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  • Bandelier's 99th is Wednesday

    Bandelier will celebrate is 99th anniversary Wednesday, just days ahead of a fee-free weekend at the national monument.
    On Feb. 11, 1916, then-President Woodrow Wilson used the power provided to him by the Antiquities Act to authorize a little-known, remote area to be protected as Bandelier National Monument.
    Since that time, Bandelier has become a popular natural tourist attraction in New Mexico. Among the attractions are the canyons, mesas and the Ancestral Pueblo sites contained within the monument.
    In a typical year, more than 200,000 area visitors will go to Bandelier.
    For its 99th birthday, the park will host a one-day birthday “party” with cookies at the Visitor Center through the day, historic photos of the park, and a special walk at 1 p.m.
    The free, easy walk will start from the Visitor Center. No preregistration is necessary.
    Next year, Bandelier will celebrate the monument’s centennial with events throughout the year. Announcements from the monument will be made as the event draws closer.
    Also coming up, the three-day Presidents Day weekend will be fee-free at Bandelier, as well all National Park Service areas nationwide.

  • Council defines strategic goals

    The Los Alamos County Council met in retreat with senior staff on Saturday to review their strategic goals.
    The session gave new councilors James Chrobocinski and Susan O’Leary a chance to weigh in on what the county’s priorities should be.
    Ironically, some of the proposals adopted at this year’s work session reversed decisions made by last year’s council. The goal last year was largely focused on consolidating and reducing the number of strategic focus areas and goals.
    This year’s council argued that consolidating those objectives too much muddled their value.
    Last year’s council had combined Financial Sustainability and Economic Vitality into one focus area. O’Leary argued successfully for the need to separate those.
    “Sustainability is about securing and improving the character of our community through things like revitalizing our downtown, addressing our current housing stock, improving our current neighborhoods,” O’Leary said. “And growth is a separate issue. Growth for jobs, growth for new houses, growth for population…that is a separate issue that I think is combined in the strategic plan now, and by having them combined it takes the focus off what I think is the most important priority, which I think is the sustainability issues.”

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  • Open Space Plan gets tabled Friday

    Friday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting was packed with citizens wishing to comment on the proposed Open Space Management Plan.
    The item had to be tabled after public comment used a half hour of the hour and a half allotted for noontime meetings.
    Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, who developed the plan, as well as Community Development Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan and Parks and Recreation Chair Chris Stubben were on hand to answer councilor questions.
    “I just want it understood that this plan is conceptual. It’s a guide for the future. It looks at our open space resources holistically rather than piecemeal,” Kalogeros-Chattan said. “The plan, if adopted, would be utilized in shaping the decisions made by staff in managing these public resources. Any specific decisions regarding land use designations and/or budget allocations would remain a separate and distinct decision of the Los Alamos County Council.”
    Martin explained the need for the plan by saying, “every time we look at what Los Alamos is or wants to be, the natural surroundings are an important part of that discussion,”
    Councilors’ main concern was a proposal to create open space corridors by adding several parcels to the current open space.

  • Update 2-8-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station. Session time is 7 p.m.


    The deadline for submitting comments to Bandelier National Monument’s proposed fee increase is Feb. 15. For information, call 672-3861.

    'Uncommon Valor'

    Mesa Public Library will screen the documentary “Uncommon Valor,” about the battle of Iwo Jima, at 7 p.m. Feb. 18.

    Kiwanis Club

    Eric Boehn, manager of Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos, will be the speaker at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday. The meeting will be from noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.


    A Mom/Son Dessert Dance is set for Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. Call 662-8173 for information.


    The North Central Regional Transit District will hold a series of public meetings next week to solicit input on the development of its long-range strategies. Meetings are scheduled for Feb. 18 from 10 a.m.-noon in Taos and 2-4 p.m. in Española. Feb. 19 meetings are scheduled from 10 a.m.-noon in Los Alamos and 2-4 p.m. in Santa Fe. Los Alamos’ meeting will be at the Municipal Building.

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  • State Briefs 2-6-15

    Lawmakers use hard rhetoric in heated debates

    SANTA FE (AP) — One lawmaker compared the repeal of a New Mexico immigrant driver’s license law to the Holocaust. A state senator said the appointment of a new child welfare leader was “a slap in the face” — to abused children.
    Despite initial calls for bipartisanship, the opening days of a divided New Mexico Legislature have seen its fair share of heated rhetoric. Lawmakers have linked immigrants to terrorists. Others say their opponents are pushing Jim Crow-style segregation laws.
    Experts say these rhetorical bombs help lawmakers later raise money during campaigns.
    Richard Pineda, a communications professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, says the outlandish language in legislative debates also speaks to lawmakers’ political bases but doesn’t help with the business of governing.
    Republicans control the House while Democrats control the Senate.

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