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  • Council gets behind budget proposal

    At Tuesday’s work session, Los Alamos County Council member Susan O’Leary presented her plan for implementing a new budget review process.
    The current budget review process was established in 2003, after an assessment by a Budget Process Advisory Committee comprised of councilors, board members, citizens and staff.
    Council adopted the committee’s suggestions for implementing many of the practices recommended by the National Advisory Council Budget On State And Local Budgeting. That organization has recognized the county with its Distinguished Budget Presentation 23 years running.
    The format — called a Departmental Budgeting approach — is required by state statute and to conform to audit requirements.
    “This isn’t about changing that process, because I imagine that process needs to happen not only because our county manager needs to know how to allocate money by department, just like any organization, but there are probably requirements for state and federal legislation that requires a department based budget,” O’Leary said. “I think the question is whether the department-based format is one that allows the council to do our best with our responsibility of approving how tax dollars are spent.”

  • Today in history July 23
  • Medical chopper touches down at Nature Center

    Medics and crew of Classic Air Medical did a special landing at Los Alamos Nature Center Wednesday evening. The crew touched down the helicopter, which is currently parked at Los Alamos Airport, in the nature center's parking lot and let kids and adults explore the interior of the chopper.

  • Governor to be at Nature Center today

    Governor Susana Martinez will make an appearance in Los Alamos today.
    Martinez is scheduled to appear at Los Alamos Nature Center at 10 a.m. to announce new research showing the New Mexico True campaign has improved perception of the state.
    According to an announcement from the governor's office, the campaign "vastly improves out-of-state perceptions of New Mexico as a great place to live, work and do business."
    The nature center is located at 2600 Canyon Road.

  • Water Main break on Rover Boulevard

    A water main break, located directly across the street from the White Rock Municipal Complex,  has cut traffic off from Rover Boulevard. As of noon Wednesday, county utility workers have just begun working on fixing the break. According to those at the scene, the break is in a line that is directly connected to the complex, no other businesses or residences are affected, and businesses in the shopping center are still open. 

  • Councilors will be at market

    Los Alamos county councilors are scheduled to make an appearance at Thursday’s Farmers Market.
    The market is scheduled from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.
    Councilors will be visiting with residents. A booth for the councilors will be open from 9-11 a.m.
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market is a weekly event which features local growers and food producers.

  • Update 7-22-15

    Classic Air

    Classic Air Medical will land its rescue helicopter at the Los Alamos Nature Center as part of the
    Summer Family Evenings program. The helicopter will touch down at 6:45 p.m. today in the nature center parking lot.

    APP Board

    The Arts In Public Places Board will have its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be in room 110 of the municipal building.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a regular session July 28 in chambers. Meeting time is 7 p.m.

    Lifeguard course

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Red Cross lifeguard training pre-course at 6 p.m. Thursday. Standards for the pre-training course are listed on the county’s website, losalamosnm.us.

    Swing Dance

    There will be a swing dance at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, hosted by Atomic City Swing. There is a beginner’s lesson at 7 p.m., followed by social dancing. Price is $3 for dancers, $5 for those taking the lesson. Email atomiccityswing@gmail.com for information.

    Concert

    Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, will be featured at this week’s Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The show will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond. All Gordon’s Summer Concerts are free.

  • Gas purging of pipe will start Thursday

    New Mexico Gas Company has informed the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities that it will purge a natural gas line, weather permitting, on East Jemez Road near Los Alamos County’s Eco Station.
    Work will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday and continue until 6 p.m.
    According to the county, New Mexico Gas Company is purging the line so crews can perform maintenance work at its natural gas border station on East Road across from Camino Entrada.
    “Purging,” according to the gas company, is the act of releasing natural gas from an existing section of pipeline so that work can be done safely under Federal Regulatory requirements.
    As part of the purging, resident in the area of Royal Crest, as well as some Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, may smell natural gas and hear a loud noise associated with the controlled release of gas through the pipe.
    It was also reported that vehicles may be interrupted on East Jemez Road for periods of time while the purging is taking place in order to eliminate any potential ignition sources.
    The procedure is safe and gas company technicians are scheduled to be on site to monitor the situation.  
    For more information, call New Mexico Gas Company at 1-888-664-2726.

  • Travel Channel to air segment on Los Alamos

    “Time Traveling with Brian Unger,” a show on the Travel Channel, will air an episode with a segment on Los Alamos Thursday. Viewer should check their television service listings for specific time.
    Thursday’s episode will feature Unger and guests traveling “back to follow the tale of the atom bomb,” according to an announcement from the Travel Channel about the episode.
    The theme of the episode is a trip to the Wild West. Another segment of the episode will feature Billy the Kid.
    Unger, the host of the show, has credits including “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The Daily Show,” “Some Assembly Required” and “How the States Got Their Shapes.”
    Previously, he has been named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Entertainment” by Entertainment Weekly and lauded by TV Guide and the New York Observer for his work on “The Daily Show.”
    “Time Traveling” premiered on the Travel Channel in April. The Los Alamos Monitor will feature an interview with Unger Thursday.

  • Treasure Benny Lujan dies

    One of Los Alamos’ Living Treasures, Jose “Benny” Luján, died Tuesday, surrounded by his family.
    Luján was named a Living Treasure in 2005 after living much of his life in Los Alamos. He moved to Los Alamos in 1944, working as a dishwasher and a busboy.
    After service in the U.S. Army, Luján returned to the Hill in 1948 and was a veteran of the local fire department before joining Los Alamos National Laboratory as a radiation monitor.
    He retired in 1990.
    According to his biography with the Living Treasures, Luján helped set up stations for United Blood Services drives, provided support for those running the Bandelier Marathon and played vibraphones and accordion for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk.
    As of press time today, service arrangements for him were still pending.