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  • Council seeks input on Trinity Place

    They may not have said much at the July 23 County Council meeting, but Los Alamos residents are giving councilors an earful now

    Councilor Ralph Phelps said during an interview this morning that he’s receiving approximately 50 e-mails a day from residents who want to voice their opinions regarding Trinity Place.

  • Trinity work nears completion

    Recently riddled with orange cones and somewhat confusing lane closures, Trinity Drive now sports a new, ebony surface thanks to the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

    The smooth surface has been transformed from the sometimes-bumpy ride that users were accustomed to into a sleek roadway free of potholes. NMDOT work crews began the project on July 13 and were expected to complete it within three weeks. So far, they seem to be on schedule, as the milling and paving portions of the project have been completed, with the exception of a few small areas.

  • Mountain’s new principal believes excellence lives at the school

    Gerry Washburn is well acquainted with Mountain Elementary School. He got his start there in the education field teaching a fourth and fifth grade combination in 1997.

    Washburn went on to teach fifth grade and then sixth grade at Mountain for several years and was team teaching sixth grade with Mountain teacher Laura Patterson when the Cerro Grande Fire hit.

    He and Patterson became heavily involved in the Volunteer Task Force and the Quemazon Nature Trail. They worked with hundreds of students to repair area hills and trails damaged by the fire.

  • Oklahoma team takes first place in LANL's Hazmat challenge

    The results are in from the 13th annual Hazmat Challenge, hosted this week by Los Alamos National Laboratory. The competition featured hazardous response teams from New Mexico and Oklahoma.

    This year’s first place winner was the Midwest City, Oklahoma Fire Department with the Farmington Fire Department in second place and Española Fire Department coming in third.

    “Last year, Farmington won and Midwest City came in second,” Brad Lounsbury said. He is a longtime hazardous materials technician and the LANL hazardous devices team leader.

  • Webcam installed at skate park

    Teens hoping to keep up with their friends at the skate park are getting a little help from a surprising source.

    Those who are curious can now log on to the county’s Web site and view the park and its users, whenever they want. About a month and a half ago, a camera was installed at the park and is accessible via a link on the county Web site.

    The camera is focused on the skate park and shows users skating, as well as portions of the parking lot where the Farmers’ Market is held.

  • Wednesday’s storm only felt intense

    While Wednesday night’s thunderstorm felt intense, meteorologist Scot Johnson from Los Alamos National Laboratory said this morning that it really wasn’t anything too special.

    “We did have a front come in that passed through from the north to the south and that always feels more impacting,” Johnson said this morning. “The wind blast was just under 40 mph, which is pretty normal although we haven’t had that for a while. The rain only totaled about one third of an inch.”

  • JPJ complex takes shape

    Masonry block is beginning to cover the bare exterior walls and windows are being hoisted up to fill empty holes in the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex.

    Things seem to be taking shape as crews work diligently to construct the new facility on the corner of Oppenheimer and Trinity.

  • Bomb teams cover state through collaboration

    ALBUQUERQUE — Six bomb squads are scattered throughout the state. The Los Alamos Police Department, Albuquerque Police Department, Santa Fe, Doña Ana County, Farmington and the New Mexico State Police each house specially trained bomb teams.

  • Carol Lee appointed to lead New Mexico’s FBI

    ALBUQUERQUE – Director Robert Mueller appointed Carol Lee Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI in April. She was hired to replace Thomas McClenaghan who retired earlier this year.

    Lee brings a rich combination of knowledge and experience to her new post. She most recently served as a section chief in the Office of International Operations at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

  • Committee narrows choices down to top five

    As their deadline looms closer, the Municipal Building Site Selection Steering Committee continues to work feverishly in an effort to come up with a site recommendation for a new municipal building.

    The committee met again last Thursday to discuss the results of a straw poll they’d been given. At their first four meetings, the committee considered 23 possible sites for the location of a new municipal building.

    The 23 sites included some that were privately owned as well as some that are already owned by the county.