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Today's News

  • Update 07-12-12

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed July 18-20 for staff to attend training.  Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.  The court will re-open at 8 a.m., July 23.

    LANL meeting

    A public meeting for the LANL Individual Permit For Storm Water will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 24 in council chambers.

    Coalition meeting

  • Park passes first hurdle in Congress

    The House Natural Resources Committee today approved by unanimous consent H.R. 5987, a bipartisan bill introduced by Natural Resources Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Ben Lujan (D-N.M.) to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that will include facilities at Hanford, Wash., Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Los Alamos.

    The Manhattan Project was an unprecedented top-secret program to produce an atomic bomb before Nazi Germany. The action by the committee makes the bill eligible for consideration by the full House.

  • Broadband study gets council OK

    The Community Broadband Network project moved one step closer to completion Tuesday when the county council approved a request from Information Technology (IT) staff to include questions regarding debt financing for the project in the final market research study.

    During the FY2013 budget hearings, council was adamant that Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects should move forward without new taxes and without debt. However, staff concluded that the $48 to $60 million project–which would bring fiber infrastructure to every county residence–is not feasible without some form of debt financing.

    Staff has identified federal grants and loans that could help finance the project, but most federal funds require some type of match from the recipient.

  • High water at Bandelier washes out temporary bridges

    An evening rain in upper Frijoles Canyon Wednesday sent high water down Frijoles Creek, washing away three temporary bridges in Bandelier National Monument. Bridges along the trail to Alcove House and the second bridge on the Falls Trail were washed away.

    The high water also closed Hwy 501 and sections of Hwy 4 temporarily.

    Chief Ranger Tom Betts said the temporary bridges were designed for such events.

    “Our talented trail crew designed split log and rail bridges which are very simple and very cost effective,” Betts said. “We built them knowing they would wash away at some point.”

  • Board green lights bus loop

    Months of debate, rejected plans and much discussion came to an end Tuesday during the Los Alamos Board of Education meeting.

    Board members were able to reach a consensus regarding the proposed bus loop at Los Alamos High School and voted 5-0 in favor of study number eight, which would have buses entering school grounds from Diamond Drive and exiting onto Orange Street.

    According to a press release from Los Alamos Public Schools, the High School Bus Loop Committee met on July 3 “to review the high school bus loop option that will be presented to the school board at the July 10 meeting.

  • Treat your ears to country-rock-soul

    According to Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series promoter Russ Gordon, one of his favorite concerts in the last 25 years was the Austin country-rock-soul band, the Gourds, who performed at the Pajarito Ski Area four years ago.
    Their lead singer/front man is Kev “Shinyribs” Russell. Those that have never seen the Gourds or don’t remember the show might want to catch this Friday’s Shinyribs concert at Ashley Pond.
    “The Gourds have two songwriters and singers, plus they’re a democratic band where they all argue over who controls the performances and CD production,” Gordon said.

  • Thank You 07-12-12

    Thank you to everyone who helped make The Family YMCA’s Independence Day Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run a success.
    Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Bank and Southwest Safety Services of Santa Fe sponsored the event. Businesses that donated prizes for top finishers and random drawings were Ruby K’s, Otowi Station Bookstore, Pet Pangaea, Connie’s Over Your Head Salon, Ten Thousand Waves, The Co-op Market, The Flower Shop, Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, CB Fox, Aspen Copies, El Parasol, Fabulous 50s Diner, Home Run Pizza, Pajarito Ski Area, Reel Deal Theater, The Coffee Booth, REI, Whole Food’s Market and Viola’s Place.
    The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe donated cases of water for the runners.
    Thank You.

  • Be There 07-12-12

    Today
    The next Los Alamos Community Blood Drive is from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. Every donor will receive a limited edition alien T-shirt while supplies last. Allow about one hour to give blood, including screening and blood draw. For more information, visit unitedbloodservices.org, or log in and register. Walk-ins always welcome.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Films series presents, “The Muppets” at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Friday

  • Help foster a furry friend

    The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, run by the police department, receives Los Alamos animals through owner surrender, abandonment and by picking up roaming animals in this county.  
    The currently low rate of euthanasia has been achieved through the efforts of employees and volunteers to have animals adopted and fostered. The volunteer program would like to expand the network of foster homes for Los Alamos animals in order to continue this success.
    A major cause of illness in shelters is overcrowding. When the shelter becomes overcrowded, short-term foster homes can save health and lives by temporarily absorbing the overflow. When staff advises that adoptions have reduced the population, these fosters may return to the shelter.

  • Gov's plan on health insurance

    Just two days before the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of President Obama’s  health care law, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration in Santa Fe announced the creation of a task force charged with developing a state health insurance exchange.
    One of the major features of that law, known as the Affordable Care Act, is that each state must institute health insurance exchanges by 2014 for the purpose of insuring a competitive insurance marketplace in the state, offering choices in health plans and assisting consumers in understanding the insurance options available to them.