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  • Work on covered arena gets underway

    Construction of the new Multi-Purpose Covered Arena will get underway Monday. Paul Parker Construction will install utilities to the site, which includes the installation of an 8-inch water main and electricity. The installation of the water main will involve closing the BMX track near Brewer Arena from Oct. 8-26.
    Richardson and Richardson Inc., will perform earthwork, site work and construction of the 200-foot by 75-foot pre-manufactured metal building, with site work beginning Oct. 15.
    The contractors are required to abide by the county noise ordinance, which limits the hours of operation from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.  Additionally, the contractor has been directed to take special care to eliminate dust from the construction site.
    A project website has been established to provide updates. Residents can visit losalamosnm.us under “Projects.”  The project website will be updated whenever new information becomes available.  

     

  • Operation Hilltopper set for Monday

    Emergency first response organizations in Los Alamos County have, for the past year, been training their personnel, polishing their plans and tweaking their equipment in a comprehensive effort aimed at preparing to deal with a scenario that nobody hopes will ever arise – an active shooter loose at a school.

    Operation Hilltopper, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday, is a full-scale exercise designed to test police, fire, emergency medical support, Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos High School personnel and their abilities to adequately respond to just such an event.

     Toward that end, the Los Alamos County Office of Emergency Management is letting residents living in the vicinity of Los Alamos High School know that on the day of the exercise, from 8 a.m. to noon Monday they will see a significant number of emergency vehicles around the high school and the hospital.

    In addition, observers are likely to hear gunshots (only blanks, no live ammunition will be used) and even the screams of actors portraying victims. 

    “We would also like to give residents an advanced heads-up regarding possible traffic delays, especially at the Canyon/Diamond intersection while this exercise is taking place,” the county said in its press release. 

  • Update 10-05-12

    Night in Italy

    Tickets are available for “A Night in Italy” fundraiser for Assets in Action. The event takes place Oct. 20 at the Hilltop House Hotel. Tickets are $40 each and proceeds benefit youth development programs. Additional information is available by calling 661-4846 or by email at AssetsInAction.info.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The board meets monthly. More information can be obtained by calling 662-8173.

    Elk festival

    The Valles Caldera will hold its annual event Oct. 6-14 with the headquarters at the Visitor Center. Daily festival activities will include elk viewing, elk education booths and various demonstration booths. This event is free and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Scottish dance

    The Scottish Country Dance will be from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Monday at Fuller Lodge.

  • No 'wow' factor in San Juan water project

    Los Alamos County Council heard details about the Department of Public Utilities plan to tap into the county's San Juan/Chama water rights at Tuesday's meeting. Cost was only one factor in selecting a preferred alternative.

    Robert Fowlie, project manager for CDM Smith, and Kelly Collins, principal and senior environmental scientist, gave details on the feasibility study they conducted for the county. Fowlie praised DPU's efforts.

    "It was quite a pleasure to work with an engaged client with a highly qualified staff of engineers. This is not always the case,” Fowlie said.

    In fact, the preferred alternative the county will pursue came about during a brainstorming session with staffers.

    The 2010 feasibility study was initiated to explore the possibility of sharing resources with San Ildefonso Pueblo or Santa Fe, two options that had opened up after a 2004 study had been conducted.

    The 2004 study recommended using either collector wells or raised bores to collect shallow ground water near the Rio Grande. The "wow" factor for engineers was tunneling through the mesa to pump water to White Rock.

  • Packed house at Fuller Lodge

    It’s one of the most highly attended candidate forums every election and this one was no exception. It was a packed house at the Fuller Lodge Thursday as about 200 residents attended the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos candidate forum.

    In attendance were candidates for county clerk Sharon Stover (R) and Nathan Hjeim (D) as well as county council candidates Peter Sheehey (D); Michael Redondo (D); and Kristin Henderson (D);  Marc Clay (R); Vincent Chiravalle (R) and Steven Girrens (R).

    The audience also had a chance to hear representatives talk for and against proposed amendments to the charter.
    Margaret Calef, president of the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos, thought the event went well.

    “I thought it was very good; a nice variety of questions and interesting answers,” she said.

    She also added that with this forum, candidates from both parties seemed to be on the same page regarding the larger issues.

    “There seemed to be a lot consensus on how to move the county forward,” Calef said.

    The section of the forum that featured the candidates for county council seemed to be the most lively as many of the issues discussed would impact Los Alamos directly.

  • Today in History for October 5th
  • 10 things to know for Friday

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

    1. SEARCH IS ON FOR MENINGITIS VICTIMS

    Clinics, medical centers around the U.S. rush to contact perhaps thousands of patients who may have received tainted injections for back pain.

    2. WHY SEPT. JOBLESS NUMBERS ARE IN SPOTLIGHT

    One month before the presidential election, the report is likely to influence some undecided voters.

    3. FBI IN LIBYA TO PROBE CONSULATE KILLINGS

    No word on what, if anything, the agents — who waited weeks to access the crime scene — found.

    4. WHAT'S BEHIND SYRIA'S FIGHT WITH TURKEY

    The rebels who are trying to bring down the Syrian government have set up bases just across the border, enraging the Assad regime.

  • County seeks developer

    Los Alamos County has issued a Request for  Qualifications (RFQ) to select a developer in the design and construction of a full-service convention center facility in the downtown district of Los Alamos.

    The county is soliciting a developer for a  business conference facility (8,000-20,000-square feet), to include flexible meeting and event space combined with first-class dining and lodging facilities that will compete favorably with other “Class A” conference and lodging facilities in Northern New Mexico, and provide a local venue for special events-amenities for which there is significant demand in Los Alamos according to a recent market feasibility study conducted earlier this year by Atlanta-based Strategic Advisory Group.

    Currently, Los Alamos is losing as much as $4 million in annual conference and lodging business nearby casino resorts as well as to Class A lodging and conference facilities in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, according to representatives from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and other federal agencies and businesses interviewed as part of the study.

    The proposed project aims to recapture that business by providing a full-service facility that will serve LANL and its corporate clients and contractors, as well as other discerning short- and long-stay guests.

  • Update 10-04-12

    Night in Italy

    Tickets are available for “A Night in Italy” fundraiser for Assets in Action. The event takes place Oct. 20 at the Hilltop House Hotel. Tickets are $40 each and proceeds benefit youth development programs. Additional information is available by calling 661-4846 or by email at AssetsInAction.info.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The board meets monthly. More information can be obtained by calling 662-8173.

    Elk Festival

    The Valles Caldera will hold its annual event Oct. 6-14 with the headquarters at the Visitor Center. Daily festival activities will include elk viewing, elk education booths and various demonstration booths. This event is free and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

    Candidate forums

    The League of Women Voters will have a candidates’ forum for the county council and county clerk candidates as well as the Charter amendments today. The forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fuller Lodge, with refreshments at 6:30.

    Bulk item pickup

  • In Other Council Business...

    • Council issued a proclamation declaring Oct. 27 as “Health Awareness and Wellness Day,” which was presented to members of the Los Alamos Heart Council. The Los Alamos Heart council has its annual Health Fair from 8 a.m.–noon on Oct. 27 at Griffith Gym.
    • Council also issued a proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Have 2 Ways Out” and encourages Los Alamos County residents to be prepared in case of a fire in their home.
    • Council also approved the exchange of approximately 2,543 square feet of right-of-way land owned by the county for approximately 3,370 square feet of land owned by the Los Alamos Public Schools. The schools will attain land on which they have built a retaining wall and fence and the county will receive land on which it has a bus pull out, bus shelter and utility infrastructure.