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  • Utilities manager appointment fulfills lifelong dream for Glasco

     

    Pending council approval, the Tim Glasco, the Deputy Utility Manager for Gas, Water and Sewer Services for the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will become the next DPU manager for the county. 

    BPU Vice-Chair Chris Ortega, who made the announcement about the board’s choice Thursday, remarked on the quality of all five candidates that were interviewed. 

    “They all brought different skill sets to the table and had very, very good experience in certain areas,” Ortega said, then noted some of things that weighed in Glasco’s favor. 

    “He has broad experience. He’s been in the utilities business most of his career. I hired him in 1995 to help us acquire the water production system,” Ortega said. 

    “Tim has got an extremely good background in dealing with federal agencies, as well, like NNSA, EPA. And I think we need that in the future. He’s also got a good perspective on alternative energy, which we’ll be looking at in the future.

    “So I think all those things combined made him the top candidate. I think Tim will do really, really well. He’s really versatile, and he’s got a lot of background. He’s excellent at delving into matters and solving problems. So I think it will all work out.”

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  • County updates hazard mitigation strategy

     

     Los Alamos County is halfway done with its update of its original Hazard Mitigation Plan, a plan originally created in 2006 in response to the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. The county is updating the plan to keep it eligible for federal mitigation funds but to asses the recent changes in Los Alamos since 2006. 

    According to Phil Taylor, emergency management coordinator for the county, no plan is invulnerable, but another point to making a plan is to reduce future losses to life and property.

    “You can’t absolutely guarantee we’re never going to have a fire here, we’re never going to have an earthquake here, but what we can do is mitigate the impact of those events,” Taylor said. “ We can practice defensible space, we can have a good evacuation plan, we can have a robust way of notifying the community when bad things happen and give them good solid direction and information on what to do.” 

  • Be There 04-15-14

    Today
    Los Alamos County Power of Parents, associated with the Mother’s Against Drunk Driving program. The free community event is designed on principles proven to reduce underage drinking by 30 percent. 6 p.m. at White Rock Town Hall. For more information visit madd.org/PowerTalk21.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series: History Frontiers. 7:30 p.m., in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. Mining Frontiers: “History of Turquoise,” with Patricia McGraw. For more information, call 662-6272 or visit losalamoshistory.org.
    Wednesday
    Los Alamos County will be holding public information meetings in Los Alamos at the current Teen Center, located in the lower level of the Trinity On the Hill Episcopal Church from 3-5 p.m. for the teens and then at the Community Building (future Teen Center site) from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. to update residents on the design of the new Los Alamos Teen Center.

  • Assets In Action: Yearly trek to Mexico to help build homes

    I’d like to open this column with a special thank you to the Los Alamos Public Utilities Department, water, sewer and trash and road repair crews.
    I confess that I lied to you in last week’s column and you may have noticed I was suspiciously absent last week.
    While I told you to take it easy and stay in your pajamas, I spent the week with 54 of my fellow community members, working harder than many of us have ever worked in our lives.
    A crew of 55 traveled to Mexico during the break, not for fun and frolic, but to build two homes, and a youth school classroom in just four days, that’s correct, three structures in four days.
    Of the 55, half of these were youth from our community. The youngest was in seventh grade and the rest were high school students. They worked aside their adult counterparts, working so hard for the benefit of their fellow man, in Assets language; cultural competency at it’s finest.
    Our youth did what it might take their parents, 10 or even 30 years to accomplish, home ownership. Their free time resulted in a home that provides, safety, security and a door with a key and a handmade keychain.
    The families receiving the gift have weekly incomes of $65 to $115 and that may be from working two different jobs. There are five members living in each home.

  • County to have meeting regarding teen center

    Los Alamos County will be holding public information meetings about the teen center. The meetings are for teens from 3-5 p.m Wednesday at the current teen center, located in the lower level of the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    There were also be a meeting to update residents on the design of the new teen center. This meeting will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Building. The same material will be presented at each meeting.
    The design for the new teen center is underway and estimated construction completion set for August 2015. The Teen Center will be located in the Community Building, utilizing vacated space now that the county tenants have moved to the Municipal Building. NCA Architects is the architect of record and will be presenting concepts for review and evaluation. The County Council approved $4.2 million in funding in FY13 to design and remodel the Community Building for use as a Teen Center. The remaining tenants at the Community Building (United States Forest Service, New Mexico Extension Service, Youth Activity Center and PAC-8) are to remain in their current locations.
    During the upcoming meetings, the public will be able to view conceptual floor plans, exterior renderings, and site plans for the new Teen Center.

