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  • Council approves facility study

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved $145,540 for the Carbon Free Power Project Study Phase Siting Agreement with the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS).
    The Department of Public Utilities has been exploring the option to buy into the proposed 600 megawatt small modular reactor (SMR) facility as a possible replacement for base load power from the county’s coal assets as early as 2022.
    The facility would house up to 12 NuScale nuclear power modules.
    The Board of Public Utilities voted to recommend investing in the study at a special meeting Monday.
    Council’s approval of funding for the phase 1 site option study guarantees the county up to 16 megawatts of power should BPU and the Los Alamos County Council approve adding that to the county’s electric portfolio in the future.
    Following the completion of the phase 1 activities, each participant has the option to exit the project if it is no longer deemed economical or prudent for their customer base. Participants will also have the option to acquire additional capacity if available.
    Erik Fairfield questioned the wisdom of investing in the facility during public comment.

  • Possible CIP Projects listed

    This is the initial list of potential CIP projects County Manager Harry Burgess presented.

    • Manhattan Project National Historical Park Visitor Center
    • Visitor center parking
    • Community broadband network
    • Broadband middle mile
    • DP Road infrastructure improvements
    • Conference center
    • Ski hill water improvements
    • Mountain bike trails
    • Leisure pool
    • Reservoir recreation improvements
    • Recreation center
    • Splash pad
    • Canyon Rim Trail next phase
    • Ice rink improvements
    • Golf course improvements
    • Councilors added
    • Multi-purpose performance center
    • Ice rink cover
    • Community center
    • Tennis court covers
    • Possible sale of local pools to the county

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  • Today in history Aug. 27

     This just in from Los Alamos County Communications Office:  

    LAPD is reporting that a paint spill involving fifteen 5-gallon buckets of white paint has occurred at the bottom of NM502 in the eastbound lanes – use caution if leaving Los Alamos eastbound. LAPD is assisting Santa Fe County and DOT is on scene cleaning up the spill. Expect possible delays during the evening commute.




  • 'Discoveries' is still most popular

    The next phase of Los Alamos County’s branding saga is coming to a close, but Los Alamos residents still have time to weigh in on which strapline (or tagline) best summarizes the county’s unique qualities.
    After residents rejected “Live Exponentially”— a strapline developed by North Star Destination Strategies — councilors voted to amend a contract with Atlas Advertising to include another effort to develop a tagline.
    Atlas was directed to include “Where Discoveries Are Made,” as one of the options, to select one of North Star’s alternative options and to suggest three new choices.
    Atlas chose “Never Stop Questioning What’s Possible” for the North Star option and arrived at “All the Elements of Imagination,” “Limitless Horizons” and “Peak Experience” for its own offerings.
    Residents can go to the county’s webpage, losalamosnm.us, and click on the Open Forum link to vote on those five options.
    The forum closes at 5 p.m. Friday.
    “Where Discoveries Are Made” is the overwhelming favorite at this point.

  • School board has a meeting Thursday

    The Los Alamos School Board has a work session, special meeting and executive session all planned for Thursday at the Administration Building on Trinity Drive.
    Time for the meeting is 5:30 p.m.
    Following the adjournment of the work sessions, the school board will go into closed session. The purpose of the closed session, according to the Los Alamos Public Schools’ meeting agenda, is to discuss the purchase, acquisition or disposal of a leased property and “limited personnel matters,” which are the superintendent’s goals, and to discuss matters pertaining to pending or threatened litigation in which LAPS could be involved.
    Prior to the executive session, there will be a presentation by Mike Johnson on the schools’ dual credit program, an update on truancy presented by Carter Payne and preliminary enrollment numbers for the current school year, which will be presented by Diane Delgado.
    Also scheduled for the meeting is an appointment to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and a public comment period, among other agenda items.

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  • The New Digs

    The new Los Alamos Teen Center was unveiled Monday. The Teen Center, for high school-aged students in the county, features games, a big screen TV and a computer lounge for those looking for a place to relax. The new area is located on the upper floor of the Community Building, by Ashley Pond. It had been hosted for the past several years at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

  • Today in history Aug. 25