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Today's News

  • Be There calendar 12-10-14

    Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.  

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its annual holiday potluck luncheon. Noon at  the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr. All registered Republican women are invited to join. The new 2015-16 officers will be installed and members will be bringing gifts for the Adopt-A-Family program. To RSVP, call Donna MacDonald 662-4001.

  • Update 12-10-14

    Meeting canceled

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s Dec. 17 meeting has been canceled because of holiday conflicts. JJAB’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. Jan. 21, in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road.

    Parks and Rec

    A regularly scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County’s Park and Recreation board will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the municipal building.

    Tree permits

    Santa Fe National Forest will continue to sell Christmas tree permits from now until Dec. 24. Permits can be purchased at any SFNF ranger station or, locally, at the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

    BPU quorum

    Los Alamos County notified citizens that a quorum could be present for the Board of Public Utilties at the county’s swearing-in ceremony of elected officials. That ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 19. No action will be taken by the board at that event.

    County Council

    The next scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the municipal building.

  • Life coach aiding adoptees

    People who have been adopted may ask themselves practical, yet unanswerable, questions like, what their birth parents look like or what kind of diseases run in their family.
    Not knowing the answers can be frustrating.
    Other, more painful, questions may also creep in and undermine an adoptee’s sense of inner peace.
    Questions like, “Are my birth parents ashamed of me?” “Do my adopted parents really love me?”
    LeAnne Parsons, a life coach in Los Alamos, was adopted and spent years struggling to understand herself and her place in the world.
    While growing up she experienced grief and loss, shame, identity issues, relationship challenges and control issues. All the while she felt like she was keeping her adoption story locked away in the closet.
    She understands the turmoil that people who have been touched by adoption go through. Even though there were times when she felt she was merely coping with life, she has discovered that she has a choice in how she shows up in this world.
    As a life coach she wants to help other people get out of the cycle of tolerating life while everything stays the same, learn to thrive and create the life that they want.
    Her goal is to bring life coaching into health care and the adoption process.

  • Summit Foods manager earns recognition for service

    Ian Tillotson, of Summit Foods, recently received the Client Recognition Award at their annual conference.
    The award is given to directors for exceptional service and this was his second, in the three years he has been with Summit Foods in Los Alamos.
    Summit Foods services the Los Alamos Public Schools lunch program. Tillotson was nominated by a client and was one of only 29 recipients, from their 260 accounts.
    The Education and Business Dining Group, is their largest sector and had just two recipients.
    Tillotson’s responsiveness to client needs and concerns, professionalism, and dedication to students were key areas for this award.
    While the food service manager has been with Summit Foods for 7½ years, he doesn’t accept the award without also acknowledging the hard work of his many staff members.
    “I have a truly dedicated staff that is eager to help in any way possible,” he said. “They come to work every day with a can do attitude and an eagerness to feed as many students as possible.”

  • Lunch with a Leader features director of CED

    The League of Women Voters invites the community to the monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Mesa Public Library. Anne Laurent will be the guest speaker.
    Laurent, a LEED Certified licensed architect moved with her husband, Steve and two children to Los Alamos in 2008. She is currently director of the Community and Economic Development, as well as in charge of Capital Projects. 
    A native of Arizona, she earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Rhode Island School of Design.  Laurent continued her professional career in private architecture focusing on K-12 school design in Arizona.  
    The Laurents’ later moved to Michigan after her husband got accepted into law school with a full scholarship. At that point, Laurent went to work for the Grand Rapids Transit Authority. She eventually became studio manager for a full service private architecture/engineering firm working on a variety of commercial and governmental projects.

  • Recommendation on ACT changes to routes delayed

    On Thursday, the Transportation Board again deferred action on the Comprehensive Transit Study and Five-Year Plan.
    The issue holding up approval is a recommendation by LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc., who conducted the study, to eliminate the 2M, Main Hill Road bus route between White Rock and Los Alamos in favor of the Truck Route, 2T.
    On Nov. 6, the board directed LSC Principal A.T. Stoddard III to provide “further study of the travel time, safety, on demand services and route efficiency as these pertain to accessibility and longer travel times that will impact key users, including those in White Rock…”
    Residents had protested the elimination of the 2M route at that meeting. Further objections were lodged on the county’s Open Forum and again at last week’s meeting.
    Stoddard returned with a breakdown of cost of service and a comparison of travel times.
    The study showed that the cost of operating both routes is approximately $990,000 annually out of a total operating budget of $3,656,000, or about 27 percent of Atomic City Transit’s operating budget.

