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Today's News

  • Former NASA scientist to speak at MOWW meeting

    Bryan Huysman, former NASA Manned Space Flight Center Scientist,  will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 20 dinner meeting of the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos.  
    The meeting will be at the Hilltop House, third floor and will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m.
    Huysman’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The dinner entrée is green chile chicken with mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad and roll. Cost of the dinner is $23 per person.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to the general public for the dinner and program, or the program only at no cost.
    Note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner.
    RSVP for the dinner is needed by Nov. 18; call Lt. Col Gregg Giesler AUS retired, chapter commander, 662-5574 or email g.giesler@computer.org; or Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson USAF retired, chapter adjutant, 662-9544 or email NRMWil5@cs.com.
    An Act of Congress chartered the Military Order of the World Wars in 1919 as a national patriotic organization.

  • Chocolate lover's paradise

    A variety of chocolate creations were on display Saturday during the Festival of Chocolate. Attendees sampled pastries, like Morning Glory Bakery’s beignets, below, and other assorted goodies.

     

  • Last Call: Los Alamos Life 2013 photo entries due today

    The call for entries deadline is today. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your best photographs from the last year in Los Alamos Life 2013.

    Response thus far indicates there are a lot of really excellent photographers out there... Nature and wildlife scenes have dominated the entries, so there's a real opportunity for those with people shots, along with action/sports photos.

    Whether you’re an amateur with a really good eye or a seasoned pro, Los Alamos Life wants your best photos! Get your most striking pictures featured in the next edition of Los Alamos Life set to publish in February 2013.

    Los Alamos Life is an award-winning full color, glossy annual magazine that presents a quintessential snapshot of moments in the life of Los Alamos. The magazine is reminiscent of the iconic Life magazine, but it is bolder and more colorful in its presentation.

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Los Alamos Life says a lot about Los Alamos, its people and what it’s like to live in this majestic mountain hamlet — home of scientific discoveries that have literally changed the world.

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 11-14-12

    Nov. 6

    Rusty Mock was found guilty in Los Alamos County Magistrate Court of battery against a household member.
    Mock was ordered to undergo 365 days of supervised probation and pay $73 in court costs.
    Conditions of probation are defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested or indicted for any other charge during probation. Defendant will obey all court-ordered conditions of probation. Defendant shall not possess or consume alcohol during probation, or enter an establishment that serves liquor. Defendant shall not possess a weapon or destructive device during probation and defendant shall maintain contact with probation officer throughout the probation period. Defendant must also enroll in a year-long domestic violence class.

    Ada J. Martinez was found guilty in Los Alamos County Magistrate Court of driving while under the influence of liquor and or drugs with a blood alcohol level of .08.
    The original charge was aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs because she refused to submit to drug or chemical testing.
    Martinez was ordered to pay $241 in court costs and undergo 364 days of probation.

  • In Brief 11-14-12

    Police: Man break bank’s windows, calls 911

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Police say an Albuquerque man fed up with his bank went to the extreme when he broke out the bank’s windows and then called police on himself.
    KOAT-TV reports that Charles Scribner reported his crime last week shortly after smashing the windows to a Bank of America in Southeast Albuquerque.
    According to the police report, Scribner told police Bank of America had “sold him out” and he became enraged. Scribner admitted he broke out the front doors, shattered a window next to the inner doors and smashed an upper window.
    Authorities say Scribner told a 911 operator to have police come arrest him because he didn’t want to have to keep breaking windows.
    He was later charged with criminal damage.

    Court rejects union vote appeal

    LAS VEGAS — A federal appeals court has flatly rejected a Las Vegas hospital’s effort to nullify a union authorization vote it has been fighting since 2007.
    The opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected all of Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s arguments for throwing out the election results and calls its efforts stalling tactics.

  • Highlights of new sign code

    The most significant change to the new sign ordinance is codifying sign permits by “Sign Areas” rather than zoning districts. With this approach, the sign code is based on the context of surrounding land uses, road dynamics and ambiance. These five areas can be applied to any new developments in the future.

