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  • Work gets going on Arizona Avenue

    Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities’ contractor H.O. Construction, Inc., has work going on as part of the county’s Non-Potable Pipeline Project.
    The county, in an announcement about the start of work, said residents on Arizona Avenue should expect to see placement of traffic control devices, as well as crews locating existing utilities through “pot-hole” excavation and utility locate paint in the public right of way during the construction period.
    In the coming weeks, crews will begin trenching and placing pipe beginning at the east end of Arizona Avenue near Pajarito School and moving west. Residents in the area can expect some traffic delays, but ingress and egress into homes will be maintained as much as possible. The county said, however, there may be temporary delays to driveways if work is occurring in front of a home.
    According to the county, no interruption of utility services are anticipated.
    Crews will work Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The work is expected to continue for approximately three months.

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  • Laser shows to run this weekend

    The Los Alamos Nature Center has several different laser light shows scheduled for the weekend.
    The shows are scheduled starting today and include a variety of displays.
    A pair of rock shows are set for tonight, including “Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon” and The Beatles. The Pink Floyd show is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the Beatles at 8 p.m.
    On Saturday, shows begin at 11 a.m.
    The first show is “Halloween Laser Spooktacular,” a Halloween-themed show. That will be followed by “Lasers In Space” at 2 p.m., a show with music from the band U2 at 3 p.m. and the Beatles and Led Zeppelin in the evening.
    Prices for the shows are $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    For more information on the events, call 662-0460 or visit peecnature.org.

  • EPA: 'Highly toxic' mix makes up spill material

    SILVERTON, Colorado (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that surface-water testing revealed very high levels of lead, arsenic, cadmium and other heavy metals as a sickly-yellow plume of mine waste flowed through Colorado.
    These metals far exceeded government exposure limits for aquatic life and humans in the hours after the Aug. 5 spill, which sent 3 million gallons of wastewater through three Western states and the Navajo nation.
    The EPA, which released the results after 2 a.m. Eastern time under increasing political pressure, said its analysis shows the heavy metals quickly returned to “pre-event levels” once the plume passed through the area it tested, on the Animas River between Silverton, Colorado, and the downstream municipal water intake for Durango.
    The abandoned Gold King mine had been slowly leaking a toxic stew for decades before an EPA crew accidentally unleashed a torrent of waste during an Aug. 5 inspection. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has taken full responsibility and promised that the agency will pay for any damage.

  • Local Briefs 8-14-15

    County parade winners
    are announced

    Los Alamos MainStreet announced the winners of the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade.
    The parade was Saturday on Central Avenue.
    The winners included:

    First place: Los Alamos Team 4H Club
    Second place: Los Alamos National Bank
    Third place: Nancy Parker

    Chandler to speak at Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday

    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will have guest speaker Chris Chandler, probate judge, at its meeting Aug. 18.
    The Kiwanis Club meets at noon Tuesday at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    Chandler will speak on “How to Prepare for Probate.”

    Irrigation, turf renovation
    set for next week

    Western Area Soccer Field will be under construction for irrigation and turf renovations beginning Monday.
    The expected project completion date for the project is Sept. 17, that according to Los Alamos County. Field users are asked by the county to respect the construction site.
    For more information, call the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division at 662-8159.

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  • Caldera having big sale Aug. 22

    The Valles Caldera Trust is having a “going out of business” sale next week.
    The Trust, which operated the Valles Caldera National Preserve until last month, announced it was have a sale Aug. 22. According to an announcement on the event, the Trust has accumulated furniture, office equipment and commercial kitchen equipment that it no longer needs.
    Items are already priced and prices are firm, according to the announcement.
    Among the items for sale are overstuffed leather living room chairs, twin beds including frames and mattresses, kitchen chairs and 3D archery targets, which are all available in large quantities.
    Also, 13,000-volt diesel generators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, end tables, lamps and much more are available, however, those are in smaller quantities.
    All of the funds collected during this yard sale go to the National Park Service and will be used to support the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    The sale will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 90 Villa Louis Martin in Jemez Springs.
    For more information on the VCNP, visit the preserve’s website, vallescaldera.gov or call 1-866-382-5537.

  • First Day of School in LA

    Thursday was the first day of school for Los Alamos Public Schools. Elementary schools, like Mountain, had half-days the first two days while Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School had regular schedules to start off with. At Mountain, Principal Jennifer Guy greeted students coming off the bus for the start of the 2015-16 school year.