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  • Martinez is a woodworking wizard

    His official title is construction specialist 3.
    His job duties include basic maintenance for all the buildings, keeping HVAC units functioning and overseeing in house construction projects.
    His skills include plumbing, welding, laying carpet, putting up drywall and painting.
    But Tim Martinez’s most notable skill is carpentry. Although most people do not know his name, it is likely that they have seen his work.
    The most high profile of Martinez’s many carpentry projects for the county is the framing for “Valle Grande and Jemez River,” Sam Tubiolo’s triptych tile mural in council chambers.
    The project began with screwing a plywood base to the wall for Tubiolo to lay the tiles on. Martinez then framed the panels by milling rough cut maple to 12-feet by 6- or 10-feet lengths, planing it down and adding dado joints (made by cutting a channel in the wood) for piecing it together.
    “The artist, Sam Tubiolo, said, if I ever get another project, I’m going to call you up so you can come frame it for me,” Martinez said.
    Many of Martinez’s projects are not evident at first glance, such as a maple covering for a steel railing on the ramp in council chambers. The addition is beautifully matched to the maple dais the council sits at.

  • Board to discuss issues with dogs

    The Los Alamos Parks and Recreation Board will host a special public meeting as part of its upcoming board meeting.
    The special meeting will address concerns regarding the Animal Control Ordinance and dogs off leash in county parks or athletic fields.
    Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Randy Smith and Chris Wilson, who will be replacing Smith at the end of July when he retires, will present draft rules and regulations governing dogs and park use at the board meeting, which is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
    That meeting has been moved to council chambers in anticipation of a large audience.
    The rules to be discussed with the board are in response to recent concerns voiced by soccer teams, coaches and parents about a variety of issues, with a specific focus on Community Center Park located near Peach and Nectar Street.
    In recent years, dogs’ off-leash activities at Community Center Park have increased at the same time that use of the park as a soccer field has increased, resulting in what the county described as “incompatible uses.”

  • Foundation will give awards to 2 students

    The LANL Foundation announced last week it was accepting applications for Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarships.
    Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to two qualified applicants pursuing undergraduate degrees in business-related fields from an accredited post-secondary educational institution, the foundation announced.
    In order to be eligible, students must be a member of a pueblo or tribe and reside within the seven northern New Mexico counties of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe or Taos.
    The awards go to “support the growing need for accountants, financial analysts and business information system professionals” within the native communities, according to the foundation.
    Application and instructions are online at lanlfoundation dot org/scholarships. Deadline to apply is July 20.
    More information can be found at the website or by contacting Tony Fox at 505-753-8890.

  • Update 7-7-15

    Presentation

    Los Alamos Nature Center will feature a special program, “Up Close and Person al with Local Plants,” tonight. The program, which will feature an indoor nature walk, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Call 662-0460 for details.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meet Thursday at the municipal building. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.

    Cafe Scientifique

    An informational meeting for Café Scientifique will be Wednesday at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos. Any teenagers interested in being involved with the Café Scientifique program is welcome to attend.

    Horse Show

    The county Horse Show is scheduled for July 11 at Brewer Arena. The Horse Show has categories for competitors ages 9-adult. It begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call 662-8173.

    Movie

    Los Alamos County will host a Movie in the Park Wednesday night. Movies start at sundown. Wednesday’s movie will be “The LEGO Movie” and will be at Rover Park in White Rock. All Movies in the Park are free.

    Warm Water

  • P & Z to discuss heliport proposal

    The Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.
    Among the items on the commission’s agenda are will hold a hearing on a proposed special use permit to allow a heliport for the Los Alamos Medical Center and decide on a process for public outreach for the Comprehensive plan.
    Public comment will be taken near the start of the meeting, just prior to the heliport discussion.

  • Senator works with Pueblo youth

    Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) spent Wednesday afternoon getting his hands dirty in Bandelier National Monument.
    Heinrich worked two hours with a preservation crew composed entirely of Puebloan youth who are helping to restore Tyuonyi Pueblo on the Main Loop Trail.
    The Bandelier Preservation crew is a pilot program sponsored by AmeriCorps and the HandsOn Preservation Experience (HOPE), a National Trust for Historic Preservation program.
    “The idea there is to give tribal members the opportunity to do this historic preservation work on ancestral lands,” said Leon Natker, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) coordinator for Bandelier crews.
    RMYC is overseeing the Bandelier Preservation Crew as well as the Bandelier Conservation Corps, which has been in existence five years. The conservation crew draws on Anglo, Hispanic and Puebloan youth from the local area, including Los Alamos and Española.
    Crew members earn a stipend somewhat better than minimum wage. If they complete a minimum of 300 hours they receive an educational award of $1,212 that can be applied to college or trade school.

  • Schools, county discuss access

    While school policies regarding campus access work pretty well for visitors and staff, for some county employees, such as meter readers for the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, it’s another story.
    The district is currently working with the Department of Public Utilities on access issues regarding DPU employees.
    According to some district officials, there have been some instances where employees have shown up on campus without permission, incidents that almost resulted in disaster.
    In one incident, a subcontractor, Comcast, hit a gas line at Los Alamos Middle School, resulting in an evacuation.
    No one was hurt and there were no explosions resulting from the accident but had the district known they were on the campus, officials at the meeting said they would have communicated to them the underground layout as well as other issues that would have made the job go smoother.
    The school also would have had the crew’s backgrounds checked through the school’s Raptor system.
    With Raptor, a visitor has their driver’s license scanned into the Raptor system, and that information is checked against a federal database for criminal history, including sexual crimes. If everything checks out, the visitor is given a badge with their name on it.

  • Today in history July 7
  • Town benefits from outlay bill

    The White Rock Senior Center and the Duane W. Smith Auditorium are two of the beneficiaries of the $294 million capital outlay bill passed during a special session of the New Mexico State Legislature in June.
    Funding for any capital projects looked grim this year when the capital outlay bill failed during the regular legislative session, when the Republican-led House and the Democratic Senate failed to agree on spending priorities.
    Gov. Susana Martinez initially refused to call a special session, but later agreed to do so if House and Senate leadership could reach agreement.
    The capital outlay bill passed in a special session lasting less than six hours on June 8 and Martinez signed it into law June 17, minus $1.1 million in line-item vetoes.
    “That was a well-orchestrated, concerted effort by both parties and the governor’s staff to finally sit down and work on the things we could agree on,” Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-District 38) told business leaders at a Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Tuesday.
    The bill included $270,000 to outfit a kitchen at the White Rock Senior Center, $42,000 for a truck to deliver meals to seniors and $375,000 for structural repairs to the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

  • Cone Zone 7-4-15

     

    For more information about the projects listed below, email lacpw@lacnm.us, call
    662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

    Western Area Improvements Phase 3: