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  • Today in history June 15
  • Today in history June 14
  • Petition on plastic bag ban up for review

    On June 18, the Environmental Sustainability Board will hold the second public meeting to review the plastic bag ban petition that was proposed to Los Alamos County Council during an April 2015 Council meeting.
    The meeting will be 5:30 p.m. at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock. The board has asked one member of the supporting and opposing parties to present at the upcoming ESB meeting.
    Each presenter will provide a 15-minute structured presentation regarding how the plastic bag ban would align with County Council’s Strategic Leadership Plan. The board will then present the results of their local business survey. The staff liaison will also provide a brief presentation regarding the waste handling of plastic bags. After the presentations of information, the board will take action on this issue. Following the motion, public comment will be limited to three minutes per person maximum.
    The first public meeting was May 21, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building in Los Alamos. The Environmental Sustainability Board took public comment from 22 residents, who voiced their opposition or support for the plastic bag ban petition. No action was taken by the board at that meeting.
    As a reminder the Open Forum will close at noon on Monday. This will allow staff enough time to gather data to present to the board.

  • LA attendees take part in 70th anniversary

    Los Alamos-based author Richard Rhodes, Los Alamos engineer Norman Brown and alumni of the Manhattan Project came together for a 70th anniversary celebration last week in Washington, D.C.
    Veterans and their families met at the Carnegie Institution for Science in the nation’s capital to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, which was brought about by the efforts of Manhattan Project personnel.
    More than a dozen veterans from across the country took the stage to discuss their roles and how sites at Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Hanford, Washington, Chicago and New York City contributed to the top-secret effort to build the world’s first atomic bomb.
    Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning book, “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,” discussed the importance of preserving historical sites in his opening remarks on day two of the event.
    “We preserve what we value of the physical past because it specifically embodies our social past,” Rhodes said. “That social reality is anchored to physical objects, extending far and deep into the physical world of landscapes, buildings, documents, machines and artifacts. These Manhattan Project historical sites are among the world’s most significant places where work was done that changed the human world forever.”

  • Tourism secretary shares insights

    Los Alamos had its second group of distinguished tourists within a two-week period when New Mexico Tourism Department Secretary Rebecca Latham and her staff toured the community Thursday and Friday. The visit followed on the heels of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park leadership team visit the first week in June.
    Latham shared her insights into what Los Alamos has to offer and how it can work with the department’s New Mexico True campaign to promote that during a public meeting on Friday.
    According to Latham, Los Alamos fits well with the campaign’s message of “Adventure steeped in culture.”
    “There are certainly adventures we had in Los Alamos, and the culture of Los Alamos is going to be the labs and the history and the science. That is your very own unique story to tell that no one else can tell,” Latham said.
    Latham stressed that focusing on that story does not preclude promoting other adventures such as outdoor activities or exploring Bandelier National Monument, but warned against “splintering” the message.
    “It is important to have one focus. You could have one focus on mountain biking, but how are you going to tell that story differently than Angel Fire?” Latham said. “The one thing you own that no one else can touch is that history.”

  • ‘Caveman’ agrees to plea deal

    Roy Michael Moore, the 67-year-old Vietnam veteran who was caught by police with more than 40 marijuana plants he was growing in his house, was sentenced recently.
    Moore was arrested in March when police, armed with a “knock and announce” warrant, after an anonymous source requested a welfare check on Moore. That’s when police found the plants. Police said judging by the total number of plants, which were all in various states of growth, Moore was in possession of at least 12 pounds of marijuana.
    Moore was arrested for marijuana possession, (eight ounces or more) intentionally distributing or possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance, (marijuana), and “intent to use or possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance in violation of the controlled substance act.”
    In Los Alamos County District Court last week, Moore appeared with his lawyer, Tyr Loranger to be sentenced.

  • Today in history June 13
  • Update 6-12-15

    Concert series

    Jimmy Stadler’s Country Review will play today at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The concert will be at Ashley Pond at 7 p.m.


    Chamberfest 2015 is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The event will be on and around Central Avenue and include Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce businesses and nonprofit groups. There will also be music, a car show and a kids activity area, including a sandpile in the middle of Central Avenue.

    Farmers market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will host its weekly farmer’s market Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at its store on Entrada Drive.

    Plastic bags

    The second public meeting for the Environmental Sustainability Board regarding the Plastic Bag Ban Discussion to be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the training room at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Nature Center

    The Los Alamos Nature Center will present “Bees: Midwives of Agriculture” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The presentation will be from Melanie Kirby, a native New Mexican beekeeper. Price for participation is $8. For more information, call 662-0460.

    Warm Water

  • Fire near Pecos not contained

    The lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District continues to grow.
    As of this morning, the fire was estimated to be 95 acres and is zero percent contained. The fire is burning naturally, although firefighters are working to manage the rate and direction of the fire’s growth, SFNF officials said.
    A drop in humidity caused the fire to be more active and some tree torching observed on the south and northeast side of the fire.
    The fire is about 13 miles east of Pecos and 2 miles south of Barillas Park.
    No structures are threatened at this time.1-2

  • No recent sightings of predator reported

    The state’s Department of Game and Fish removed its mountain lion snares from around Los Alamos.
    Dan Williams of Game and Fish said the snares were removed earlier this week. The snares, which were located around Los Alamos Airport, were set up in an effort to trap a mountain lion that was blamed for attacking several dogs in the area.
    According to Williams, there had been no reports of the mountain lion being sighted since the foot snares were put up.
    Earlier this week, a dead deer had been found near the Canyon Rim Trail by hikers, but Game and Fish said the evidence at the scene had indicated it was most likely a coyote that had done the killing.
    Last month, several reports of dogs being attacked at the residences of their owners had been reported, including reports that at least two of the dogs had been killed. Those reports prompted the state to put the snares up to catch the mountain lion.
    Game and Fish said at the time it believed the attacks were the work of one animal — mountain lions tend to be very territorial — but, most unnerving to officers, was that this particular animal appeared to have lost is fear of humans.
    Game and Fish recommends in dealing with large predators to make sure pets and children are kept inside during the evenings and early mornings.