces would range in size from 4 feet tall to an 8-foot diameter plate in the style of Maria Martinez, and would be distributed along both sides of the road.