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  • Minimum retirement age proposed for state educators

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s retirement program for teachers and college faculty is considering proposals to shore up its long-term finances by establishing a minimum retirement age for some educators and limiting cost-of-living increases for retirees.
    The Educational Retirement Board will make a decision next month on a package of pension changes to recommend to the Legislature, which debated a measure earlier this year that would have established a minimum retirement age of 55 for some educators and public employees.
    The pension program covers 97,000 current workers and retirees.

  • Update 10-30-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the council chambers.

    CRC meets

    The Charter Review Committee will meet 5:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers to discuss partisan vs. nonpartisan elections.

    15th St. to Close

    On Monday,  the contractor will begin a full closure of 15th Street between Deacon Street and the south Metzger’s driveway to install the utility vault needed to support the new Municipal Complex being constructed just east of the Bradbury Science Museum.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mesa Public Library meeting room No. 3.

  • 25th Annual Health Fair

    Griffith Gym was a busy place Saturday morning as residents attended the 25th annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair.

  • Bandelier reopens to autos Monday

    If you had planned on hopping the Atomic City Transit shuttles to Bandelier National Monument, today is your last chance. The park reopens to vehicular traffic Monday for the first time since the Las Conchas fire began June 26.

    Shuttle ridership has exceeded all expectations. As of Thursday, shuttles had carried nearly 8,000 visitors to the park in 32 days. Most shuttles have been filled to capacity.

    Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott described the response at Tuesday’s council meeting. “The first bus pulled up Monday morning at 9 a.m. and it was stuffed. That day we had to turn in the short buses and get the big buses.”

  • It’s not if, but when

    There has been a lot of talk regarding seismic issues especially when it comes to the design of the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement and Transuranic Waste Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory that are scheduled to be built in the next 10 to 15 years.

    Critics point out that those in charge of making design decisions should make certain that the CMRR-NF should be able to withstand an 8.0M earthquake. In the recent Supplemental Environmental Impact Study, however, all the design work revolves around an earthquake of 7.27M.

    The conversations about earthquakes rumbled to the surface earlier this month when a 3.8 quake hit north of Santa Fe and about 20 miles east of Los Alamos.

  • Halloween at the Scene

    Central Avenue was the place to be Friday as MainStreet hosted Trick or Treat activities for hundreds of Halloween costume-wearers. Merchants distributed candy and Bradbury Museum held a spooky science program.

  • Bandelier to open to private vehicles, more trails

    “In another step toward recovery after the Las Conchas Fire and monsoon floods, Bandelier is opening more trails and allowing visitors to drive into Frijoles Canyon on Oct. 31,” announced Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott.  “The last day of the well-received shuttle service from White Rock will be Sunday, Oct. 30,” he added.
    On Oct. 31, Frijoles Canyon will return to its usual dawn-to-dusk open hours, and the temporary Visitor Center and Park Store, as well as the Bandelier Trading Post and Cafe will shift to the normal winter schedule of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Pancake Breakfast set for Saturday

    The autumn Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is set for 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Kiwanis always tries to schedule its pancake breakfasts to coincide with major community events, and this fall, the breakfast will be held on the same day as the Health Fair. Kiwanis hopes that many families in town will start the day with a Kiwanis breakfast and then go on to enjoy the fair and other activities in the community.
    The breakfast features fresh pancakes (with regular or sugar-free syrup), sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, regular and chocolate milk and orange juice. Seconds will be available until the food runs out.

  • LA Legion riders to hold benefit

    The Los Alamos American Legion Riders are conducting a fundraiser on Saturday to support the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center, Albuquerque location, and Los Alamos school libraries that were flooded earlier this year.
    The events include a motorcycle “fun run,” shrimp boil, and Halloween Party and costume contest with live music by The Renegade Mountain Band. All events are at the American Legion Post, 1325 Trinity Dr.
    Los Alamos Public Schools libraries were flooded earlier this year and many books were destroyed. The American Legion Riders are collecting books, funds, and trying to identify volunteers to help the librarians get books covered, catalogued and on the shelf for kids to enjoy.f

  • Update 10-28-11

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the council chambers.

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee will meet 5:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers to discuss partisan vs. nonpartisan elections.

    Pancake breakfast

    The Kiwanis Fall Pancake Breakfast will be held 7-11 a.m. Saturday at Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    Broadband meeting

    A community broadband public meeting will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Mesa Public Library.