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  • Today in history Nov. 26
  • News Briefs 11-25-14

    Council on PAC 8 not likely tonight

    Due to technical difficulties, the county was not able to broadcast over PAC 8 during the last council meeting. Since then, we have been investigating possible causes of the problem, working in cooperation with PAC 8, but have not been able to resolve it yet.
    The IT division will be running some additional tests this afternoon on the fiber connection, but it seems unlikely that the council meeting we will be broadcast over PAC 8 on cable TV starting at 7 p.m.
    According to county PIO Julie Habiger, “this issue does not impact our ability to stream the meeting to a computer or capture it using Video on Demand for later replay. The link for streaming is available here under the Nov. 25 council meeting agenda and will be live at 7 p.m.

    County works on Ashley Pond railings

  • Update 11-25-14

    County Council

    The Dec. 5 County Council meeting has been changed to a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in council chambers. At this meeting, the Chicken Ordinance Public Hearing, the Ski Shuttle service and the Branding Revisit are scheduled. Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in chambers.


    The Los Alamos Monitor’s offices will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving. The newspaper’s office will be open Friday.


    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Dec. 2 at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Elisa Enriquez on suicide prevention.

    Christmas Sale

    The United Church Thrift Shop will be having its “Everything Christmas” sale including many gifts, as well as decorations, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Graves Hall.

    Game Night

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

  • Board hears ski area update

    Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Manager Tom Long gave the Parks and Recreation Board some disappointing news last Wednesday: the ski area is unlikely to be able to augment its water supply for snow making this winter.
    “Snow is a major factor in running the ski area,” Long said. “You can do a lot of things, but no snow, no go. So it’s important that we get reliable conditions for opening and closing dates and building programs.”
    Plans to run a temporary water line from the Los Alamos reservoir were delayed when someone protested the special use permit to run the line across National Forest lands. The issue has been resolved, but the plastic line may not be able to withstand winter weather conditions.
    “So we’re falling behind on the window to be able to make a temporary water line to get water for snowmaking in our pond this year,” Long said.
    Pajarito Recreation Group, a subsidiary of Sipapu Ski Resort, continues to investigate long-term solutions such as collecting more runoff and digging a well.

  • Brown family blasts prosecutors


    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Attorneys for Michael Brown's family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the Ferguson police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, and they renewed calls for peace following a night of violent protests in which several businesses burned to the ground.

    The attorneys said the grand jury process was rigged from the start to clear the white officer, Darren Wilson, in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Brown, who was black. They criticized everything from the evidence St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch presented to the jury to the way it was presented, as well as the timing of announcement of the grand jury's decision.

    They said they still hope a federal civil rights investigation will result in charges against Wilson.

    "We said from the very beginning that the decision of this grand jury was going to be the direct reflection of the presentation of the evidence by the prosecutor's office," said attorney Anthony Gray, who suggested McCulloch presented some testimony, including from witnesses who did not see the shooting, to discredit the process.

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  • PEEC gearing up for new nature center


    Mark your calendars for Earth Day next year. April 22 is the scheduled opening for the new Los Alamos Nature Center. Construction crews are working hard to meet their January completion date and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center is preparing to mount exhibits throughout the building. 

    PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson can obviously already see the exhibits in her mind’s eye.

    “Our mission is enriching people’s lives by strengthening their connection to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies,” Watson said. “So the exhibits are going to focus on are canyons, mesas, mountains and skies.”

    Each will have a separate exhibit space, with special features for each. The mesa exhibit will have an ant farm embedded in it. The mountain area will have a model of the Valles Caldera and exhibits on forest succession and bird migration. 

    The canyon exhibit will have a native fish tank and an exhibit called “If these rocks could talk,” which will have photographic illustrations of rocks with real rocks embedded in them. The rock will talk about itself when someone touches it. Local residents will supply the rock voices. 

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