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  • Update 7-9-15

    Random Fandom

    There will be a Random Fandom meeting tonight at Mesa Public Library. The event is for anyone in seventh grade and older to discuss pop culture fandom. It starts at 6:30 p.m. on the first floor.


    There will be a regular meeting of the Board of Public Utilities July 15 at the municipal building. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Dark Night

    Los Alamos County will sponsor a dark night event Saturday at the Spirio Soccer Complex at Overlook Park. Several telescopes will be set up for the public to view. It starts at 8:30 p.m.


    Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue will be on-hand at Starbucks for a dog adoption Saturday. The adoption will be from noon-3 p.m.


    Gordon’s Summer Concerts will feature The Far West Band Friday evening. The Far West Band will play at Ashley Pond starting at 7 p.m.

    GOP Women

    Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women will meet for its summer picnic Saturday at Ashley Pond. The picnic is scheduled from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meet Tuesday at the municipal building. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.

  • WR branch gets prepped for move

    County Library officials Steven Thomas and Veronica Encinas announced Wednesday they are in the final stages of planning for the move from the current branch library to the brand-new building at the corner of Sherwood Boulevard and N.M. 4.
    The new White Rock branch will be more than twice as large as the current branch, accommodating more books and other materials, more room for programs, and more room for seating for children, teens and adults.
    According to the county, Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries have donated a substantial opening day collection of new materials.
    The movers will begin work transporting materials July 20. As such, according to the county, the current White Rock Branch will have to close for about a week in order to move more than 30,000 items to the new building.
    That time will also be used to complete the installation of the building’s computers and hardware.
    The new branch will open as soon as possible after the movers are done, with a soft opening tentatively scheduled for July 27.
    “As soon as we are able to solidify our re-opening plans, we will send out additional information,” Thomas said, noting that residents can stay up-to-date at the library’s website, losalamosnm.us/library.
    The Grand Opening celebration is slated for 11 a.m. July 31.

  • Mora is president elect of Geological Society

    The Geological Society of America elected Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Claudia Mora as vice president/president elect.
    Mora is a stable-isotope geochemist whose research spans the traditional fields of geology, soil science and climate science, LANL said in a press release today.
    At LANL, she heads the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division’s (EES) largest group, Earth System Observations. This group’s research is broad and far-reaching, intersecting geology, ecology and atmospheric sciences.
    “GSA welcomes Dr. Mora and we are confident that she will provide excellent guidance and representation to the Society and its members,” said GSA Executive Director Vicki S. McConnell.
    Mora joined Los Alamos in 2007 and established a stable-isotope analytical laboratory that has supported programs in climate science, biofuels, forensics and nonproliferation. Prior to joining the lab, she was the first woman on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville geoscience faculty, where she was head of the Department of Earth and Planetary Science for 18 years and won awards for research, teaching and leadership.

  • County to install 'sharrows'

    Los Alamos County said that Public Works Department crews will be repainting crosswalk markings and placing sharrows on Central Avenue on Saturday, weather permitting.
    Sharrows, or shared lane pavement markings, are used to indicate the travel lane is shared use for motorists and bicyclists. These new pavement markings are part of the county’s complete street program.
    Crews will install the county’s first sharrows on Central Avenue, between 15th Street and Oppenheimer Drive. Work will begin early Saturday, and is expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.
    Crosswalk and sharrow placement will require short-term closures of Central Avenue between 15th Street and Oppenheimer Drive during the morning hours, and will transition to flagging operations to allow access to local businesses by mid-morning, the county said. Drivers should expect delays in the area.
    For questions about the work, contact the Public Works Department at 662-8150, or send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us.
    Sharrows are bicycle symbols carefully placed to guide bicyclists to the best place to ride on the road.

