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  • ‘Bambi’ pays a visit

    A fawn and her mom check things out at a residence in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.

  • Rotary school supply drive

    Lance Metcalf, son of Rotarians Melissa and Rob Metcalf, sports a new backpack, while Rotary President Thurman Talley and LAPS Supt. Gene Schmidt look on.  The school supplies shown are just a small portion of those being collected by the Rotary Club this month to support local students.

  • Update 08-11-11

    Nuke protest

    The Trinity Nuclear Abolition will be holding another peace vigil in front of the main sign at LANL at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

    DPU meeting

     The Board of Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Department of Utilities conference room, 170 Central Park Square.

    County fair

    The Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo begins today and runs through Sunday.

    LTAB meeting

     The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber conference room, 109 Central Park Square.

    County council

  • Valles Caldera to take part in national competition

    A nationwide competition focused on “breathing new life into America’s most spectacular public places” selected the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) as the site best suited to represent the Inter-Mountain Region.
    The Van Alen Institute is launching the Parks for the People: A Student Competition Reimagining America’s National Parks in collaboration with the National Park Service, the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Parks for the People is a culminating project of Designing the Parks — a public-private partnership to promote well-designed public parks in America.

  • Resident Questions State Funding of Trinity Project

    At last week’s Transportation Board meeting, resident Patricia Max introduced a letter from Kathy Bender, deputy secretary of the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). The letter was in response to an inquiry by Max concerning the NM 502 Corridor Study for Trinity Drive.

    Max – who is opposed to the Trinity Drive options under consideration – had detailed her concerns in a letter to NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Alvin Dominguez dated July 8, 2011.

    The bulk of the response concerned a NMDOT corridor study for NM 502/Trinity Drive from Knecht Street to Tewa Loop. In 2007, after gathering public input, NMDOT selected a preferred alternative for that segment of roadway and dedicated $4.5 million to the project.

  • Muni Building site plan approved

    Los Alamos County has been without a municipal building since 2008, when the 40-year-old municipal building adjacent to Ashley Pond was declared unsafe and demolished. After years of planning and legal maneuverings, groundbreaking for a new municipal building is in sight.

    The Planning and Zoning commission approved a site plan for the new structure by a vote of 8-1 at Wednesday night’s meeting.

    The new municipal building will be located on a 3.75 acre site at 1000 Central Avenue. The three story building – which has been called a “one-stop customer service shop” – will encompass 64,400 square feet.

  • State Briefs 08-10-11

    Jury finds man guilty in Texas teen’s death

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — A federal jury in Las Cruces has returned a guilty verdict against a man who kidnapped and killed a Texas teenager in 2005. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 32-year-old Larry Lujan faces the death penalty or life in prison without the chance of parole.
    Prosecutors said Lujan kidnapped 16-year-old Dana Joseph Grauke Jr., in San Antonio, Texas, and took him to Anthony, N.M., where Grauke was nearly beheaded with a meat cleaver and dumped in a south county irrigation canal.
    The jury heard closing statements Tuesday morning and deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before returning the guilty verdict.

  • Watchdog group sues EPA

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A watchdog group is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over access to documents related to groundwater monitoring wells at a landfill on federal property in New Mexico.
    Citizen Action’s lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, accuses the EPA of violating the Freedom of Information Act by keeping secret some documents and work papers that are believed to address whether the wells at Sandia National Laboratories’ mixed waste landfill were effectively managed.
    Dave McCoy, the group’s executive director, said the lawsuit covers documents sought as part of a series of record requests that date back to 2007.

  • Correction 08-10-11

    In Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, it was incorrectly listed that a Board of Public Utilities Meeting was scheduled this evening. The BPU meeting is next Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square
     

  • Power outages in WR, LA

    Officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities reported that a possible animal contact and a faulty fuse caused two power outages Sunday and Monday in the same White Rock neighborhood.
    The first outage occurred on Sunday night from 9:25 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. when an overhead fuse was discovered blown, a condition typically caused by an animal contact. The second power outage, on Monday from 1:20 p.m. – 2:10 p.m., was caused at the same overhead location.
    Electric linemen on the scene determined that the replacement fuse was flawed.  Approximately 200 customers were affected on Rover, Kendall Dr., Koleen Ct, Kimberley Lane, Jeffrey St., Kris Court, Paul Place, Todd Loop, and Glennview St.