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  • Ice Rink, West Road to open Monday

    County officials announced Tuesday that West Road will re-open from Diamond Drive to the County Ice Rink on Monday, Nov. 28 instead of the projected opening date of Dec. 1. The earlier opening date is the result of coordination and response efforts by LANL and County Pavement and Utilities’ crews since mid-October.
    The watershed above the Los Alamos Reservoir near Pajarito Ski Resort was badly burned in the Las Conchas wildfire in June, increasing runoff into the canyon that subsequently caused severe erosion damage to West Road and the surrounding area. The road is owned by the DOE.

  • DPU strategic goals address various upcoming challenges

    The challenge facing Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Director John Arrowsmith lately has been developing a strategic plan to meet the county’s utility needs in light of a wide range of variables.

    Arrowsmith presented a strategic plan to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) last week. In his report, he wrote, “Our job as stewards of the County’s water and energy resources is not to be reactive but to prepare our organization for the future.”

    Some challenges are inevitable, such as replacing aging infrastructure and anticipating a wave of baby boomer retirements.

  • 'Feed the 500' Food Drive

    Los Alamos National Laboratory employees helped close to 500 or more Northern New Mexico families enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal by donating food boxes with certain nonperishable food items during the “Feed the 500” food drive.

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  • AARP honors Los Alamos man

    AARP New Mexico honored L. Richard “Dick” Tatro of Los Alamos as a 2011 Andrus Award Nominee. The annual Andrus Award is named for Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus who founded AARP. The award honors those who exemplify her spirit of giving back to others. It is bestowed on AARP volunteers who make a difference in their communities, in ways that support AARP’s vision of community service and that inspire others to volunteer.
    Tatro was recognized for his work Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos.

  • Update 11-22-11

    Dinner

    The Elk’s Lodge, VFW and American Legion will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday at the Elk’s Lodge. Serving is from
    11 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, contact Lisa Harris or Reine Williams at 662-5611.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    No trash pick-up

  • CIP committee takes closer look at Phase II process

    The Capital Improvement Projects Committee (CIP) recently focused on improving CIP applications to avoid the types of oversights revealed with the White Rock Visitor Center. Unexpected cost overruns were partially attributed to errors on the application. The goal is to improve the form before a number of Phase II projects come before the committee early next year.

    Errors on the Visitor Center application included Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) of $140,000 accidentally left out of the “total” column. The Art in Public Places allocation had been calculated based on construction costs rather than total project cost, an error of nearly $6,000.

  • Two car accident causes rollover on West Jemez

    Los Alamos Police and fire officials responded to a mid-day crash Monday between two cars on West Jemez Road. A 2009 Hyundai, driven by a 32-year-old Belen man, rolled over after being hit by a 2003 Dodge, driven by an 18-year-old Los Alamos man. Police on the scene said at least one person was injured and that was a 42-year-old passenger in the Los Alamos man’s vehicle. According to deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun,  the Los Alamos man fell asleep at the wheel and his eastbound vehicle crossed into the westbound lane. The Los Alamos man was cited for careless driving. Purtymun said there was another accident at 5:30 this morning on State Road 4 near the Y. A 57-year-old Espanola man was cited for careless driving when he rolled his 2002 Toyota truck.

  • LANL cleanup priorities shift amid budget squeeze

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series.

    There seems to be a greater sense of urgency to get the TRU waste off the hill.

    That was the thrust of New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin’s presentation last week to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities in Santa Fe.

    When talking about Gov. Susana Martinez’s top priorities, Martin said, “Cleaning up the defense legacy wastes at LANL will be, and must remain, a highest priority to both the State of New Mexico and DOE.”

    Martin said that following the Las Conchas fire, Gov. Martinez identified the acceleration of transuranic (TRU) waste shipments from LANL to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant as her top priority.