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  • Backing Their Way In

    Los Alamos Fire Department officials, as well as those from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County and the Department of Energy help “push” Hazmat 1 and Truck 3 into White Rock Fire Station 3 Thursday. The trucks were recently added to the Los Alamos Fire Department’s fleet in a joint effort between LANL, the county and the LAFD to better serve the people of Los Alamos County.

  • Nuisance proposal heard on Tuesday

    Los Alamos County staff and elected officials have heard numerous complaints about vacant properties, blighted areas and nuisance violations over the years.
    At Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council work session, Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) Director Anne Laurent and Housing and Special Projects Manager Paul Andrus laid out a plan to address the problem.
    CEDD has identified 61 vacant properties through utility records and boots-on-the-ground confirmation. The post office reports 250 vacant housing units based on no mail activity at the address.
    Approximately 20 percent of downtown Los Alamos properties are vacant, underutilized or blighted (roughly 50 of 250 acres). White Rock contains approximately 6 acres of blighted commercial land.
    Chair Kristin Henderson noted that the most prevalent complaint she heard on the campaign trail and continues to hear concerns blight. Councilors also heard several complaints on this issue at the county fair.
    During public comment, residents provided their own horror stories of neighborhood properties sitting vacant for years, living in a “construction zone” for seven years due to an unfinished remodeling project next door and neighbors with 11 vehicles in their yard.
    Disgruntled residents could see signs of change in the near future.

  • Police find missing utility payment box

    Sometime over the July 12 weekend, the utility payment box outside the Los Alamos Community Building went missing.
    Little did police know that an angry girlfriend, a bar fight and a stolen trailer would eventually lead them straight to it.
    Five minutes before midnight on July 10, police responded to a disturbance call at the Los Alamos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on Deacon Street. There, they encountered 48-year-old John Molt of Albuquerque.
    According to police, a very upset Molt explained that he needed help getting back inside the post, because he left his car keys at the bar. Police noted that Molt couldn’t go back in because he had been kicked out of the bar.
    “Mr. Molt stated the people of the VFW weren’t friendly with him and he began arguing with them,” said police in their report.
    This eventually led to Molt getting punched in the face and thrown out of the VFW post.
    In their report, police said Molt then left the scene after they recovered his keys for him.
    On July 11, the owner of a black utility trailer that he rents out to customers had a rude awakening when he noticed the trailer was missing.
    He told police that it is always parked out front of Chili Works restaurant on Trinity Drive, but when went to check on it at 8 a.m. that morning, it was gone.

  • Martinez wants answers about Animas River

    New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced Wednesday she has ordered New Mexico Environment Department to launch an investigation into the Aug. 5, 3 million gallon waste spill that impacted the Animas River in the Four Corners area.
    Pressure is on the Environmental Protection Agency, which has been blamed for the spill that turned water in the Animas River into a golden yellow color recently.
    Along with Martinez’s announcement, Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich also announced Wednesday they were among a bipartisan group from Capitol Hill who are demanding the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General to look into the Gold King Mine spill.
    “The release of contaminated water from this legacy mine has polluted the Animas River in Colorado and spread through New Mexico, Utah, the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and the Navajo Nation,” the group of senators wrote in a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins. “Although the EPA has taken responsibility for this disaster, the OIG investigation and report will assist in determining the details of the accident, provide a better opportunity to improve future remediation projects, and prevent spills of this nature at other legacy mines across the West.”

  • School board applauds foundation

    The Los Alamos School Board recently recognized the efforts of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation by releasing several praiseworthy statements, that according to new superintendent Kurt Steinhaus.
    According to a press release this week, the school board thanked the LAPS Foundation by saying it “accelerates improvements in public education through the judicious use of private resources,” that it “believes that…an excellent education is every child’s right,” and that accountability in public education is essential for success.
    Additionally, the board praised LAPS Foundations’ acknowledgement that parental involvement is a big key to success.
    The board noted that, this year alone, the foundation has provided more than $100,000 to promote book groups, the FIRST Robotics program, a foreign language lab, professional development grants and several other resources. The last two school years have seen the foundation give out more than $180,000.
    According to its mission statement, “The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation leverages time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning. The school children of Los Alamos are our future. A quality education prepares our children to meet the demands of an increasingly complex workplace and world.”

  • Correction 8-21-15

    In a story appearing in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, it was incorrectly stated that the Los Alamos County Council meeting Friday was a work session.
    The county council was actually meeting in a regular session at council chambers Friday.
    The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.

  • Flipping to the Music

    The crowd was lively for Ryan Shupe and his band last week at Ashley Pond. Tonight, one of the most popular bands in Los Alamos, the Red Elvises, are playing at Ashley Pond as part of the Relay for Life. Concert time is 7 p.m.

  • Today in history Aug. 21
  • Road Work

    Early Thursday afternoon, crews were digging up 20th Street and pouring new concrete as part of planned county improvements. Traffic was reduced to one lane on Trinity Drive to make room for the work.

  • Today in history Aug. 20