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  • Highlights of new sign code

    The most significant change to the new sign ordinance is codifying sign permits by “Sign Areas” rather than zoning districts. With this approach, the sign code is based on the context of surrounding land uses, road dynamics and ambiance. These five areas can be applied to any new developments in the future.

    Area 1: all residential areas.
    Area 2: Pajarito Acres area, which includes some incidental or accessory commercial uses.
    Area 3: Central Avenue: Designated as a low speed vehicle/pedestrian environment.
    Area 4: Trinity Drive, N.M.502 and Diamond, areas primarily geared toward vehicular traffic by commuters and locals familiar with the area.
    Area 5: SR4, areas with higher speeds and a high concentration of out-of-town visitors.
    A summary of the changes in the staff report reads:
    1. The draft completely reorganizes the sign code article with the intent to make it easier to read and find specific regulations.
    2.  It removes ambiguous language to allow faster, simpler and more accurate administration of the code.
    3.  It adds illustrations and more thorough definitions and requirements.
    4.  It expands the number and type of signs that can be installed without a permit; for example commercial window signs meeting standards for total window coverage

  • Update 11-14-12

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building Training Room.

    JJAB

    The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Pajarito Cliffs Site Building No. 1 on Camino Entrada Road.

    Arts fair

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will hold its holiday arts and  crafts fair at 9 a.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Round. The fair runs until 3:30 p.m.

    Ashley Pond

    An informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent Final Design Plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations will be at 5:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on a proposed sewer rate increase and restructuring at 5:30 p.m. today at 170 Central Park Square.

  • White Rock's The Hive in danger of closing

    Council turned down a citizens’ petition requesting $36,000 for The Hive to sustain its operations through February 2013, due to state law prohibiting the county from providing financial assistance to non-public agencies.

    The petition also requested that council direct county staff to develop an expanded grant application for The Hive’s continued operations.

    County Resolution No. 10-18 does provide for financial assistance to non-public agencies that provide a service that council feels it should provide to its citizens.

    Since The Hive’s services may qualify for funding under that provision, council unanimously approved a motion directing staff to investigate the matter with the petitioners and “return to council with information, options and/or recommendations as soon as practicable.”

    The Hive may also qualify for Local Economic Development Act grants.

    The assistance may come too late to save The Hive. Stewart David Jones said that without funding, The Hive will be forced to close its doors at the end of this month.
    For more on this developing story, read Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
    In other business:

    • Council also certified the canvassing committee results for the 2012 General Election.

  • Council OKs new sign ordinance

    Los Alamos County has been trying to revise its sign code ever since a 2006 signage survey revealed widespread dissatisfaction with the ordinance, netting responses such as “too restrictive and too cumbersome.”

    After years of working and reworking by the Community Development Department (now the Community and Economic Development Department) and the Planning and Zoning Commission, numerous public meetings and delays to address legal concerns, council voted unanimously Tuesday to repeal the old ordinance and adopt a new one.

    CEDD Principal Planner Gary Leikness came armed with three large binders holding the history of the new ordinance when he presented to council, but he kept his introductory remarks succinct.

    Since council had thoroughly discussed most of the proposed changes during its August work session, much of the discussion centered on two late developments.

    Los Alamos Public Schools requested that the code governing schools be changed from “… may have one freestanding sign per location” to “… may have one freestanding sign per street frontage” to assure that schools could be identified from every direction.

    Smith’s Food and Drug Centers requested a change to the freestanding signage restrictions for Area 4 (Trinity Drive).

  • Tomb of Ancient Egyptian Princess Unearthed
  • Raw: Australians View Total Solar Eclipse

    From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef, to the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists and amateur astronomers watched as the sun, moon and Earth aligned and plunged northern Australia into darkness.

  • Feinstein: Petraeus to testify on Benghazi attacks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify to Congress about the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Wednesday that Petraeus, who resigned from the CIA post on Friday because of an extra-marital affair, indicated his willingness to testify.

    "He is very willing and interested in talking to the committee," she said. No date for his testimony has been set.

    Feinstein has been among those in Congress who have complained that lawmakers should have been notified about an FBI investigation that led to the disclosure of Petraeus' affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

    But she said that Petraeus' testimony to her committee will be limited to the Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others. Petraeus was CIA director at the time of the attacks and visited Libya afterward.

  • 3 Pilots Die in Mississippi Plane Crash

    Three pilots died on Tuesday when their small plane crashed into a house in Jackson, Mississippi. The pilots were heading to an FAA safety conference.

  • Today in History for November 14th
  • 10 things to know for Wednesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

    1. OBAMA'S SECOND TERM OFF TO A BUMPY START

    The scandal ensnaring two U.S. generals is unfolding at a critical time in the Afghan war — and just as the White House was hoping for a smooth transition.

    2. THE WOMAN IN THE EYE OF THE STORM

    Florida socialite Jill Kelley won the title of "honorary ambassador" for hosting parties for military brass.

    3. WHY SOME DEMOCRATS WANT TO DRIVE OVER THE 'FISCAL CLIFF'

    Lawmakers believe allowing steep tax hikes and spending cuts will give them more leverage later on in bargaining with Republicans.

    4. ACCUSER OF ELMO PUPPETEER RECANTS

    First he alleged teen sex. Now he says the relationship was adult and consensual.