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  • For the love of animals

    The newest veterinarian at the Los Alamos Animal Clinic is taking the care of animals to a higher level.
    Erin Smith is no stranger to the field of veterinary medicine. The Los Alamos native spent time in South Africa in 2011-12 caring for large wild animals such as lions, giraffes, zebras and rhinoceros.
    Her interest in wild animals helped her strive to care for the sick animals in South Africa. “I would love to go back, I still have many contacts,” she said.
    A 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School, Smith was on the swim team, with a passion for the sport until an injury forced her to stop competing.
    “I’ve had a love for all kinds of animals and was never very squeamish,” she said. Growing up, her home was filled with “critters of all shapes and sizes.”
    Smith started at the clinic about a month ago, after graduating from Colorado State University in May as a doctor of veterinary medicine. She also has a bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry from the University of New Mexico.

  • Remembering Forrest

    Over 50 friends and relatives of Forrest Fukushima, including his father Eiichi and younger brother Craig, gathered at a spot on N.M. 502 just east of Totavi to remember him Saturday.
    A drunk driver struck Fukushima in 1986 while he was pedaling his bike up N.M. 502. He was reportedly training for an “Iron Horse” competition when Alex Naranjo, who is now a municipal judge in Española, struck him with her car.
    Though a tire blowout also contributed to the accident, Naranjo reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .18 at the time of the crash, twice the legal limit. 
    He was 20 when he died.
    A “ghost bike,” installed by the Ghost Bike organization, now marks the gathering spot.
    Local chapters of Ghost Bike install the memorials as a reminder that bicyclists share the road with vehicles as well.
     

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  • Smith’s start is a strong one

    The ribbon cutting for the new Smith’s Marketplace Wednesday was relatively quiet, at least compared to what followed.
    Within an hour of opening, the parking lot was starting to fill up and by lunchtime it was packed.
    Reports kept coming back to Los Alamos Monitor — at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 11 p.m. — it was still packed.
    The trend continued Thursday and Friday and shows no sign of letting up any time soon.
    “I can’t release sales information, but I can tell you that both yesterday and today (Wednesday and Thursday) we exceeded anything we thought was possible at this store,” manager Erik Boehm said. “So it will be an impressive store when it’s all said and done.”
    Boehm was able to provide some figures about the number of transactions. The store racked up 8,900 transactions the first day from an estimated 14,000 people. Day two saw 7,000 transactions from approximately 12,000 customers.
    “So we probably put 26,000 people through the store in the last two days,” Boehm said.
    That estimate may even be a little low, considering the number of people who just came in to check out the store without making a purchase.

  • Students prepare for zombie attack

    Floods? Been there. Wildfires? Done that. Power outages? Please. Los Alamos has had its share of all these disaster and hardship events, but there’s one thing it hasn’t prepared for — a zombie apocalypse.
    Fortunately, the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will be addressing this pressing issue all next week through a program called “The Art and Science of Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse.”
    The program is a part of the university’s summer Teens College, which is geared to students in grades seven through 10.
    This is the first time that associate English professor Mickey Marsee and community education advisor Eileen Gallegos put a program like this together. Despite it being the first time, the program was an initial success, as 77 students signed up for the program. Throughout the week, students will be introduced to forensics, mind control, emergency preparedness, health and first aid. They will also learn about wilderness survival, firemaking and cyber security. They will also learn how to apply “zombie makeup” and be introduced to the exciting world of video game design.

  • Update 07-20-14

    Council canceled

    The scheduled Los Alamos County Council work session, orginally set for Tuesday night in White Rock, has been canceled.

    APP meeting

    The Arts in Public Places Advisory Board will meet Thursday. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.

    Nature Playtimes

    Nature Playtimes, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. The next scheduled playtime is from 10-11 a.m. Monday. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. Each Playtime features a story and stations centered around a theme, as well as outside time. No advance registration required. Playtimes are free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org.

    At the Pond

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series will feature Marcus Cavlante. It is set for 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.

    Farmers Market

    County officials announced there would be no councilors’ booth at Thursday’s Farmers Market.

  • Cone Zone 07-20-14

    For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw at lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www. losalamosnm.us.
    County officials ask motorists to use caution within the construction work zones.

    Central Avenue Improvements Project:

    Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street for night work between 7 p.m.-6 a.m.
     During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Eastbound Central traffic will be detoured to Deacon, to 15th and back to eastbound Central. The detour was moved from Trinity Drive to Deacon to enhance traffic flow.
    On-street parking on Central will be closed, please use alternate parking in the area.
    The contractor plans on working a day and night crew in an effort to complete this section of the project within the first 60 days of the construction.
    When possible, please use alternate business entrances including those along Deacon, 15th Street and 20th Street.
    Pedestrian detour signs are posted, please use the detour and stay out of the work zone.

    NM502 / Trinity Storm Drain Improvements:

  • Dems opening new HQ

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will host a reception 5 p.m. Friday at its new headquarters.
    The Democrats’ headquarters is located at 170 Central Park Square. Everyone is invited.
    Following the reception, there will be a campaign kickoff party at Fuller Lodge.