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  • Work close to completion on Municipal Building

    It no longer takes a stretch of imagination to picture county staff bustling around the new municipal complex. Walls are up, carpet is being laid and many ceilings are tiled.

    The construction site still bustles with an average of 85 workers a day. The project is ahead of schedule and under budget.

    The design/build contractor, Jaynes Corporation, expects everything but finishing touches to be completed by mid-March. The county will then begin moving in components such as information technology systems and training facilities staff and department heads. County Project Manager Anthony Strain, who will orchestrate moving approximately 120 people from 12 departments into the space, hopes to begin that process by May 1.

    “It’s not quite as big an undertaking as the building itself, moving in, but putting together a schedule and putting those logistics into place, it’s like, wow, this is going to be an endeavor just in itself,” Strain said.

    The move will be a staggered one, with departments opening their new offices as they get settled. If no unforeseen circumstances delay the process, Strain hopes to see full occupancy by late May to early June.

    “We’re trying to take our time and make it a comfortable move, with the least amount of disruption to citizens services,” Strain said.

  • Today in History for Jan. 4
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  • Lady Toppers top West Las Vegas

    The Los Alamos High School girls basketball team defeated West Las Vegas 48-39 Wednesday night in Griffith Gymnasium. Left: Erin Kirk drives to the basket against the Lady Dons. Below left: Amber Logan drives to the middle of the lane before being stopped by a host of West Las Vegas defenders. Below right: The Toppers’ McKenzie Logan takes a shot past the Lady Dons’ defender. JOHN MCHALE/Monitor

  • Ski Pajarito set to open Friday

    Ski Pajarito has received seven to nine inches of new snow in the past few days and it is scheduled to open Friday.

    All facilities will be operational. 

    Rental, Snowsports, Cafe, etc.  Chair #1, Chair #2, Chair #4 and the Beginners’ Chair will operate.

    The trails on the west side that were closed last season (Milt’s Meadow, Ma Bell & Gene’s Choice) will all be available for this season.  On the east side only lower Evershine Ridge (at East Confusion) will be closed due to fire damage.

    The mountain reports that the base total is 22 inches.

  • Letters to the editor 1-3-13

    Dear Editor,

    This month the citizens of White Rock and Los Alamos will be instructing their school board, though a mail-in ballot, on the future direction of the schools’ physical facilities.  

    Having rebuilt the high school and the middle school, do we continue marching though our five elementary schools, as recommended by the Citizens Review Committee 20 Year Plan, or do we stop, postponing the job for a future generation?

    Several articles in the Los Alamos Monitor have emphasized that a continuation of the building program will require no new taxes, which is true. But I’d like to highlight a different incentive relating to the physical condition of our schools and our eligibility for matching funds.  

  • Add muscle ideas to gun politics

    The nation’s darkest loss in the super storms of partisanship is the loss of ideas. The very meaning of “idea” has been lost. 

    This New Year essay was halfway along before December’s mall shootings in Oregon and the maniacal mass shootings of school children in Connecticut. The shootings’ aftermath concludes the column and raises explicit ideas for action. 

    Before the shootings, I wrote: 

    Political camps typically supply a principle when asked for an idea. “Liberty” or “fairness” are principles, not ideas. Ideas are doers.   

  • State briefs 1-3-13

    Teen charged in
    slaying of 63-year-old 


    ALAMOGORDO (AP) — Otero County authorities say an 18-year-old charged with murdering a Tularosa woman told authorities he went to her house to steal a classic car so he could settle a $30,000 debt.

    Sheriff Benny House told the Alamogordo Daily News that Paul Reynolds has been charged with one count of first-degree felony open murder and fourth-degree felony unlawful taking of a motor vehicle following Tuesday’s slaying of 63-year-old Rita Gallegos. Gallegos was found dead in her bedroom after her husband came home and found blood in the kitchen and her vehicle missing.

  • League to hold bond election forum


    The League of Women Voters will hold a forum on the school bond election from 7-8 p.m. Monday in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

    The speakers will include Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt and School Board Member Judy Bjarke-McKenzie. Everyone is invited to hear the details of the plans and to ask questions. Those who cannot attend the forum, but would like more information, should visit laschools.net or call the Los Alamos Public Schools district office at 663- 2230.

    The League of Women Voters is a national grassroots organization that focuses on four key areas: