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  • County fair offers food, fun and festivities

    Ashley Pond was the place to be on Saturday for food, fun and entertainment. There was a little something for everyone at the pond, as Los Alamos County residents came out in droves to take part in the festivities associated with the Los Alamos County Festival, Fair and Rodeo.

     

    Crowds in search of their favorites such as Haagen Dazs and kettle corn crowded around vendor booths in search of their food fix.

     

  • There are currently several nails in the coffin of a nuclear policy that has strongly favored commercial reprocessing and recycling of plutonium. Ivan Oelrich wants to make sure it doesn’t pop open again.

    A recurring idea in the political tug-of-war between proponents and opponents of nuclear energy, nuclear reprocessing is intended to achieving a plutonium fuel cycle, and thereby provide a plentiful supply of nuclear fuel and a more easily-stored waste product.

  • Talk on Thursday focuses on plutonium reprocessing

    There are currently several nails in the coffin of a nuclear policy that has strongly favored commercial reprocessing and recycling of plutonium. Ivan Oelrich wants to make sure it doesn’t pop open again.

    A recurring idea in the political tug-of-war between proponents and opponents of nuclear energy, nuclear reprocessing is intended to achieving a plutonium fuel cycle, and thereby provide a plentiful supply of nuclear fuel and a more easily-stored waste product.

  • Records management could see some relief

    Finding a public record should be quite easy, assuming they are neatly organized and easily accessible. That however, is not the case for the County of Los Alamos.

    Thousands of boxes stacked on top of each other fill the county’s annex warehouse. Inside, records dating back to the 1940s lay there, collecting dust. In addition, about one-third of those records have been recognized as past retention.

  • Peace in the Valley

    COMMON GROUND Bob Parmenter, chief scientist of the Valles Caldera National Preserve said he will work with the WildEarth Guardians Saturday on a fence removal project involving 14 miles of old sheep fence and unnecessary barbed-wire fences on the preserve. In order to reduce impacts on wildlife movements (especially elk calves that can’t get through sections of the fences). Some of this sheep fence (net wire) has been on the Preserve for nearly a century and serves no purpose now – hence, the need to remove it. 

  • County to apply for broadband funding

    An item placed on the consent agenda and slated for quick approval was pulled and put on the regular agenda for discussion during Tuesday night’s county council meeting.

    Councilor Ralph Phelps pulled the item pertaining to the approval to submit an application for a broadband infrastructure grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for further discussion.

    Members of the Regional Economic Development Initiative have identified broadband as northern New Mexico’s number one infrastructure priority.

  • Feast your eyes on the County Fair and Rodeo

    At first look, it may appear the fair and rodeo is all bull riding and roping cattle. Look a little closer and you will realize there is much more to feast the eyes on.

    The festivities begin with a little pool. A pool tournament will be held at 8 a.m. Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Additionally, the county fair exhibits will be displayed at 5 p.m. Friday at Mesa Public Library.

    Paula Roybal-Sanchez, of the Los Alamos County Extension office, said 23 people have registered to show 76 items.

  • New film in the works for Bandelier

    Bandielier National Monument will be undergoing a rehabilitation project beginning Aug. 17, but there will be a number of rewards and improvements when it is all over.

    One new feature will be a new introductory film for visitors, as a part of a long-term plan for upgrading the interpretive experience at the historic Visitor Center.

  • MBSSSC briefs council

    Members of the Municipal Building Site Selection and Steering Committee got nothing but accolades for their work during Tuesday night’s county council meeting.

    Prior to the public meeting, council met in closed session to discuss personnel matters related to the county administrator's position. No action was taken and the meeting is in recess until Aug. 11, at which time council will meet in closed session to continue the discussion.

  • Los Alamos Schools get boost from state

    Los Alamos Public School District has qualified for more than $7.6 million in state funds from the Public School Capital Outlay Council for design and construction projects at the high school.

    The district will receive $495,000 in state funds for planning and design to renovate the high school, the Public School Facilities Authority announced last week.

    Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Santa Fe, said the district met the standards of a priority-based funding formula to qualify for the award.