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  • Repair Work to Cause Temporary Closure of Bandelier's Alcove House


  • Robot Action Connected to Human Thought

    An international team of scientists is working to connect human thought patterns to robotic actions. Controlled humanoids present a new world of mobility for some and a disaster clean-up tool for others.

  • Ex-Martinez campaign staffer indicted in email hacking case

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former campaign manager for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez was indicted Thursday on federal charges of hacking the campaign's email system and obtaining correspondence by the governor, her staff and supporters.

    U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced the indictments in Albuquerque against Jamie Estrada of Los Lunas, who briefly served as campaign manager in 2009 as Martinez was starting her bid for governor.

  • Commercial recycling expands in county

    Over the past few months commercial recycling in Los Alamos County has seen a significant expansion. More than 10 local businesses and churches have signed on to the county recycling program.
    This increase corresponds with efforts by the Environmental Sustainability Board and county staff to reduce waste and increase recycling in the community. These efforts included a significant reduction in commercial recycling fees in August 2012, and focused on education and outreach to local businesses.
    “It is great to see that the actions taken by staff and the board has been successful in increasing the number of businesses recycling in Los Alamos County,” Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board Chair Stephen Tenbrink said.
    The addition of more than 10 new commercial entities to the county recycling program will increase the current business-recycling rate in Los Alamos, which is estimated to be around 12 percent.
    The following businesses implemented recycling programs in the past few months:
    • Holiday Inn Express
    • VFW
    •Hilltop Shopping Center, including KRSN, Film Festival, Bob’s Bodacious Barbeque, Café Sushi, Papa Murphy’s and other local businesses

  • Update 05-30-13

    Camp May closed

    Due to construction, Camp May is closed to overnight camping and picnicking until further notice. Construction is estimated to be completed by mid-July. Access to the Santa Fe National Forest remains open from the Ski Hill parking lot.

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    County Council

    Los Alamos County
    Council will meet in a regular session at 7 p.m. June 4 in council chambers.

    Arts board

    The Arts in Public Places Board has just discovered technical difficulties with the email address associated with its “Open Call for Art.” (ArtProposals@lacnm.us). All proposals must be resent and the deadline has been extended to June 7.


    Effective June 4, Kiwanis will meet at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church at 3990 Trinity Drive. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday from noon until 1 p.m. On June, 4, Dennis Gill, a past president of Los Alamos Kiwanis, will brief new members-and bring older members up to date-on the history, goals, and statistics of Kiwanis International and its affiliates. 

  • Senior honors

    Home Instead, a senior homecare company with branches in Los Alamos, recently showed up to the Betty Ehart Senior Center to award seniors for their years of volunteer service in the community. Home Instead CEO Chico Marquez did the honors. Those receiving awards included Loring Cox, Morrie Pongratz, Carol Pyburn and Dick Tatro.

  • Wadt named president of LANL Foundation board

    Bill Wadt has been elected president of the Board of Directors of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.

    He succeeds Liddie Martinez, Director of the Community and Economic Development Division of SOC Los Alamos, who continues to serve on the Executive Committee.

    After retiring as Deputy Contract Assurance Officer for Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2010 following a 34-year career, Wadt is chair-elect of Quality New Mexico and becomes president of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation in July.

    Other officers are:
    • Richard Marquez, LANL Executive Director on the senior executive management team at the Lab, vice president.
    • Wayne Kennedy, former Senior Vice President of the University of California, treasurer.
    • Ginger Richardson, Vice President for Education and Institutional Outreach at the Santa Fe Institute, secretary.

    New members elected to the Board are Walter Dasheno, former Governor of Santa Clara Pueblo; and Jerry Lopez, former Group Leader for NIE-CS at LANL, who retired in 2012.

    Re-elected to three-year terms are Jeffrey Howell and Kennedy.

  • District to add after-hours maintenance

    In an effort to be a better landlord to its clients the Los Alamos Public Schools System, the district is looking to hire an on-call, off-hour person to handle maintenance issues. According to school officials, the person they’re looking for would have the skills to handle anything from a clogged toilet to a blackout.

    According to District Assets Manager Joan Ahlers, there have been too many incidents in the last few months where their biggest client, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, has had some rough nights due to a clogged toilet or a blown fuse.

    “We’ve all been working really hard to improve our relationship with the lab,” Ahlers said to the board. She later added that the lab’s noted they get better service from other landlords after 3:30 p.m. “All I’m trying to do is position us so we can be competitive,” Ahlers said.

    What the administration had in mind was a $500 a month stipend to be paid to one of the school’s custodians to be on call after regular operating hours.

  • Police Torch Run

    The Los Alamos Police Department took part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run in conjunction with Special Olympics, which starts at the Justice Center and ends in Jemez Springs — a total of 42 miles. Sgt. Oliver Morris organized the event this year and more than 20 people were in attendance. The Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade ensures the safety of those participating. The runners are required to run in front of the brigade vehicle, in case something happens.

  • Rancor bubbles to surface

    Los Alamos County residents seem to pride themselves on maintaining a civil tone during the most heated debates about critical issues. That has not been the case in the last two meetings regarding a plan from by Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities to drill one to three wells in White Rock in order to secure the county’s 1,200 acre-feet San Juan-Chama water allotment.

    Residents have heckled and yelled down DPU employees and Board of Public Utilities members as they tried to answer questions, passed out their own information sheets and gone so far as to pull stakes out of proposed drilling sites.

    Last Thursday’s meeting began with a tour of two of the proposed well sites and two existing pumps which did little to quell many residents’ fears.

    Despite being shown a relatively silent submersible pump that is the preferred option for the wells, and discussions about how building design can mitigate sound from a line shaft turbine if the submersible pump proved to be unfeasible, outcries about how the wells would destroy property values overpowered the discussion.