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  • Today in history July 4
  • Coming in August

     

    Los Alamos residents and visitors will soon be able to while away an afternoon sipping wine and nibbling on tapas or chocolate at The Wine Room in Central Park Square. 

    Three New Mexico wineries are partners in the venture: Black’s Smuggler Winery in Bosque, Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas and Vivác Winery in Dixon. 

    Black’s Smuggler is owned by Tony Black, Anasazi Fields by Jim Fish, and Vivác by brothers Jesse and Chris Padberg and their wives, Michele and Liliana Padberg, respectively.

    The owners were three of five wineries that responded to a letter issued by the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, seeking those interested in participating in a joint venture. 

    Black said the synergy between the three companies bodes well for the venture. 

    “I think we have a very, very cohesive group. I would say that when all three of you are working together toward the same goal, it works very, very well,” Black said. “We’ve come to consensus on a lot of items very quickly.”

  • Board considers change to school visitation policy

     

    The Los Alamos School Board is seriously considering modifying its school visitation policy, either through language changes to its policies, specialized computer software or both.

    Whatever it chooses, the aim would be the same: to come up with a better way of identifying and tracking potentially dangerous people coming onto Los Alamos’ school campuses. Those on the list include those with criminal pasts, mental health issues as well as those with court-mandated child visitation or restraining orders. The board seemed especially interested in registered sex offenders.

    At the board’s special work session, Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt asked the board to at least consider shoring up present language in the policies that deal with campus visits.

  • ECA meets with Energy secretary

     

    Last month, the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) Executive Board met with Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to highlight the importance of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) environmental cleanup, national security, nuclear energy and waste management missions. 

    The ECA Executive Board, including Chair Mayor Tom Beehan from Oak Ridge, Tennessee and other elected local government officials also stressed the importance of regular communication and partnership between DOE and the local governments that are adjacent to DOE facilities. 

     Moniz agreed that working with local governments is important to the success of DOE.

  • Beer co-op finds home

     The Los Alamos Beer Co-op (LABC) now has a place to call home: 163 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.

    The co-op took a big step last month toward making its Los Alamos brewery and taproom a reality with the purchase of a 3.5-bbl Portland Kettle Works brewing system from Bosque Brewing in Albuquerque.

    The signing of a lease on the 163 Central Park Square location is another giant step forward for the state’s first co-op brewery, and one of only a few in existence in the U.S.

    The space, formerly occupied by the Canyon Bar & Grill, was on track to be demolished, but the co-op, and the owner and developer of Central Park Square, Phillip Kunsberg, felt that it could be remodeled and renovated to become the perfect site for the new brewery. 

  • Grants available at NMCF

     

    Applications for the third year of grants from the Community Involvement Fund (CIF) are now available from New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF).

    NMCF has received $1.8 million from the Department of Energy - Environmental Management (DOE-EM) to extend grants to qualified nonprofit organizations nationwide that represent communities and residents who are most likely to be affected by the DOE environmental cleanup process and decisions. 

    Special consideration will be given to those organizations that are already, or plan to, actively develop training for a new generation (people 30 years old and younger) about community involvement regarding nuclear site clean-up issues.

  • On the Docket 07-03-14

     

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:

    June 25

    Dung M. Vu was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and was ordered to pay $65. 

    June 26 

    Dawn Barr was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having animals that made too much noise. Defendant was ordered to pay $60 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Sept. 25. 

     

  • Drought won’t stop fireworks

     

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Arizona’s largest city has gone four months without any measurable rain, and neighboring New Mexico is in the midst of four years of severe drought.

    But you’ll still see and hear fireworks sparkle and pop during the days around July 4, despite the dangerously high threat of wildfires.

    While some places in the West ban fireworks altogether, or greatly limit what you can light off when conditions are ripe for fire, other states are going in the opposite direction.

    Arizona actually loosened its restrictions this year and is now allowing residents of the two most populated cities to set off fireworks in the days around Independence Day, and an effort by the New Mexico governor to impose tougher rules during dry times has repeatedly fallen on deaf ears in the Legislature.

  • County remains under Stage 1 restrictions

     

    The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See Exemption 1)

    • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

    Stage I Exemptions:

  • Residents question fire’s origin

     

    Though a scheduled update with Coyote residents went relatively smoothly Tuesday, they still had questions about why the fire was allowed to get this big in the first place.

    Currently, the fire, known as the “Diego Fire” started about eight miles south of Coyote in late June. It is currently moving in a southwesterly direction and is at 3,600 acres and the Thursday morning update said it is 30 percent contained. So far, no property has been burned, but residents at the meeting were concerned about something more personal. 

    Apparently, Coyote residents at the meeting had Los Alamos on their minds. Many of them lived in the area all their lives, and flatly accused those in charge of managing the fire of endangering their pristine corner of the Jemez Mountains by way of incompetence and bureaucracy.