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Today's News

  • Golf course building to open next month

    After a nine-month delay, Los Alamos residents will have access to their new golf course community building in mid-September. The New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Department performed its final inspection and issued a certificate of occupancy on Thursday.
    The project contractor, Gerald Martin Ltd., was originally scheduled to complete the $5,390,000 project by the end of December 2013. The county granted an extension into January after September’s thousand year storm caused delays.
    But the company continued to drag its feet on finishing the project. Among other things, the building the pro shop currently resides in was supposed to be demolished and additional parking lot installed on that site. The county also has a long “punch list” — items in need of correction — as well as several items not constructed according to plans and specs that must be redone.
    “All of this, of course, was supposed to be completed long ago, and with no disruption to the golf operations. Needless to say, that didn’t come to fruition,” Project Manager Anthony Strain said, noting that it became increasingly difficult to get the company to move forward.
    On July 3, the county took steps to terminate the contract based on non-performance and performance quality issues.

  • Season opener pageantry

    The Los Alamos High School band and cheerleaders were in good form Friday night for the home season opening game against Pojoaque at Sullivan Field. 

  • Slide to be repaired soon

    According to school officials, the playground slide that was burned and destroyed in an apparent arson at Piñon Elementary in the early morning hours of Aug. 14 could be back by the middle of September.
    According to Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt and the school district’s chief of operations, Joanie Ahlers, the slide and the replacements for the other parts and components of the playground that were damaged will be arriving soon.
    “Factoring the installation and the delivery time of the parts, we believe the playground should be back online by Sept. 11 or 12,” Schmidt said.
    Jill Gonzales, the school’s principal said they’ve taken down the remains of the slide and have taken off all the damage parts, so the other parts of the playground will be safe for use. She said the damaged section had already cordoned off from the rest of the playground and students aren’t allowed into that section until the slide is repaired.
    “We’ve cordoned it off so students won’t get injured, but, they still have access to 50 percent of the play structure,” she said.

  • Update 08-31-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. today at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be exchange student Frederiek Gerretschen from the Netherlands.

    First Friday Forts

    First Friday Forts at PEEC. 3:30-5 p.m. Come build a fort or cook up something good in the mud kitchen. No formal program — just a time for kids to get together and have fun. Parents must stay and supervise their children. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    GOP headquarter opening

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of their 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m. Monday. The location is 1362D-1 Trinity. The phone number is 695-8080. There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. The headquarters will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday -Friday. All are welcome anytime. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159. 

  • Grand Canyon awaits LANL scientist

    Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist, Pawel Listwan, has always liked a challenge — like leaving his home country of Poland at the age of 19, living, studying and exploring Australia for nearly twenty years and arriving in Los Alamos eight years ago where he settled with his wife Dorota Listwan and their three children.
     In November 2012, together with his business partners, Patrick Mockler-Wood, Catherine Mockler and his wife Dorota, they opened the Pajarito Brewpub.
    Now Listwan has set his sights on a new challenge. On Sept. 24, Listwan will join Albuquerque attorney, Matthew Vance, at the Grand Canyon to step off the South Rim in pre-dawn darkness for a 48-mile “Feat for Justice” fundraising hike to support New Mexico Legal Aid’s Veterans Justice Project.
    They will hike “rim-to-rim-to-rim,” from the South Rim to the Canyon floor, up to the North Rim, back down and up to the South Rim again, all in 22 hours or less.

  • Ice bucket challenge

    Left to right: Student Council Advisor Joanne Ploeger, Los Alamos High School Principal Debbie Balew-Nyquist, Athletic Director Ann Stewart, Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Gerry Washburn await their fate during an Ice Bucket Challenge at the high school.

  • Cone Zone 08-31-14

    Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:
    Chip seal operations continue on Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court in White Rock. All the chips have been applied and the final sealant will be applied in mid to late September. The reason for the delay before sealing is to allow the chips to settle; any remaining loose chips will be swept up before the sealant is applied. Residents will receive 48 hour notice before the final sealant is applied on their street.
     Central Avenue Improvements Project:
    The contractor is reporting that pedestrians are crossing into the work zone instead of at the provided crossings; this is extremely dangerous and pedestrians are advised to use the provided pathways.
    Starting on Tuesday, the sidewalk on the north side of Central between the Post Office driveway to just west of Bathtub Row will be closed to allow for the installation of a storm drain pipe; pedestrians will be routed to the south side of Central.

  • Suspected burglars get bonds reduced

    For the recently engaged couple, the judge’s order to stay away from each other was probably the worst punishment of all, so far.
    Pending the upcoming trials for their crimes, a young couple accused of burglarizing at least six homes in Los Alamos will be forbidden to see or communicate with each other until their cases are resolved. And if they are found guilty, they probably won’t be seeing each other for a long time after that.
    “You will avoid all contact with the alleged victims and anyone that might testify in this case,” said Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados to suspect Marcos Vigil, who stood quietly by his attorney’s side as Casados read his conditions of release. “That includes Miss (Brandi) Merrifield (his fiancée). You can have no contact with her. You can’t send your cousin to send her cousin a message to get to her. Do you understand that? If I hear any inkling of ‘well, we got to talk,’ you’re in jail.

  • Wells to retire from LANB

    Steve Wells figured it was time.
    Last week, Wells notified the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Los Alamos National Bank and Trinity Capital Corporation of his intent to retire as President and Chief Administrative Officer of LANB and Secretary of Trinity effective Dec. 31.
     Wells serves as President and Chief Administrative Officer for LANB and as Secretary of Trinity, as well as a director on the boards of both Trinity and LANB. Wells has been employed with LANB since 1985. He served as Executive Vice President from 1985 to 1994, when he was named President.
    “My time with Steve has been very beneficial. We share a common passion for our customers, shareholders, employees and the community,” said John S. Gulas, CEO and President of Trinity and CEO of LANB. “Steve has been a great asset to me and LANB. I look forward to working with him over the next four months as we strategically plan for the bank’s future.”

  • Golf course community building receives certificate of occupancy

    The Los Alamos Monitor just received word that the golf course community building received its final inspection and certificate of occupancy from the state late Thursday. Project Manager Anthony Strain anticipates having golf course and pro shop operations moved in and operational by mid-September, with the restaurant opening in November. Look for more on this breaking news in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.