  • Canyoneer to speak at Mountaineer meeting

    The April program of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature a free talk by Rich Carlson, regarded as perhaps the most renowned canyoneer in the United States.
     Carlson will present his talk at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge, following the business portion of the Mountaineers’ meeting.
     Mountaineers ascend whereas canyoneers descend, through the twists and drops and geology of canyons narrow and wide. Carlson has been canyoneering for more than 35 years, building a reputation as the most experienced professional canyoneering guide and instructor in the United States.
     Carlson, in his talk, will give a general introduction to the sport of canyoneering and the basic skills and tools required to navigate canyons safely. He will then focus on a recent trip to Nepal and show the hidden treasures that canyoneering can unlock for adventurers, and why people are taking up canyoneering increasingly every year.
     Founder of the American Canyoneering Association, Carlson is extremely active in the global canyoneering community, offering training opportunities, building online resources, sponsoring events and designing canyoneering-specific gear with companies like BlueWater Ropes and Rock Exotica.

  • Supremes take another whack at campaign reforms

    “This deeply flawed Supreme Court decision continues down a path that equates money with speech and corporations with people.”
    Thus did New Mexico’s United States Sen. Martin Heinrich’s react to the high court’s McCutcheon v. FEC 5-4 decision earlier this month that pounded another nail in the coffin of this nation’s campaign finance reform laws.
    Taken in tandem with the court’s 2010 ruling Citizens United (also by a 5-4 decision), practically all significant laws passed in recent years calculated to rein in the billion dollar orgy of campaign money with which corporations and big moneyed interests contrive to buy and sell influence in Congress and state Houses across the land are kaput.
    As presently composed, five of the nine members of whom the Supreme Court consists are rigidly conservative, as that term is generally construed today. That same group of five justices is routinely activist, bent on interpreting the laws they are called upon to adjudicate in ways other than originally intended and sometimes even contrary to intentions.
    It is this predilection of the current court majority that Sen. Heinrich critiques when he decries the equating of money with speech and corporations with people.

  • Poor economy makes people leave N.M.

    The worst state economy in the nation is right here in New Mexico. Albuquerqueans are very good at divorce. People are leaving the state.
    These things go together.
    Having the worst state economy means tying Kentucky for the nation’s leading wage-job loss percentage between February 2013 and February 2014, according to the Labor Market Review, the newsletter of the state Department of Workforce Solutions released April 4, late in that day after potential readers had gone home. DWS buried the news —it’s an election year, after all — leaving it at the bottom (where else?) of a table on page 16.
    We lost 0.2 percent of our wage jobs, or 1,900, over the year. Virginia was the only other state losing jobs. The losses concentrated in Albuquerque, which reported 4,500 fewer jobs, a 1.2 percent drop.
    Maybe it was newly divorced people leaving town.
    Men’s Health magazine ranked divorce propensity in 100 cities. Albuquerque placed 99th, followed only by Charleston, W.Va. Joe Queenan, described as “a humorist” by the Wall Street Journal, which hosts his column, called the bottom 10 “blighted burgs.”

  • Baseball crushes Capital on road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team improved to a perfect 6-0 with its pair of crushing victories this weekend.
    Los Alamos, which remains in first place heading into this week’s play, blasted the Capital Jaguars by a combined 43-1 in the teams’ doubleheader this weekend in Santa Fe. Los Alamos won the first game 26-0, then cruised to a big 17-1 victory in game two.
    It has been rough going for Capital. It has been outscored by more than a 4-1 margin and has been limited to five runs in five district games so far.
    For the Hilltoppers (14-6 overall), they control their own destiny in district right now, with their only serious contender being Española Valley (12-6, 3-1 in 2-4A). Española Valley, which the Hilltoppers nipped 3-2 last week, has a big game Wednesday at Bernalillo.
    Los Alamos will be off this week until Saturday, when it starts the second half of 2-4A play. Los Alamos will travel to Bernalillo for a doubleheader.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Bernalillo’s Spartans (4-13, 1-2) by a count of 10-3 April 2 at Bomber Field.