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  • Update 6-11-15

    Summer Concert

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

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board will meet Tuesday at 1 p.m. The meeting will be at the municipal building.

    Summer program

    The Los Alamos Historical Society’s Free Summer Program for Kids will return Tuesday. Activities are aimed at children in grades K-3. It will be from 10 a.m.-noon on the lawn at Fuller Lodge.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council has a work session scheduled for Tuesday at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock. Meeting time is set for 7 p.m.

    Tourism

    Rebecca Latham, cabinet secretary of the state’s tourism department, will hold a meeting at 9 a.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge. The public is invited.

    Warm Water

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water Weekend. It will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 662-8170.

    Griggs Classic

    Los Alamos Golf Course will host the sixth annual Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Classic Saturday. The team scramble tournament will begin at 1 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Family YMCA of Los Alamos.

  • Garden Tour is on Saturday

    The 11th Biennial Los Alamos Garden Tour will take place Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    The event, hosted by the State Extension Office and the Los Alamos Master Gardeners, will have eight private gardens in Los Alamos and White Rock on display for viewers. The gardens have features including hardscaping, garden art and water work. These gardens were selected for the variety of their approaches to landscaping and water conservation.
    The tour is free and open to the public. Docents will be available at each garden to provide assistance. Tour brochures with directions to the gardens are available at Mesa Public Library, the White Rock library, the Cooperative Extension Office at 2150 Juniper, and online at lamgonline.org/docs/2015_MG_TOUR.pdf.

  • Glass elevator may come to Lodge

    The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board (FLHDAB) and the public got a preview of proposed renovations to Fuller Lodge and the Los Alamos Historical Museum on Tuesday.
    One option under consideration sparked considerable controversy: a plan to install an ADA (American with Disabilities Act) accessible elevator on the outside of the building, near what most people think of as the front door.
    Douglas Heller and Michele Mullen, architects/owners of Mullen Heller Architecture, P.C., pointed out that the parking lot entrance is technically the back of the building. However, it is the first view most visitors have of the historic structure.
    The rendering the architects provided shows a glass and steel elevator, although Heller and Los Alamos County Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust stressed that the exterior finish is yet to be determined.
    By the end of the meeting, most attendees appeared to be convinced about the need for an elevator and the necessity of using that location.
    Kohlrust argued that visitation will increase with the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and visitors will want access to the second floor. There are also discussions about adding exhibits on that floor, such as recreating an old infirmary in the room that housed the Los Alamos Ranch School infirmary.

  • Today in history June 11
  • Local Briefs 6-10-15

    Tourism secretary will have public meeting Friday

    Rebecca Latham, cabinet secretary of the state’s tourism department, will have a public meeting at 9 a.m. Friday.
    Latham, who is doing a two-day “tourist” visit to Los Alamos, will make a presentation on New Mexico True, the tourism department’s current campaign, and what tourism does to foster community economic growth.
    The presentation will be at the county’s municipal building.

    Coalition to meet Friday in Española

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will have a meeting Friday at the Rio Arriba County Chambers on Industrial Park Road in Española.
    Christine Gelles, acting manager of Environmental Management at the Los Alamos Field Office, and Albert Jiron, IT program manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory, are scheduled to give presentations to the coalition.
    Meeting time Friday is 9 a.m.
    The Regional Coalition is comprised of nine cities, counties and pueblos around northern New Mexico near Los Alamos. The coalition was founded in 2011 to incorporate local concerns regarding LANL into one voice.

    Warm Water Weekend starts Saturday

  • Update 6-10-15

    Campout

    Los Alamos County will host a local event for the Great American Campout Saturday evening through Sunday morning at Overlook Park. The event is free. Some tents are available for rent from the county. For more information, call 662-8170.

    Future Energy

    A regular meeting of the Future Energy Resources Committee is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The meeting will be in council chambers at the municipal building.

    Griggs Classic

    Los Alamos Golf Course will host the fifth annual Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Classic Saturday. The team scramble tournament will begin at 1 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Family YMCA of Los Alamos.

    Gentle Walks

    Los Alamos Nature Center is hosting one of its “Gentle Walks” Friday. The walks are less than 2 miles in length and have less than 300 feet of elevation change. The Gentle Walks group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Nature Center on Canyon Road. For more information, call 662-0460.

    Movie

    The first Movie In the Park for 2015 is scheduled for sundown today. It is “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” The movie is scheduled to be screened at Ashley Pond. The Movies In the Park are sponsored by the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation division.

  • Council votes to raise trash rates

    The Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved a raise in recycling and solid waste fees Tuesday night at its meeting.
    New rates will go into effect Aug. 1 and will be phased in over the next two years.
    According to Public Works Director Philo Shelton and Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule, the new rates are structured to recover costs and encourage recycling, something Councilor Pete Sheehey strongly supported.
    “Recycling is not just a nice thing to do. Every ton of material that we send to the recyclers as opposed to going to solid waste saves us $33 per ton,” Sheehey said.
    Until recently, rates have been subsidized by an Environmental Gross Receipts Tax (EGRT) increment, which generates approximately $500,000 a year.
    Not only are those revenues dropping from that tax, additional costs are eating up the revenues it generates.
    The biggest expense is the purchase of a methane extractor to reduce methane levels at the former Los Alamos landfill to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards. A temporary system is currently in place, but a permanent system will cost between $1.2 and $1.5 million.

  • Residents' bravery recognized

    Corporal James Keane received the Los Alamos Police Department Medal of Merit from Council Chair Kristin Henderson, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Fire Chief Troy Hughes for “your heroic efforts in removing a Los Alamos resident from a structure fire on May 15.
    Civilian Service Awards were also presented to Elvirio Acosta and Kevin Albright, who assisted Keane at the scene of the fire, in which two residents of Tsikimu Village saved from a house fire. One of the victims had to be pulled from the fire through a window.
    The awards presented to the three men Tuesday read, “We thank you for your courage, compassion and service to the Los Alamos community.”
    For Keane, this is his second Medal of Merit. His first award was presented in 2014 for his work with the homeless. Keane helped initiate and establish the “Emergency Envelopes” program in partnership with the Los Alamos Community Health Council (LACHC) Basic Needs Subcommittee.
    Acosta and Albright also received the Chief’s Coin from Los Alamos Fire Department Chief Troy Hughes.
    “It’s great citizens like you that make Los Alamos one of the best communities to live in,” Hughes said.

  • Today in history June 10
  • Union, SOC come to terms on contract

    The International Guard Union of America Local 69 announced this afternoon that its members had voted to approve a 5-year contract with SOC-LA, the private firm that is contracted to provide security for Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The IGUA said the benefits offered in the new contract are “on par” with guards at other federal nuclear facilities around the country.
    “This is a good deal for our members,” said Chris Mandril, IGUA Local 69 Business Agent. “It was not easy, but staying at the table and pushing SOC-LA to do the right thing finally got our members the benefits they deserve. Without the threat of being locked out of their jobs, our guards can rest easy knowing that they will be able to continue to put food on the table for their families and they can look forward to a more secure retirement. That means a lot to the hard-working men and women who show up every day to keep New Mexico and our nation safe.”
    Among the hang ups of the original negotiations were retirement and health benefits. According to terms of the contract, employees will receive a 10 percent match of 401k contributions.
    Negotiations between SOC-LA and the union started in January. In late April, the union agreed to a 60-day extension of the old contract just before it expired.