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  • Today in history Nov. 8
  • Public invited to Los Alamos municipal building to view results

    The public is invited to gather at the municipal building at 1000 Central Avenue in Los Alamos tonight to view election results.

    Room 110 next to the Council Chambers, and the lobby, will be open to the public.

    Voters must be in line to vote at the municipal building, golf course community building or White Rock Library’s multi-purpose room by 7 p.m. Residents are advised that entering the Municipal Building after 7 p.m. on Tuesday to await results in Room 110  are advised that voters may still be in line to cast their vote and therefore electioneering regulations apply within 100 feet of the building.

    Results from voting – including those results from absentee ballots – are not expected to be posted until 8 p.m.  
    Once available, a printout of the results will be displayed in the Municipal Building on white boards in room 110 and in the lobby near the customer care center.

  • Canyon Road, 15th Street to get 3-way stop

    Drivers will soon see signs on Canyon Road at the 15th Street intersection warning that stop signs will soon be installed for both eastbound and westbound lanes. 

    The Transportation Board’s decision on Thursday to approve staff’s recommendation was prompted by residents’ complaints of drivers speeding through the area. 

    According to Traffic and Streets Manager Daniel Erickson, intersection control is not considered good practice as a traffic calming measure. However, in evaluating the intersection, staff determined that sight distance for those turning onto Canyon from 15th Street is well below standard, “particularly with what appeared to be elevated speeds.” A solid fence on the east side of the intersection also poses a major sightline obstruction.

    The recommended sight distance is 280 feet for traffic traveling at 25 miles per hour. Staff measured sight distance at that intersection at approximately 90 feet at the stop sign and 180 feet when a vehicle moves to the edge of the intersection. 

  • A brief history of Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir’s 16-year closure

    The Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir’s 16-year closure has been due to a number of factors, beginning with the 2000 Cerro Grande fire.

    The Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Forest Service (NFS) closed the reservoir area due to safety concerns resulting from the fire’s aftermath. NFS owns the land in that area and DOE owned the dam and reservoir at that time. 

    DOE transferred the dam and reservoir to the county shortly after Cerro Grande. That placed the dam under the jurisdiction of the State of New Mexico, which required the Office of the State Engineer to complete a detailed analysis of capacity and stability, including storm event modeling. 

    The analysis called for a redesign of the dam. Plans were approved in 2009.

    Reconstruction began in March 2011. Shotcrete laid down to stabilize the dam after Cerro Grande had been removed and rebuilding had barely begun when the Los Conchas fire – which began June 26, 2011 – brought the project to a halt. The new dam was not completed until May 2013.

  • LANL employee files sexual harassment lawsuit

    A former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee is suing the company that manages and operates LANL for sexual harassment.

    Terry Narvaiz, is accusing the lab of failing to stop her boss, Los Alamos National Security Project Lead Robby A. Lovato, of allegedly and repeatedly touching her in a sexual manner and making lewd comments to her. 

    In the lawsuit filed Oct. 6 in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, Narvaiz claims the behavior started in 2009 and continued until Lovato was fired in December 2013. 

    Narvaiz continued to work at the lab until 2014. While Narvais worked at LANL, she worked with Lovato in a work group, LANL’s High Performance Computing 2 group. Lovato was her supervisor.

    LANL Spokesman Kevin Roark said LANL had no comment about the lawsuit.  

    “The laboratory does not discuss pending litigation,” Roark said. 

    Narvaiz’ attorney, John Day, declined to comment. 

    LANS has not responded in court to the allegations.

  • Hikers, bicyclists welcome at reservoir

    It has been 16 years since Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir was closed in the aftermath of the 2000 Cerro Grande fire, and county residents are still longing for the restoration of their former fishing hole and picnic area. A generation that grew up learning how to fish at the reservoir has mourned being unable to give their own children the same experience, and now dream of at least being able to provide that to their grandchildren. 

    It does not appear that those dreams will be realized any time soon. 

    Although the area has reopened to hikers and bicyclists, it will be at least a year before even the most basic foundations for creating a recreation area can be completed. 

    The bottom line is that Los Alamos County does not own the land the reservoir sits on. The county has been engaged for several years in an effort to purchase approximately 300-acres of land surrounding the reservoir from the National Forest Service (NFS).

    One of the final steps in that lengthy process is currently underway. 

  • NM Secretary of State: Early voters set new record

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico voters have cast more ballots before election day than ever before.

    The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office said Monday that more than 534,000 residents have voted at early voting centers or by absentee ballot.

    The numbers were reported by county clerks from across the state after early voting ended Saturday.

    The previous record for early voting in New Mexico was set in the 2008 general election when nearly 520,000 ballots were cast before election day.

    Registered Democrats accounted for 49 percent of early votes and Republicans for 36 percent. Absentee ballots continue to be counted ahead the submission deadline on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

    The record for overall turnout in New Mexico was set in 2008 with 833,365 votes cast.

  • Arts Council annouces Scarecrow Contest results

    This year’s Los Alamos Arts Council Scarecrow Contest brought out the best scary and creative straw-stuffed creations again this year. Here are the winners:

    Best Overall: Enderman of Mindcraft, Chamisa Elementary, Mrs. Dopke’s class.

    People’s Choice: Enderman of Mindcraft by Chamisa Elementary, Mrs. Dopke’s class.

    Best Business Traditional: Mr. Voter, County Clerk’s Office.

    Best Business Contemporary: Vault Boy, Aspen Copies.

    Best Organization Traditional: “School Spirit” UNM-LA student.      

    Best Organization Contemporary: Trinity on the Hill Youth Group is Cool!

    Scariest Scarecrow Award: Halloween Ghost Rider, Fusion Multisport

    Hairiest Scarecrow Award: Mr. DJ, AM 1490, KRSN.

    Flower Girl Award: The Flower Lady, Flowers by Gillian.

  • Planetarium to host talk on constellations and Puebloans

    What did Ancestral Puebloans know about stars? What constellations did they use? What do we have in common? 

    Mark Raney will answer these questions and more in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. 

    Raney will describe shared religious concepts between the Pueblos and surrounding cultures. This planetarium show will link images of Ancestral Puebloan constellations to the sky of the past and present.

    Many of the identified Ancestral Puebloan constellations came from sites near Los Alamos, such as Mortendad and Painted Caves. Raney identified the cave artworks as depicting the arrangements of stars and planets. He found that the timing of specific ceremonies correlated with stellar positions. 

    Over the past few years, Raney has taken the Pueblo findings and worked them “backwards” into Mesoamerica, showing a great deal of similarities. 

    During his presentation, Raney will give a brief overview of shared religious concepts between the Pueblos and surrounding cultures, including Mesoamerica. Then, he will share what is commonly known about Pueblo astronomy.

  • Festival of Trees decorating begins at senior center

    The forestation of the Betty Ehart Senior center begins this weekend as trees and wreaths arrive for the annual Festival of Trees. 

     

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    All are welcome throughout the week to see the displays and bid on items. The week culminates in a four hour event, Nov. 12 with a craft fair and pictures with Santa from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.