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  • P&Z OK’s plan to add housing option to site near the Co-Op

    The Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday voted to recommend to Los Alamos County Council that it change the zoning in Entrada Business Park by the Los Alamos Co-Op to make it easier for any developer to build housing at the site in the future.

    If approved by council, the zoning would be changed from heavy commercial use to mixed use.

    “All we’re doing here is making it easier to include housing if a developer chooses to do so,” Planning and Zoning Chair Michael Redondo said. “...We’re recommending a change to the zoning that will add residential uses to the current uses.”

    Redondo said the change will make it possible for developers to build live/work housing at the business park.
    If a developer wanted to build houses on their property, the developer would have to come back to the Planning and Zoning Board with a site plan for approval.

    Developer Sam Gardner said he or another developer might build some live/work condos or apartments on the plots of land he owns at Entrada Business Park. Three of his five plots line Entrada Drive, just off Airport Basin Road.

  • LAPD offers reward for tips on vehicle tampering suspect

    The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is asking the public’s help with any information about an investigation of recent fuel tank tampering on in the White Rock area. The LAPD is especially looking to find out about any suspicious people who might have been seen underneath parked cars in the area. 

    LAPD is offering a reward of up to $150 to anyone who has information which leads to the arrest of the suspect or suspects.

    The police department has not received any leads yet, but Cmdr. Oliver Morris has asked the community to keep an eye out. 

    Morris said he believes that the suspect was attempting to steal gas out of the fuel tanks and more attempts could happen.

    Morris encourages the public to keep in touch with neighbors and contact the police if a suspicious person is seen hanging around cars. “So if anybody sees anything, like a person crawling under a car anywhere in White Rock, they can contact a detective,” Morris said.

    Anyone with information can call L.A. Crime Stoppers at 662-8282 or the police department’s non-emergency dispatch number at 552-8226. Reporting individuals can remain anonymous.

  • Police chief moves forward with gun safes plan

    The Los Alamos Police Department’s proposal to install gun safes in the middle school and high school stalled last year, but the plan has made headway since then.

    According to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, “We have moved forward on that portion of our safety plan.”

    Sgambellone first approached the board with the idea at a school board meeting in late August 2016. The proposal was to install gun safes inside the school buildings that would be accessible only to police officers in an active shooter situation when more firepower than what they usually carried might be needed.

    Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus remarked, “My most important priority is the safety of our students and staff.”

    Steinhaus said Sgambellone and his staff are professionals.

    “It’s important to trust the professionals in knowing what’s best for school safety,” Steinhaus said.
    Of course, the safes would be bolted down in a secure area, Sgambellone said, and the only people that would have access to the safes would be police officers.

    When asked by School Board Member Bill Hargraves about what would prompt an officer to access the case, Sgambellone said only in a school shooting incident.

  • Coalition OK with NNSA’s response to RFP questions

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities responded Thursday to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s answers to some of the county’s and region’s concerns about the draft request for proposals for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The NNSA released the answers Aug. 11.

    When the draft RFP was released in July, municipal governments, non-profits, retirees and others were concerned that there wasn’t any language in the draft supporting previous commitments to LANL employee retirement packages and

    LANL’s many for-profit and non-profit partners.

    At the top of the NNSA’s lists of questions to answer was whether or not the final RFP will require the new contractor to have a community commitment plan.

    “Yes, the contract terms and conditions will include the requirement for a community commitment plan to be submitted during the contract transition,” the NNSA document said.

    Andrea Romero, executive director of RCLC liked that the NNSA made community support the first question it answered.

    “Were clearly glad that they will be inclusive of that plan,” Romero said. “It was a great response.”

  • US interior chief says he won't eliminate protected lands

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday he won't seek to rescind any national monuments carved from the wilderness and oceans by past presidents. But he said he will press for some boundary changes and left open the possibility of allowing drilling, mining or other industries on the sites.

    Twenty-seven monuments were put under review in April by President Donald Trump, who has charged that the millions of acres designated for protection by President Barack Obama were part of a "massive federal land grab."

    If Trump adopts Zinke's recommendations, it could ease some of the worst fears of his opponents, who warn that vast public lands and marine areas could be stripped of federal protection.

    But significant reductions in the size of the monuments or changes to what activities are allowed on them could trigger fierce resistance, too, including lawsuits.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, Zinke said he is recommending changes to a "handful" of sites, including unspecified boundary adjustments, and suggested some monuments are too large.

    The White House said only that it received Zinke's recommendations and is reviewing them.

  • Udall to hold office hours in northern NM next week

    Next week, a representative from the office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall will hold Udall Serving You Office Hours in northern New Mexico for Taos, Raton, Mora, Dixon, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe residents who need help with issues related to federal agencies.

    Residents of Taos, Raton, Mora, Dixon, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and the surrounding communities are encouraged to stop by.

    The office hours schedule will be:
    Aug. 28: Taos, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Taos Senior Program, 601 Lovato Lane
    Aug. 29: Raton, 10 a.m.– 11:30 a.m. at the County Commissioners’ Chambers, 230 N. Third St., Raton
    Mora, 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m. at the Mora Senior Center, 13 Courthouse Drive, Mora
    Aug. 30: Dixon, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Embudo Valley Community Center, 217 Highway 75, Dixon
    Aug. 31: Los Alamos, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos
    Sept. 1: Santa Fe, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Mary E. Gonzales Senior Center, 1120 Alto Street, Santa Fe

    Some of the areas Udall can help constituents include veterans benefits,  eligibility determinations, VA home loans, and replacements of medals earned; social security benefits and eligibility; immigration; and passports.

  • Third-annual ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Saturday

    The third-annual ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! is Saturday from 5-9 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! promises to be a fun and magical evening for all ages again this year.

    The schedule for the evening is as follows (subject to change):
    • 5 p.m.: Doors open/Cash bar and dinner buffet open
    • 5-7 p.m.: Live Mariachi music by Trio Los Amigos de New Mexico, children’s activities, silent auction open for bidding, “Mercado” Mexican market open for shopping
    • 7 p.m.: colorful folkloric dance performance by Baile Español
    • 7:30 p.m.: Live auction
    • 8-9 p.m.: Dancing
    • 9 p.m.: Event closes

    The ticket includes a gourmet Mexican dinner buffet and drinks by the Blue Window Bistro, live mariachi music, folkloric dance performances, silent and live auctions, all in the festive atmosphere of Fuller Lodge. The Blue Window Bistro will also provide a cash bar.

    Tickets can be purchased one for $1 or six for $5, which can be used for a raffle of wine and other items. Members of the Rotary Interact, an active group of Rotary teens, will facilitate the children’s activities, there will be a piñata, face painting and much more.

  • Assets in Action: Important to attend parent, student meetings

    This week should find us all getting back into a routine. The starter gun has sounded and we’re off and running.

    This is an important time to attend all of the meetings that engage adults and students in a new year. You may have done it before, but there are new plans, new faces and new rules you might need to know.

    It doesn’t matter if your student is in kindergarten or college, we need to be engaged and supportive in their educational process. If these things don’t seem important enough to attend, how is each consecutive child going to gauge their importance in the spectrum of education?
    I know it is difficult to get from work, to the school, when is dinner and then there are still the daily activities that come with after school and evening routines. So, DVR or VCR the new start of the season shows and demonstrate the importance of each and every year.

    Last spring, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board brought educator and public speaker, Barbara Coloroso into our community with an anti-bullying message. Many have heard and will implement the message this school year. Do you know if your school is one that will follow the path?

  • Trump returns to immigration issue in Ariz.

    YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Fresh off a speech on Afghanistan that moved him in a different direction from many of his core voters, President Donald Trump is highlighting his pledge to combat illegal immigration by visiting a Marine Corps base along the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday.

    Trump also scheduled a nighttime rally in Phoenix, which left local officials concerned that emotions may run hot among those inside and outside of the hall so soon after Trump blamed “both sides” for violence at a rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
    Even before the rally began, protesters were engaged in minor scuffles and shouting matches with Trump supporters as hundreds of people lined up to get inside the Phoenix convention center and the temperature soared above 100 degrees. At one point, police officers formed a line in the middle of a street to separate the protesters and Trump supporters. In one exchange, a Trump supporter and protester shoved each other. In another, the two groups shouted at each other before moving on.

    Still, one potential flashpoint was extinguished when the White House ruled out a pardon, at least for now, for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

  • Work set for Longview Drive

    County crews will begin placement of a concrete valley gutter across the entrances to the White Rock Municipal Complex Thursday to improve storm water drainage.

    Use of the parking lots will be interrupted, but access and parking to at least one parking lot will be maintained as work progresses.  

    Work is scheduled to be finished by Aug. 30, weather permitting.

    Pedestrian access along the adjacent sidewalk south of Longview Drive will be limited for the duration. The public is advised to use caution when in the area and to stay alert for construction equipment and advisory signing. 

    For questions about the repairs, contact the Public Works Department at 662-8150 or by email at LACPW@lacnm.us.