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Today's News

  • Kiwanis hosts fireworks show at Overlook Park

    Once again, the Kiwanis Club will host its annual fireworks show for Independence Day.
    As has been the case for many years, the Kiwanis will have its show at Overlook Park. The day’s events at Overlook Park will begin at 2 p.m.
    On the July 4 schedule are performances by Eddy & The Nomads, the Los Alamos Community Winds, bouncy houses provided by Ton-O-Fun and, the highlight of the night, the fireworks, which start at approximately 9:15 p.m.
    There are always food and other vendors on-hand to sell spectators whatever they need for the day.
    The event is co-sponsored by Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Bank. A donation is requested at the entrance to Overlook Park by the Kiwanis.
    Beyond the show, Independence Day is a busy day around Los Alamos County.
    To start the day, the Family YMCA of Los Alamos will have its annual Firecracker 5K event.
    Registration for the community 5K is open through race day at the YMCA — organizers can be contacted by calling 662-3100. The race will start at 8 a.m.
    Upwards of 200 people have taken part in the race. Prizes go to the top male and female finishers in several age categories, as well as prizes for the top human-dog finishers and even a best costume contest.
    Mid-morning, there will be the annual Children’s Parade in White Rock.

  • Coffee With A Cop
  • Residents want input into plan

    At the June 16 discussion at the Los Alamos County Council work session concerning an update to the Comprehensive Plan, several citizens urged council to require public involvement in the early planning stages.

  • Attrep will be 4th judge in Wood case

    Earlier this month, two judges selected to preside over the case of a Los Alamos man arrested on two counts of homicide by vehicle were recused.
    Robin Wood, 36, is accused of driving a car while impaired and causing a deadly accident. The accident occurred on N.M. 30 in late November of last year.
    The crash took the life of Elizabeth Quintana, who was driving to her job in the early morning hours at the bakery of Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos, according to deputies with the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department.
    Also injured in the crash was Wood’s passenger, a 40-year-old woman, Mary C. Gaelgens. Wood was driving to a residence in Española when the crash occurred.
    In May, Santa Fe District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer recused herself from the case, explaining that she could not show impartiality to Wood after she became familiar with his ongoing struggles with drug addiction through past court cases.

  • LA nets $78K in PILT funds

    Los Alamos County will get nearly $80,000 out of the state’s share of PILT payments, New Mexico senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich said in a joint statement Friday.
    PILT, which stands for Payment in Lieu of Taxes, provides federal money to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable lands within the county’s or city’s boundaries. Those lands include Bureau of Land Management, national park, national forest and military base land.
    According to the federal government, annual PILT payments are calculated based on the number of acres of federal entitlement land within each county or jurisdiction and the population of that county or jurisdiction.
    In 2008, Congress voted to automatically fund PILT for five years. Another bill was passed in 2012 extending payments for an additional year.
    The state has received its share of money from the program every year since 2008, however.
    “Rural communities across New Mexico use PILT funds to provide better schools, maintain roads and bridges, and support thousands of local jobs,” Heinrich said. “I am pleased that we were successful in securing funding for this year’s payments and I will continue to push for full, permanent PILT funding so our counties have the economic security they need to succeed.”

  • They Love A Rainy Night

    It was a stormy night Friday, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of music fans who went to check out WhiteWater Ramble at Ashley Pond. The band played Friday as part of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.

  • Wolfe is new CAP commander

    Monday evening was bittersweet for the cadets of the Los Alamos Composite Squadron.
    The patrol meets every Monday evening at the Los Alamos Airport from 6-8 p.m., and usually, meetings are where the cadets learn about flying, aerospace and aeronautics and prepare for upcoming events such as glider training and powered flight meets happening within the state.
    This Monday, however, was where the cadets and senior officers of the patrol witnessed what was for many their first “Change of Command” ceremony, where long-time commander, Maj. Annette Peters, stepped down and 2nd Lt. Bill Wolfe assumed command.
    On hand to officiate the ceremony was Air Force Col. and N.M. CAP Wing Commander Mark Smith. The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
    At Monday’s ceremony, Smith explained why the Change of Command ceremony is so important to military organizations.
    “The Change Of Command is something that goes back centuries,” said Smith at the ceremony. “It connotates folks having a clear understanding of who the boss is. It connotates an appropriate level of pomp and circumstance. It pays homage who has been serving as commander and to the person who is becoming commander, as well.”

  • Update 6-28-15

    Coffee

    The Los Alamos Police Department will host “Coffee With a Cop” Monday at the Morning Glory Bakery on Diamond Drive. The public can meet with the police officers from 8-10 a.m.

    Walkup Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Center will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday in observance of Independence Day. The facility will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday.

    Comix Club

    Mesa Public Library will hold a special 3-day event, Comix Club, on the first floor. Comix Club is for kids ages 7-12. It will be on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. each day. For information, call 662-8258.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be in council chambers.

    Star Party

    Los Alamos Nature Center will host a “Star Party” Tuesday. Chick Keller will host star viewing through telescopes. The viewing will begin at 8 p.m. and it is free.

    Library
    Mesa Public Library announced it will have limited hours for Friday. The library will be open from 1-5 p.m. in observance of Independence Day.

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