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  • Golf course building to open next month

    After a nine-month delay, Los Alamos residents will have access to their new golf course community building in mid-September. The New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Department performed its final inspection and issued a certificate of occupancy on Thursday.
    The project contractor, Gerald Martin Ltd., was originally scheduled to complete the $5,390,000 project by the end of December 2013. The county granted an extension into January after September’s thousand year storm caused delays.
    But the company continued to drag its feet on finishing the project. Among other things, the building the pro shop currently resides in was supposed to be demolished and additional parking lot installed on that site. The county also has a long “punch list” — items in need of correction — as well as several items not constructed according to plans and specs that must be redone.
    “All of this, of course, was supposed to be completed long ago, and with no disruption to the golf operations. Needless to say, that didn’t come to fruition,” Project Manager Anthony Strain said, noting that it became increasingly difficult to get the company to move forward.
    On July 3, the county took steps to terminate the contract based on non-performance and performance quality issues.

  • Cone Zone 08-31-14

    Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:
    Chip seal operations continue on Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court in White Rock. All the chips have been applied and the final sealant will be applied in mid to late September. The reason for the delay before sealing is to allow the chips to settle; any remaining loose chips will be swept up before the sealant is applied. Residents will receive 48 hour notice before the final sealant is applied on their street.
     Central Avenue Improvements Project:
    The contractor is reporting that pedestrians are crossing into the work zone instead of at the provided crossings; this is extremely dangerous and pedestrians are advised to use the provided pathways.
    Starting on Tuesday, the sidewalk on the north side of Central between the Post Office driveway to just west of Bathtub Row will be closed to allow for the installation of a storm drain pipe; pedestrians will be routed to the south side of Central.

  • Update 08-31-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. today at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be exchange student Frederiek Gerretschen from the Netherlands.

    First Friday Forts

    First Friday Forts at PEEC. 3:30-5 p.m. Come build a fort or cook up something good in the mud kitchen. No formal program — just a time for kids to get together and have fun. Parents must stay and supervise their children. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    GOP headquarter opening

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of their 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m. Monday. The location is 1362D-1 Trinity. The phone number is 695-8080. There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. The headquarters will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday -Friday. All are welcome anytime. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159. 

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  • State Briefs 8-29-14

    $350K buyout for ABQ ex-school chief OK’d

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A state district judge has approved a $350,000 buyout for former Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks who resigned earlier this month.
    The judge ruled Friday that the settlement was in the best interest of the public and New Mexico’s largest school district.
    Brooks resigned after board members said he was being investigated for a personnel matter. Both sides declined to elaborate.
    The school board then approved a $350,000 settlement to buy him out of his contract.

    AG: Santa Fe within rights to decriminalize pot

  • Workshops slated for September

    The New Mexico Small Business Development Center’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) has two workshops on Wednesday Sept.17 at the Small Business Development Center at UNM Los Alamos.
    In the first workshop, starting at 8:30 a.m., Elaine Palin, Procurement Advisor, will discuss the steps for small businesses interested in pursuing government contracting. The workshop, Government Contracting Basics for Small Business, will focus on getting started in the government market place, government certification programs and essential marketing to the government. This is a free workshop.
    The second workshop, at 1:30 p.m., provides detailed instructions for registering with the System for Award Management (SAM). Getting started with government contracting requires registration in this new system that replaced the former Central Contractor Registry (CCR). IBoth workshops will be held at UNM Los Alamos, Los Alamos SBDC, 4000 University Drive, Building 2 Room 214, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544.
    To register and for detailed course descriptions, go to nmptap.org/training-events/ptap-trainings/santa-fe-events/ or contact Elaine.palin@sfcc.edu or by phone at 428-1850.
     

  • Law enforcement agencies receive $10.2 M in equipment

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A U.S. Department of Defense program which loans local law enforcement agencies surplus military gear has sent $10.2 million worth of weapons, helicopters and armored trucks to New Mexico, according to an audit of the equipment.
    The audit by the Pentagon office responsible for the 1033 program shows that the equipment went to 32 agencies.
    According to county spokeswoman Julie Habiger, Los Alamos did not receive any of the surplus military gear.
    Departments as small as the Clovis Police Department and the New Mexico State University Police received massive Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, while San Juan County Sheriff’s Office was granted the use of a $4 million helicopter to help patrol a 5,200 square-mile region in the Four Corners area.
    The Albuquerque Police Department also received weapons from the program, documents show.
    The document was obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.
    The surplus equipment program is under review by the Obama administration in the aftermath of the police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death a black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

  • Update 08-29-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Concert

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. South By Southwest featuring Mike Hearne, Jimmy Stadler and Zeke Severson. 7-10 p.m. today at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

    High Tea

    High Tea and Fashion Show. 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Kelly Hall, 2900 Trinity Dr. Show will feature silent auction with handmade items, gift certificates, time and talent donations and more. Tickets $25, children 10 and under $10. Advance ticket purchase recommended, call 662-5107. All proceeds go to support two house building mission trips to Ciudad Juårez, Mexico this fall. For more information contact 662-5107.

    GOP headquarter opening

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of their 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m. Monday. The location is 1362D-1 Trinity. The phone number is 695-8080. There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. The headquarters will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday -Friday. All are welcome anytime. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159. 

  • New chamber manager returns home to LA

    The new manager for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Nancy Partridge, was born and raised in Los Alamos. After spending a good portion of her adult life away from the county, she returns with skills well matched to the job at hand.
    Partridge spent the past seven years as the executive director of the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute, a construction trade association for brick, block and stone manufactures, materials suppliers and masonry contractors, located in Denver.
    “At RMMI, I was dealing with three competing manufacturing industries, a group of competing suppliers and then all of these contractors who were competing on bid day, and trying to get them to all work together to promote the industry.
    “So it was a fairly good fit for coming to Los Alamos and trying to get the fairly diverse interests here — from retailers to restaurants to LANL subcontractors to property owners and managers to medical professionals — to work together to promote the business interests of Los Alamos.”
    An interesting aspect of Partridge’s work with RMMI was advocating for building codes better adapted to wildfire areas.

  • Today in history Aug. 29