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  • Be There 07-1-14



    Summer Family Evenings: Simulate the Rock Cycle. 6:30-8 p.m. Learn how to simulate the rock cycle with aluminum foil and crayons. Led by Valles Caldera Lead Educator Brittney Van Der Werff. No advance registration required. $5 for non- member families/free for PEEC members. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.


    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

  • Organizations install new officers


    The New Mexico State Society and Pajarito Society of the Children of the American Revolution installed officers at a joint meeting with the Valle Grande Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in May at Aspen Ridge Lodge. 

    State President Laura Beth Ezzell and State Chaplain Emily Bruno were installed, along with John Peter Alt as society treasurer, and Linda Carol Wulsin as senior society treasurer. Emily Bruno was also installed as society chaplain. 

    Installing officer was Roberta Day Idzorek, Senior State President, New Mexico Society, Children of the American Revolution.

  • Proud to be an American, thank those who serve


    Recently, I had the pleasure of going with a young person to register to vote.

    How exciting to salute this rite of passage with a small celebration. How exciting that youth are excited about the process.

    The League of Women Voters makes it easy for high school students to get registered, and for that we thank them.

    This particular student wanted to do it at the County Clerk’s Office, in particular to have an assist from County Clerk Sharon Stover, as she has known the student since kindergarten and when she was a team leader in the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program.

  • Capital Spending: $500 at Hidalgo Senior Center, $20.5 million at UNM


    Capital spending is supposed to be for stuff that lasts a while. We have a special affection for senior centers and borrow money against property tax receipts to pay for senior things. The technical terminology here is issuing and selling general obligation bonds subject to voter approval. Issuing the bonds will cost about $2 million. 

    The three smallest dollar amounts approved for seniors by this year’s Legislature are $500 for “other equipment” at the Ena Mitchell Senior and Wellness Center in Lordsburg, $570 for meals equipment for the Vaughn Senior Center and $840 for “other equipment” at the Mora Senior Center. 

  • Cantor defeat creates Martinez advantage


    When Chris Christie was re-elected governor of New Jersey last year, news reports mentioned that he received a majority of Hispanic votes, a fact considered noteworthy for a Republican in that state. Gov. Susana Martinez had spent time in New Jersey campaigning for him. Even if the national pundits didn’t say so, there was an implication that Martinez’s presence contributed to his victory.

    A couple of months ago, I happened to see a TV interview with Rick Perry, outgoing governor of Texas. Perry said he will be campaigning for the Republican candidate who is running to succeed him. And, he added gratuitously, he’ll be campaigning for Martinez in New Mexico.   

  • Crews repairing NM 4 water main break


    Public Works crews were expecting to complete road repairs by 4 p.m., however, they are not going to make it … It now appears that the road work will not be completed until after 6 p.m. this evening. Traffic is reduced to one lane. Evening commuters who usually use Pajarito Road are advised to select an alternate route such as the truck route (East Jemez).


    Previous story: DPU Water crews worked until 2 a.m. Tuesday to replace a corroded section of water main that blew Monday afternoon.  

     Public Works crews are bringing State Road 4 back up to grade before paving the eastbound lane and then moving to pave the westbound lane.

     Traffic control devices remain in place until road work is complete.  County officials state that repairs could take all day; crews will work until the Road is repaired.  

  • Today in history July 1
  • Crews working on Diego Fire


    It’s not a wildfire here, but the effects are more than a little noticeable for residents of Los Alamos and Jemez Springs.

    The Diego wildfire that has now consumed approximately 1,000 acres about 8 miles south of Coyote filled western sky with smoke Monday that could be seen billowing over the mountains and filling the air with its undeniable smell.

    The smoke was considerably worse in Jemez Springs, with one resident telling the Monitor that it’s thick enough to force people to keep their windows closed.

    The wildfire became noticeable in Los Alamos on Sunday, leaving some concerned that the area was again in the line of yet another wildfire, which is about a one hour and 20 minute drive from here.

    On Monday, the fire grew from several hundred acres to 1,000, according to a news release from Santa Fe National Forest. Overnight infrared mapping was expected to more accurately determine its exact size, according to the news release.

    There is no estimated containment time, the release said.

    Firefighters are using a range of equipment to battle the blaze, including Hotshot crews, helicopters, six engines and several water tenders.

  • Council OKs golf course restaurant proposal


    On Friday, the Los Alamos County Council voted 6-0 to approve a proposal from the Pajarito Golf Group LLC to operate a restaurant in the golf course community building. Councilor Rick Reiss was unable to attend Friday’s meeting. 

    PGG is comprised of Patrick Mockler-Wood, Catherine Mockler and Dorota and Pawel Listwan, co-owners of the Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill. Menus completely distinct from those at brewpub are planned for the new venue. 

    The county can now proceed with some modest modifications to the venue that PGG has requested and the procurement process for outfitting the restaurant. Staff estimates it will be November before the restaurant is outfitted and ready for occupancy. 

  • Kirk to play summer league with Cavs


    Los Alamos native Alex Kirk, who was not selected in the NBA Draft, will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, according to a number of media reports.

    Kirk’s agent Graham Boone of Tandem Sports told the Santa Fe New Mexican that Cleveland offered his client the best opportunity to show his skills.

    “We had a robust market for Alex, as far as the summer league goes,” Boone said. “Teams that were in the back half of the second round (of Thursday’s draft) or didn’t have him in play or a pick made sure they registered their interest in him as soon as the draft was over.”

    The j7-foot junior center averaged 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks for the Lobos this past season.