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  • Council OKs teen center design

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved a design that addresses two longstanding needs: one for an adequate teen center for the community’s youth and the other for public restrooms at Ashley Pond Park.
    Council approved the community building as the location for the new teen center in March 2013, after rejecting a plan for a new 18,000-square-foot facility costing $8,782,000 and subsequent plans to lease space at Central Park Square had fallen through.
    The teen center is currently housed in a two-room space provided by Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, which is at over-capacity.
    The remodel is budgeted for $4 million, which includes many upgrades to the building itself, including asbestos abatement, replacement of the water heater, HVAC system and elevator and the addition of energy efficient windows and insulation for the walls and ceiling.
    To address community outcries for restrooms at Ashley Pond, council directed staff to include an option for public restrooms in the design, and approved up to $200,000 more for that alternative last night.

  • Gov. visits LA today

    Gov. Susana Martinez made an appearance at Smith's Marketplace this morning. Martinez visited Los Alamos as part of her re-election campaign. She's running against Democrat Gary King.

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    Martinez rally

    The public is welcome for a Meet and Greet and “Get out and vote rally” with Gov. Susana Martinez and other state and local candidates. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Smith’s Marketplace patio. Lunch and Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Kelly Benner at kellybbritz@gmail.com.

    Wildfire forum

    How is Los Alamos Preparing for Its Next Wildfire? 7 p.m. Thusrday at the Mesa Public Library, Community Rooms 2 and 3. Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia will present the existing wildfire management plans for protecting Los Alamos County and surrounding areas. Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes will also be present to answer questions and hear concerns.

    'Friends' meeting

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. The next meeting is Tuesday. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in council chambers in the Municipal Building.

  • County looks at service roads

    Los Alamos County residents are fiercely protective of the open space and public lands throughout the county.
    One citizen (who has asked not to be identified) recently contacted the Los Alamos Monitor with concerns about the deterioration of service roads and the impact that could have on public lands.
    The citizen sent photographs of deep erosion on access roads through Pueblo Canyon and on North Mesa.
    ”For me, the reason that Los Alamos is special is that we have this extraordinary natural environment,” he wrote. “The most efficient way to destroy a road or trail and cause various related erosion impacts is to channel water along it, and DPU [Department of Public Utility] access roads do this very consistently.”
    Particulars the resident noted included “some dramatic impact on the hillside” from the Pueblo Canyon access road at Walnut Point, a “chunk [torn] out of the hillside” by road crews making temporary repairs after the September 2013 flood event and invasive species such as tumbleweed taking root in areas disturbed by road construction.
    “I don’t want that hillside to fall down or become a weedy disaster because they’re building unsustainable roads,” he wrote.

  • Pumpkin glow at Fuller Lodge

    The community gathered at Fuller Lodge to view the Pumpkin Glow on Saturday.

  • Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy, accused of killing colleague, to appear in court today

     LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow sheriff's deputy is expected to make an initial court appearance Wednesday in Las Cruces.

    Deputy Tai Chan was being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

    He's charged with murder in the shooting early Tuesday morning of Deputy Jeremy Martin.

    Las Cruces police say the shooting occurred in a hotel after the 27-year-old Chan and the 29-year-old Martin drank at a nightspot and argued at their hotel.

    The shooting happened just after midnight at Hotel Encanto in the southern New Mexico city of Las Cruces, where the two Santa Fe County deputies had stopped to spend the night after transporting a prisoner to Safford, Arizona.

    Investigators say Chan, 27, and Deputy Jeremy Martin, 29, went to three restaurants Monday night, including Dublin's Street Pub where they drank and got into a heated argument. The fight escalated once they were back at the hotel.

    Witnesses heard arguing and then several gunshots rang out.

    As Martin tried to flee into an elevator, he was shot in the back and arms, authorities said.

    Police arrived at the hotel and found Martin staggering off the elevator with multiple wounds, Las Cruces police spokesman Dan Trujillo said.

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