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Today's News

  • Update 06-26-12

    Parents wanted

    Los Alamos Public Schools is looking for parents to try out potential new versions of their websites. Parents new to the community and parents of current elementary, middle and high schoolers are needed.  Email Colin MacArthur at c.macarthur@laschools.net or call 629-0776 to schedule a time to help.

    P & Z

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdsay in council chambers.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Community Building.

    Pool closure

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed for maintenance from 7-11 a.m. Friday.

    Restrictions

  • LANS set to give $180k in donations

    Nonprofit organizations will receive more than $180,000 from Los Alamos National Security, LLC during a recognition event beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, at Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos.
    LANS contributions are determined by the number of volunteer hours logged by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employees and retirees through an organization called VolunteerMatch.

  • Fire center groundbreaking

    Marking the one-year anniversary of the Las Conchas Fire — the state’s second largest fire –— is the groundbreaking of a new, permanent Interagency Fire Center. The effort - stemming from coordination among several agencies during last year’s fire — is part of a partnership between the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Bandelier National Monument, and Santa Fe National Forest. The project is expected to be complete by next spring. Details in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Heat hampers wildfire fight

    Searing, record-setting heat in the interior West didn’t loosen its grip on firefighters struggling to contain blazes in Colorado, Utah and other Rocky Mountain states.

    Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

    “When it’s that hot, it just dries the fuels even more. That can make the fuels explosive,” said Steve Segin, a fire spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

    Much of Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado are under a red flag warning, meaning conditions are hot, dry and ripe for fires.

  • White Rock proposes alternate plan

    It took some time for the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee (WRMPIC) to recover from council’s decision not to allot $16 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds for a proposed civic center. The center would have combined and expanded facilities for the White Rock Branch Library, Senior Center, Youth Activity Center, an Activity Center and Town Hall.

    Council instead allocated $8,400,000 remaining for implementing the White Rock Master Plan and directed the WRMPIC to return with options for separating the components of the civic center, reducing scope and reevaluating the siting.
    After council’s decision, county staff put together some options for the committee to consider.

  • Thank You 06-26-12

    The Los Alamos Arts Council wishes to thank the many people who came together to make the 15th Annual Los Alamos Kite Festival a success. Many thanks to the members of the community who came out to make a kite, fly a kite, listen to the music or just take in the scene. Without you, the kite festival would not have been such a success. You are why we do the Kite Festival.  
    We also thank the organizations and individuals who made the Kite Festival possible.  Thanks to Los Alamos National Bank, the sole sponsor of the Los Alamos Kite Festival for generous funding, banners, flyers and the ever-popular T-shirts. The LANB volunteers were tireless in helping many kids build kites. The sky was filled with the workshop kites they helped build.

  • Think before you post that video

    Have you seen the most recent, “teachable moment?” If so, have you done anything with it or just let it pass?
    Karen Klein, the 68-year-old school bus aide from Greece, New York was bullied by four middle school students — being taunted, poked and made fun of until she cried.
    There are so many things that families can discuss about this incident.
    The first, of course, is why? Why would any youth torment an elderly person once, let alone until they made someone cry?
    The next is about kids posting videos on YouTube. Sometimes the result of posting something ugly can be beneficial to the world and open doors for discussion. Think about it.

  • Sharpening their marketing skills

    Youth Business grant recipients worked on their marketing skills with Assets In Action on Monday. Here, students are writing biographies to promote their businesses. Learn more about the businesses funded at ybgp.org.

  • Be There 06-26-12

    Today
    Summer Family Evenings at PEEC Presents: Hug a Tree and Survive! Bandelier’s Chris Judson presents this program about what to do if you get lost in the woods and how not to get lost in the first place. 6:30 p.m. Free to all, no registration required. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@pajaritoeec.org.

    Wednesday
    Mesa Family Game Night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda at Mesa Public Library. Play their games or bring your own. All ages welcome.

  • Hall attends several meetings

    This is the fourth in the series on State House District 43.  The district is large, diverse, and filled with active people and events.  This report is necessarily brief and only covers a few events.  
    First, there is now more background information on the Las Conchas fire, the science, and proposed policy and technical responses.  As I mentioned in my special report, one of the major events was the EPSCoR sponsored meeting on “Fire and Water: The Las Conchas Fire”.  The final meeting report is at:   nmfirst.org/_literature_139628/Town_Hall_on_New_Mexico_Fire_and_Water_Final_Report).