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  • Long-awaited skate park to hold grand opening

    Los Alamos County Community Services Department invites the public to view the latest addition to a vibrant downtown Los Alamos and to join in Wednesday’s grand opening ceremony of the skateboard park.

    The park, designed with input from local young people, who are the true experts on what makes a great skate park, other community members and County staff, was professionally built by California Skateparks, Inc. and includes state of the art features.

  • Oppenheimer to be honored with sculpture

    Thanks to a motion passed by county council at Tuesday night’s meeting, J. Robert Oppenheimer might soon find a place among the trees between the Los Alamos Historic Museum and Fuller Lodge.

    Community Services Director and Arts in Public Places Board Liaison Stephani Johnson was in council chambers to present a motion asking council to approve the recommendation of the Arts in Public Places Board regarding the purchase and placement of an historic sculpture. After a vote, the motion passed 7-0.

  • Police Beat Oct. 24, 2008

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. If you don't want it printed - don't let it happen.

    Oct. 9

    11:35 a.m. - Los Alamos County reported someone removed lumber from a construction job at 871 Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is $500.

  • Cowboy Breakfasts revitalize Posse Lodge

    Fifty years later, the Posse Lodge is likely utilized more now then ever before, said Posse Lodge President Cary Grzadzinski.

    “Between our Cowboy Breakfasts held the first Sunday of every month serving between 300-400 people, nearly full of weekend weddings, graduations, birthday party rentals, business meetings and now our annual Rodeo Steak Fry and Dance, the Posse Lodge currently entertains between 10,000-12,000 area residents each year,” Grzadzinski said.

  • The time when dogs began

    SANTA FE — Sometimes it takes more than a good speaker and subject to bring off a satisfying evening of scientific infotainment.

    The right place, the right atmosphere, the right size audience and the right mix of people and animals may also play a role.

    Thomas Leitner, a biological theorist at Los Alamos National Laboratory took care of the first requirement Tuesday night with an accomplished presentation on his search for the birth of the dog.

  • V-Site captures national preservation award

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized today the restoration of a modest building where the world’s first plutonium bombs were assembled At the 2008 National Preservation Conference, meeting in Tulsa, Okla., the trust named the V-Site project at Los Alamos National Laboratory as one of 21 national award winners. “The V-Site is architecturally humble but historically significant,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in an announcement.

  • Council candidates talk turkey at debate

    From Trinity Place to electrical outages to financial matters, the county councilors elected Nov. 4 will face hefty issues and objectives.

    The County Council candidates attempted to prove they have the answers during a debate held Wednesday in Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Candidates Vincent Chiravalle, Republican; Manuel Baca, Democrat; Ken Milder, Democrat; Sharon Stover, Republican; and Mike Wismer, Independent, are vying for three available slots.

  • Subcommittees dominate council discussion

    County councilors wanted to know how they could improve their relationships with boards and commissions and boards and commissions subcommittees Tuesday night in White Rock.

    Discussion, however, went from how relations could be improved to the issue of how appointments to subcommittees are made and whether they should be appointed by county council.

  • Block, Lass share a forum

    SANTA FE – The two candidates for Public Regulation Commission’s District 5 appeared on the same dais at the Hotel Santa Fe Tuesday morning for their only joint appearance of the campaign.

    But at the meeting, which was held under tightly-negotiated conditions, they had to hold their fire.

    The forum was sponsored by the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry and the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce.

  • LAPS Transportation Department honored during Bus Safety Week

    School principals and others throughout the district hosted an appreciation breakfast Wednesday for Transportation Department personnel.

    “Our transportation personnel do an exceptional job of keeping students safe and the department running smooth,” said Facilities Coordinator Tom Littleton, who oversees the department. “Geoff Rodgers left and Keith Rosenbaum has been a great addition to the staff as transportation director. It’s been a smooth transition.”