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  • Planning Council

    The DWI Planning Council meets monthly to coordinate a community approach to the issue of driving while impaired. Recently the group celebrated a decade of service in the community, under Chair Diane Noveroske. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building.

  • Update 12-10-14

    Meeting canceled

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s Dec. 17 meeting has been canceled because of holiday conflicts. JJAB’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. Jan. 21, in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road.

    Parks and Rec

    A regularly scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County’s Park and Recreation board will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the municipal building.

    Tree permits

    Santa Fe National Forest will continue to sell Christmas tree permits from now until Dec. 24. Permits can be purchased at any SFNF ranger station or, locally, at the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

    BPU quorum

    Los Alamos County notified citizens that a quorum could be present for the Board of Public Utilties at the county’s swearing-in ceremony of elected officials. That ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 19. No action will be taken by the board at that event.

    County Council

    The next scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the municipal building.

  • Life coach aiding adoptees

    People who have been adopted may ask themselves practical, yet unanswerable, questions like, what their birth parents look like or what kind of diseases run in their family.
    Not knowing the answers can be frustrating.
    Other, more painful, questions may also creep in and undermine an adoptee’s sense of inner peace.
    Questions like, “Are my birth parents ashamed of me?” “Do my adopted parents really love me?”
    LeAnne Parsons, a life coach in Los Alamos, was adopted and spent years struggling to understand herself and her place in the world.
    While growing up she experienced grief and loss, shame, identity issues, relationship challenges and control issues. All the while she felt like she was keeping her adoption story locked away in the closet.
    She understands the turmoil that people who have been touched by adoption go through. Even though there were times when she felt she was merely coping with life, she has discovered that she has a choice in how she shows up in this world.
    As a life coach she wants to help other people get out of the cycle of tolerating life while everything stays the same, learn to thrive and create the life that they want.
    Her goal is to bring life coaching into health care and the adoption process.

  • Lunch with a Leader features director of CED

    The League of Women Voters invites the community to the monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Mesa Public Library. Anne Laurent will be the guest speaker.
    Laurent, a LEED Certified licensed architect moved with her husband, Steve and two children to Los Alamos in 2008. She is currently director of the Community and Economic Development, as well as in charge of Capital Projects. 
    A native of Arizona, she earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Rhode Island School of Design.  Laurent continued her professional career in private architecture focusing on K-12 school design in Arizona.  
    The Laurents’ later moved to Michigan after her husband got accepted into law school with a full scholarship. At that point, Laurent went to work for the Grand Rapids Transit Authority. She eventually became studio manager for a full service private architecture/engineering firm working on a variety of commercial and governmental projects.

  • Recommendation on ACT changes to routes delayed

    On Thursday, the Transportation Board again deferred action on the Comprehensive Transit Study and Five-Year Plan.
    The issue holding up approval is a recommendation by LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc., who conducted the study, to eliminate the 2M, Main Hill Road bus route between White Rock and Los Alamos in favor of the Truck Route, 2T.
    On Nov. 6, the board directed LSC Principal A.T. Stoddard III to provide “further study of the travel time, safety, on demand services and route efficiency as these pertain to accessibility and longer travel times that will impact key users, including those in White Rock…”
    Residents had protested the elimination of the 2M route at that meeting. Further objections were lodged on the county’s Open Forum and again at last week’s meeting.
    Stoddard returned with a breakdown of cost of service and a comparison of travel times.
    The study showed that the cost of operating both routes is approximately $990,000 annually out of a total operating budget of $3,656,000, or about 27 percent of Atomic City Transit’s operating budget.

  • Water Back in the Works

    Randy Smith thought he’d take some flak during the closure of the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, but he didn’t get nearly as much as he figured he would.
    “I expected a lot more phone calls,” said Smith, the recreation division manager for Los Alamos County. “But there were a lot of people wanting to know the exact details of what was going on.”
    The aquatic center wrapped up the upgrade of its HVAC system and boiler and, because preliminary tests on the new equipment went as well as pool personnel could’ve hoped, the center was reopened this morning.
    Lane swimming began at 6 a.m. sharp and the Walkup center will immediately resume its regular schedule — including a Wacky Wednesday this afternoon for kids getting out early from school.
    The center has been closed to the public since just after the local triathlon events. The county projected the upgrades would be completed in mid-November, but delays pushed the schedule back nearly a month.
    According to Smith, the project cost $1.8 million, which was actually below the county’s projected $2.2 million for completion.
    The aquatic center, of course, features the highest-elevation Olympic-sized pool in the world and attracts international competitive swimmers on a regular basis interested in doing high-elevation training.

  • Council passes chicken ordinance

    The Los Alamos County Council had a packed agenda on Tuesday, which included a public hearing on the Chicken Ordinance, a reconsideration of the county’s branding contract with Atlas Advertising, LLC, and a determination on whether to provide shuttle service to the ski hill this winter.
    Agenda documentation, including the complete Chicken Ordinance, can be found at losalamos.legistar.com.
    Here is a summary of the Los Alamos County Council’s actions Tuesday night. More information will follow in the Los Alamos Monitor later this week.

    Chicken ordinance comes first

    The Chicken Ordinance, which will allow those living in residentially zoned areas to keep backyard chickens, passed unanimously with two amendments.
    The maximum number of chickens allowed was raised from six to 10, and the requirement to have 16 square feet of permeable land area available for each chicken was reduced to 10 square feet.

    “Live Exponentially” gets canceled out

  • Today in history Dec. 10
  • Aquatic Center reopens Wednesday

    Los Alamos County announced this morning that the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will reopen for public use starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

    The aquatic center had been closed for renovations. Originally, the facility was supposed to reopen in mid-November, but contract work was delayed.

    For questions or other information, call the county's recreation division at 662-8170

  • County Briefs 12-9-14

    Luminaria sand available at several spots around the county

    Los Alamos County’s Traffic and Streets division is again providing free sand for residents for making luminarias.
    Sand for luminarias — also called farolitos — are available at the following locations around Los Alamos County:

    • Overlook Park, south parking lot
    • Urban Park, 42nd Stree parking area
    • Sullivan Field
    • Barranca Road at Navajo Street on Barranca Mesa
    • North Mesa soccer fields

    Residents are asked to limit the amount of sand taken to the amount needed for their holiday decorations.

    Ceremony for newly-elected officials is Dec. 19 at municipal building

    The public is invited to the official swearing-in ceremony for incoming officials. That ceremony will take place Dec. 19 in council chambers.
    It will begin at 3 p.m.
    Officials being sworn in at the ceremony include councilors David Izraelevitz, Susan O’Leary, Rick Reiss and James Chrobocinski, assessor Ken Milder, magistrate judge Pat Casados, municipal judge Alan Kirk, probate judge Christine Chandler and sheriff Marco Lucero.
    A reception with light refreshments will follow the ceremony.