  • Students praise new Aspen Elementary

    Editor’s note: The following letters were written by sixth graders from Aspen Elementary School regarding recent renovations and rededication of the school. There are more letters to come, so keep reading the Los Alamos Monitor.

    I love our new building for several reasons.
    First of all the look is amazing. It really gives the building a modern feel. Also the playground looks amazing, and an amazing coincidence, the blow dryers in the bathrooms are the same as ones I’ve used before that I encountered in this new building!
    Esai

    I am enjoying our new school building for several reasons.
    First of all, we have larger classrooms. The larger rooms hold more equipment for more in-class projects. Second, we have more books in the library. More books means more sources to study with. Last, this new building is safer than the other. The older building was falling apart, literally!
    Thank you all for our beautiful new building!
    Maia

    Why should we thank you? Because you, yes you, said yes to us. You gave us a brand new school.

  • Colorado comparison part 1: Things can change

    If Colorado’s leaders are smarter than those in New Mexico, something I don’t believe, they can’t be that much smarter.
    After all, to determine our performance in a host of categories, we can freeload off Colorado and save work and money.
    The reference here is to the just-released 10th edition of “Toward a More Competitive Colorado,” a comprehensive look at nine general categories, each with up to a dozen components. To find the report, go to metrodenver.org and look in the research and reports section.
    New Mexico’s various national rankings are what this column and the next are about. But the other important point, maybe the important point, is that things can change and change for the better. In 2013, Colorado was third for job growth. It was 49th in 2002 after what the report calls “the ‘dot.bomb’ recession.”
    Many of the comparisons are ugly. But facing these things offers a place to begin a vision. Colorado seems to be in the top handful on just about everything. New Mexico, well, not so much.
    Necessarily the report deals with the past. Most tables use data through 2013. In the present, New Mexico tied Idaho for 34th place among the states in job production performance between October 2013 and 2014. Alaska was the only state losing jobs during the year.

  • Water Back in the Works

    Randy Smith thought he’d take some flak during the closure of the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, but he didn’t get nearly as much as he figured he would.
    “I expected a lot more phone calls,” said Smith, the recreation division manager for Los Alamos County. “But there were a lot of people wanting to know the exact details of what was going on.”
    The aquatic center wrapped up the upgrade of its HVAC system and boiler and, because preliminary tests on the new equipment went as well as pool personnel could’ve hoped, the center was reopened this morning.
    Lane swimming began at 6 a.m. sharp and the Walkup center will immediately resume its regular schedule — including a Wacky Wednesday this afternoon for kids getting out early from school.
    The center has been closed to the public since just after the local triathlon events. The county projected the upgrades would be completed in mid-November, but delays pushed the schedule back nearly a month.
    According to Smith, the project cost $1.8 million, which was actually below the county’s projected $2.2 million for completion.
    The aquatic center, of course, features the highest-elevation Olympic-sized pool in the world and attracts international competitive swimmers on a regular basis interested in doing high-elevation training.

  • Council passes chicken ordinance

    The Los Alamos County Council had a packed agenda on Tuesday, which included a public hearing on the Chicken Ordinance, a reconsideration of the county’s branding contract with Atlas Advertising, LLC, and a determination on whether to provide shuttle service to the ski hill this winter.
    Agenda documentation, including the complete Chicken Ordinance, can be found at losalamos.legistar.com.
    Here is a summary of the Los Alamos County Council’s actions Tuesday night. More information will follow in the Los Alamos Monitor later this week.

    Chicken ordinance comes first

    The Chicken Ordinance, which will allow those living in residentially zoned areas to keep backyard chickens, passed unanimously with two amendments.
    The maximum number of chickens allowed was raised from six to 10, and the requirement to have 16 square feet of permeable land area available for each chicken was reduced to 10 square feet.

    “Live Exponentially” gets canceled out