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  • Residents get peek at latest Nature Center Design

    Sixty citizens eager to view the latest design for a Los Alamos Nature Center filled Fuller Lodge Thursday night.

    Catalyst Architecture’s Jeffrey Zucker presented a review of his firm’s work for the Phase 1 CIP process, culminating in a final design that represents the public input received in the first two meetings.

    The new design is site-specific for the location that was overwhelmingly preferred by the public in the first presentation, the old skateboard park on Canyon Road. It now incorporates the desired features of the earlier designs, the Lodge (reminiscent of Fuller Lodge’s rustic look) and the Fibonacci (loosely based of the spiral found in natural objects like pine cones).

  • T-Board arrives at 502 proposal

    The Transportation Board finalized its deliberations Thursday on a recommendation for the N.M. 502 roadway project between Airport Road and the DP Road intersection.

    A staff recommendation combining features from four options presented by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) received five votes of approval, with the chair abstaining and Wayne Hardie voting no.

    County Engineer/Traffic Engineer Kyle Zimmerman presented the staff proposal, which was soon labeled “the Zimmerman option.” The option calls for one westbound lane as far as the DP Road intersection, and the two eastbound lanes to narrow just before the Canyon Road intersection, with a center median with left turn bays and pedestrian refuges.

  • Fiery Debate Caps Rollercoaster GOP Campaign Day

    The remaining four Republican presidential candidates sparred in a heated debate Thursday night in Charleston, South Carolina, just two days before the nation's first southern primary.

  • Wildfire Burns 20+ Homes Near Reno

    A fast-spreading wildfire destroyed more than 20 homes and burned approximately six miles near Reno, Nevada. Thousands were forced to evacuate.

  • Warmer, drier forecast through April worries officials

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A three-week surge of winter weather has helped pull New Mexico from the brink of a record-dry year, but officials said Thursday the state appears to be set up for another dose of dry, windy and warm weather this spring.

    New Mexico is coming off of what forecasters with the National Weather Service have logged as the state's sixth driest year on record. It would have been one of the worst had a series of storms not dumped much-needed snow and rain around the state in December.

  • Correction 01-19-12

    In the LA senate redistricting story on page 2 Wednesday, the story stated that District 6 will be represented by Phil Griego.
    Carlos Cisneros will represent the district, not Griego. Griego will represent District 39, which will not include any part of Los Alamos County.

  • PRC fines Española towing service

    The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) recently passed an order to impose heavy cash penalties against a long-time Española-based towing company after it failed to follow state motor carrier laws.
    Following a non-consensual tow late last year, Robert Seeds Towing Services was found to be in violation of four state and PRC rules.
    Commissioners closed the case this week, ordering fines totaling more than $15,000. Seeds, is an Espanola City Councilor, and also sits on the North Central Regional Transit Board.
    The most prominent charge stemmed from findings that the company had purchased the towed vehicle at auction far under market value after its owner was intentionally kept from recovering it at the Seeds business facility.

  • Golf Course public meeting scheduled for Tuesday

    A public meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge to discuss the progress of the Golf Course Improvements project and two new conceptual layouts will be presented.  
    After the Parks and Recreation Board meeting held in December and considerable public interest level received, the direction of the project was re-analyzed.
    The project architect was in Los Alamos Jan. 9, 10 and 11 to meet with project enthusiasts.  The attendees of those meetings consisted of various interest groups including trail users, mountain bikers, local residents, animal enthusiasts, golfers and county staff.

  • Surplus property sale Jan. 26

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s monthly surplus property sale has been moved to Jan. 26 at the external sales yard (TA-60), weather permitting.
    The surplus property sale is usually held on the third Thursday of the month, however a scheduling conflict necessitated the change.
    The sale begins at noon. Attendees should bring a magic marker and abide by all safety and sales rules. Cash and personal checks with proper ID are accepted by Bentley Auction Services. For more information, call 665-8063.

  • Update 01-19-12

    Trinity Site

    The second of two question and answer sessions concerning the Trinity Site will be 5:30 p.m. today at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    T-Board Meeting

    The Transportation Board will hold a special meeting with TAC at 5:30 p.m. today at the Pajarito Cliffs Site Conference Room.

    Business meeting

    The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a business meeting at 5:15 p.m. today in the council chambers.

    Film series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series will present “Shrek Forever After” at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Library.

    Nature Center

    See the final drawings by Catalyst Architecture at