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  • Update 08-12-14

    Concert series

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Two acts performing: Bronach Celtic Blues Band followed by Belisama Dance group.

    Nature playtime

    Nature Playtimes Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. 10-11 a.m. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature Ben Carlson, the publisher of the Monitor, as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library. Contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com  for the menu choices if you would like to order a lunch from the Co-op ($10) by Aug. 17. You do not have to order lunch to attend this community event.

    School Board

    The Los Alamos School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building, 2075 Trinity, School Board Room.

    Brown Bag

    LANL’s Maria Musgrave, Emily Phillips and Audrey Smithwill discuss the important role wildlife monitoring plays in maintaining a well-rounded ecosystem from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. 

  • New chief deputy clerk passionate about work

    The county’s new chief deputy clerk, Adrianna Ortiz, is no stranger to the clerk’s office or Los Alamos County government.
    Ortiz first worked for the county as a high school student in the assessor’s office. She left to attend the University of New Mexico, but accepted a job in the clerk’s office in 2002. She was promoted to senior deputy clerk in 2009, then to chief deputy clerk after Sheryl Nichols retired this spring.
    “I’ve always been passionate about public service, helping people,” Ortiz said. “I love participating in the involvement of the community, helping the community grow.”
    According to Ortiz, working in the clerk’s office is a job “like no other,” with duties ranging from managing elections to recording real estate documents and assisting the probate court. She seems to love even the aspects that others might find tedious.
    “I’m real customer service oriented. I really have a high passion for this type of work: elections, everything having to do with elections, records. I’m a big fan of records: record keeping, record retrieval, data entry.”

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  • Comedian Robin Williams dead at 63

     SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

    Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, according to the sheriff's office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff's office said a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.

  • Stewart pulls out of race after fatal crash

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.

    Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said at a news conference that Stewart "feels strongly" about not racing Sunday following Kevin Ward Jr.'s fatal accident. The decision was an about-face for the organization, which had said when the track opened that Stewart would be behind the wheel of his No. 14 Chevrolet when the green flag waved.

    "We gave Tony some time to sleep on it. He feels strongly this is the right thing to do," Zipadelli said. "All you can do is what you feel is right, and we feel this is right. We get through today and do it the best we can as a group.

    "He's going through a tough time. It's emotional for him."

  • United Way, county work to coordinate low-income services

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  • Update 08-10-14

    Concert Series

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Two acts performing: Bronach Celtic Blues Band followed by Belisama Dance group.

    Nature Playtime

    Nature Playtimes Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. 10-11 a.m. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature Ben Carlson, the publisher of the Monitor as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library. Please contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com  for the menu choices if you would like to order a lunch from the Co-op ($10) by Aug. 17. You do not have to order lunch to attend this community event.

    County Fair

    Exhibits, 10 a.m. today, Mesa Public Library
    Rodeo, 1 p.m. today at Brewer Arena.
    Check out the County Fair and Rodeo booklet on LAMonitor.com 

  • State Briefs 08-10-14

    Sandoval County deputy involved in shooting

    ALGODONES — Authorities are investigating a shooting involving a Sandoval County Sheriff’s deputy that left one man wounded.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the shooting took place Thursday around 9 p.m. in Algodones, just north of Bernalillo.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Keith Elder says deputies responded to reports of shots fired.
    Elder says one man was taken to a hospital but did not say if the man had been shot by a deputy. His condition is unknown.
    He did not identify him or the deputy involved.
    Resident Richard Spence, who lives across the street from the scene, says he called 911 after hearing about 10 shots.

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