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  • Fall is in the air

    Artist Nancy Clark paints the aspens on the way up to the Santa Fe Ski hill last weekend. 

  • Committees formed in school superintendent search

    According to the Los Alamos School Board all the public input committees have been formed for the superintendent search, now all they need is something to do.
    The Los Alamos School Board recently met to discuss its progress on the search for a new superintendent.
    According to LASB President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, all the committees have been named and filled, now all the board has to do is give them direction.
    The committees are one each of parents, teachers, classified staff, community leaders, central office and school principals.
    The board has already come up with a list of qualifications they’d like to see in their next superintendent, and they will be sharing that list with all of the committees by next week.
    “We’re going to show them a list of qualifications that we thought of, and we’ll let them decide if they agree with us, what they want to see added or what they want to see taken away,” said Bjarke-McKenzie. After they have a firm list of qualifications in place, they will place an ad in national publications, she added.

  • First voter

    Clair Sutherland is the first to cast a ballot in Los Alamos County as he stands with poll worker Mickey Synder at the county clerk’s office. Today is the final day for New Mexicans to register to vote. Election day is Nov. 4.

  • Dems answer voters

    On Sunday, the Los Alamos Monitor highlighted how Republican candidates for the Los Alamos County Council responded to questions posed at a League of Women Voters of Los Alamos candidate forum on Thursday.

    Today, it’s the Democratic candidates’ turn.

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  • GOP council candidates answer voters

    Contenders for four vacant county council seats attempted to distinguish themselves at Thursday’s League of Women Voters of Los Alamos candidate forum. That proved challenging with eight candidates in the field.
    The Los Alamos Monitor has compiled some of the candidates’ responses throughout the evening, highlighting their key statements. Below are the Republican responses. See Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor for Democratic responses. Candidates are listed in the same order they appear on the ballot.
    Most questions from the audience and one from the League centered around economics, such as how to make Los Alamos “less of a one-horse town,” how to get more effective codes and government interactions, how to keep small businesses from disappearing and local government’s role in the economic wellbeing of the community.
    James T. Chrobocinsk stressed the need for the county to “get the heck out of the way” while at the same time suggesting the county provide “project managers” to guide business owners through the regulatory process.
    “We have one person who takes you by the hand and walks you through the process and makes it simple to get it done. That’s how government can get out of the way.”

  • Update 10-05-14

    Ride The Bus

    The Los Alamos Public Schools are asking that students ride LAPS Transportation to and from school on Oct. 8. Ridership on that one day, determines the funding for Los Alamos transportation for the entire year. LAPS is working on offering rewards to students riding to and from school that day.


    Cowboy breakfast. 7-11 a.m. today at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables. $7 adults, $4 children 10 and under. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.


    Charter Amendment Forum: Utilities. 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The League of Women Voters will moderate the Los Alamos County Forum on the proposed changes to Article V, the section of the County Charter that addresses utilities. Susan O’Leary and George Chandler, both of whom served on the Charter Review Committee that focused on the Department of Public Utilities, will speak in support of the amendment. Robert Gibson and Chris Ortega will speak in opposition. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.

  • Clerk completes voting certification process

    The Los Alamos County clerk’s office resumed the certification and preparation process Friday for the absentee and election day voting machines to be used in the Nov.4, general election.
    According to clerk Sharon Stover, Friday’s testing passed with a perfect match between the test votes cast and the test results.
    Additionally, every voting machine underwent functional testing.
    Functional testing ensures the proper operation of the buttons, connections and other components of the voting machines, such as the audio-visual ballot marking interface, Stover said.
    “Testing is absolutely fundamental in the preparation of an election,” Stover said. “As you know, during last Friday’s (Sept. 26) initial certification, a glitch was discovered in the blank test ballots, which were sent by the state’s contractor, Dominion.
    “This testing provides an added level of confidence in the election results by ensuring that all potential voter choices are tested for accuracy.”
    With the certification preparation process complete, the ICE voting machines are ready for deployment to the three vote centers, which are: LAC Municipal Building, Boardsand Commissions room 110, LAC Golf Course meeting room, and the White Rock Fire Station #3.