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  • Park design gets favorable response

    Final design plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations received a largely positive response from approximately 25 residents who attended an informational meeting Wednesday. 

    Los Alamos County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and project consultant George Radnovich, a principal of Sites Southwest, LLC, presented the design plans and responded to a wide range of questions. 

    The main purpose of the redesign is the restoration of Ashley Pond, which is in the early stages of eutrophication — a depletion of oxygen in the water. The pond will be completely reconstructed with new aeration systems and wetlands as well as landscape buffers and drainage solutions to decrease runoff — all focused on improving water quality.

    The 90 percent design review included modifications based on feedback from earlier meetings. The pond will retain a fountain at the center and a new waterfall that will help with aeration has been relocated to the western side of the pond, away from the location for a permanent stage.

    The sidewalk between the new stage, which projects out over the pond. and a dance platform was widened to 18-feet to provide better access around the pond during concerts.

  • Probe points to lax practices

    First in a series

    A recently released 116-page federal report said the accident involving Technetium-99 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Neutron Center was “entirely preventable.”

    The federal report detailed how on Aug. 20, a LANL worker at the Neutron Science Center unknowingly opened a canister, which contained an uncontrolled radioactive substance.

    It was quickly determined that the contamination had spread offsite and response teams were immediately brought in. 

  • Petraeus believed terrorists behind Libya attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers during private hearings Friday that he believed all along that the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a terrorist strike, even though that wasn't how the Obama administration initially described it publicly.

    The retired general addressed the House Intelligence Committee in his first Capitol Hill testimony since resigning last week over an extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, but he did not discuss that scandal except to express regret about the circumstances of his departure.

    Lawmakers said Petraeus testified that the CIA's talking points written in response to the assault on the diplomat post in Benghazi that killed four Americans referred to it as a terrorist attack. But Petraeus told the lawmakers it was removed by other federal agencies who made changes to the CIA's draft.

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  • 4 dead, 17 hurt when train hits Texas vets parade

    MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Authorities say four people are dead and 17 others are injured after a train slammed into a parade float headed to a West Texas event honoring wounded veterans.

    City of Midland spokesman Ryan Stout says the crash happened at a Union Pacific railroad crossing around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Stout says 10 of those injured are in critical condition at Midland Memorial Hospital, while the seven others are in stable condition.

    National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says the NTSB is investigating. A message left with a Union Pacific spokeswoman was not returned.

    The parade was supposed to end at a "Hunt for Heroes" banquet. The wounded service members were then going to be treated to a deer-hunting trip this weekend.

  • Gonzales nominated for federal court

    President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales to a federal district court judgeship in New Mexico.
    Gonzales’ nomination was among seven announced by the White House Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Gonzales will replace retiring federal Judge Bruce Black of Santa Fe.
    Gonzales was one of five candidates recommended to the president in September by New Mexico’s two U.S. senators.
    Gonzales has served as U.S. attorney since 2010. Before that, he spent 11 years working as an assistant U.S. attorney.
    He also is a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
    A graduate of the University of New Mexico law school, he began his legal career as a clerk for Joseph Baca, chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
    U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall applauded the nomination of Gonzales.


  • Recycling takes center stage

    Each year, like a national holiday, America Recycles Day comes around to remind people about the importance of recycling. New Mexico has seen continued growth of recycling programs with new or expanded programs taking off this past year in Los Alamos County, San Miguel County, Las Vegas, Raton, Angel Fire, Taos County, San Juan County, Torrance County, Deming, Cibola County, Otero County, Cloudcroft, Tularosa, Chaparral and Truth or Consequences.
    In Los Alamos County, a glass drop-off recycling program was established. This program began at the end of September and has seen great participation from residents. The program is estimated to help keep more than 100 tons of glass out of the landfill every year, which will benefit the environment and reduce costs.  
    Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on Nov. 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day and community-driven national awareness initiative dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. America Recycles Day is a program of Keep America Beautiful. Last year, 2 million people celebrated recycling at more than 2,000 events across the nation on America Recycles Day.   

  • Update 11-15-12

    ESB meeting

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

    Trash collection

    In observance of Thanksgiving, there will be no trash or recycling collection on Nov. 22 or Nov. 23. If Thursday or Friday is your normal pickup day put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Nov. 21 for collection. 

    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.

    Food drive

    The Boys Scouts of America and NALC-4112 Letter Carriers will conduct their 15th annual Fall Food Drive throughout Los Alamos County Saturday. Residents should place non-perishable donations of food and supplies near their mailboxes by 10 a.m. (no glass containers).

    Holiday bazaar

    The Girl Scout Holiday Bazaar will be from 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, McLaughlin Hall. There will be hand made items and food available for purchase.

  • The Hive seeks path forward

    The Hive opened its doors on Dec. 7, 2011 as a community project space, an experiment in providing co-work space and facilities, as well as networking and mentoring opportunities to anyone looking for a way to develop an idea.

    Less than a year later, 22 of The Hive’s supporters petitioned council for $36,000 to sustain its operations through February 2013 and the opportunity to develop an expanded grant application for its continued operations.

    Without some source of revenue, The Hive may have to close its doors at the end of this month.

    “The Hive is at a crossroads. Our initial funding is exhausted,” The Hive Steward Dave Jones said.

    “We believe there is a big payback for the county of Los Alamos,” Jones continued. “In my estimation, this is the kind of economic development that this county needs. We need to diversify, we need to develop products or services for sale outside of the county.

    “Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and catalyze people trying to get things done. Startup businesses would be at the top of the list, but it can be organizations, clubs, even hobbyists or artisans. But our ultimate goal is to further real and sustainable economic development.”