  • P and Z approves heliport plan

    On Wednesday, the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special use permit for Classic Air Medical Service (CAMS) to locate a medical heliport at the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    CAMS currently operates a helistop at LAMC, which allows the helicopter to land and take off for the transport of patients.
    The new zoning allows for expanded use, which could include fueling, defueling, maintenance, repair, additional structures related to the use, employees based at the heliport location and other related facilities.
    The only intended use for the immediate future is parking and storage the helicopter. With P and Z’s approval of the special use permit, CAMS will be applying for a building permit in order to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy for that purpose. The proposal must be in compliance with Building and Fire Codes, IBC 2009 and NFPA 101 to obtain those or any permits for future uses.
    CAMS Base Manager Geoff Rodgers explained the reason for the request.

  • Board taking closer look at testing

    At a recent school board meeting, some school board members had some choice words to say about all the tests students had to take during the last year.
    The subject came up during a question-and-answer period following a report given by Pam Miller, the district’s director of curriculum and technology.
    After Miller gave the school board members the lowdown on how school testing went during the 2014-15 academic year, some school board members jumped to what they thought is the heart of the matter.
    While no one blamed Miller, who works for the school district, school board members were clearly concerned about the amount of testing the New Mexico Public Education Department was having students do during the year.
    “Is it your professional opinion that all these tests are reasonable?” school board member Bill Hargraves asked Miller.
    Miller, who said she was a teacher and has had a 42-year career in public education, said she asked the teachers that very question.
    “There didn’t seem to be a lot that the teachers wanted to give up,” she said.
    She also said that in her personal experience, public education has always been about assessment.

  • Today in history July 9
  • Man, son were in plane that hit F-16

    MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — A man and his adult son were on board a small plane that was destroyed when it collided with an F-16 fighter jet over a rural, sparsely populated area in South Carolina, a coroner said Wednesday.
    Authorities found the body of 68-year-old Michael Johnson, the passenger, in the Cooper River, Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said. They are still searching the same area for the body of his son, 30-year-old Joseph Johnson, who was piloting the Cessna 150.
    Connie Stallworth said Michael Johnson was her brother. His death came just days after the death of another brother, Jim Johnson, and his wife, Beverly, Stallworth said. The couple’s 16-year-old grandson has been charged with second-degree murder in their slayings. Their bodies were found early Saturday morning.
    “It’s unbelievable. There just aren’t words to express it. I’m dumbfounded that it happened twice in a few days,” Stallworth said of the deaths of her brothers.
    Debris from the collision, which happened near Moncks Corner, was scattered over a broad area about 20 miles northwest of Charleston, but there were no reports of any residents hurt or homes damaged, Berkeley County spokesman Michael Mule said Tuesday.

  • State Briefs 7-8-15

    Game and Fish: Bear bites girl in tent near Raton

    RATON (AP) — State game officials say rain washed away any tracks of a bear sought after it bit a teenage girl who was inside a tent near Raton.
    The Game and Fish Department said the teenage girl was treated at a hospital for minor injuries to her arm and ear after the bear bit her through the tent’s wall early Monday.
    The incident occurred during a family gathering at a home and the homeowner fired warning shots to scare at the bear, which was described as young.
    By the time officers were called to the scene later Monday morning, a heavy rainstorm had washed away any tracks and scent that might have helped officers find the bear.
    The department said officers set a trap in case the bear returns.

    Man gets probation for providing false licenses

  • Update 7-8-15

    Rules About Dogs

    The county Parks and Recreation Board will host “Rules about Dogs & Parks” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The public discussion will be in council chambers.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meet Thursday at the municipal building. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market will return Thursday to the Mesa Public Library parking lot. The market runs from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Laser show

    Los Alamos Nature Center will host several laser light shows, the first two scheduled for Thursday at its facility on Canyon Road. The shows include U2 at 7 p.m. and Led Zeppelin at 8 p.m. Both shows are approximately 45 minutes long. Prices are $6 for adults, $4 for kids for each show. For more information, call 662-0460.


    Gordon’s Summer Concerts will feature The Far West Band Friday evening. The Far West Band will play at Ashley Pond starting at 7 p.m. The event is free.

    GOP women

    Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women will meet for its summer picnic Saturday at Ashley Pond. The picnic is scheduled from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The public is invited to attend.