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  • Update 03-01-12

    Co-op milestone

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market celebrates its first year Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. with children’s activities, product samples, music, raffle and more.

    The Giver

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre presents, “The Giver,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9 and 16; 2:30 p.m. March 3, 10 and 17. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children and seniors and are available at CB Fox or at the door.

    Film series

  • Plans for hospice come together

    Los Alamos is one step closer to having northern New Mexico’s first residential hospice.

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, which provides at-home health care, purchased land off Canyon Road last week for the proposed hospice center.

    Service Executive Director Sarah Rochester said the project called “The Sanctuary” will provide a small, state of the art hospice house for individuals with terminal illnesses that can no longer remain at home and those who need additional end of life care.  

    “We believe that this is a community that needs a specific place for end of life care,” she said.
    The closest residential hospice center is in Albuquerque, Rochester said.

  • Council Takes Aim at Bow Hunters

    The Los Alamos County Council approved an amendment to the county’s weapons ordinance at Tuesday’s session.

    The amendment, which passed 6-1, prohibits firing bows and arrows or crossbows within 150 yards of any inhabited structure or any place where livestock is kept unless the projectile is confined within private property.  

    Los Alamos County Police (LAPD) Chief Wayne Torpy explained the reason for the amendment.

  • Democrats, GOP agree to House redistricting plan

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans have agreed to a court-ordered plan for new districts for the state House of Representatives.

    That should clear the way for the districts to be used in this year's elections.

    Lawyers for groups of Democratic and GOP voters, the Legislature, Gov. Susana Martinez and other GOP elected officials told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday they aren't appealing a redistricting map ordered by retired District Judge James Hall.

    Hall issued a new plan to comply with a Supreme Court directive to change a map he approved last month.

    The next step is for the justices to lift an order that put House elections on hold pending the outcome of redistricting.

  • Nature Center design clarification

    This is the final design for the proposed Nature Center. In “Nature Center at $4.7M could be a ‘jewel,’” published Feb. 25, it was incorrectly stated that the “Preferred Design” was a Fibonacci design. That and the corresponding photo were earlier design concepts posted on the county website. It was also incorrectly reported that 2,100 letters were received in support of the phase 1 project. Project Manager Steven Huebner said that 25 letters were received during the phase 1 process. See the attachment below.

  • Redistricting fight may be winding down

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A legal fight may be winding down over political districts for the state House of Representatives in this year’s election.
    Acting at the request of lawyers for groups of Republican and Democratic voters, a panel of three federal judges agreed Tuesday to make no immediate decisions on a pending redistricting lawsuit.
    Retired state District Judge James Hall on Monday ordered a new redistricting plan to comply with a state Supreme Court directive. Lawyers say it’s unlikely there will be any appeals of that map, which should clear the way for the districts to be used in this election.

  • Correction 02-29-12

    County council candidate Pete Sheehey’s website is petesheehey.com. The wrong website was inadvertently listed in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 02-29-12

    Parks and rec

    There will be a special meeting to consider the Phase 2 “Design and Construction Plan” applications for the Golf Course and Ashley Pond improvements at 5:30 p.m. today in Fuller Lodge.

    'The Giver'

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre presents, “The Giver,” at 7:30 p.m. March 2, 9 and 16; 2:30 p.m. March 3, 10 and 17. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children and seniors and are available at CB Fox or at the door.

    Film series

  • High-altitude training

    Team AQLUB from Tokyo, Japan is training at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center in Los Alamos until March 8 in preparation for the Japanese Olympic time trials in April.

  • Council curbs funding to NCRTD

    The Los Alamos County Council had been considering reduced funding for the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) at the end of its five year agreement to provide $5.5 million in seed money. The agreement ends this year, and Tuesday night council decided to reduce the county’s contribution for NCRTD to less than half of its current $1.1 million a year.

    NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro and Chair Rosemary Romero argued unsuccessfully for higher funding from Los Alamos County. Mortillaro also anticipates reduced federal funding, although one councilor pointed out that President Obama proposes increased funding for mass transit.