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  • Council forms Park committee

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council approved the creation of an ad hoc committee to identify and review issues the county must address in order to prepare for the opening of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    The committee — which will be charged with advising council on “challenges and opportunities” associated with the development of the park — was approved by a 7-0 vote.
    Focus areas will include:

    • Siting of a visitor center
    • Transportation considerations
    • Parking development
    • Facility improvements
    • Identification of necessary support services
    • Park interpretation of town site resources
    • Hospitality improvements
    • County participation in the development of the park
    • Developing community awareness
    • Identifying economic development opportunities

  • Valdez, Fraser win NNSA awards

    A pair of security professionals working at the Los Alamos Field Office were named the recipients of this year’s Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards earlier this week.
    Pamela Valdez from LAFO, was named the recipient of the federal award, while Randy Fraser from Los Alamos National Laboratory will receive the contractor award.

  • Budget projected at nearly $192M

    Los Alamos County is projected to spend about $191.8 million in Fiscal Year 2016, that according to the proposed budget released Tuesday.
    The county must release a proposed budget by March 31 and budget hearings this year are scheduled for April 20, 21, 27 and 28.
    The lion’s share of the expenditures, 41.2 percent, will be for the utilities department. That amounts to approximately $79.1 million in the proposed budget.
    Other major expenditures, by department, are for the fire department ($28.1 million), Public Works ($23.1 million) and the county manager’s office ($13.2 million).
    That number represents an increase of about $448,000 over the adopted budget of FY15.
    The department that would see the biggest jump in funding if the changes are adopted by Los Alamos County Council, would be Community and Economic Development, which was have its budget go up by nearly $2.9 million (a 28 percent increase). Even with that increase, that would still be down by more than $10 million from its outlay in FY2013.
    On the other end of the spectrum, Administrative Services, which is responsible for overseeing and coordinating functions for the county’s internal services, things such as human resources and information technology, would be the biggest budget loser between this year and next.

  • Today in history April 2
  • Be There calendar 4-1-15

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Free Brown Bag performance presents pianist Peter Pesic. Noon at the Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    The Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools will have a community meeting on resiliency. The event will be 6-7:30 p.m. at Aspen Elementary. An open house format style will allow a come and go presence to allow attendees to listen to presentations, as well as visit resource booths. For more information, call 663-3252.

    Free Film Series. “Laura.” 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.  
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.  

  • Protesters to be at Trinity Site opening

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Seven decades after an atomic bomb helped end World War II, families near a New Mexico test site want tourists to know nearby residents later suffered from health problems.
    Protesters are planning a demonstration Saturday as hundreds of visitors are expected to visit the Trinity Test site. The site opens for tourists once or twice a year.
    Tina Cordova, co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders, says a bomb test later caused rare forms of cancer for many residents in the area.
    Cordova wants the federal government to compensate New Mexico families hurt by the test.
    In July 1945, Los Alamos scientists successfully exploded the first atomic bomb at the Trinity site, which is located near Alamogordo.
    The U.S. later dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending the war with Japan.

  • Update 4-1-15

    Wildfire 2015

    Wildfire 2015 is scheduled for Saturday. It will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. For more information on the event, call 662-8304.

    Run For Her Life

    The Run For Her Life is scheduled for April 19. The race is a charity event sponsored by Hadassah. It is a 5K and 10K run that will start at East Park. Proceeds will go to benefit breast cancer research. For more information, call 672-1639.

    County Council

    The next Los Alamos County Council meeting is scheduled for April 14. It will be at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

    Easter egg hunt

    The annual Eggstravaganza Hunt for Easter eggs is scheduled for April 5 at Los Alamos Golf Course. It will be from 1-4 p.m.

    Cowboy Breakfast

    There will be a Cowboy Breakfast at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge Sunday. Breakfast will include, bacon, eggs, pancakes and beverage. Price is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under. Proceeds will go to the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter.


  • Living Treasure Loring Cox freely gives time, donations

    Editor’s Note: The newest members of the Los Alamos Living Treasures will be highlighted today, Thursday and Friday in the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Council mixed on Open Space Management Plan

    After being tabled in February, the Open Space Management Plan returned to the Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday.
    The plan is a culmination of 15 years of effort by a 2001 council appointed open space advisory committee, the current Parks And Recreation Board open space advisory subcommittee and the Open Space Specialist Craig Martin.
    Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan clarified that staff’s intention was to hear comments and feedback from councilors and return with a revised draft at a later time. Kalogeros-Chattan and Parks and Recreation Board members also stressed the nature of the plan.
    “It’s conceptual, meant to look at our open space resources holistically rather than piecemeal,” Kalogeros-Chattan said. “If adopted, it would be utilized in shaping decisions made by staff in managing resources. Any specific decisions regarding land use designations and/or budgeting allocations would remain a separate and distinct decision of the council following the ordinances and processes already in place for land use designations and budget allocations.”

  • Today in history April 1