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  • Bandelier boss is business booster

    Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover believes Park Superintendant Jason Lott can claim some credit for the fact that Bandelier has been gaining visitation at a time when other parks are losing it.

    “Jason has a lot of creative ideas,” Stover said.

    Lott is currently planning more proactive marketing and outreach campaigns to increase visitation, although his ability to do this is limited by the number of staff available to implement projects.

    “The goal is to not just promote Bandelier but to promote the county as a destination,” Lott said. “Let’s make this a two-night stay.”

  • Getting a new sense of PLACE

    Despite Thursday’s snow storm, dozens of people piled into Fuller Lodge to discuss the formative stages and the potential of building affordable work/live space for “creatives” as part of the Los Alamos Creative District downtown revitalization.

    The community forum was part of a three-day visit by Minnesota-based PLACE — a non-profit builder of sustainable communities.

    The courtship between PLACE and Los Alamos is underway, PLACE President and Executive Director Chris Velasco said.

    Velasco said PLACE visits a community on an invitation-only basis and has to determine if the community has the will, resources and desire for such a program, while the community has to determine if it even wants a creative living space.

  • Aquatomics get autographs

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swimmer Kalen Melton gets a T-shirt autographed by a Japanese Olympic hopeful as Alana Goodwin (right) and Onnolee Englert-Erickson (rear) watch. The LA swim team hosted visiting Japanese swimmers at a pasta dinner.  The Japanese team, which had one backstroker in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, has candidates for the 2012 London Olympics in the breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke events.  The Japanese Olympic swimming trials will be held in early April. Aquatomics swimmers got autographs of several swimmers on their swim caps and T-shirts and presented the Japanese visitors with small protocol gifts. The delegation departed for Japan on March 8 after nearly three weeks training in Los Alamos.

  • Two more CIP projects advance

    Two more capital projects cleared the hurdle of the county’s evaluation and oversight committee on Thursday evening, but not without serious consideration and nearly five hours of debate. The projects now move to County Administrator Harry Burgess for his consideration to include in the FY2013 budget for design/build funding.

    First up was the White Rock Civic Center Complex. Project consultant Steve Kells of Kells and Craig Consulting in Albuquerque, showed the complex design, which brings together four functions — senior center, youth center, activity center and library — in a complementary arrangement as a new civic center complex for the community.

  • Remembering Diamond Tooth

    SANTA FE -- Diamond Tooth Miller wasn’t as bad a guy as I thought. To begin this month, we talked about the Occupiers’ raucous demonstration at a Santa Fe dinner meeting for conservative lawmakers. That led to some reminiscences about other legislative rowdiness over the years.
    The column ended with a faulty remembrance of Diamond Tooth Miller shooting the chief justice of the state Supreme Court in the lobby of La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe. I ended with admitting I couldn’t find reference to the event on the Web or in any of my trusty reference books.

  • Off the Hill 3-8-11

    Comedy

     

    Jeff Dunham takes his characters on his “Controlled Chaos” show, coming to the Santa Ana Star Center March 14, 2012. Tickets, $47.25, are on sale now and may be purchased at ComcastTIX.com or by calling 888-694-4849.

  • Sony Pictures pulling out of Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sony Pictures Imageworks is closing its downtown Albuquerque studio this July when the company’s lease expires.

    Sony spokesman Don Levy declined to discuss reasons for the closure, but said the nearly 60 workers at the studio in Albuquerque will be offered jobs at other Sony facilities in Canada and the Los Angeles-area.

  • You Tube phenomenon has girls asking: Am I pretty?

    NEW YORK (AP) — The young girl shows off her big, comfy koala hat and forms playful hearts with her fingers as she drops the question on YouTube: “Am I pretty or ugly?”

    “A lot of people call me ugly, and I think I am ugly. I think I’m ugly, and fat,” she confesses in a tiny voice as she invites the world to decide.

  • Restaurant Inspections 3-8-12

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

     

    Los Alamos

     

  • LA Happenings 3-8-12

    Dance

     

    Scottish country dancing from 7:30-10 p.m. every Monday at Fuller Lodge. Beginners welcome, no partner or kilt needed. call 662-9785 or 661-8317 for more information.