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  • CIP projects face budgetary roadblock

    The Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) that are ready to move forward may face a long delay. The FY2013/FY2014 budget includes only 20 percent of the total project costs, and projections for the future are not optimistic.

    Newly appointed Deputy County Administrator Steven Lynne laid out the facts. Approximately $27 million is available in the next two years. Long-term projections estimate that only $2.5 million a year will be available after that, bringing the 10-year total to $47 million.

    Projects that council has taken some initial action on total $123.5 million. Most of those have received phase 2 approvals, and others, such as the community broadband initiative, are nearing that.

  • Update 04-22-12

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school speech theater.

    Open house

    Project Y is hosting an open house from 6:30-8 p.m. at UNM-LA, Building 2, Tuesday. Come see FIRST team 4153’s robot in action. Everyone is welcome.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. The group will hold committee meetings Tuesday.

    Great conversations

    Join the LAPS Foundation for the third annual Great Conversation event from 2-4:30 p.m. today at LAHS.

    Council meeting

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  • George Cowan, Manhattan Project scientist, dies from fall at 92

    George Cowan, a Manhattan Project scientist, the founding partner of Los Alamos National Bank and the founding president of Santa Fe Institute, died at his Los Alamos home Friday at the age of 92.

    According to the Associated Press, friends confirmed his death, saying it was the result of a fall at his home. He was planning to travel and continue working with the nonprofit science institute that he helped found in 1984.

  • Where are my worms?

    Despite a wintry blast last week, spring seems to have finally sprung. These baby birds were being kept warm by their mother on Friday morning.

  • Briefs 04-20-12

    LAPS to hold strategic plan update Saturday

    Students, school staff, parents and community are invited to attend a “Strategic Plan” Update from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Speech Theater of Los Alamos High School.
    A briefing will be made on the progress made of the work completed over the past seven months.
    Updates will be provided in five areas including:
    • Student Achievement
    • Effective Teachers
    • Aligned Resources and Support Systems
    • Community Partnerships
    • System for Continuous Improvement.

  • Update 04-20-12

    Earth Day

    The Earth Day Festival will feature displays by earth-friendly organizations; entertainment by Clan Tynker, the Hillstompers, and Wise Fool; “Walk like a Wolf” and puppet-making for kids; bird walks; food and more. Saturday, at PEEC.

    Open house

    Project Y is hosting an open house from 6:30-8 p.m. at UNM-LA, Building 2, Tuesday. Come see FIRST team 4153’s robot in action. Everyone is welcome.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. The group will hold committee meetings April 24.

    Chamisa carnival

  • Equestrian competition at North Mesa Saturday

    The Los Alamos Pony Club and New Mexico Dressage Association will combine forces this weekend to offer a horse show at the Los Alamos Rodeo Grounds.

    The equestrian discipline known as dressage will be the focus of the competition, with both adult and junior competitors performing prescribed movements in a specific pattern, not unlike figure skating. Dressage is one of the equestrian sports included in international Olympic competition, likely to be seen in footage from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London this year.

    For the local adults, however, this will be a practice event, called a “schooling show,” and it serves to prepare them for higher-level shows throughout the state later in the season.

  • Council delays implementation of salary plan

    On April 10, Los Alamos County Council approved a higher compensation plan geared toward attracting and retaining “a high performing and motivated workforce.”After Wednesday night’s budget hearings, the new salary plan remains more or less an aspiration.

    The plan council approved would have targeted compensation levels at 15 percent above market average.  Most county positions currently average 5 percent above the mean. To implement the plan fully would mean an 8 percent increase in the salary plan.