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  • Update 10-18-12

    Council forum

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a county council candidate forum at 6 p.m. today  at UNM-LA Building 5 Lecture Hall. The forum will focus on business and economic development issues facing LA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

    Trail dedication

    Residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new Satch Cowan Trail at 11 a.m. Monday at the trailhead near the existing Quemazon Trail in Western Area. 

    CRC committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    LDRD Day

    LANL will host its annual Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Day at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

  • Atomic City Transit, NCRTD win grants

    The Los Alamos County Transportation Division and the North Central Regional Transit Department have both been awarded Federal Transit Administration grants to move forward with the purchase of Computer Aided Dispatch and Automatic Vehicle Location software.

    AVL is a GPS system that tracks the location of every bus. Information such as transfers and bus location is transmitted to the CAD software at the dispatch center. The CAD system tracks all routes and alerts drivers of transfers and other important information via the computer terminal on the bus.

    The transportation division received $50,000 from an FY2013 Rural Transit Program capital projects grant that will be applied to the purchase of the system. The Rural Transit grant is the largest transportation grant the county receives on an annual basis. This year’s grant will be added to $190,000 rolled over from FY 2012 for a total of $240,000.

    The county is partnering with NCRTD to purchase the system, which should significantly reduce the cost of the system for both NCRTD and the county. NCRTD has received $242,000 from the FTA for the FY2012 Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative Grants.

  • Hall a no-show at league forum

    SANTA FE — The League of Women Voters of Santa Fe hosted a forum Wednesday night for three State House races including District 43, which encompasses Los Alamos.

    It was likely to be the last time that Jim Hall-R and Stephanie Garcia Richard–D would debate the issues before the Nov. 6 election.

    Hall, however, was not in attendance Wednesday night. He said he notified the league Monday that he would be unable to make it.

    “According to an email he sent to the league, he said something unexpected had come up,” said Garcia Richard, after giving a three-minute presentation to the voters in the audience at the Unitarian Universalist Church. “I had committed to this and that is why I am here. I am really disappointed we can not discuss the issues.”

    When reached this morning, Hall said, “A personal matter came up and I told them Monday I could not attend. I felt really bad about it.

    “I enjoy these forums and I enjoy discussing the issues. I met with the league and filled out their form and dropped off a resumé for the voters at the forum.”

    Santa Fe league president Judy Williams said unopposed candidates could not participate in the forum but were allowed to make a three-minute presentation.

  • Restaurant Inspections 10-18-12

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Los Alamos

    AFC Sushi Deli, 535 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Home Run Pizza, 1627 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10, follow-up
    Violations: One high-risk violation for improper holding — large prep refrigerator still needs to be serviced. Toss the food below cheese. Do no use unless in ice baths.

    Mi Casita, Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10, closing
    Status of establishment: Closed, no longer doing business.

    Smith’s Bakery, 535 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10
    Violations: One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — flooring has lots of food product, needs cleaning.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española

    El Rigoberto’s Mexican Food, Paseo de Oñate
    Date inspected: Oct. 9, closing
    Status of establishment: Closed, moved to Los Alamos

    Giant #862, 1616 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 10

  • PRObE ribbon cutting set for today at LANL Research Park

    The new PRObE (Parallel Reconfigurable Observational Environment) Center will hold a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. today at the Research Park.

    The PRObe is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Technical Institute, University of Utah and Carnegie Mellon University.

    The ribbon-cutting event will celebrate the New Mexico Consortium's two-year, $10 million partnership with the NSF and LANL in the culmination of building the world's first high performance computing research facility that allows computer scientists to test supercomputing operating systems at scale.  No other system in the world provides this ability at this scale.

         

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. ARREST IN NYC FEDERAL RESERVE PLOT

    The car bomb was phony, but authorities say Quazi Nafis' admiration of Osama bin Laden and aspirations for martyrdom were not.

    2. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PLAY POLITICS FOR LAUGHS

    Obama and Romney quiet the hostilities to deliver some lighthearted fare at a white-tie gala in New York City, at 7:55 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively. Obama also tapes an appearance on "The Daily Show" at 3:30 p.m.

    3. U.S. COLLEGE DEBT UP 5 PERCENT THIS YEAR

    Two-thirds of the class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing $26,600 on average.

    4. HERE COMES THE ROYAL BRIDE

  • Today in History for October 18th
  • Coach quits in Maine Zumba prostitution scandal

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — A long-time high school hockey coach whose name appeared on a list of men accused of paying a local Zumba fitness instructor for sex has stepped down, the first known job loss associated with the scandal.

    Kennebunk High School coach Donald Hill told school officials he wouldn't seek to renew his contract for next season after 14 years as head coach, school Superintendent Andrew Dolloff said Wednesday. The coach cited personal reasons, Dolloff said.

    Police on Tuesday released the names, ages and addresses of 21 men to receive summonses after being accused of engaging a prostitute, and many more names will be released in the coming weeks. A lawyer who's seen the list said more than 150 people are suspected of being johns.

    Hill, 52, was listed alongside a former mayor and several businessmen in southern Maine. Men from Massachusetts and New Hampshire also are on the list.