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  • Indoor elevator may be feasible

    Wayne Kohlrust, project manager for the Fuller Lodge Phases 2-4 Remodel Project, has literally done the groundwork: maneuvering through crawl spaces under the floor to determine whether two proposed locations for an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) elevator are feasible.
    The good news is that both spaces are challenging but workable, eliminating the need to place an elevator outside the historic building.
    The project’s design team from Mullen Heller Architecture, P.C. created considerable controversy when they proposed building a glass and steel elevator near the entrance.
    Michele Mullen, architect/co-owner of Mullen Heller, joined Kohlrust in explaining the pros and cons of the two new options.
    The indoor options have a greater impact on the building than an outside option, but will be less intrusive visually.
    Both will require adding columns to hold up the first and second floor framing around the elevator space. Option 1 requires the additional step of removing two steel support beams that run from the sublevel to the roof.

  • Police Beat 7-31-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    July 23
    8:10 a.m. — Steven Kowalczyk, 53, of Abiquiu was arrested for possessing false evidence for title/aegis on Rover Boulevard.

    4:05 p.m. — Police reported that a 13-year-old girl was the victim of child abuse on Trinity Drive.

    9:24 p.m. –– A 49-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a burglary from a dwelling on 33rd Street.

    July 25
    1:23 a.m. — Andrea Rivera, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated battery against a household member in the 3000 block of Canyon Road.

    6:48 p.m. — A 40-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $2500) at 47th Street.

    11:17 p.m. — Darryl Hayes, 53, of Albuquerque was arrested for identity theft at the intersection of 39th Street and Orange Street. On July 27, he was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.

  • APP board seeks comments

    The Art in Public Places Board announced recently it is seeking comment on its proposal to place a series of pottery replicas along the N.M. 4 corridor in White Rock.
    The APPB is accepting comment through Aug. 3 for the proposal, which includes placing six large Native American pottery replicas along the area, a similar display to one that adorns the road going toward the Albuquerque Sunport.
    According to an announcement by the board, the proposed project was first suggested by the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee, that proposal coming when the new Visitor Center was still under construction.
    The concept, now developed, involves a historical progression of pottery styles associated with San Ildefonso Pueblo, from prehistoric to contemporary.
    The pottery forms, which would be made out of concrete, would be produced by the same firm that made the Sunport display, while a group of San Ildefonso artists, descendants of the original inhabitants of the Pajarito Plateau, would select authentic ancestral designs and paint them on the replicas.
    The pieces would range in size from 4 feet tall to an 8-foot diameter plate in the style of Maria Martinez, and would be distributed along both sides of the road.

  • Stacking Shelves

    From left, Branch Manager Veronica Encinas, Library Manager Steven Thomas and Library Specialist Monique Archbold place periodicals on shelves at the new White Rock Branch Library in anticipation of its opening. There will be a grand opening ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday at the new location.

  • Bandelier warns of possible flash floods

    Although it has been a rainy summer so far, there haven’t yet been any large flash floods in Bandelier National Monument.
    However, Bandelier officials warn that floods are certainly possible and the park has announced that the annual closure of all canyon bottom camping zones is in effect through Sept. 15.
    According to an announcement released by the National Park Service, hikers are still welcome to go out on the trails and backpackers can get Wilderness permits to camp in zones on mesa tops.
    Juniper Campground also remains open.
    However, Bandelier staff is also reminding visitors to take precautions to avoid flash floods during the rainy season.
    Since the 2011 Las Conchas Fire burned through the watersheds of canyons across the plateau, heavy monsoon rains can cause flash floods in any of the canyons, just depending on where storms are heavy.
    Flash floods can be dangerous if hikers are unprepared.
    According to information from Bandelier, efore going out for a day or overnight hike, hikers should check weather forecasts and keep an eye on the horizons throughout the day. If a device that can pick up radar maps is available, that should also be used to keep track of potential storms.

  • Update 7-29-15

    Farmers Market

    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday. It takes place at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Exhibits

    Check-in for the Los Alamos County Fair exhibits will start at 2 p.m. Aug. 6. The check-ins will be done at Mesa Public Library. The county Fair and Rodeo will be from Aug. 7-9.

    Swing Dance

    There will be a swing dance at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, hosted by Atomic City Swing. There is a beginner’s lesson at 7 p.m., followed by social dancing. Price is $3 for dancers, $5 for those taking the lesson. Email atomiccityswing@gmail.com for information.

    Grand Opening

    The White Rock Library and Youth Center grand opening is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at their new location at Sherwood Boulevard and N.M. 4. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Aug. 4. The work session will take place at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Warm Water
    There will be a Warm Water Weekend at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center Aug. 8-9. Water temperature is turned up in the main pool for Warm Water Weekends. It will go from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 8 and 1-5 p.m. Aug. 9. For more information, call 662-8170.

  • Udall, Heinrich want to expand RECA law

    On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on their work to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to expand compensation for victims of radiation exposure in New Mexico, as well as several Western states and the island of Guam.
    The announcement was made through Udall’s office.
    Udall, Heinrich and Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) introduced legislation earlier this year to amend RECA to cover victims of the government’s nuclear arms testing, including those living downwind of the Trinity bomb test in New Mexico’s Tularosa Basin and post-1971 uranium workers in northwestern New Mexico.
    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the test of the atomic bomb at White Sands and the dropping of the bombs on Japan that helped end World War II.
    In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the bipartisan group of senators cosponsoring the bill wrote, “Considering the importance of RECA to many of our constituents, we respectfully request that you move quickly to hold a hearing to bring to light existing deficiencies in the compensation program and to review our legislation.”

  • Senate passes new transportation bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a long-term transportation bill, but with House lawmakers already dispersed for their August recess, the bill will become just one more sticky issue on a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall.
    The $350 billion long-term bill was approved Thursday on a 65-34 vote with bipartisan support. It would make changes to highway, transit, railroad and auto safety programs, but its sponsors were only able to find enough money to pay for the first three years of the six-year bill.
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the bill’s passage, “a win for our country.”
    “Many thought we’d never get here, but we have,” he said.
    Immediately after the vote, the Senate turned to a three-month patch previously passed by the House that extends the government’s authority to process highway and transit aid payments to states through Oct. 29. Without congressional action, that authority expires at midnight Friday. House Republican leaders opted for the patch to give themselves more time to work on a long-term — and long-sought — transportation bill.
    Lawmakers have said they are loath to take up yet another short-term transportation funding extension — this will be the 34th extension since 2009.

  • Hotel interior gets vandalized

    The Hilltop House Hotel, closed since March 2013, was broken into and vandalized to the tune of more than $75,000 in damages to the property recently.
    Los Alamos police believe the damage was done by groups of teens repeatedly breaking into the building, starting possibly as early as this past spring.
    Police were alerted to the situation when realtors from Zia Realty filed a complaint with the Los Alamos Police Department last month.
    Wildlife and video cameras were set up in various parts of the building and police were able to identify and arrest 14 suspects damaging and vandalizing the inside of the building. The suspects’ ages are between 12 and 14.
    According to police, the teenagers even destroyed a rooftop lighting assembly worth $10,000.
    During interviews with the suspects, many of the kids confessed to doing even more damage to the property, which included throwing televisions down staircases, destroying microwave ovens, breaking chairs, shattering mirrors and spray painting graffiti on the interior walls. Other kids admitted to smashing glass doors and scattering key cards all over the floor of the lobby, as well as expelling the contents of the building’s fire extinguishers in the rooms and halls of the building.

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