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  • County seeks wildlife designation for pond

    Open Space Specialist Craig Martin asked for and received the Parks and Recreation Board’s blessing to pursue a National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat designation for Ashley Pond.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has requested the designation, one more step in its goal to certify Los Alamos as a Community Wildlife Habitat.
    The county already has the requisite number of private residences certified (100 required and 112 certified). PEEC now needs to accrue points by conducting community service projects, offering educational programs and increasing the number of certified habitats at schools, places of worships and other public places. Two schools are already on board.
    “I would say that the pond already is a wildlife habitat,” Martin said. “The pond, especially since it’s been improved over the last few years, has become more of an attraction for wildlife.”
    According to Martin, 22 new species of birds have been spotted at the pond since improvements were completed in May, bring the number of species to 40. Martin’s latest example was 15 cedar waxwings sighted two weeks ago, a species never seen at the pond previously.

  • Udall nominates three LA students

    This week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced 43 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2015, including five students from Northern New Mexico.
    The following are the students nominated from Northern New Mexico by academy:
    United States Military Academy (West Point)
    • Miguel Pantano of Santa Fe
    • Jonathan Schueler of Los Alamos
    United States Naval Academy
    • Henry Baer of Santa Fe
    • Thomas Hanlon of Los Alamos
    United States Merchant Marine Academy
    • Michael Moore of Los Alamos
    A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students receiving Udall’s nomination completed a competitive application process, which included an interview with the senator’s Military Academy Service Panels, comprised of military and community leaders.

  • Update 11-27-14

    County Council

    The Dec. 5 County Council meeting has been changed to a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in council chambers. At this meeting, the Chicken Ordinance Public Hearing, the Ski Shuttle service and the Branding Revisit are scheduled.

    Thanksgiving

    The Los Alamos Monitor's offices will be closed today in observance of Thanksgiving. The newspaper’s office will be open Friday.

    Exhibit

    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Dec. 2 at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Elisa Enriquez on suicide prevention.

    Christmas sale

    The United Church Thrift Shop will be having its “Everything Christmas” sale including many gifts, as well as decorations, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Graves Hall.

  • Holiday shoppers should spend cautiously

    Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low.
    All signs point to a successful holiday shopping season. Despite the economic tail winds, though, retailers are finding themselves having to work to get shoppers into stores. Why? Five years into the economic recovery, most Americans still are struggling.
    Gas prices may be hovering at a four-year low, but Americans are paying more for food, health care and other costs. Unemployment is falling, too, but wage growth has been stagnant. And even though the stock and housing markets have improved, Americans haven’t changed their deal-hungry shopping habits.
    “Retail therapy is out the window for most Americans,” said Ken Perkins, president of RetailMetrics LLC, a research firm.
    Not that this holiday season is expected to be a dud. In fact, the National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion — the highest increase since 2011. But retailers already have had to resort to discounting to get shoppers into stores.

  • Today in history Nov. 27
  • Boone scholarship

    James Dinkel, personal representative of the Zenas and Irene U. Boone estate, presents a $250,000 check to Lisa Montoya, the LAPS Chief Financial Officer. Boone’s husband Zenas, Boone bequeathed a needs-based scholarship in the memory of of his wife Dr. Irene U. Boone, a longtime pediatrician in Los Alamos. The memorial scholarship will provide financial assistance for future Los Alamos graduates to attend post high school studies. Los Alamos attorney Reid Griffith assisted in the presentation of the scholarship donation.
Principal Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist was among the first to learn of the generous gift to the students of Los Alamos High School. “This was an absolutely great moment for our students and a wonderfully generous gift,” Belew-Nyquist said. Belew-Nyquist will convene a committee to develop a scholarship application process that will be available beginning with the Class of 2015 and to graduates in future classes. The committee also will determine an annual scholarship amount as well as develop a financial strategy to issue the Irene U. Boone Memorial Scholarship for many years into the future.

  • Update 11-26-14

    County Council

    The Dec. 5 County Council meeting has been changed to a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in council chambers. At this meeting, the Chicken Ordinance Public Hearing, the Ski Shuttle service and the Branding Revisit are scheduled.

    Thanksgiving

    The “Los Alamos Monitor’s” offices will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving. The newspaper’s office will be open Friday.

    Exhibit

    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Dec. 2 at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Elisa Enriquez on suicide prevention.

    Christmas sale

    The United Church Thrift Shop will be having its “Everything Christmas” sale including many gifts, as well as decorations, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Graves Hall.

    Game night

    Game Night is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
     

  • Recount ordered in state race

    SANTA FE (AP) — The certification of New Mexico’s general election results is on holding pending a recount in the statewide race for land commissioner.
    The State Canvassing Board met Tuesday in Santa Fe and ordered a recount in the contest between incumbent Democrat Ray Powell and Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn. The latest totals provided by the secretary of state’s office show Dunn with a 704-vote lead.
    The recount is scheduled to begin Dec. 8 and will take about two days. The board will meet again Dec. 16 to certify the results.
    “We’ve been through every county,” said Bobbi Shearer, head of the state Bureau of Elections. “That includes all the provisionals, all the hand-tallies, all the in-lieu-of ballots, everything that was handled by the county canvassing boards. But we’re going to ask the counties to verify those numbers because we want to know how many ballots in each category the candidates can expect.”
    This will be the first recount in a statewide race since New Mexico enacted a law in 2008 for automatic recounts when the margin between the top two candidates is less than 0.5 percent.
    Powell said he will be watching closely, given that it has never been done before.

  • Herrera promoted to LAPD deputy chief

    As family, colleagues and friends looked on, Los Alamos Police Commander Jason Wardlow-Herrera was sworn in as the Los Alamos Police Department’s Deputy Chief in a ceremony that took place at the Los Alamos County Justice Center Monday.
    Los Alamos County Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados swore him in. His girlfriend, Summer Sandoval and young son, Jordan Tyler Herrera, pinned on his new badge after he was sworn in.
    LAPD Police Chief Dino Sgambellone thanked everyone for coming, as well as remarked at range of professions represented was a testimony to Wardlow-Herrera’s involvement and commitment toward bettering his community.
    “I have not doubt that he will make the LAPD a better place within the department as well as for each of you and your roles as we continue to meet the expectations of the citizens we serve,” he said. “...I’m very excited and happy about this day. I think Jason will do an outstanding job.”
    Wardlow-Herrera’s promotion was officially announced last week through a press release from Los Alamos County.

  • Del Norte to build WR branch

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council approved the sale of two acres of land on the southeast corner of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard to Del Norte Credit Union for $452,000.
    The contract calls for the credit union to build a branch on one parcel of the property within two years and develop the remaining parcel within three. The undeveloped land will be landscaped in the interim.
    Councilor Pete Sheehey asked that proceeds from the sale be directed to the economic development fund.
    Councilors’ main concerns seemed to be that the property could no longer be used for political signs during the campaign season.
    Council approved the contract by a 5-0 vote. Vice Chair Kristin Henderson and councilor David Izraelevitz were not in attendance and councilor Rick Reiss joined by phone.
    Council also approved a code of ethics by a 5-0 vote.
    Council had sent the ordinance back for revision in March. The original proposal only included the Board of Public Utilities and the Planning and Zoning Commission. Council wanted all boards to be governed by the code and also asked for the inclusion of “aspirational” language emphasizing desirable traits such as trustworthiness and honesty.