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  • Volunteers head into 'action' for United Way

    Members and volunteers from United Way of Northern New Mexico fanned out over Los Alamos recently to carry out their “Day of Action” projects, much to the relief of certain residents who, due to being too frail or sick, really needed their help.
    This year, UWNNM decided to help certain residents clean and landscape their yards.
    Volunteers and UWNNM employees went to houses on Pueblo Drive and Spruce Street to help those that were disabled and/or elderly who could no longer clean their yards.
    Though June 21 is the traditional date worldwide for the Day of Action, this year that was Father’s Day, so that’s why the organization decided to have it last Friday. “Day of Action” is for United Way chapters to contribute to their communities by helping complete projects other community organizations have set as a priority.
    For the actual volunteers though, besides the chance of giving back to their community, there are other benefits.
    “It gets us out of the office, makes us more visible to the community and gets people to see us as more than the folks that stand by our fundraiser thermometer every year,” said Marie Marroquin, who works in UWNNM’s finance and administration department.

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  • Kiwanis hosts fireworks show at Overlook Park

    Once again, the Kiwanis Club will host its annual fireworks show for Independence Day.
    As has been the case for many years, the Kiwanis will have its show at Overlook Park. The day’s events at Overlook Park will begin at 2 p.m.
    On the July 4 schedule are performances by Eddy & The Nomads, the Los Alamos Community Winds, bouncy houses provided by Ton-O-Fun and, the highlight of the night, the fireworks, which start at approximately 9:15 p.m.
    There are always food and other vendors on-hand to sell spectators whatever they need for the day.
    The event is co-sponsored by Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Bank. A donation is requested at the entrance to Overlook Park by the Kiwanis.
    Beyond the show, Independence Day is a busy day around Los Alamos County.
    To start the day, the Family YMCA of Los Alamos will have its annual Firecracker 5K event.
    Registration for the community 5K is open through race day at the YMCA — organizers can be contacted by calling 662-3100. The race will start at 8 a.m.
    Upwards of 200 people have taken part in the race. Prizes go to the top male and female finishers in several age categories, as well as prizes for the top human-dog finishers and even a best costume contest.
    Mid-morning, there will be the annual Children’s Parade in White Rock.

  • Update 6-28-15


    The Los Alamos Police Department will host “Coffee With a Cop” Monday at the Morning Glory Bakery on Diamond Drive. The public can meet with the police officers from 8-10 a.m.

    Walkup Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Center will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday in observance of Independence Day. The facility will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday.

    Comix Club

    Mesa Public Library will hold a special 3-day event, Comix Club, on the first floor. Comix Club is for kids ages 7-12. It will be on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. each day. For information, call 662-8258.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be in council chambers.

    Star Party

    Los Alamos Nature Center will host a “Star Party” Tuesday. Chick Keller will host star viewing through telescopes. The viewing will begin at 8 p.m. and it is free.

    Mesa Public Library announced it will have limited hours for Friday. The library will be open from 1-5 p.m. in observance of Independence Day.

  • They Love A Rainy Night

    It was a stormy night Friday, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of music fans who went to check out WhiteWater Ramble at Ashley Pond. The band played Friday as part of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.

  • LA nets $78K in PILT funds

    Los Alamos County will get nearly $80,000 out of the state’s share of PILT payments, New Mexico senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich said in a joint statement Friday.
    PILT, which stands for Payment in Lieu of Taxes, provides federal money to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable lands within the county’s or city’s boundaries. Those lands include Bureau of Land Management, national park, national forest and military base land.
    According to the federal government, annual PILT payments are calculated based on the number of acres of federal entitlement land within each county or jurisdiction and the population of that county or jurisdiction.
    In 2008, Congress voted to automatically fund PILT for five years. Another bill was passed in 2012 extending payments for an additional year.
    The state has received its share of money from the program every year since 2008, however.
    “Rural communities across New Mexico use PILT funds to provide better schools, maintain roads and bridges, and support thousands of local jobs,” Heinrich said. “I am pleased that we were successful in securing funding for this year’s payments and I will continue to push for full, permanent PILT funding so our counties have the economic security they need to succeed.”

  • Residents want input into plan

    At the June 16 discussion at the Los Alamos County Council work session concerning an update to the Comprehensive Plan, several citizens urged council to require public involvement in the early planning stages.

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