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  • Council members honored

    Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover and councilors Mike Wismer and Vince Chiravalle participated in their final council meeting Tuesday.

    The county presented each of them with a photograph by Leslie Bucklin and a commemorative Nambé plate recognizing their service.

    Stover acknowledged Wismer first.

    “Your integrity, your fortitude, your conviction to proceed … There were some challenging, stressful moments that we served together and I always felt that I knew your integrity was above all.”

    In recognizing Chiravalle, Stover said, “We didn’t always agree on stuff, but your energy and your commitment … when others were going one way, you stood up for what you believe in and I always respected that and appreciated that you served your community well.”

    “For me, this has been absolutely the finest group of professionals I’ve worked with on council. It’s really been a pleasure to work with everyone,” Wismer said and acknowledged each member of the council for their personal contributions.

  • Bus skids in ski hill mishap

    An Atomic City Transit bus was making a test run on the Pajarito Ski Hill Road but ended up in a ditch at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    “We were doing some snow training with the drivers in preparation for the ski hill route. The bus lost traction and the driver was able to get it safely off to the side,” said Transportation Division Management Analyst Jill Carothers. “The driver and vehicle are fine. We just needed a tow truck to pull the back wheel out.”

    The county has taken several steps to gear up for the new ski hill shuttle.

    A turnaround was built earlier this year so buses can change course on a flat surface rather than in the lower parking lot.

    The focus is now on training.

    “We had an instructor come in from Steamboat Springs and do specific winter weather driving. They provide a lot of ski service and have a lot of experience driving in those conditions. Their safety specialist came down and did training with our drivers,” Carothers said.

    “And now that there’s snow on the ground we’re out there doing more training. Our drivers are prepared. We’ve got a great trainer and we’re not going to put people out there who aren’t ready to go.”

  • Update 12-20-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official swearing in ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Friday in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    No blue bus service

    The NCRTD blue buses will not be in service Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. For more information call toll free 1-866-206-0754, or visit ridethebluebus.com.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Community Building Training Room.

    LANL cancels sale

    The monthly surplus property sale at LANL scheduled for today has been canceled because of weather and snow in Los Alamos this week. Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Jan. 17, 2013.

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  • New councilors get 'boot camp' experience

    New county councilors will be sworn in Friday.

    But those new councilors already got a taste of what their new jobs are going to be like as they attended a “boot camp,” earlier this month.

    The boot camp provides elected officials with intensive training facilitated by NM EDGE (Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector), which is a collaborative program developed by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service in conjunction with NMAC and other state organizations.

    “It was like drinking out of a fire hydrant,” Councilor Rick Reiss said. “There’s nothing like covering a whole lot of territory in three short days.

    “What I was impressed with was that the NMAC has a very well-prepared program to assist us in getting ready to be better councilors. And the topics that they covered were varied and intentional to get us up the curb.”

    NMAC paid the registration for all newly elected officials to attend, which included Los Alamos County’s three new councilors. The county council approved funds for Reiss to attend, as well. Reiss was appointed to fill a council vacancy in September.

  • Canyon Bar set to close

    Mike Cutler, the current owner of the Canyon Bar, which has become a popular watering hole in Los Alamos during the past 16 years, said it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

    With an eye on retirement and finding a warmer climate, Cutler, 48, said he tried many times to find a buyer for the bar, but there were no takers.

    Through the years, the establishment has been known under several other names, including “Ma and Pa’s” and “Fireside.”

    “I couldn’t find a buyer that wanted to take it over as a bar,” Cutler said. “People just didn’t come up with the right amount of money or the right amount of interest.”

    It’s not known when the bar will officially close and Cutler said for now, they are still open for business, and will be able to still serve alcohol, though the liquor license has been sold to the Giant Convenience store in White Rock.

    Cutler who also owns Automotive Professionals on DP Road, said he has no plans to leave the area immediately, either.  

    “I will still be up here for a while. I still own the shop here and my wife still works for the lab, but eventually we plan to get down to the Gulf Coast and do some fishing,” Cutler said.

  • First Person: Artifacts Reveal Mayan Reset

    Ancient artifacts tell scholars about the beliefs of the ancient Maya. The Mesoamerican long count calendar is expected to reset on December 21, 2012, which many have interpreted as the 'end of the world.'

  • Power outage Wednesday night impacts portions of North Mesa

    A power outage left scores of residents in the dark and shivering on one of the coldest nights of the season so far in the North Mesa area Wednesday night.

    The outage began around 6:30 p.m. in the neighborhoods in and around Del Norte and eastward to Tsikimu Village. According to Internet postings by Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials, the rest of North Mesa was unaffected.

    DPU crews apparently encountered difficulties in isolating the problem which took hours to resolve.

    "North Mesa power outage between Del Norte and Tsikimu Village persists as DPU's electric linemen continue patrolling and testing for underground line faults in the near 0 degree darkness," a Facebook posting noted about 10 p.m.

    A subsequent posting shortly after midnight indicated that power had been restored to all customers and that permanent repairs would be undertaken Thursday.

    However, one North Mesa resident said that the power restoration around midnight was only momentary and that electricity did not come back on at his home until about 2 a.m.

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Thursday:


    An AP investigation finds more than 4,700 players packed on rapid weight in a season without drawing much attention from schools or the NCAA.


    Teachers are allowed to carry concealed guns in public schools in Harrold, where the nearest sheriff's office is 30 minutes away.


    Four State Department officials resign under pressure after a damning report blaming higher-ups for lax security.


  • Today in History for December 20th
  • 2013 Lights Arrive in Times Square

    The numerals that will light up Times Square on New Years Eve and usher in 2013 were delivered on Wednesday. All four of the 2013 numbers are illuminated with 529 low-wattage LED bulbs.