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  • Update 09-30-14

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at council chambers in the Municipal Building.


    Cowboy breakfast. 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables. $7 adults, $4 children 10 and under. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.


    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents the Los Alamos County Council Candidates Forum. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Also invited are the unopposed candidates for probate judge and public education commission. The county clerk will explain the election procedures. 6:30 p.m. conversation and refreshments.

    Brown Bag

    There will be no Oct. 1 Brown Bag Performance at Fuller Lodge. The next performance will be Nov. 5.

    Web crew

    Los Alamos Middle School’s Web Crew program is selling Smith’s gift cards and Papa Murphy’s coupon cards as a fundraiser. The Smith’s cards are available in $25, $50, or $100 and the Papa Murphy’s cards sell for $5 and offer a $35-plus savings. To purchase call or text Web Crew Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen at 695-9139. 

  • Voting machine recertification rescheduled

    The certification of the county’s 13 new voting machines went off without a hitch on Friday until it came time to test the Audio Tactile Interface for handicapped voters. The ATI was unable to read the ballots. Automated Elections Services, the company that printed the ballots, and Dominion, the company that provided the machines, are working to determine where the problem lies. The entire process, which involves running 41 ballots through each machine, must be repeated once the ATI problem is identified and corrected. Stover has requested four sets of test ballots in order to expedite the process. The Secretary of State’s office had originally provided just one set of ballots. Secretary of State Dianna Duran lobbied for new voting machines to address several problems with the old M100s voting machines. The legislature allocated $7 million in 2013 and $6 million in 2014 to provide the Dominion ImageCast Evolution (ICE) machines statewide. County Clerk Sharon Stover confirmed that the certification has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Friday. State Bureau of Elections Director Bobbie Shearer came to Los Alamos this morning to make sure that the county had received the correct test deck this time.

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  • Old allegations resurface at candidate forum

    At the Sept. 18 League of Women Voters Candidates’ Forum, an audience member asked, “Have you ever been accused of abuse of your authority or of improper behavior toward subordinates?”
    Incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) responded no.
    Republican challenger Geoff Rodgers, though, had a response.
    “Yes, when I was the transportation director for Los Alamos Public Schools a couple of drivers accused me of improper behavior. The only thing I can say is that one of my accusers submitted a written public retraction. One of my accusers was terminated for slapping a 4-year-old child on the bus. And one of my accusers admitted under oath that the anonymous letter that she wrote, she only wrote because she was asked to, and she only wrote in that letter what she was asked to write.
    “So what I took away from that experience is that you have to be very, very careful about how you deal with people, especially with subordinates. So when you go about administering discipline to a subordinate, you have to be respectful, which I am. I think that the last four years on the council, I have been in a position with a subordinate staff, and if this were any kind of real problem, that would have surfaced again and again and again.

  • Big crowd at Health Fair

    Members of the community gathered Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium for the 2014 Health Fair. People lined up for free flu shots and many other health related check ups. A free helmet giveaway was available for kids. 

  • Update 09-28-14

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be . Speaker will be Nina Thayer, a travelogue about Norway and Iceland.


    Los Alamos Little Theater presents auditions for “Murdered to Death.” 3-5 p.m. today. Scripts are available at Mesa Public Library. Needed are five men and five women, ages 25-65. Performances are scheduled for January.


    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents the Los Alamos County Council Candidates Forum. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Also invited are the unopposed candidates for probate judge and public education commission. The county clerk will explain the election procedures. 6:30 p.m. conversation and refreshments.

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m.today at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Downtown Dogs

    A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet. 

  • Cone Zone 09-28-14

    Central Avenue Improvements Project:
    On Monday, the contractor will close Oppenheimer north of Central (library driveway), resulting in the west library parking lot being closed. Access the east library parking lot from Bathtub Row or park behind the senior center off Rose Street.
    On Thursdays when the Farmers Market is in the east library parking lot, there will be no on-site parking for both the library and Farmers Market.
    Use alternate parking such as behind the senior center off Rose Street, at the Judicial Complex, or at the 20th and Trinity parking lot.
    This closure will last approximately three weeks; however, any weather delays may impact the schedule.
    Central, from 15th to 20th will open to traffic on Wednesday; however, if there are delays, pavement striping and roadway markings may occur later in the week with short term work zones.
    Also on Oct. 1, Central west of Bathtub Row to Rose Street will be closed. The contractor will maintain eastbound access to the Real Deal Theater. The after school Atomic City Transit Express Routes will drop passengers off at the bus stop just west of the Post Office; parents are urged to remind their children who ride the Express Route to use extreme caution as they cross Bathtub Row.

  • Briefs 09-28-14

    Operations moved to new golf clubhouse

     Last week, golfers began checking in for their tee times, hitting balls and transacted other business at the new Golf Course Community Building.
    Other parts of the building are still closed while county staff work on tenant improvements for Pajarito Golf Group, LLC. They are the new Food and Beverage vendor whose lease is set to begin in early November. They are expected to begin actual operations this winter.
    “We’re excited to be in the new golf shop serving golfers and giving residents the opportunity to see the new building,” said Steve Wickliffe, facilities manager.
    “We believe everyone will be pleased with the layout of the golf shop and the tremendous upgrade the county has made to this portion of the golf facility.”

    New Open Forum topic online

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