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  • Monitor to print free announcements

    The Los Alamos Monitor will now print at no charge announcements of local engagements, weddings, births and anniversaries.
    The decision marks a change in a policy that was put in place a couple of years ago that required payment for that service.
    “Those items should be free for the people of Los Alamos, and now they are,” said the paper’s new publisher, Ben Carlson.
    “We realize how important those announcements are not only to those making them, but to their friends and neighbors who want to know about and share in their good news.”
    Submitting the information is simple.
    Go to LAMonitor.com and click the “Submit News” button on the home page. Electronic forms for those announcements are located within that tab, including the ability to attach an image.
    For those unable to submit announcements online, copies of those forms are available at the newspaper’s office, located at 256 DP Road in Los Alamos.
    Submitted announcements will appear each Sunday.
    There still will be charges for obituaries.
    For deadline requirements and questions, contact the Los Alamos Monitor at 662-4185 or by email at lacommunity@lamonitor.com.
     

  • Update 03-29-14

    Exhibit

    “Sisters in Art — Sisters at Heart,” shows daily in the Portal Gallery of Fuller Lodge Art Center through April 26.

    Pony Club

    The Los Alamos Pony Club (LAPC) hosts a dressage horse show and rally today at the North Mesa stables. The LAPC/New Mexico Dressage Association schooling show and Southwest Region Pony Club Rally begins at 9 a.m., attracting riders from across the region.

    LALT

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will have a reading of the play “Tower of Magic” by local playwright Tess Light at 6 p.m. April 2 in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.

    Breakfast

    The Chamber hosts its monthly Business Breakfast, with Rep. Stephanie Garcia-Richard, who will update businesses on the 2014 Legislative Session. From 7:30 to 9 a.m. April 3. Register and find out more about the Business Breakfast by clicking on the link. chamberorganizer.com. 

  • Briefs 03-29-14

    Planned power outage set for Thursday

    A planned power outage is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon April 3 to improve electric reliability in the downtown area,
    It will affect approximately 350 residents and several businesses in the neighborhood of Oppenheimer, Short and Loma Vista Drive south of Trinity according to the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities.
    DPU’s Associate Engineer for Electric Distribution, Steve Marez said “the planned electric outage is needed so that our crews can safely install a new electric switch for this neighborhood. The switch will enable us to isolate the neighborhood and maintain power, while crucial infrastructure replacement occurs elsewhere, later this spring.”
    Residents with medical devices will be notified in person, per the DPU’s established Medical Alert listing. Residents of the Oppenheimer, Short and Loma Vista Drive area, who have not yet reported their medical alert status are advised to contact the DPU at 662-8333 or DPU@lacnm.us to be placed on this list.

    Nature Center construction close to starting

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  • Update 03-28-14

    Exhibit

    “Sisters in Art — Sisters at Heart,” shows daily in the Portal Gallery of Fuller Lodge Art Center through April 26.

    Pony Club

    The Los Alamos Pony Club (LAPC) hosts a dressage horse show and rally Sunday at the North Mesa stables. The LAPC/New Mexico Dressage Association schooling show and Southwest Region Pony Club Rally begins at 9 a.m., attracting riders from across the region.

    Concert

    Los Alamos Big Band free concert and dance. 7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.

    LALT

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will have a reading of the play “Tower of Magic” by local playwright Tess Light at 6 p.m. April 2 in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.

    Breakfast

    The Chamber hosts its monthly Business Breakfast, with Rep. Stephanie Garcia-Richard, who will update businesses on the 2014 Legislative Session. From 7:30 to 9 a.m. April 3. Register and find out more about the Business Breakfast by clicking on the link. chamberorganizer.com. 

  • Resident holding bake sale for fathers' rights

    Some people have yard and bake sales to raise a little cash for a vacation, or just have some spending money.
    Robert Manzanares’ yard and bake sale has a little different goal in mind. If Manzanares’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the father who’s made international headlines fighting to get his daughter back from an illegal adoption shortly after she was born. The adoption was made by his ex-girlfriend six years ago in Utah to her brother’s family.
    A court decision handed down in Colorado (where Rob and his now ex-girlfriend were living at the time) has recently ruled that Manzanares now has joint custody rights, and is now the only legal parent. However, his daughter, Kaia, must continue to live in Utah with what the court now calls her “guardians and caregivers.”
    While Manzanares is happy about his status of going from a parent with no custody rights to one with joint custody rights —he’s not completely satisfied, as the rationale behind the judge’s decision doesn’t bode well for him and other fathers in Manzanares’ position.

  • Code of Ethics goes back to drawing board

    The Charter Review Committee considered including a requirement for a Code of Ethics in the Los Alamos County charter, but decided instead to recommend that council adopt a Code of Ethics by ordinance.
    The Los Alamos County council heard that ordinance on Tuesday, but decided to send it back to the county attorney for revision.
    The proposed ordinance pulls together ethics ordinances already passed by the county, utilizes sections of the New Mexico Governmental Conduct Act and remedies some weaknesses in current code.
    “Acting ethically and without conflict of interest is non-negotiable. It’s something that you have to do as a public servant, so it’s in this code,” said Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales.
    “What’s different about this code is that there is a way to address it, a way to disclose it, a way to resolve any apparent conflicts of interest. And if there’s a violation, there’s a way to investigate and impose sanctions.”
    County Attorney Rebecca Ehler discussed the department’s objectives in drafting the ordinance.

  • Baking Chefs

    LAHS Baking Chefs, from left, Gabby Ortiz, Lauren Cagel, Kendall Schneider and Amanda Park bake cookies for the Assets In Action program called Cookies & Conversation. Community members willing to donate pre-packaged cookies for a middle school program can call or text the Assets In Action at 695-9139. Assets In Action is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the LACDC.