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  • Youth Essays About LA

    Here are two essays written about Los Alamos. The first was written by Keanna Cohen and the second by Jin Park. The essays were written as part of the "100 Best Communities" competition in which Los Alamos was honored.
     

    Hello, my name is Keanna Cohen and I am currently a first-year student at the University of California, Santa Barbara where I am studying Political Science and Psychology.  Though Santa Barbara is my current place of residence, it is by no means my home.  I am a small town girl from Los Alamos, New Mexico, a community  I consider to be one of the best communities to grow up in. Raised in Los Alamos herself, my mother returned from Santa Barbara, California after graduating from college to raise her daughter in a safe community.  Just as it was her home, it became mine .

  • Raw: Athens Police Caught in Fires, Blasts

    Police continued to clash with protesters hurling petrol bombs and bottles in central Athens on Wednesday, after an anti-government rally called as part of a general strike in Greece turned violent.

  • Today in History for September 26th
  • Main Hill Road traffic flow OK after accident -- photos added

    A three-vehicle accident at Anderson Lookout has created traffic problems on the Main Hill, LAPD Capt. Randy Foster confirmed this afternoon.

    Those problems, however, have eased somewhat as the accident was cleared by 4 p.m. The other good news was that there were no injuries.

    One of the vehicles in the accident was driven by Ken Johnson, a former Los Alamos Board of Education member and a former Democratic candidate for county council.

    Johnson said in a phone interview with the Los Alamos Monitor that he was driving his Subaru Outback and was following a Volvo.

    "The pickup truck was coming up The Hill and straddling the center line," Johnson said from the scene. "He T-Boned the Volvo and ricocheted off the Volvo and hit the back of my car on the driver's side."

    The driver of the pickup truck was arrested and put in handcuffs by the Santa Fe Sheriff's Department. He was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear and will likely be charged with careless driving. A Santa Fe County Sheriff Deputy Tai Chan said the driver of the pickup vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed and likely hydroplaned into the oncoming vehicles.

    Johnson said nobody was transported to the hospital.

    Then Johnson saw a scary sight.

  • White Rock ranked the 16th top suburb in U.S.

    Suburbs make up the fabric of America, offering a little more space (and a lot more peace and quiet) for people who prefer backyard barbecues and soccer games over the hustle and bustle of city-life. As part of its five-part “Best Places to Live” series, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC partnered with Onboard Informatics to rank the top places for Suburbanites and analyze trends based on data from more than 11,000 suburban areas.

    Coldwell Banker Real Estate released its new report, the “Best Places to Live for Suburbanites,” which ranks White Rock, N.M. as No. 16 out of 11,000 suburbs in the United States. In the state of New Mexico, it topped the list as No. 1. 

    The data revealed a glimpse into life in the suburbs, where many people own their homes (75 percent), drive to work (92 percent) and spend approximately four times as much to prepare meals at home than go out to eat.

  • Airlines Set Bag Fee Record in 1st Half of Year

    U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year, the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period.

  • Dems claim they made no endorsement of Hall

    When is an endorsement not an endorsement.

    Apparently, not when it comes to the two Democratic state senators, who voiced support for Rep Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) in the House District 43 race against Stephanie Garcia Richard.

    Hall’s campaign sent out a press release that said the following:

    “Northern New Mexico’s State Senators Carlos Cisneros (District 6: Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, and Taos) and Richard Martinez (District 5: Los Alamos, Rio Arriba. and Santa Fe) support incumbent State Representative Jim Hall in his campaign for the State House of Representatives.

    “During Hall’s first term in the state legislature Rep. Hall worked with both Senators Cisneros and Martinez, passing legislation to benefit New Mexico and the northern New Mexico region.

    “Senator Richard Martinez said, “I worked with Jim Hall when he was a County Councilor and now as a legislator.  If elected, he will do an outstanding job of representing Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico.”

  • Making Trinity Site work

    One key issue that arose about transferring the Trinity Site lease to Smith’s/Kroger involved whether the grocer could succeed where others had failed.

    Smith’s Vice President of Corporate Development Steven Sorensen responded that Smith’s commitment to moving forward with the 110,000-square-foot Smith’s Marketplace is not contingent on having other tenants. NADG had not conducted any of the studies normally performed in the due diligence period, such as topographical surveys, because they wanted a minimum number of tenants signed on before investing resources.

    “We do have a tremendous sense of excitement at Smith’s on getting this new store going,” Sorensen said.”The more important thing for us is whether the topography works: what’s underneath the ground, what you can’t see. We’ve committed the resources to get the due diligence done, and that will begin immediately.

    “We would estimate the due diligence and all of our design costs probably approach somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million. That’s $1 million with no return to us and no shovel turned in the dirt. That’s our skin in the game.

  • United Way Youth Team plans events

    The United Way Youth Team is working to reach their $11,000 fundraising goal for the United Way of Northern New Mexico. The team will host three more events benefiting the United Way Community Action Fund.
    First up will be Atomic City’s Got Talent, a benefit concert showcasing local talent at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The event will be at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door. Costs is $12.50 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and $7.50 for children 12 and younger.
    Youth Team Project Manager Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta, who will also be Master of Ceremonies with Jordan Ahlers, and Greg Ahlers is coordinating the event.
    The concert will include the following acts:
    • Rozy Richmond singing
    • The Mezzaluna String Quartet (Caitlin Dahl on cello, Mirelle Naud on viola and Chip Mielke and Irene Gerrish on violin)
    • Lindsay Roach, Nicole Graham, and Akane Dunn from New Mexico Dance Theatre
    • Victor Kim on piano
    • National Dance Institute (United Way Community Partner)
    • Elucidation, a dance group (Aaron Nguyen, Chelsea Challacombe, Alice Shao, Helen Lu, Andrew Li, Dani Prokop, Kate Margevicius, Marika Sinnis, and Jing Xie)
    • And more

  • Update 09-25-12

    CMRR meeting

    A CMRR Project Update public meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26-28 for staff to attend training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.

    School board

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education will meet for a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

    P&Z meeting

    The Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    Grand opening

    The County of Los Alamos will host a grand opening ceremony for the new White Rock Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday.