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Today's News

  • Staff is excited as library opening nears

    The movers have come and gone. Most of the books are on the shelves, computers and other electronic equipment are being set up and staff is putting the finishing touches on the new White Rock Library.
    Patrons can to start enjoying Los Alamos County’s newest amenity this week. The grand opening is 11 a.m. Friday, but library Manager Steven Thomas plans to have a soft opening Tuesday or Wednesday, as soon as all systems are up and running.
    “The building looks and works great, with just a few loose ends to tie up before opening,” Thomas said. “We’re really excited to share the space with the community as soon as we possibly can.”
    Despite numerous hours of hard work, Thomas and other key staff cannot stop smiling.
    “I am giddy. I feel like I’m dreaming a couple of times. I have to pinch myself and say, it’s really happening,” branch Manager Veronica Encinas said. “The moment I first walked in the building and saw all the books on the shelves, I said, it’s real. It’s a real library, and it’s just beautiful.”
    Library Specialist Monique Archbold, who just joined the library in April, cannot believe her good fortune.

  • Nuke protesters to meet at pond

    On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States used nuclear weapons for the first time against an enemy state, changing forever the political and strategic landscape of warfare as we used to know it.
    History generally characterized President Harry S Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons against the Japanese as the only effective way to save as many lives as possible.
    The Japanese government at the time believed their emperor, Emperor Showa (Hirohito) to be a living god, making what many believed surrender impossible for the Japanese.
    However, there’s always been a vocal minority that believed the use of nuclear weapons to be unacceptable in any situation.
    Through the years, that minority has grown to a significant number as those opposed watched the spread of nuclear weapons, first through the U.S., then the former Soviet Union and outward to include at least seven other nations.
    According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the combined total of active nuclear weapons is about 16,300.
    Starting Aug. 6, an organization called “Campaign Nonviolence” will be hosting its national conference in Santa Fe and Los Alamos to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the bombing and to address the issue of proliferation of nuclear weapons. The conference runs through Aug. 9.

  • Elevator to be discussed Wednesday

    There will be a public meeting Wednesday to discuss an update on the proposed elevator at Fuller Lodge.

    The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. It will be led by Los Alamos County’s design consultant, Mullen-Heller.

    Los Alamos County reported “significant public feedback” from the original proposal to put an exterior elevator at Fuller Lodge. The county said Mullen-Heller has come back with two alternative concepts, both of which would place an elevator inside Fuller Lodge and those concepts are ready for public presentation and public review.

    The meeting is informational-only and members of the Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board will be in attendance to hear the presentation, as well as listen to any additional public comments.

    The county said no decisions will be made at Wednesday’s meeting.

    After the meeting, the concepts will be posted on the project webpage and available for further comment through the County’s Open Forum.

    The county said the board plans to revisit this topic at a future meeting.

    For more information, visit the county’s website, losalamosnm.us, or call the Community & Economic Development Department at 662-8120 or 662-1873.
     

  • Cone Zone 7-27-15

    For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Motorists are asked to slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.
    This information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

    Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

    Roadway and utility work continues on 43rd Street and 44th Street which includes water line tie ends and concrete work. Sidewalks from the 43rd Street south and 44th Street south cul-de-sacs are under construction pedestrians are asked to use other routes into park. Pathway from 43rd north to Ridgeway will be under construction.
    43rd Street (north) will be closed to thru traffic starting today for milling operations and water line installation.
    Roads will be closed except for local residents and emergency vehicles.

    20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements:

  • Theory turns Big Bang on its head

    Thinking about the universe and its creation can be pretty mind-blowing.
    Dr. Alan Guth of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a theory about the creation of the universe, however, that starts at mind-blowing and continues on from there.
    Guth is the speaker at this year’s J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture, which is scheduled of 7:30 p.m. Monday. The 45th annual lecture will be at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Guth is an award-winning theoretical particle physicist who will speak about the theory of inflationary cosmology. He will talk about how the existence of a multiverse, as opposed to the universe we know, is entirely possible.
    One of the key components of his talk will be about inflationary cosmology, which may explain the uniformity in types of background radiation in the universe, as well as why the universe is expanding at an increased rate.
    According to Guth, theories point to the possible existence of repulsive gravity in space, which is pushing objects away from each other instead of pulling them closer together.
    As Guth told the Los Alamos Monitor, the Big Bang, as many people envision it, was likely a much smaller event that involved a tiny amount of matter.

  • Open Forum will close on Monday

    Los Alamos County’s Open Forum question on the rules concerning dogs in parks will close at noon Monday.
    Those wishing to comment the issue can go to the county’s webpage and submit their opinions.
    The matter was taken up at a special meeting of the county’s Parks and Recreation board earlier this month. Rules were brought to the attention of the board by concerned residents who use parks, including Community Soccer Field, who questioned the safety and cleanliness of those areas.

  • Update 7-26-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a regular meeting Tuesday in council chambers. Meeting time is 7 p.m.

    Football practice

    The official opening of preseason football for Los Alamos High School is Aug. 3. Anyone in grades 9-12 may play. Interested players must have completed a physical examination before being eligible to participate. For more information, contact Garett Williams at ga.williams@laschools.net.

    Basketball camp

    Registration is open for the Alex Kirk Basketball Skills Camp. The camp scheduled for Aug. 5-6 at Griffith Gymnasium. The camp will be in two sessions, one from 1-3 p.m. (age 8-12) and one from 3-5 p.m. (ages 13-18). Price of the camp is $75. For more information, email pakirk@msn.com.

    Theater

    Atomic City Children’s Theater Summer Workshops will start Monday at Los Alamos High School. The workshops continue through July 31. Any students entering grades 4-10 may participate. For more information visit laschools.net/acct.

    Personnel board

    Los Alamos County will have a personnel board meeting Tuesday at the municipal building. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.

  • Engagement: Bonner-McNulty

    Charles and Deirdre Bonner, of Los Alamos are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Elisa Rachelle Bonner to Stephen Douglas McNulty, son of Douglas and Elizabeth McNulty of Chester, New Jersey. The couple met and currently work at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria.
    A September wedding is planned in Angel Fire.

  • Engagement: Veenstra Ott-O’Neal

     

    Kathleen Veenstra, of Los Alamos, announces the engagement of her daughter, Emily Veenstra-Ott to Kevin O’Neal, son of Larry and Katherine O’Neal, of Albuquerque.
    The future bride graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2002 and continued with a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology, a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in library science.
    She is employed as a technical services and collection development librarian at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
    The future groom is a senior master automotive technician for Ford Motors and has received master level certification in his field. He is employed at Steamboat Motors in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
    The couple met while living in Albuquerque in 2014 and relocated to Steamboat Springs in the winter of 2015 for the bride-to-be’s career.
    A July 2016 wedding is planned and the couple will continue to reside in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

  • Mang named All-American

    Earlier this month, Jared Mang was named to MaxPreps’ 2015 medium-schools All-American baseball team.
    Mang earned second-team All-American honors as an infielder.
    The accolade was the lastest for Mang. He was also named New Mexico’s Gatorade Player of the Year and class 5A’s Player of the Year for baseball.
    The medium-sized list includes schools that compete in divisions with generally between 1,000 and 2,000 students.
    Mang was the only player from New Mexico to earn the honor, which included 30 ball players on both the first team and second team.
    Los Alamos reached the state semifinals in the spring. Mang finished with a .559 batting average, 33 runs scored and five home runs. On the mound, he recorded a 7-1 record with a 0.80 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 52.1 innings pitched.
    Mang signed his letter of intent to play college ball for the University of New Mexico next year.