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  • Update 07-31-11

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council convenes in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 in council chambers at the Community Building. 

    Utilities Board

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities will meet in special session Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. Board meetings are conducted in the DPU Conference room located at 170 Central Park Square.

    Bulk item pickup

    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    Summit Garden Club

    Summit Garden Club will meet on Aug. 1, to plan for the Sept. 9 Plant Sale, in the LANB lobby. For more information, call Janie Kelly at 662-5825.

    Back to school

  • Benefit concert organized for Las Conchas Fire victims

    Kevin Albright, the owner of Morning Glory Baking Company in Los Alamos, wanted to help those affected by the Las Conchas Fire.
    Albright decided to organize a benefit concert, which will be held in the parking lot of his business, on Aug. 7 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    The headline event will be Shona Slovakia, an Afro Gypsy Fusion Dance Band based in Santa Fe. Other performers include Jonathan Dowell, Celtic dulcimer player, Bob Field guitar picker and singer, and Dave Wood.
    “We have invited the US Forest Service, BAER, LAPD and LAFD to come,” Albright said.
    “All benefits will go to our neighbors who did suffer loss of homes and land in the fire.”

  • Valles Caldera reopens

    Summer recreation returned to the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) Saturday more than a month after the Las Conchas Fire suspended all activities on the preserve.

    The Santa Fe National Forest eased fire restrictions for the preserve and the surrounding Jemez Mountains, which were under Stage III restrictions since June 24. The new Stage I restrictions limit some activities such as campfires and smoking because rainfall has yet to compensate for the effects of the drought. All areas burned in the Las Conchas Fire will remain closed.

  • Fire Marshal Thompson retires

    Clearly not delighted to be the center of attention during a Friday farewell event held in his honor, Los Alamos Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Michael Thompson thanked others.

    He spoke of his gratitude for being allowed the opportunity to serve his community and the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    “I’ve enjoyed my time here,” he told officials and colleagues gathered inside the Fire Administration Offices. “I have fond memories of so many of you. With time, maybe the memories will fade for you but not for me.”

    Acting County Administrator Randy Autio presented Thompson with a Nambe plaque at Friday’s event. He spoke of Thompson’s calming manner when he joined him in his truck to survey the Las Conchas Fire.

  • For staff, it’s all about acting

    Randy Autio became Los Alamos County Attorney in July of 2010. In less than five months, the county council terminated Anthony Mortillaro and named Autio Acting County Administrator. Autio has now held that role longer than his official one.

    “I came up here to have a little bit slower pace, and that is not what happened at all. It’s been quite a year,” Autio said.

    Autio soon made the difficult decision to dismiss Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan and asked Steven Lynne and Anne Laurent to serve as Acting Assistants. Their staff is filling their positions. Other key positions have also become vacant and have interim staff until a new administrator is hired. Autio calls it “the cascade effect.”

  • Bush to be in NYC to mark 10th anniversary of 9/11

    NEW YORK (AP) — The ceremony at the World Trade Center site marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks will be a solemn but stately event that will include two presidents and a chance for victims' families to view the names of loved ones etched into the memorial, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

    President Barack Obama and Bloomberg will be joined by the leaders in charge during the 2001 attacks, including former President George W. Bush, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former New York Gov. George Pataki. Current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will also be there, he said.

  • Tropical system leaves little rain in dry Texas

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The storm that many had hoped would bring some relief to parched areas of South Texas passed Saturday after dropping less than an inch of rain — good news only for the cotton farmers who were ready to resume their harvest.

    The National Hurricane Center said its 4 a.m. CDT advisory on what was once known as Tropical Storm Don would be its last as the remnants passed into northern Mexico. Don had failed to live up to even low expectations by tropical storm standards and was downgraded earlier to a tropical depression.

    "There's really not much left of it," said Barry Goldsmith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Brownsville. "It's a done deal."

  • Valles Caldera to open Saturday

    Summer recreation returns to the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) at 8:00 am tomorrow more than a month after the Las Conchas Fire suspended all activities on the Preserve. The Santa Fe National Forest will ease fire restrictions for the Preserve and the surrounding Jemez Mountains, which were under Stage III restrictions since June 24th. Effective tomorrow the new Stage I restrictions will limit some activities such as campfires and smoking because rainfall has yet to compensate for the effects of the drought. All areas burned in the La Conchas Fire will remain closed.

  • Motorcyclist still critical after crash on NM 502
  • Six schools fail to make AYP

    For the third straight year, Los Alamos Public Schools have come up short in the effort to make adequate yearly progress. Of the seven schools in the district, only one — Chamisa Elementary — met the standards set forth by the federal school rating system.

    LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt said that even though the majority of schools failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards, the schools are the best in the state when it comes to reading and math.

    “Each year the target gets higher,” Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean said. She said each subgroup in a school (which includes male, female, Hispanic and Caucasian students as well as others) has to meet AYP standards, otherwise the entire school will fail.