    Area 1: all residential areas.
    Area 2: Pajarito Acres area, which includes some incidental or accessory commercial uses.
    Area 3: Central Avenue: Designated as a low speed vehicle/pedestrian environment.
    Area 4: Trinity Drive, N.M.502 and Diamond, areas primarily geared toward vehicular traffic by commuters and locals familiar with the area.
    Area 5: SR4, areas with higher speeds and a high concentration of out-of-town visitors.
    A summary of the changes in the staff report reads:
    1. The draft completely reorganizes the sign code article with the intent to make it easier to read and find specific regulations.
    2.  It removes ambiguous language to allow faster, simpler and more accurate administration of the code.
    3.  It adds illustrations and more thorough definitions and requirements.
    4.  It expands the number and type of signs that can be installed without a permit; for example commercial window signs meeting standards for total window coverage

  • Update 11-14-12

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building Training Room.

    JJAB

    The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Pajarito Cliffs Site Building No. 1 on Camino Entrada Road.

    Arts fair

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will hold its holiday arts and  crafts fair at 9 a.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Round. The fair runs until 3:30 p.m.

    Ashley Pond

    An informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent Final Design Plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations will be at 5:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on a proposed sewer rate increase and restructuring at 5:30 p.m. today at 170 Central Park Square.

  • White Rock's The Hive in danger of closing

    Council turned down a citizens’ petition requesting $36,000 for The Hive to sustain its operations through February 2013, due to state law prohibiting the county from providing financial assistance to non-public agencies.

    The petition also requested that council direct county staff to develop an expanded grant application for The Hive’s continued operations.

    County Resolution No. 10-18 does provide for financial assistance to non-public agencies that provide a service that council feels it should provide to its citizens.

    Since The Hive’s services may qualify for funding under that provision, council unanimously approved a motion directing staff to investigate the matter with the petitioners and “return to council with information, options and/or recommendations as soon as practicable.”

    The Hive may also qualify for Local Economic Development Act grants.

    The assistance may come too late to save The Hive. Stewart David Jones said that without funding, The Hive will be forced to close its doors at the end of this month.
    For more on this developing story, read Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
    In other business:

    • Council also certified the canvassing committee results for the 2012 General Election.

  • Council OKs new sign ordinance

    Los Alamos County has been trying to revise its sign code ever since a 2006 signage survey revealed widespread dissatisfaction with the ordinance, netting responses such as “too restrictive and too cumbersome.”

    After years of working and reworking by the Community Development Department (now the Community and Economic Development Department) and the Planning and Zoning Commission, numerous public meetings and delays to address legal concerns, council voted unanimously Tuesday to repeal the old ordinance and adopt a new one.

    CEDD Principal Planner Gary Leikness came armed with three large binders holding the history of the new ordinance when he presented to council, but he kept his introductory remarks succinct.

    Since council had thoroughly discussed most of the proposed changes during its August work session, much of the discussion centered on two late developments.

    Los Alamos Public Schools requested that the code governing schools be changed from “… may have one freestanding sign per location” to “… may have one freestanding sign per street frontage” to assure that schools could be identified from every direction.

    Smith’s Food and Drug Centers requested a change to the freestanding signage restrictions for Area 4 (Trinity Drive).

  • Rachel's Club Making a Difference

    Whether it’s a hand up, a hand out or just a hand, students in Los Alamos Middle School’s Friends of Rachel Club have been setting an example by using their hands for good.

    Whether it’s by giving out random “kindness” bags to students they pass in the hallway or by making posters, members of the Friends of Rachel Club are always finding creative ways to carry out their number one mission.

    “We plan ways to keep people aware and informed about bullying and why they shouldn’t do it,” said club member Aubrey Hollon.

    The club’s latest project has become a runaway success; just check the LAMS’ cafeteria wall. The club has recently been raising money by having anyone that wants to, dip their hand in some non-toxic paint and press their palm onto a section of the middle school’s interior cafeteria wall.

    So, why the obsession with hands? According to Rachel’s Club member Esperanza Tapia, the club is an affiliate of the Rachel’s Challenge organization, which was founded by Rachel Scott’s parents shortly after she was killed in 1999 during the Columbine High School massacre.

    Tapia explained that shortly after her death, her parents discovered something behind their late daughter’s dresser that gave them the idea for the foundation.