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  • Construction Zone 05-15-11

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4

    The traffic switch to the east side of Diamond Drive has been delayed to Tuesday, May 17. Once the switch is complete, expect the following:
    Northbound from the Bridge – No left turns onto West or Trinity; use Sandia. No left onto Canyon Road, use University.  The right turn slip lane onto eastbound Trinity will be closed; motorists in the right lane must turn right onto eastbound Trinity at the signalized intersection. The left lane continues through the work zone.
    Southbound from University Drive – Expect two southbound lanes south of Sandia.  The left lane is a through/left turn lane at Canyon Drive and a left turn lane at Trinity Drive.  

  • Author and alumnus returns to Chamisa Elementary

    Former Chamisa student Stephen McCranie spoke at his former elementary school Friday morning. Teacher Valerie Adams and Otowi Station owner Peggy Durbin helped schedule the event. McCranie’s latest book was released Thursday. He was at Otowi Station bookstore Saturday, doing a book signing. McCranie answered questions, encouraged students that didn’t like to read to start with comics and took requests to draw cartoons. McCranie, 24, started drawing at the age of five and attended Chamisa in third and fourth grade. His former teacher, Debbie Smith, is now the principal.

  • Update 05-15-11

    Stormwater project
    The NPDES Storm Water Individual Permit Project Update public meeting will be Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cities of Gold Hotel in Pojoaque.

    Park meeting
    Attend a public meeting at 6 p.m. May 18 to review conceptual plans for play equipment to be installed at Community Park. For more info, call Dick McIntyre at 662-8159.

    Master gardeners
    The May meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. May 17 at the White Rock Community Building. There will be a short business meeting afterward.

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  • Key meetings upcoming on LANL issues

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory will be front and center the next two weeks.

    On Tuesday, there will be a public meeting at Cities of Gold Hotel in Pojoaque to discuss the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Storm Water Individual Permit at LANL from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    On Wednesday at the White Rock Community Center, there will be a open detonation hazardous waste permit modification information meeting at 5:30 p.m. LANL is holding the information meeting prior to the submittal of a Class 3 permit modification to add treatment units to the LANL Hazardous Waste Facility Permit. The meeting will cover the permit modification to be submitted for the open detonation treatment units at TA-36 and 39.

  • Council set to cull nominee

    Political ambitions and aspirations will be on the line as the Los Alamos County Council deliberates on its nomination of a candidate to replace the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace during a special session set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Building.

    Each of the three counties in District 43 will submit a nominee to Gov. Susana Martinez, who can then appoint a candidate from that pool or reach out beyond the group of nominees to make the appointment.

    Whoever gets the nod from the governor will serve out the remaining 19 months in Wallace’s House term.

  • Skateboarders bring the speed--see video

    Some brave souls barreled down Camp May Road Saturday and Sunday as part of the Northern California Downhill Skateboarding Association’s first visit to Los Alamos.

    More than 120 boarders from across the country registered but as of Saturday morning, about 80 showed up.

    On Saturday afternoon, they held their qualifying runs and on Sunday, they will race for the dough.

    Not surprisingly, Timeship Racing, the organizer of the event, is calling the race down Camp May Road, “The Atomic Bomb.”

    From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, there will be racing as competitors will reach up to 60 mph as they navigate the narrow 1-mile course.

  • Walnut and Orange Parks temporarily closed

    Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) announced Friday that Walnut and Orange Parks will be temporarily closed beginning Monday.  DPU plans to access Walnut and Pueblo Canyons with heavy equipment through the two parks as part of its Feeder 15 and 16 electric overhead rebuild project.  The two parks located at the southern end of Walnut Street end the eastern end of Orange Street will be reopened before July.

  • NM regulators shuffled to new jobs

    ALBUQUERQUE — Four state officials have been shuffled to new jobs in the New Mexico Environment Department, and industry and environmental groups said Thursday they are concerned about the impact on the agency’s operations.

    The shake-up involves the heads of the water management division and air quality and hazardous waste bureaus. They are responsible for hundreds of annual permitting actions related to oil and natural gas operations, the national laboratories and other industries.

  • Residents ponder Trinity Roundabouts

    Proposed roundabouts on Trinity Drive have stirred debate and controversy recently. 

    In an effort to collect people’s thoughts about the proposed changes along this main artery, Los Alamos County hosted a walking tour Thursday afternoon. 

    Thirty-nine people participated in the walk, which started at the Justice Center, traveled down to the Shell gas station to the Oppenheimer and Trinity intersection before turning to head up to Ashley Pond. The tour ended where it began at the Justice Center. 

    County Council Chair Sharon Stover recommended hosting the tour. She said she had questions about the proposed changes and she wanted to get a better understanding of the issues surrounding Trinity Drive. 

  • AG King issues local opinion

    The New Mexico attorney general has issued an opinion regarding the hotly contested question of whether the county charter may legally require certain capital projects receive prior voter approval. 

    “Los Alamos County, which has adopted a home rule charter, may legally require the approval of county voters before the county proceeds with a capital project,” said Attorney General Gary King in a letter to Interim County Administrator Randy Autio Wednesday.