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  • Dam reconstruction resumes next spring

    The good news is that Los Alamos Reservoir Dam is still standing.

    “The diversion worked correctly, and the dam was saved. It has not been damaged in any way by the flooding. So that has been a real success story,” said Deputy Utilities Manager Tim Glasco.

    The “diversion” is a bypass the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) dug after the Las Conchas fire halted the dam construction project.

  • Falling boulder crushes car

    A boulder broke loose from the canyon wall above the Main Hill Road last month — smashing down onto the roof of a passing car.

    A young girl frequently accompanying her father to sports activities would normally have been sitting in the passenger seat under which the boulder’s force completely collapsed that portion of the roof.

    “I’m just so glad I didn’t have anyone in the passenger seat, they would likely have been crushed,” said Joe Rodriguez, head coach of the Hawks volleyball team at Los Alamos Middle School. “Also, if I had been driving a second slower that boulder would have landed in my lap.”

  • LANL announces fund recipients

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has selected Ideum and OnQueue as its latest recipients of awards from the Los Alamos National Security, LLC Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF).
    “Our VAF program provides much-needed capital to these promising companies, reducing their risk without the strings typically attached to equity investments,” said David Pesiri, the Laboratory’s Technology Transfer Division leader. “Further, our team of experts is working closely with both companies to connect them with other resources—like mentors, customers, and contacts—to help make them sustainable and successful.”

  • Seen at the Scene: United Way Kickoff

    The United Way of Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties held its annual campaign kickoff event last week at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

  • Update 09-30-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in council chambers.

    Homecoming game

    At 7 p.m., the Hilltopper football team will host Albuquerque Academy at Sullivan Field.

    Homecoming coverage

    Look for full Homecoming coverage in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

    Hall update

    State Rep. Jim Hall of Los Alamos will speak at noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 on what he has learned since he was chosen to succeed the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace in the legislature. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage.

    Historic meeting

    The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Board will meet at

  • Redistricting dispute heads to high court

    SANTA FE — Legal maneuvering over redistricting continued Thursday as a group of Democrats asked the state’s highest court to intervene in a dispute over which court in New Mexico should handle the politically important task of drawing new boundaries for elected office districts.
    Democrats, including Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe, requested that the state Supreme Court consolidate all redistricting cases in district court in Santa Fe and appoint one judge to handle them.
    Republicans have filed separate redistricting lawsuits in Albuquerque, the state’s largest city, and in Lovington, a community in GOP-dominated Lea County in southeastern New Mexico. The Democratic group brought cases in Santa Fe, where the party is heavily favored.

  • LA Golf Course Study underway

    In December 2010, the Los Alamos County Council authorized staff to move forward with a Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Phase I study for Golf Course improvements. A study team headed by Andy Staples, a golf course consultant specializing in sustainable golf courses, began taking public input last week.

    The goals of the study include:
    Looking at ways to improve the irrigation system; water storage and water quality issues.
    • Addressing turf quality
    • Upgrading the practice facilities
    • Eliminating safety hazards (areas of Diamond Drive and two homes are in range of several holes).

  • Longtime local frequents Farmers Market

    Los Alamos resident Joyce Eyster shopped the Farmers Market Thursday for fresh fruits and vegetables. She moved to town in 1948 and has lived in the same home with the same husband, Eugene Eyster, for 63 years.

  • Councilor makes costly motion

    Three senior-level county employees racked up hundreds of dollars in wages from a councilor’s request that resulted in holding the employees in place for the duration of a five and a half hour county council meeting.

    Earlier this month, the county’s acting director of the Community Development Department, the logistics manager and the acting Capital Projects and Facilities director attended the 7 p.m. council meeting on Sept. 6.

    The trio stood ready to answer councilor questions related to the demolition of the final Los Alamos Apartment building at 939 Iris St. – an item bundled in the consent agenda to be acted upon at the start of the meeting.

  • Paramedics up next in trial of Jackson's doctor

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paramedics who responded to Michael Jackson's mansion the day he died were expected to testify Friday in the trial of the pop star's doctor who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

    Martin Blount and Richard Senneff had previously testified at a preliminary hearing that Dr. Conrad Murray never mentioned giving Jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol and told them the singer lost consciousness moments before an ambulance was called. Both men believed the singer had died by the time they arrived in June 2009, but Murray insisted the performer be taken to a hospital for more resuscitation efforts.