Today's News

  • Council tussles over air service funding

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council considered moving funding for the new Boutique Air service from the Economic Development Fund to the General Fund.
    On July 28, Council approved an expenditure of $544,418 from the Economic Development Fund for one year of service to Albuquerque.
    “This is a direct, proportional subsidy for each flight, and that, to me, is very comparable to the way we subsidize or fund other public transportation and processes such as transit,” said Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, who brought the question before council.
    Izraelevitz argued that the economic development fund was meant for individual, one-time projects.
    “It seems to me very clearly that the economic development fund is to be used as seeding of an economic development initiative, not a replacement for an operating expense.”
    O’Leary and Sheehey supported Izraelevitz’ proposal. All three voted against funding air service when it was approved on July 28, arguing that money from the economic development fund could be better spent elsewhere. That was basically the same argument they made Tuesday.

  • Celebrate National Assisted Living Week

     The Los Alamos Retirement Community and Aspen Ridge Assisted Living will be celebrating National Assisted Living Week Sept. 13-19.
    Events throughout the week will be a special opportunity to bring together the residents, families and employees to recognize the unique individuals that reside at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living and the staff members that deliver care every day.
    The events will recognize the bonds that are built between residents and the assisted living professionals who are committed to providing person-centered care.
    The theme this year is “Nourishing Life: Mind, Body and Spirit,” which celebrates the countless ways assisted living employees nurture the whole resident and build community.
    Assisted Living in Los Alamos is a critical component of senior services. “At Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, we pride ourselves on caring for all aspects of each unique resident.” said Cynthia Goldblatt, liasion to the retirement community in Los Alamos. “Whether through our social activities, dining experience, or exercise and activity classes — it is our job to ensure residents enjoy a well-rounded lifestyle with as much independence as possible.”
    At the same time, residents nourish the lives of those who work at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living.

  • Ski Area land transfer, lease approved

    The Los Alamos County Council took two votes on Tuesday that will affect the future of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. On the consent agenda, the land transfer from the Los Alamos Ski Club was approved. On a subsequent agenda item, council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing a ground lease for that land to Pajarito Recreation, LP, a Texas Limited Partnership.
    The two actions complete a process begun nearly a year ago, when a Land and Asset Purchase and Sale Agreement was executed between Pajarito Recreation, the Los Alamos Ski Club and Los Alamos County that transfers ownership and operating responsibilities for the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area to Pajarito Recreation.
    “Although there have been a lot of efforts to try to keep the club as the operator of the mountain, we knew that this was best for having a ski area in the community, and we are committed still to ensure that a ski area is here for the recreational participation of all of our community members,” said Susan Brockway, president of the Los Alamos Ski Club.
    Land at the base of the ski area and the top of the mountain was transferred to Pajarito Recreation. Approximately 300 acres encompassing the skiable area was transferred to the county. The ordinance approved Tuesday allows Pajarito to lease the county land for $1 a year for 99 years.

  • On the Docket 9-11-15

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.
    Aug. 26
    Christopher Clark was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Nicholas Seet was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $25 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Katherine N. Chartrand was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Aug. 27
    Juanito Martinez paid a fine of $50 for improper stopping, standing, or parking.

    Bradley S. Nyenuis was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Nicole Mattson was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • School Board receives recognition

    At a recent school board meeting, the Los Alamos School Board recognized the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation through a resolution for all its hard work, as well as its financial support through the years.
    Founded in 2004, the foundation’s president, Morrie Pongratz, told the board that the foundation supports the schools with donations averaging $10,000 a month. Pongratz also dispelled a few myths, mainly that the district is one of the better funded in the state as far as school funding is concerned.
    “We aren’t number two, we aren’t even in the top 10, it’s more like 16th” Pongratz said. Accompanying Pongratz in his presentation was LAPSF’s Executive Director Joanna Gillepsie and LAPSF’s Secretary Cheryl Pongratz.
    During the presentation, the foundation asked for workspace within the district for its ongoing project to digitize graduation photos and for the board to have another representative to sit on its board. The foundation’s past representative from the school board was Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, former member and president of the school board.

  • Commission weighs in on elevator discussion

    During its August meeting, the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board (FLHDAB) delayed a vote on an elevator option for Fuller Lodge in order to research how Americans with Disabilities Act access is addressed in other historical buildings.
    The board discussed their research at their Sept. 2 meeting, and will vote on the issue next month.
    Board Chair Mark Rayburn summed up the questions the board raised about installing an ADA elevator.
    “Some of the elements that are critically important are what does it do to the building, any one of these plans? How much is it going to cost? Does it change the historic structure? In what ways? In ways that we don’t see?” Rayburn said. “And what is the value of all that weighed against the people that would need access to those floors, comparing that to, can we just provide a little sign that says, ‘We’re sorry, but because of various reasons we cannot provide access to aboveground floors,’ and think of other ways to provide that access visually?”
    Rayburn presented his research, which had several examples of historic buildings with no second floor access.

  • United Way thanks LANB

    United Way of Northern New Mexico board Chair Stephen Boerigter thanks Los Alamos National Bank for $1 million in donations to date. United Way kicks off this year's campaign from 5:30–7:30 p. m. Sept. 16th at Ashley Pond. LANB is a Cornerstone Sponsor again this year, committing to a  $50,000 donation.

  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s at East Park Saturday

    Los Alamos will be host once again to the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year’s event will be at East Park Saturday.
    Hundreds of residents from Los Alamos and surrounding communities are expected to participate. Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit alz.org to sign up or for more information. Interested residents may also contact the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 662-8920.
    Registration at the event begins at 9 a.m. at East Park and Aspen Ridge Lodge, 300 East Road.
    An opening ceremony will be at 10:50 a.m., and the walk begins at 11 a.m. The length of the route is 1K. All citizens and media in the area are encouraged to attend and be a part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. It is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.
    For those who prefer running to walking, the Jerry Bower 5K Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. The starting line is at East Park on East Road, off of N.M. 502. The cost to register is $25, which is donated to the New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association. The first 40 registrants receive a water bottle with the Alzheimer’s logo. Registration information can be found at atomicrunners.com.

  • 'Reach' helps students cope

    For many high school students, high school is a fun and exciting time. Often, that time is marked with achievement, self-discovery and coming into one’s own.
    Unfortunately students also discover that those good things sometimes don’t happen without some rejection, failure and disappointments along the way.
    And some of those students become so overwhelmed by that they take their own lives.
    In the past three years, Los Alamos High School and the community at large has lost at least three students to suicide and those same years are marked with many unsuccessful attempts, as well.
    In response, there’s now a program called “Reach Toward Not Away.”
    Reach Toward Not Away was started last year by then Los Alamos High School senior Sophan Kellogg.
    Formed in the wake of the suicides by two Los Alamos seniors, the aim of RTNA was to extend an ever-present lifeline to students needing help getting through a difficult situation. The outreach program accomplished this through specialized apps, pledge drives, phone numbers, and other means of outreach and support.

  • Ketterling Accepts Excellence in Nursing

    Kate Kettering talks to school board members about her award at a recent school meeting. Kettering, a nurse at Los Alamos High School, recently received an “Excellence In Nursing Practice Merit” award from the New Mexico School Nurse’s Association.
    “I appreciate all the support of all school nurses and I appreciate your support of us as school nurses,” she said. “We feel that better health, and better learning, go hand in hand.”