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  • Wilson, Heinrich square off in TV debate

    The Senate campaign for Democrat Martin Heinrich and Republican Heather Wilson after their first debate in the television studios of KRQE in Albuquerque Thursday night.
    Heinrich spokeswoman Whitney Potter issued the following statement.
    “Martin Heinrich demonstrated to voters tonight that he will always fight for what matters most to the people of New Mexico. Martin took clear positions on key issues like standing up to any attempts to cut Medicare or jeopardize Social Security for our seniors, creating quality jobs here in New Mexico, making college more affordable for everyone, and bringing our troops in Afghanistan home to their families. Martin defined himself as a true advocate for the middle class and those trying to reach it.
    “Heather Wilson launched false attacks against Martin in order to distract from her record of voting for special tax breaks for millionaires and big corporations and her pledge of support for a radical plan that would force drastic cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Her priorities are wrong for New Mexico.
    “Martin won tonight’s debate because he made clear that he understands the struggles of middle-class families and will always work on their behalf as New Mexico’s next U.S. Senator.”

  • Update 10-12-12

    Council forum

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a county council candidate forum at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 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.

    Car show

    Local Corvette Club members are invited to the new Smith’s Fuel Station on Trinity Drive to display their cars Saturday. Free hot dogs and Pepsi will be served to customers at 10 a.m.

    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.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

  • Sign removed due to permitting issue

    Last week, the new Smiths Fuel Station, which opened Tuesday, had a fancy new sign to greet visitors.
    During the ribbon cutting Tuesday, it was noticeably absent.
    Los Alamos County Transportation manager Nancy Talley provided the following explanation for the removal of the sign.
    “Primarily there were two issues with the sign; they did not have a sign permit to install the sign per the county’s development code and they installed it in the sight visibility triangle which caused a traffic safety hazard,“ Talley said.
    “The sign was removed because it was causing sight visibility problems for vehicles trying to exit Knecht Street onto Trinity Drive. Yesterday I met with the contractor and a couple of Smith’s representatives and helped them field spot an appropriate location to install the sign once they obtain the appropriate sign permit.”
    The Los Alamos Monitor printed a photo of the sign when it was still in place last week and a Smith’s executive quipped Tuesday that he went out and bought five or six newspapers as a keepsake.

  • Asset teams sustain LA infrastructure

    As the county’s aging infrastructure reaches or exceeds its “useful life,” the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities walks a fine line between extending its lifespan and replacing it completely.
    “Our objective is to get as much life out of the assets as we reasonably can. We’re not simply going in and replacing infrastructure because it’s 40 years old, if it could potentially be useable for 100 years,” DPU Manager John Arrowsmith said.
    DPU has developed a systematic and unusual approach for dealing with a dilemma many communities are facing.
    The solution centers around seven asset management teams, each comprised of engineers, operations people and financial staff. The teams were created several years ago to continually assess the state of the infrastructure and prioritize capital projects for replacement.
    “I’ve been involved with the capital planning for 10 years now, and I think it’s a pretty thorough job,” Deputy Utilities Manager of Engineering James Alarid said. “We’ve spent a lot of effort on condition assessments of our infrastructure. We look at the risk of certain things and then prioritize based on that.”

  • Candidates spar at forum

    A woman’s right to choose, strengthening New Mexico’s economy, developing alternative energy and investing in public education were just some of the questions lobbed at candidates for the District 43 House seat during a forum Thursday night.
    White Rock Baptist Church served as the backdrop for the forum, which was organized by the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and was moderated by the league’s president, Barbara Calef.
    The candidates for the 43rd District seat, Republican Jim Hall and Democratic challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard, however, seemed to handle the questions with ease and even seemed to somewhat agree on a few issues.
    When one resident asked about how was the best way to update the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s mission, Hall said though New Mexico is “suffering from a deficit of senior leadership” in Washington at the moment, he had no doubt that with time, the lab will modernize its mission into more peaceful and scientific endeavors. “But its main mission will always be to safeguard America’s nuclear stockpile,” Hall said.

  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

    1. DEBATE NIGHT FOR VP CANDIDATES

    Biden, Ryan seek to advance the cause of their tickets in a close race for the presidency — and avoid gaffes.

    2. HEZBOLLAH SAYS IT SENT DRONE OVER ISRAEL

    Israeli warplanes shot down the unmanned plane, but the infiltration marked a rare breach of the tightly guarded airspace.

    3. CDC LOCATES MOST PEOPLE AT RISK IN MENINGITIS OUTBREAK

    But federal officials warn that patients will need to keep watch for symptoms of the deadly infection for months.

    4. VIDEO SHOWS NAKED STUDENT WITH OPEN ARMS BEFORE HE'S SHOT

    Police say Gil Collar was acting aggressively, but lawyer for his family says the footage shows the shooting wasn't justified.

  • Today in History for October 12th
  • Resident: Prostitution Arrest Rocks Maine Town

    People in the upscale Maine beach town of Kennebunk are waiting anxiously as police prepare to release the names of clients of Zumba instructor Alexis Wright who also allegedly worked as a prostitute.

     

     

  • LAMC hosts Teddy Bear Clinic Friday

    The Los Alamos Medical Center will host a Teddy Bear Clinic Friday morning.
    Approximately 350 kindergartners, their teachers and parent chaperones will have the opportunity to tour most areas of the hospital in order to learn about the facility and its departments, all while gaining a comfort level within a hospital setting.
    With the help of Care Flight and Los Alamos police and fire departments the students will also have the opportunity to tour helicopters, police cars and ambulances.
    “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to create an educational experience that our children will never forget” said hospital CEO Feliciano Jiron.
    “As a community organization, we believe that Los Alamos Medical Center can provide a wonderful experience for the children of our community as they develop a strong understanding of the importance healthcare plays in our day to day lives. The entire organization is very excited and cannot wait for the kids walk through our door.”
    “We have invited every kindergarten class in Los Alamos to take part in this wonderful program” said event coordinator Johanna Jiron.

  • LA County forms advisory committee

    Residents, business owners and representatives interested in Los Alamos County’s recently adopted arts and culture district (aka Creative District) are invited to apply to join the Creative District Advisory Committee forming this month.  Letters of interest are due to the county by 5 p.m. Oct. 16. 
     The county administrator is seeking citizen volunteers to join representatives of cultural and business assets operating within the adopted boundary of the Creative District to provide guidance and advice to council and staff regarding the county’s role in the implementation of the Creative District Master Plan — a plan designed for the purpose of achieving economic revitalization of downtown Los Alamos through the preservation, support and promotion of the community’s arts, culture and science and technology assets and attractions.
     Committee member selection will be based on the following criteria:
    • Have a high interest in the county’s arts and culture organizations, businesses and attractions;
    • Represent a wide range of interests and activities (residents or commercial/business owners);
    • Have actively served with local community groups or organizations;
    • Have a fair working knowledge of local government and its services; and