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  • Arts and Crafts Fair set for Saturday

    More than 80 artists will share their work at the 38th annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fuller Lodge Arts Center.
    This year, there are a number of painters hoping to send home their artwork to decorate homes in Los Alamos. Los Alamos residents Richard Allison and Susanne Harrison are both showing at the fair for the first time, and look forward to sharing their work with the public.
    Kathi Geoffrion Parker has watercolors. Annika Arnone paints with melted crayons and often paints celebrities. There are several non-resident artists showing paintings as well, in acrylic, oil and pastel, from landscapes and flowers to animals.
    For those who love jewelry, this show has a very select group of artists offering a wide variety of styles.
    Navajo jewelers Frank and Evelyn Chee of Vanderwagon return with sterling silver pieces inlaid with stone. Navajo Andy Marion, who often combines sterling with copper, returns for the first time since 2011.

  • Council receives recycling update

    The Los Alamos County Council heard reports from the Environmental Sustainability Board and the Risk Management department at Tuesday’s work session.
    Councilors’ questions revealed some interesting data concerning the county’s recycling program.
    The county pays $25 a ton to dispose of trash and earns $22 a ton for recycling, a $47 savings per ton for keeping trash out of the landfill.
    “That’s why we’re promoting recycling to the maximum extent possible, because it will help preserve the low rates that we have,” said Public Works Director Philo Shelton. “If we can’t get waste percentages up, we’re faced with payment of those tipping fees.”
    The new composting facility is also saving the county money. Disposing of wastewater sludge was costing the county $1,300 a month. The sludge is now composted. The county also saves money by utilizing wood chips at the facility. Previously, a composting facility took the wood chips at no cost, but hauling charges to Albuquerque are $20 a ton.
    Councilor Frances Berting asked whether paper bags with green waste should go into the blue recycling bins or trash containers.

  • Broncos, Bulldogs favored in football

    The Broncos of Boise State were among the original BCS busters, winning big bowl games and forcing themselves into the national-title conversation.
    That was under Chris Petersen.
    Now, he’s gone and so is the BCS.
    Filling Petersen’s shoes will be Bryan Harsin, the former Broncos player and offensive coordinator who will lead Boise State into the College Football Playoff era.
    “There’s an expectation and a standard that’s been set here,” Harsin said. “I’d much rather come into that than inherit a rebuild, because your players know that. So we will embrace the past, but we can’t rely on that because it’s already happened. What are we going to do about it?”
    Petersen had been at the helm in Boise since 2006 and put together the most successful run in school history, going 92-12 while winning a pair of BCS bowls before leaving this offseason to become the head coach at Washington.
    To keep the momentum rolling, the school brought back Harsin, who helped create the Boise State juggernaut as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator from 2001-10. He spent two seasons as offensive coordinator at Texas and one as the head coach at Arkansas State before returning to his alma mater.

  • LA Monitor Exclusive: Foster resigns from Los Alamos school board

    Long time school board member David Foster recently announced his resignation from the Los Alamos School Board. According to School Board Secretary Matt Williams, the District 3 resident cited the selling of his house and moving out of the district as his reason.   He was elected to the school board in 2010.

    Williams said that Foster’s energy and dedication to his position will be missed by the board.

  • Exclusive: Crews make rescue at Pueblo Canyon

    Rescue crews were on the scene Wednesday as they rescued a person from the bottom of Pueblo Canyon.

    Officials said a  man took a walk with his dog and he got turned around at the bottom of the canyon. According to fire officals, the hiker set out at 10 a.m. 

    The man was discovered by an animal control officer around 2 p.m., who then alerted rescue crews.

    They brought the man out in the 4000 block of Sandia Drive.

    An official said the man was dehydrated and was then transported to Los Alamos Medical Center where he was expected to make a full recovery.

  • Wild pitch dooms Topes


    The Albuquerque Isotopes let Tuesday night’s game get away, along with their 2014 season.

    The Isotopes gave up two runs in the ninth inning to the Tacoma Rainiers, the first one of which was set up by a wild pitch on a third strike, as they fell 7-5 in Albuquerque.

    Robert Carson nearly retired the side in order, but the wild pitch that allowed Xavier Avery to get to first would be the difference in the game. Two batters later, Avery scored on a triple by James Jones for the go-ahead run.

    With Tuesday’s loss, Albuquerque (54-64) slips to 11 games behind division leading Las Vegas with just 25 games left on its schedule.

    Perhaps the only saving grace for the Isotopes is they will play a five-game series with Las Vegas starting Thursday.

  • Next Big Idea expands


    The Next Big Idea Festival, has joined forces with the Los Alamos National Laboratory to expand into a weeklong event called the “Los Alamos ScienceFest.” Instead of a single-day event, the Los Alamos ScienceFest begins on Friday, Sept. 5 and continues through Saturday, Sept. 13, featuring a wide range of activities and ending with a large scale, family-friendly Expo Day on Sept. 13, which planners hope will attract out of state visitors.

    “The Los Alamos ScienceFest will feature a full week of interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage adults, kids, and families on a broader scale, while also attracting more community and regional partners,” said Suzette Fox, Executive Director of Los Alamos MainStreet. “The hope is that the Los Alamos ScienceFest keeps growing and raises awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering and math.”

  • Briefs 08-06-14


    Plame, SGR to appear


    On Tuesday, Aug. 12, women from across the state will join to celebrate Los Alamos’ Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, with special guest Valerie Plame. 

    Plame is a former career covert CIA operations officer, who worked to protect America’s national security and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons.

  • N.M. 4 Corridor Study is underway


    On July 23, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) held its first public meeting on an N.M. 4 corridor study currently underway. 

    Huitt-Zollars is conducting the study, which is currently in phase 1. Huitt-Zolars Project Manager Scott Eddings stressed that phase 1 is an information gathering stage. 

    “We’re trying to identify deficiencies that exist out there today and put pencils to paper and come up with estimates of what those may cost,” Eddings said. 

    No funding has been identified for the project as yet, but this phase is one of the preliminary steps for obtaining federal and state moneys. 

    Eddings also noted that with the number of different agency lands NM 4 passes through (including national park, national forest, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos and Sandoval counties), there could be opportunities for pooling resources for specific projects. 

    Major reconfigurations−such as redesigning the hairpin curves−are not under consideration.

  • New teacher reception draws a crowd