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  • White Rock tops list of NM suburbs

    Suburbia has grown to be an important piece in the fabric of America, offering more space (and a lot more peace and quiet) for people who would rather enjoy a backyard barbecue and soccer games as opposed to the hustle and bustle of city life.

    In its five-part “Best Places to Live” series, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC partnered with Onboard Informatics to rank the top places for suburbanites and analyze trends based on data from more than 11,000 suburban areas across the country.

    The real estate firm released its new report, the “Best Places to Live for Suburbanites,” which ranks White Rock No. 16 out of 11,000 suburbs in the United States. In the state of New Mexico, it topped the list as No. 1.

    The data revealed a glimpse into life in the suburbs, where many people own their homes (75 percent), drive to work (92 percent) and spend approximately four times as much to prepare meals at home rather than go out to eat.

    Cherry Hills Village, Colo., approximately 10 miles south of downtown Denver, ranks as the No. 1 Best Place for suburbanites, receiving the highest score in the nation with a nearly 100 percent home ownership rate and less than 20-minute average commute.

  • Update 09-27-12

    Bulk item pickup

    At 8 a.m. Monday, brush and bulk item collection begins for town site residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service. Items placed out late will not be collected. For more information, visit losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26-28 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.

    Bus stop change

    Effective Saturday, the free Atomic City Transit shuttle service to Bandelier National Monument pick up/drop off location is moving from the corner of N.M. 4/Rover Blvd. to the new White Rock Visitor Center Complex, located at 115 N.M. 4.

    Quilt market

    The Los Alamos Quilt Market will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. There will also be a silent auction and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit losalamos.com/lap/.

    Grand opening

    The County of Los Alamos will host a grand opening ceremony for the new White Rock Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

     

  • Bandelier initiates transportation study

    Two public input sessions launched a new Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment for Bandelier National Monument this week. The assessment is the first step toward improving transportation conditions at Bandelier.

    To illustrate the need for a long-term transportation plan, Superintendent Jason Lott described scenes of overflowing parking lots and traffic lined up on N.M. 4 awaiting entrance to the park. These types of delays have been documented during peak times for more than 30 years.

    “People have had to wait 20 to 30 minutes to park and we’ve actually had to turn people away,” Lott said. “That’s no way to treat the public and it’s no way to treat our visitors. And it’s no way to start an experience for Bandelier Park, for the community or for this area. It’s not a good way to conduct business.”

    The problem intensified after the Las Conchas fire and subsequent flooding. Parking was reduced by 50 percent after a bridge spanning Frijoles Creek — which could have created a natural dam during flooding — was removed.

    The Los Alamos County council’s approval of a three-year pilot project for a Bandelier Shuttle operated by Atomic City Transit is providing an opportunity for the planning team to study one alternative.

  • LANL fetes R&D award winners -- Video added

    Los Alamos National Laboratory recognized four of its teams that won R&D awards Wednesday night at the Hilltop House Hotel.

    Lab Director Charlie McMillan handed out the awards to the winners. Other teams that were up for awards also were honored.

    These awards honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the year, as selected by a group of R&D Magazine’s chosen judges.

    “Congratulations to this year’s R&D 100 award winners,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.” The research and development at the Department of Energy’s laboratories continues to help the nation meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security and improve our economic competitiveness.”

    “These awards demonstrate the continued success of Los Alamos researchers and partners in defining the frontiers of innovation across a wide range of national security science,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan. “This innovation and creativity will drive the solutions to tomorrow’s problems.”

    Here is a brief look at each of the award winners:

  • School Board makes land swap official

    Recently, the Los Alamos Public School Board of Education made a land swap between the county and the district official.

    The board officially passed a resolution finalizing the swap Sept. 11. Three years ago, when Diamond Drive was being renovated, the county and LAPS decided to do a land swap that they would both benefit from.

    LAPS needed a section of land near Diamond Drive and Canyon Road that would allow them to expand and renovate Mesa Field, and the county needed a section of land near Orange and Diamond Drive to install a right-of-way.

    “The county’s bus stop was on school land, our retaining wall (Mesa Field) was on county land, and all we wanted to do was remedy that,” LAPS Assets Manager Joan Ahlers said.

    One of the district’s primary motivations for the swap was that land ownership issues were clashing with the school’s policies designed to protect students.

  • N.M. 502 to be closed

    Two miles of N.M. 502, the road to Los Alamos, will be closed for several hours each day beginning Tuesday, while pavement rehabilitation work is underway. The affected highway extends from mile marker 4, near the county line, to mile marker 6, near the White Rock turn-off.
    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) advises motorists to take the N.M. 4/East Jemez Road truck route to Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory while road work is in progress.
    Crews will mill out two-and-a-half inches of existing pavement and repaving the road with new asphalt material to help rehabilitate the roadway.
    According to NMDOT Maintenance Supervisor Kenny Gallegos, the repair has been a priority.
    “It was part of our pavement preservation program for some time,” Gallegos said. “We prioritize our roads by pavement deterioration, and that section of the road is a perfect candidate.”
    The last time the road was resurfaced was in the summer of 2000, according to Gallegos. Since then, Gallegos said, water has seeped into cracks in the pavement, causing a lot of potholes in that particular area.

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  • Breaking News: Petition circulating to reinstate LAHS football player

    A petition being circulated around the community was scheduled to be turned into superintendent Gene Schmidt today concerning the reinstatement of a suspended Hilltopper football player.
    Among those seeking the reinstatement for the player was Tina M. Forsman, mother of a current Hilltopper football player and treasurer of the LAHS Gridiron Booster Club.
    The petition concerns a senior offensive lineman who was suspended prior to the start of the 2012 season. The senior was a starter for the Hilltoppers in his sophomore and junior years.

    Continue checking the Los Alamos Monitor for more information on this developing story.

  • Marquez is named the new head of NMAA

    The New Mexico Activities Association board of directors named Sally Marquez as its new executive director.
    Marquez, a longtime associate director at the NMAA, was picked out of a pool of five finalists for the position. Marquez worked for eight years under Gary Tripp, who left the position in early August.
    The board of directors of the NMAA, which governs most interscholastic sports in New Mexico, announced that Marquez will take over the position immediately. She will be paid a salary of $125,000 as head of the association.
    With the announcement, Marquez becomes the sixth top official in NMAA history and is one of only three women to hold similar positions in the country.
    Marquez graduated from Manzano High School in Albuquerque. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree at Virginia Tech. She worked with Tripp at Rio Rancho High School from 1998-2004.

  • Topper Notes 09-27-12

    Girls soccer is No. 1 in state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team tops the first Class 4A rankings of the season released by NMSoccer.com.
    The Hilltoppers earned a rating of .76, one of only four teams in Class 4A to earn a rating in positive territory, to claim the top spot this week. The statewide polls were released Tuesday. This was the first week MaxPreps polls were broken down by classification.
    Los Alamos (9-1) opened District 2-4A play with a big win over the Bernalillo Spartans Wednesday, 11-0. The Hilltoppers have won six straight contests.
    In the website’s national rankings, Los Alamos finished 82nd overall. Los Alamos finished as high as No. 25 among the nation’s girls soccer programs.
    Finishing right behind Los Alamos in the 4A rankings was Aztec, which with 12 wins is the winningest team in the state. Albuquerque Academy (7-3) finished third in the poll, followed by Piedra Vista (7-3) and St. Pius X (7-4), the only team to have defeated Los Alamos this season.

    LA football is No. 13 in 4A