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  • Open Space Plan nearing completion

    The Los Alamos County Open Space Management Plan, an idea set in motion 15 years ago, is finally coming to fruition.
    The Los Alamos chapters of the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters sponsored the first public meeting unveiling the proposal last Wednesday.
    The plan, developed by Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, has six main goals, among those creating and maintaining open space, providing environmental and historical protection and retaining the “special character” of open and scenic vistas to retain opportunities for solitude and inspiration.
    Martin stressed that with the exception of a few small parcels, most of this space is already protected by zoning.
    “So for those who think this is essentially a land grab, to take away stuff, there is absolutely nothing being taken away, with maybe a 15-acre exception at the north edge of the golf course,” Martin said.
    The plan also distinguishes between open space and recreational space.
    “Recreational districts are places like the golf course, parks, ball fields: someplace where you need a structure to make something happen,” Martin said.

  • Today in history Dec. 9
  • New Beginnings Church is tops at WinterFest parade

    New Beginnings Church was judged the winner of Saturday's WinterFest Parade in Los Alamos.

    New Beginnings beat out runner-up finisher Atomic City Transit and Regional Transit in the float contest. Los Alamos Medical Center finished in third place, according to judges Joanna Gillespie, April Wade and Jessica Privette.

    Check the Los Alamos Monitor and LAMonitor.com from parade photos.

  • Today in history Dec. 8
  • Today in history Dec. 7
  • Rep. speaks about new session

    Newly reelected District 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) updated the Los Alamos business community on her 2015 legislative priorities during a Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday.
    Garcia Richard emphasized both recent and new initiatives aimed at economic development.
    “New Mexico, since I’ve been elected, has really tried to make its mission — I’m talking about both the state legislature and the governor’s office — we want to change the climate for doing business in New Mexico,” Garcia Richard said. “Even though it seems like we put up barriers and make it harder to do business, there is that desire to make doing business in New Mexico easier and better, more effective and more efficient.”
    According to Garcia Richard, New Mexico has improved its business climate more than any other Western state over the past two years through initiatives such as the 2013 tax package bill.
    The non-partisan Tax Foundation recognized the bi-partisan effort with its prestigious “Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform” award.

  • New fee schedule proposed at VCNP

    On Thursday, the Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees voted unanimously to amend the fees assessed for admission to, and the use and occupancy of, the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    The proposal will replace the current system, in which fees are assessed based on an a la carte, per person basis, with what the board believed to be a more streamlined and cost-effective entry fee system.
    The new entry fee, $20 per vehicle and $10 per person when entering on foot or bicycle, would be valid for seven days and cover all self-guided recreational activities, certain guided hiking and van tours, as well as the use of the backcountry shuttle.
    Also, the Trust will also begin to honor all annual federal lands access passes, including senior and military passes. Rates for guided activities, hunting, fishing, lodging, education programming, location rental fees, commercial activities and special use permits would also be standardized under this proposal.
    According to a press release, the changes are being proposed to ensure that fees are fair and equitable to all visitors, are easy to understand, and to make access to and enjoyment of the Valles Caldera more affordable for families and local residents.

  • Update 12-7-14

    Breakfast

    A Cowboy Breakfast is scheduled from 7-11 a.m. today at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables. Price for the breakfast is $7 adults, $4 children 10 and under.

    Earth Treasures

    The Los Alamos Geological Society’s 46th Annual Earth Treasure Show will be today. Vendors with jewelry, gems, minerals, fossils and books are expected to attend. The show will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, Canyon Road and 15th Street.

    Winter Show

    Dance Arts Los Alamos presents “The Snow Queen” at 2 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students ages 4-17 and seniors 60-plus.

    November weather

  • Death Notice: Teresa Baca Smith

    A rosary and funeral services for longtime Los Alamos resident Teresa Baca Smith is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9. Baca Smith died Thursday, Dec. 4.
    The rosary and services will be at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which is located at 417 Agua Fria Street in Santa Fe. Rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. and the funeral mass is at 11 a.m.

  • Extra troops stay in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States will keep about 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than planned early next year to fill a temporary NATO troop gap in the new mission to train and advise Afghan security forces, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday on his final visit to this war-weary country as Pentagon chief.
    At a news conference with President Ashraf Ghani, Hagel said the original plan to cut U.S. troop levels to 9,800 by the end of 2014 had been abandoned, but not because of a recent surge in Taliban attacks.
    Hagel said the U.S. will keep up to 10,800 troops for the first few months of 2015 and then restart the drawdown, which is scheduled to reach 5,500 troops by the end of next year.
    The U.S. decided to keep additional forces in the country temporarily because planned troop commitments by U.S. allies for a NATO train-and-assist mission starting in January have been slow to materialize.
    Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told reporters in an interview later Saturday that he is confident NATO members will furnish the necessary number of troops for the new training mission, which begins Jan. 1. It’s just going to take a few extra weeks or months to get them in Afghanistan, he said.