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  • Skaters left in the dark

    Those visiting the skate park in front of Mesa Public Library in the evening hours have found themselves in the dark.

    Nov. 20, county staff conducted a walk-through of the skate park to determine what more needed to be done to complete the skate park project. One of the big concerns for county staff and county council is the lack of lighting at the park.

    Community Services Director Stephani Johnson said that staff had been told that it would take three weeks for the lights to be installed. However, the contractor said that they thought it would take six weeks.

  • Local artist featured in new book

    Longtime Los Alamos fiber artist Katy Korkos is featured in a new book, “The Quilting Arts Book,” available at Otowi Station bookstore on Central Avenue, and at Pandy’s Quilt Store in White Rock this holiday season.

    The book is the first that Quilting Arts Magazine has published and is a composite of special articles that appeared in the magazine, including one by Korkos.

  • LANB purchases $3 million in school bonds

    Los Alamos Public Schools put a $3 million bond issue out to bid and has accepted the lowest bid, which was placed by Los Alamos National Bank (LANB). This bond is the residual amount from a $7 million general obligation school building bond election held Sept. 19, 2006.

    LANB Cashier Anne Kain discussed the bond and why the bank submitted the favorable bid during a Nov. 20 school board meeting.

  • State questions plans for waste dump

    The New Mexico Environment Department is disappointed with its permittees at Los Alamos National Laboratory over a regulatory issue.

    Nov. 20, James Bearzi, chief of the Hazardous Waste Bureau sent a “notice of disapproval” covering several aspects of a key report in the massive, ongoing cleanup project at the laboratory.

    The letter was obtained by the Monitor Monday.

  • Police issue holiday fraud alert

    Con artists preying on unsuspecting consumers have targeted the local community this holiday season.

     

    Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster has received reports from a number of residents receiving automated calls claiming to be from ZIA Credit Union and other companies.

     

  • Team uncovers unconventional superconductivity

    An international team of researchers working at Los Alamos published a paper in the scientific journal Nature proposing an “unconventional” approach to superconductivity.

     

    The work has emerged from a series of discoveries over the last several years, involving the interplay of traditional cold temperatures and magnetism with a newly identified boundary area governed by quantum physics.

     

    Electricity, for all the good it does as a relatively inexpensive form of easily distributed energy is still less than fully efficient.

  • Council rejects muncipal building RFP

    It looks like it’s back to the drawing board for Los Alamos County, as hopes of a new municipal building were squashed last night.

     

    The County Council voted 6-0 in favor of rejecting all proposals under RFP No. 2008-1637 and canceling the solicitation with DePonte Investments.

     

  • Winterfest visitors invited to open house

    Visitors to this year’s Winterfest activities downtown on Saturday are invited to stop by the Community Building and view the current County projects at the design or construction stage. The Boyer Company will also have a table with the most recent site plans for The Trinity Place, a mixed-use lifestyle center planned for the Trinity site that currently houses county and schools’ facilities.

  • Winter fire safety tips for the home

    New Mexico's fire marshal is urging fire safety for this coming winter season because the high cost of home heating fuels and utilities have some consumers searching for alternate sources of home heating.

    The popularity and use of wood burning stoves is growing and space heaters are selling rapidly, or coming out of storage and fireplaces are now burning wood and man made logs, said State Fire Marshal John Standefer in a new release.

  • Holiday SuperBlitz runs through early January

    The “Winter SuperBlitz” has kicked off and will run through the holiday season to include Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The blitz is scheduled to run through Jan. 4.

    “We want New Mexicans to feel safe on the roadways this holiday season and through coordinated law enforcement efforts across the state, our communities will be safer,” said Gov. Bill Richardson in a release. “Law enforcement will be out in force during the winter holidays to stop motorists who put others in danger by driving drunk, speeding or failing to use seatbelts.”