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  • 'Live' bites the dust

    After months of what Councilor Frances Berting called an “overwhelmingly negative” response to trying to sell Los Alamos using the strapline “Live Exponentially,” council voted on Tuesday to reject the phrase.
    Council revisited the issue at Councilor Pete Sheehey’s request, after a contract with Atlas Advertising, LLC, for implementing the branding strategies developed by North Star Destination Strategies was approved by a 5-1 vote on Oct. 10.
    At that time, council chose to follow North Star’s recommendations, including adopting the line “Live Exponentially.”
    The tone of this meeting was very different and ended with the line’s rejection.
    Instead of developing three logos to illustrate the phrase “Live Exponentially,” Atlas will be directed to develop two logos based on one of seven other tagline options proposed by North Star or “Los Alamos — Where Discoveries are Made.” The third logo will be designed with no strapline connection.
    The decision comes after months of backlash by the community, including numerous emails to councilors, letters to the editor and posts on social media.
    Many of the issues with the phrase came out during extensive public comment at Tuesday’s meeting.

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  • State Roundup: Big N.M. lottery prize is still unclaimed

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Lottery officials say whoever holds a winning $1 million Powerball ticket has only a few weeks to claim the prize.
    The ticket sold in Albuquerque on Saturday, Sept. 27 at a Circle K store on Highway 528 Northwest had winning numbers of 2, 11, 35, 52 and 54.
    Lottery workers on Monday put up a banner outside the store to try to alert the winner to turn it in.
    If the $1 million ticket is not claimed by the close of business on Dec. 24, the money will go back into the prize pool.

    3 to sue University of New Mexico over rape case

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two University of New Mexico football players and another man plan to sue the University of New Mexico and its police department over an investigation that led to rape charges that were ultimately dropped.
    Lobo football players players SaQwan Edwards and Crusoe Gongbay and community college student Ryan Ruff on Tuesday said they plan this week to file a suit accusing UNM police of conducting an inadequate investigation.
    A UNM student told police in April she was raped at gunpoint inside a vehicle. The men were arrested but charges were later dropped.
    The university said it stands by the investigation and will carefully review the suit once it is filed.

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  • Planning Council

    The DWI Planning Council meets monthly to coordinate a community approach to the issue of driving while impaired. Recently the group celebrated a decade of service in the community, under Chair Diane Noveroske. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building.

  • Update 12-10-14

    Meeting canceled

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s Dec. 17 meeting has been canceled because of holiday conflicts. JJAB’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. Jan. 21, in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road.

    Parks and Rec

    A regularly scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County’s Park and Recreation board will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the municipal building.

    Tree permits

    Santa Fe National Forest will continue to sell Christmas tree permits from now until Dec. 24. Permits can be purchased at any SFNF ranger station or, locally, at the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

    BPU quorum

    Los Alamos County notified citizens that a quorum could be present for the Board of Public Utilties at the county’s swearing-in ceremony of elected officials. That ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 19. No action will be taken by the board at that event.

    County Council

    The next scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the municipal building.

  • Life coach aiding adoptees

    People who have been adopted may ask themselves practical, yet unanswerable, questions like, what their birth parents look like or what kind of diseases run in their family.
    Not knowing the answers can be frustrating.
    Other, more painful, questions may also creep in and undermine an adoptee’s sense of inner peace.
    Questions like, “Are my birth parents ashamed of me?” “Do my adopted parents really love me?”
    LeAnne Parsons, a life coach in Los Alamos, was adopted and spent years struggling to understand herself and her place in the world.
    While growing up she experienced grief and loss, shame, identity issues, relationship challenges and control issues. All the while she felt like she was keeping her adoption story locked away in the closet.
    She understands the turmoil that people who have been touched by adoption go through. Even though there were times when she felt she was merely coping with life, she has discovered that she has a choice in how she shows up in this world.
    As a life coach she wants to help other people get out of the cycle of tolerating life while everything stays the same, learn to thrive and create the life that they want.
    Her goal is to bring life coaching into health care and the adoption process.

  • Lunch with a Leader features director of CED

    The League of Women Voters invites the community to the monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Mesa Public Library. Anne Laurent will be the guest speaker.
    Laurent, a LEED Certified licensed architect moved with her husband, Steve and two children to Los Alamos in 2008. She is currently director of the Community and Economic Development, as well as in charge of Capital Projects. 
    A native of Arizona, she earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Rhode Island School of Design.  Laurent continued her professional career in private architecture focusing on K-12 school design in Arizona.  
    The Laurents’ later moved to Michigan after her husband got accepted into law school with a full scholarship. At that point, Laurent went to work for the Grand Rapids Transit Authority. She eventually became studio manager for a full service private architecture/engineering firm working on a variety of commercial and governmental projects.

  • Recommendation on ACT changes to routes delayed

    On Thursday, the Transportation Board again deferred action on the Comprehensive Transit Study and Five-Year Plan.
    The issue holding up approval is a recommendation by LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc., who conducted the study, to eliminate the 2M, Main Hill Road bus route between White Rock and Los Alamos in favor of the Truck Route, 2T.
    On Nov. 6, the board directed LSC Principal A.T. Stoddard III to provide “further study of the travel time, safety, on demand services and route efficiency as these pertain to accessibility and longer travel times that will impact key users, including those in White Rock…”
    Residents had protested the elimination of the 2M route at that meeting. Further objections were lodged on the county’s Open Forum and again at last week’s meeting.
    Stoddard returned with a breakdown of cost of service and a comparison of travel times.
    The study showed that the cost of operating both routes is approximately $990,000 annually out of a total operating budget of $3,656,000, or about 27 percent of Atomic City Transit’s operating budget.

  • Water Back in the Works

    Randy Smith thought he’d take some flak during the closure of the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, but he didn’t get nearly as much as he figured he would.
    “I expected a lot more phone calls,” said Smith, the recreation division manager for Los Alamos County. “But there were a lot of people wanting to know the exact details of what was going on.”
    The aquatic center wrapped up the upgrade of its HVAC system and boiler and, because preliminary tests on the new equipment went as well as pool personnel could’ve hoped, the center was reopened this morning.
    Lane swimming began at 6 a.m. sharp and the Walkup center will immediately resume its regular schedule — including a Wacky Wednesday this afternoon for kids getting out early from school.
    The center has been closed to the public since just after the local triathlon events. The county projected the upgrades would be completed in mid-November, but delays pushed the schedule back nearly a month.
    According to Smith, the project cost $1.8 million, which was actually below the county’s projected $2.2 million for completion.
    The aquatic center, of course, features the highest-elevation Olympic-sized pool in the world and attracts international competitive swimmers on a regular basis interested in doing high-elevation training.