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  • AARP names LA one of best places

    Los Alamos was again on the top of the charts for best places to live.
    The American Association of Retired Persons recently named Los Alamos as one of the top 10 places in the country in terms of livability.
    The AARP story appeared in the May edition of the AARP’s magazine. The AARP compared more than 200,000 communities in the country.
    Also, Los Alamos was named the top place to live in New Mexico by the Movoto.com website. Movoto is a national real estate website.
    Los Alamos beat out Farmington and the North Valley community of Albuquerque for that top spot.
    The top rankings were nothing new. Los Alamos has consistently been named among the top places to live both in the state and nationally. Among recent honors, Los Alamos was named a top place by Livability.com and even White Rock earned such a distinction in 2012 by Coldwell Bankers among the best suburbs.
    For the AARP study, Los Alamos was named 10th-best place in the nation. Madison, Wis., was the top place to live in that study, joined by neighborhoods in Manhattan and Boston.

  • Trespasser at the library arrested

    Approximately an hour and a half after Mesa Public Library closed for the evening April 11, police responded to a burglary alarm inside the building.
    According to Los Alamos Police Department reports, when police entered they found a pair of pants, wallet with no ID inside, and sunglasses. The owner of the pants was nowhere to be found, however.
    Police then noticed other evidence that someone may be still inside the building and so continued their search. They came across a door to a room blocked with a chair.
    When police managed to budge the door ajar, they noticed someone’s feet propped up against a wall inside the room.
    With guns drawn, police ordered the suspect, 47-year-old Trevor Orr, to open the door. He didn’t immediately comply, but instead turned away from the officers to put a key into the burglary alarm system in an attempt to shut it off.
    Then Orr allegedly turned away from the officers and started to run. Noting he wasn’t armed, an officer giving chase put his gun away and instead drew his stun gun and continued the chase.
    Orr, according to the report, then realized officers were closing and so fell to the ground and surrendered after a slight struggle, as the suspect wouldn’t at first allow himself to be handcuffed.

  • Henderson limits discussion

    Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson began the first of four nights of budget hearings on Monday with a decision to limit public comment to the end of the meeting.
    Henderson directed that public comment at the beginning of the meeting could only be on topics not on the agenda.
    Councilor Pete Sheehey pointed out that traditionally during budget hearings, public comment on the budget is allowed at the beginning and end of the meeting.
    Monday’s agenda stated that “the first and last 30 minutes of each of the meetings will be reserved for public comment on any portion of the proposed budget. Note: The public hearing times overlap with the budget presentation and discussion times. During this overlap time, public comment will be the primary activity. After all public comment has been received, if time remains, other budget topics may be discussed.”
    Henderson responded that she would allow public comment on the budget “as part of the budget hearing.”
    When council took a break at 8:30 p.m., no public comment had yet been allowed. Upon return, Sheehey addressed the chair, stating that a constituent had asked when public comment would be allowed.

  • Budget cuts, tax hikes discussed

    During the first of four nights of budget hearings, Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess and Deputy County Manager/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne presented the county council with an overview of significant items in the proposed budget.
    The proposed FY2016 budget calls for $191,827,341 in expenditures, a one-percent reduction over last year’s General Fund budget. It also calls for reinstatement of 2.25 mills in property taxes, which would net $1.5 million in additional revenues.
    Burgess drew council’s attention to several key elements of the proposed budget before giving an overview of various departmental budgets.
    Several areas require increased expenditures in FY2016. Those include an increase in the county’s share of Fire Cooperative Agreement costs, higher insurance costs and electric rates and an estimated three-percent rise in inflation.
    New operating costs for the golf course community center, the nature center — which opens Wednesday — and the teen center scheduled to open later this year must also be factored in.
    The budget includes a three-percent increase for staffing and salary needs. The bulk of that increase is for implementation of a revised salary plan, which will require salary adjustments for some of the county’s employees.

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  • Talent show sign-ups end Monday

    Registration for The Family YMCA’s Talent Show closes on Monday.

    Registration is free, starting at 6:30 pm, April 24, at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road, will have a $10 per person entrance fee with tickets sold at the door. Funds raised will support the Y’s annual campaign for scholarships and youth programs.
    Individuals or groups wishing to participate in the talent show must register by close of business on Monday and may do so in person at the Y, or by calling 662-3100 or online at laymca.org .

  • Update 4-19-15

    Earth Day

    There will be an Earth Day Festival April 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Games, activities and entertainment are planned for the event. The festival will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There is no charge for admission.

    Run For Her Life

    The Run For Her Life is scheduled for today. The race is a charity event sponsored by Hadassah. It is a 5K and 10K run that will start at East Park. Proceeds will go to benefit breast cancer research. For more information, call 672-1639.

    LTAB meeting

    The next Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday. It will be at the municipal building.


    The Ethos Percussion Group will perform today at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The performance is hosted by the Los Alamos Concert Association. Event time is 4 p.m. Tickets are $35.

    APP Board

    The Arts In Public Places Board will meet at the municipal building Thursday. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Caballo Blanco

    “Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco,” a documentary about ultrarunner Micah True, will have its premier screening at the Reel Deal Theater Tuesday. The screening is set for 7 p.m.

  • Ringo Starr, Green Day inducted into Hall

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Ringo Starr was always behind the other Beatles.
    Bobbing his head as he sat at his drum kit, Starr kept the steady backbeat for Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, a once-in-a-century group that conquered the music world. Starr got fourth-billing, the adored and yet overlooked sideman to his more celebrated bandmates.
    John, Paul, George ... and Ringo.
    Once he stepped from their shadows, Starr proved he could hold his own.
    Forever a Beatle, Starr entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist on Saturday, inducted along with an eclectic class of musicians.
    Starr, who was previously enshrined with the Beatles in 1988, was honored along with pop punks Green Day, soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers, underground-rock icon Lou Reed, bluesy guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The “5’’ Royales.
    When the Beatles split at the height of their fame, Starr decided to take a shot at being a frontman and surprisingly flourished with a string of radio hits, including “It Don’t Come Easy,” ‘’Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen,” singles that earned him new-found respect and popularity.

  • Cold Seat

    Los Alamos and White Rock received a blanket of mid-April snow early Saturday morning. Rain showers are possible for Sunday.