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Today's News

  • Moms Club to host preschool fair

    There are numerous preschools in Los Alamos to begin a child’s education and to help narrow the choice the Moms Club of Los Alamos is hosting a Preschool Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

    During the fair, eight local preschools will set up booths and pass information to parents. Quemazon and Caoncito will not be participating because their enrollment is filled. Organizations offering activities to preschoolers such as the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and the Family YMCA will also distribute information.

  • Student musicians to show their stuff at Brown Bag show

    The Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico (PMTNM) State Conference will be arriving in Los Alamos Nov. 13-16, and to get a musical sampling of what will be heard during this event, attend the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag show at noon Nov. 5 at Fuller Lodge.

    The Brown Bag concert will showcase 16 Los Alamos music students who won honors in the New Mexico District I Competition, and will compete in the state conference. They will perform one piece that they will also play in the state conference.

    Music for vocals, strings and piano will be featured.

  • County comes up with new plan to fund purchase

    The purchase of the Los Alamos Apartments by the county is on track, but it hit a snag that will delay the foreclosure sale slated to take place this week.

    In addition, the county has decided to use $1.2 million from the self-sufficiency fund, which is usually used for economic development, to make the purchase of this prime Central Avenue property.

    Councilors voted 6-1 to transfer the self-sufficiency funds to the general fund in order to make the purchase. Council Vice Chair Robert Gibson opposed the motion.

  • Schools move forward on Canyon Complex property lease

    Following discussion with Los Alamos Public School’s attorney Charlotte Hetherington, the board of education approved a resolution authorizing renewal of the district’s Canyon Complex lease with Los Alamos National Security LLC.

    The motion carried 4-0, with board member Alison Beckman absent. Two additional motions carried 4-0 related to the Canyon lease.

    The first approves an amendment to the lease switching the tenant from The Regents of the University of California to LANS as well as similar modifications.

  • Judicial/Police-Jail Complex may become state model

    By May 2010, residents of Los Alamos county will be first in New Mexico to utilize a unique judicial facility in which their District, municipal and magistrate courts share the same space.

    “This facility is going to benefit our citizens and I hope it becomes a model of how to do business in New Mexico,” said County Council Chair Jim Hall before major players in the project turned over shovels of dirt to officially kick off the historic project Tuesday morning.

    The long-awaited ceremony took place in the lot adjacent to the police station on Trinity Drive.

  • Defense chief promotes nuclear deterrent

    In a major address at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that America would continue to need a nuclear deterrent.

    “Simply put, we cannot predict the future,” he said. “Even as we strive to live up to our noblest goals, as (Andrew) Carnegie did, we must deal with the messy realities of the world in which we live.”

  • NJROTC earns high marks at competition

    The local Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) earned high rankings in several categories during the New Mexico Military Institute Invitational held Saturday in Roswell.

    Fourteen students from Los Alamos competed in the event against students from 25 other schools.

    The local team earned first place in overall female color guard, second place in female color guard inspection, second place in armed regulation drill and third place in armed inspection.

  • Elks Club rejects offer to vacate 15th and Trinity Drive

    It appears the county will be forced back to the drawing board if Elks Club members refuse to reverse their vote Monday evening rejecting an offer to sell their property in the heart of the proposed Municipal Building site at 15th and Trinity Drive.

    County Administrator Max Baker said earlier this week, “I hadn’t heard about the vote but the offer is made by the developer – not by the county, so we’ll have to meet with the developer to see what steps they’re going to take now.”

  • Students most rewarding for Pinon teacher

    In her fifth year of teaching, Kristen Martines credits her students for making it all worth while.

    Bonding with them throughout the year and seeing how they develop, transform and grow is what most thrills the 29-year-old third grade teacher at Piñon Elementary School.

    “The kids are definitely the best part of my job,” Martines said. “My challenge is not having enough time for all there is to do.”

  • Entrada land sale amended

    By now, just about everyone knows that changes are coming to the airport basin.

    The Entrada project is well underway and at least one business has already claimed their stake in the new business development.

    Main Gate, LLC agreed to purchase county owned property, however, amendments to that agreement have been made and the terms of the sale have changed, as well.

    Assistant County Administrator Anthony Mortillaro was in council chambers last Tuesday to present a restated purchase, sale and license agreement with Main Gate LLC.

    The motion was approved 7-0.