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  • Councilors back more aggressive policy to go after vacant homes

    During Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council work session on housing, the major topic of conversation was how to deal with vacant and/or blighted properties.
    Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus and Housing and Special Projects Division Manager Andrew Harnden provided a status report and a range of new options for addressing the issue.
    According to the staff report, determining which properties are actually vacant can be a challenge. Records of ownership or responsibility can be dispersed among occupants, investors, servicers and lenders.
    Harnden described his efforts to determine which properties are actually vacant. Using utility records and follow up visits, 91 homes were determined to have a high certainty of vacancy. Approximately 25 percent of those are in foreclosure, 10 percent are in a family trust and 25 percent belong to out-of-state owners.
    The conditions of those homes range from good to very poor, with 21 “definitely or possibly” in code violation. Six of those have been resolved. The most common code violation was for weeds and vegetation.

  • Today in history Aug. 26
  • LA Co-op weathers the storm

    Businesses in Los Alamos are known to go through rough patches and in 2014 and 2015, the Los Alamos Co-op Market was no exception.
    The community-owned store went through six general managers in the space of 14 months when, around the time, the new Smith’s Marketplace opened up down the street.
    Though the two things weren’t necessarily related, it didn’t help, said the co-op’s new general manager, Tim Morrison. Before that happened, though, Morrison, a longtime Los Alamos resident left for China for a few years.
    “I expected it was going to be OK,” Morrison said. “I was going to be able to run away and everything was going to be fine. I was really disappointed to come back to a store that was really in trouble, but I’m here to fix it.”
    Morrison was made the co-op’s new general manager June 30.  
    Morrison said that since he’s come onboard, they’ve been averaging $60,000 in sales a week and last week, they hit $67,000.
    When asked what he said he’s done differently, he said while they’ve made a few changes, everything is basically the same. One thing he attributes to the success is employee morale.

  • Today in history Aug. 24
  • Los Alamos School District announces individual school grades

    After a preliminary examination of data from the New Mexico Education Department, the Los Alamos Public Schools today said Los Alamos is the best performing district in the state.

    LAPS based its assessment on standardized test scores averaged over a two-year period. The test used was the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam, or PARCC.

  • Community Calendar 8-24-16

    Los Alamos Piecemakers meeting from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Los Alamos United Church. “Redwork Workshop” with Michelle Watts. Watts will be teach how to embroider using our domestic sewing machine. Contact skapple@cybermesa.com interested in attending.  

    Green Hour Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike to Jemez Falls. Free.

    Noted historian and broadcaster David King Dunaway will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda. His talk is entitled “Force and Violins.” Dunaway is Professor of English and Communications (adjunct) at the University of New Mexico. Dunaway also created the 13-part radio series “Writing the Southwest” which is accompanied by a book of the same name. For more information, visit the events link on losalamoslibrary.org or call 662-8253.
    Author Phil Archuletta will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library as part of the Authors Speak Series. Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries sponsor the talks. For more information, visit the events link on losalamoslibrary.org or call 662-8253.

  • ‘Granite Mountain’ filming at Quemazon Friday

    “Granite Mountain” will film one of the final scenes in Los Alamos from 3-7 p.m. Friday in Quemazon, in the area of Quemazon Loop and Torreon.
    Los Alamos Police Department staff were hired by the production company to conduct traffic control at all access points of the film location within Quemazon. Los Alamos Fire Department personnel will also be on hand.
    Quemazon residents will have access through the set.
    Film crew have notified each home within the filming area and have made efforts to talk to residents to minimize impacts, according to the county.
    There will be a casting call for children to be paid extras for two scenes being filmed Friday. The children, ages 3-7 will appear as extras in a scene that will be filmed at either Urban Park or Rover Park in the morning, and children ages 8-12 will appear in the scene in Quemazon Friday evening. Those interested in having his or her child participate must register in advance (photo and contact information) at egcasting.com. Details will be issued immediately upon confirmation.

  • Democrats to host picnic Saturday

    A part of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County’s enthusiastic start to the campaign season, two young Democrats from Los Alamos, Tarin Nix and Katie Christoffersen, attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
    Over 50 diverse Democrats of all walks of life strolled hand-in-hand in the Fair & Rodeo Parade in support of Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Aug. 10 was the first meeting of the brand new chapter the Young Democrats of Los Alamos County.
    The calendar is filled with great events including the “Welcome to the Revolution: Organizing Kick-off” from 6:30-8 p.m. today at 170 Central Park Square. The event will live stream Bernie’s speech at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Hillary for Los Alamos County campaign will host a picnic from 5-7 p.m., providing food and drinks, along with activities for the kids. The picnic will feature Garcia Richard, State Senator Richard Martinez, and Marco Serna, candidate for District Attorney.
    Stop by the campaign headquarters at 170 Central Park Square for information or to pick up bumper stickers, buttons and yard signs, or call 500-4146 for information.

  • Assets in Action: Inspiration, positivity will get you through

    A slight cool breeze in the air means that we’re headed back to school. There was clearly genius behind in the first person to suggest starting on a Thursday.
    I confess, I didn’t understand the logic at first, but everyone is exhausted by Friday! The students, the staff, the custodians that spent the summer putting a sheen on those floors that makes one feel like they’ve crossed an ice rink.
    Then we get a small break and the routine begins. The day after the first day of school, I overheard someone say, “There are just 197 more to go.”
    There’s beauty in having routine. It will be followed by football games, clubs and organizations coming back together, the homecoming game and, ah yes, fundraising.
    The getting back to the grind is hard for some, so remember a dose of patience and look for positivity in everything or looking for the positivity in anything.
    There’s a great website called “Every Monday Matters” that offers little doses of inspiration, some suggestions for inspirational perspiration activities and more.

  • Considering structural issues is useful work

    Troll your archives and no telling what emerges.
    Recent thumbing of the shelves and the computer led to the report of a legislative committee looking into economic development, Arizona’s consideration of that state’s future, and a discussion of growth with a Colorado economist. The documents illuminate what we’re doing and not doing, over time, in New Mexico.
    Interim committees do much of the Legislature’s work.
    The interim Economic Development, New Technologies and Business Tax Study committee met six times in nine cities between June and November 1983. The chairs were two young and ambitious senators from Albuquerque – Tom Rutherford, Democrat, and Bill Valentine, Republican.
    Talk of process was the main product, the committee report indicates. Recruiting businesses and the Business Development Corporation, which eventually failed, were continuing topics. Everyone with half a claim to an economic development portfolio presented somewhere. Some really were involved in economic development. One presentation covered “the social impact of the computer revolution.” Note that the Mac debuted in 1984.