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  • Today history Aug. 10
  • Comp plan sessions continue tonight

    The Los Alamos Planning and Zoning commission held its first work session on the comprehensive plan update on Saturday. Discussions became heated at times as commissioners discussed the three core themes of the plan: “housing, neighborhoods and growth,” “open space, trails and mobility” and “development, redevelopment and downtown.”
    During public comment, Chris and George Chandler questioned whether the material that Community Development Department (CDD) Principal Planner Tamara Baer presented even related to the comp plan.
    “None of these criteria mention the comp plan as a basis for changes, at least very few,” Chris Chandler said. “For example, for special use permits, something very near and dear to my heart, there’s no mention of the criteria that the change has to comport with the comp plan.
    “So all of these people who’ve been coming to all these meetings thinking the comp plan was going to inform the development of the town may be disappointed to learn that the comp plan – if you look at this criteria – is being minimized and barely referenced.”

  • Standoff ends peacefully

    An incident involving an individual who had barricaded themselves inside a home on Rover Boulevard Monday ended peacefully, according to a Los Alamos Police Department spokesman.
    According to Commander Preston Ballew, the incident involved a person with a medical issue, and there would not be any charges filed. No hostages were involved in the incident, Ballew said.
    “The incident was contained and the general public was not in danger,” Ballew said Tuesday.
    Officers responded to a welfare check and located the individual, Ballew said. That person was referred to “appropriate professional services,” he said.
    When the incident started around 2 p.m., police immediately took precautions and ordered an evacuation of a section of Rover Boulevard between Kimberly Avenue and Kendall Avenue.
    The LAPD issued a shelter-in-place order for the White Rock community. Piñon and Chamisa elementary schools were placed on temporary lockdown.
    About six officers had surrounded the house on Rover Boulevard earlier in the afternoon, while firefighters and paramedics stood by to render assistance, if needed.

  • Activists stage annual protest

    Two dozen anti-nuclear demonstrators dressed in sackcloth and ashes gathered Saturday at Ashley Pond – at the site where the Manhattan Project laboratories once stood – to protest Los Alamos National Laboratory’s continuing nuclear weapons program.
    The protest, staged by PAX Christi New Mexico and led by Rev. John Dear, was in its 13th year. The demonstration was considerably smaller than last year’s, when 300 people commemorated the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 6 and 8, 1945. Dear took it in stride.
    “It’s just very hard to face Los Alamos on this day alone,” Dear told the group. “And we’re not alone. I count 28 of us, including the animals, who are peacemakers, as well.”
    Dear admitted that “it’s just so darn strange and ridiculous to be sitting in sackcloth and ashes,” but noted that it is the “oldest form of protest,” dating back 3,000 years and cited in the Bible.
    Dear would like to see a worldwide boycott of the United States to force it to end its nuclear weapons program.
    “I hold a vision for all religions to reclaim the nonviolence at the heart of every religion,” Dear said.

  • Española Walmart to close for 8 weeks

    Citing  “ongoing foundation and drainage issues,” the Española Walmart will close its retail operations in mid-September.
    The pharmacy will remain open during the repairs to the foundation and to fix problems with drainage. All store employees will remain working, according to a store spokeswoman.
    The closure is expected to last eight weeks, with some areas of the store remaining closed longer.
    “We anticipate some areas may remain closed to customers longer than that, but we won’t know which areas or how long until we get in and start doing that work,” said Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia.
    The Walmart in Española is known as a “Supercenter” Walmart, where not only does the store sell a variety of goods and services, but also groceries.
    The Los Alamos small business community had mixed reactions to the news. Chamber Director Nancy Partridge said the temporary closure could bring new customers up to Los Alamos, being first drawn to Los Alamos’ Smith’s Marketplace, one of the major grocery stores in the region.

  • New Mexico governor orders agency spending reductions

    SANTA FE (AP) —Gov. Susana Martinez directed most major state agencies on Tuesday to institute spending cuts in response to a sharp downturn in tax receipts and other state revenues tied to weak energy prices.

    In a memo to state agencies under her control, the Republican governor called for preparations to reduce general-fund spending by at least 5 percent during the budget year that began in July. Executive agencies also were directed to spend no more than 45 percent of their general-fund budgets during the first half of the current fiscal year.

    Martinez said she expects the directives to involve changes to hiring practices, overtime, travel and many other aspects of agency management. Some exceptions may be made to preserve public health and safety.

    Martinez recommended identical spending reductions at agencies outside her direct control that are overseen by the Legislature, judiciary or other elected officials. She attributed faltering state revenues to a downturn in the energy sector, describing "the largest crash in oil and gas prices in our lifetime."

  • Today in history Aug. 9
  • Española Walmart to close temporarily

    Citing  “ongoing foundation and drainage issues,” the Española Walmart will close its retail operations in mid-September.

    The pharmacy will remain open during the repairs to the foundation and to fix problems with drainage. All store employees will remain working, according to a store spokeswoman.

    The closure is expected to last eight weeks, with some areas of the store remaining closed longer.

    “We anticipate some areas may remain closed to customers longer than that, but we won’t know which areas or how long until we get in and start doing that work,” said Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia.

    The store plans to keep its customers informed of changes to the project timeline as work progresses.

    The store is also taking advantage of the temporarily shut down and do some remodeling that was originally scheduled for next year. The remodel includes repainting the interior and exterior of the store, new bathroom fixtures and other improvements “to enhance the customer experience in our store,” Garcia said.

    State senator Richard Martinez was glad to hear that Walmart will continue to keep workers employed during the shut down and that customers will continue to have access to the pharmacy.

  • Pajarito announces Winter opening day

    Resort officials announced that Pajarito Mountain Ski Area will kick off its winter ski season on “White Friday,” Nov. 25, for the second consecutive year. Crews are already prepping the mountain for opening day.
     Pajarito’s mountain team continues to improve the ski area’s snowmaking system to support opening day and provide a great skier experience throughout the season.  Pajarito is automating the pump house, which will allow the resort to make more snow, and improve the efficiency, while providing more consistent snowmaking efforts.  Pajarito expanded its weir system to collect additional water for snowmaking efforts. These improvements will provide guests with enhanced snow quality and an overall better skiing experience all season. Snowmaking at Pajarito typically begins in early November.
     “We’re looking forward to another fantastic snowmaking season and building upon what we accomplished last year,” stated Tom Long, general manager for Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. “The improved snowmaking system will assist us with making snow on a more consistent basis, and allow us to open the day after Thanksgiving for the second consecutive year.”

  • Eight to be in LAPS Athletics Hall of Fame

    Eight of Los Alamos Public Schools Athletic Department’s most culminating contributors will be honored on Sept. 16.
    LAPS Athletics announced it’s third Hall of Fame class. Inducted in this year’s class are Tom Brown, John McHale, Bill Myers, Sally Shockey, Mike Upham, Seth Littleton, Kevin Pederson and Rocky Polk.
    The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at LAHS. The event will open to the public and tickets will be available at the LAHS Athletics office for $25. The Inductees will also be invited to join LAHS Athletics in the Homecoming pep rally and parade on Sept. 16.
    Brown was inducted after coaching a spew of prep sports at LAHS.
    McHale is a long-time sports photographer who has been photographing for the Monitor for almost 30 years. McHale is also a founding member of the Los Alamos Sports Association (LASA).
    Myers competed for LAHS as a basketball player from 1973-1976.
    Shockey was one of the longest tenured coaches in LAHS volleyball history and led the Hilltoppers to numerous postseason appearances.
    Upham is still recalled as one of the top swimmers in Los Alamos History. Upham still garners the LAHS record in the 100 and 200m freestyle.