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  • US in rare bull’s-eye for total solar eclipse on Aug. 21

    BY MARCIA DUNN
    AP AErospace Writer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It will be tough eclipsing this eclipse.

    The sun, moon and Earth will line up perfectly in the cosmos on Aug. 21, turning day into night for a few wondrous minutes, its path crossing the U.S. from sea to shining sea for the first time in nearly a century.

    Never will a total solar eclipse be so heavily viewed and studied — or celebrated.

    “We’re going to be looking at this event with unprecedented eyes,” promises Alex Young, a solar physicist who is coordinating NASA’s education and public outreach.

    And the party planning is at full tilt from Oregon to South Carolina.

    Eclipse Fests, StarFests, SolarFests, SolFests, Darkening of the SunFests, MoonshadowFests, EclipseCons, Eclipse Encounters and Star Parties are planned along the long but narrow path of totality, where the moon completely blots out the sun.

    Vineyards, breweries, museums, parks, universities, stadiums — just about everybody is getting into the act.

  • A Mountaineer’s Story: Big wall climbing

    Come to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting on Aug. 22 at the Nature Center to hear from adventurer Forest Altherr about his rock climbing experiences in Yosemite.

    The presentation will begin at 7:15 p.m. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will start at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings.


    Forest Altherr has explored the cracks, crevasses and faces of Yosemite’s largest granite slabs since 2008. Inspired by the valley’s iconic monoliths, Altherr initially dedicated himself to the craft of honing the intellectual, psychological, and physical skills necessary to climb many of the classic routes on El Capitan. While primarily a rock climber with a taste for big routes,

    Altherr enjoys all aspects of climbing. Not only is the sport thrilling, but it also provides a sense of connection among dedicated climbers worldwide.

    Altherr will explore the contrast between dichotomous styles of big wall climbing: vertical camping and speed climbing.
    The Los Alamos Mountaineers meetings are always free to the public, and no registration is required.

  • Malone garners $2,500 scholarship

    The money they gave Jamy Malone was very important, but even more important to her was the belief members of the White Rock Presbyterian Church had in her.

    That’s what one of the recipients of a $2,500 “Julie’s Helpers” scholarship told the crowd at the Helpers annual picnic July 30.

    “The check was not the most beautiful thing. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited when I got it… but the most beautiful thing was that you saw value in me and that made the biggest difference,” Malone said to the crowd. “I will carry that with me forever. You guys could have given me $100, but it was the words that really touched my heart and gave me more strength to keep going and be an inspiration for my children, to be the rock they need, because sometimes, they’re my rock.”

    A single mother of three, Malone has traveled a tough road.

    She wasn’t expecting the scholarship, she told church members. She applied with the hope that she would get it.

    “So, when I got the phone call saying that I got it, I almost started crying,” she said.

    Malone’s parents divorced when she was in the first grade, and then her education suffered.

  • Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Schedule

    Friday
    Pool Tournament, Ehart Senior Center – 8 a.m.
    County Fair Exhibits, Mesa Public Library – 5-8 p.m.
    Gordon Summer Concert to present Dale Watson, an Americana, roots rock and roll superstar at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Saturday
    Festival & Fair, Ashley Pond Park – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Arts & Crafts Fair, Fuller Lodge Lawn – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    County Fair Parade,  Central Avenue – 10 a.m.
    County Fair Exhibits, Mesa Public Library – 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Rodeo – Brewer Arena – 2-5 p.m.
    Cowboy Dinner and Western Dance, Posse Lodge – 5-9 p.m.

    Sunday
    Rodeo – Brewer Arena – 1-5 p.m.

  • Residents air code grievances

    Los Alamos Residents who were angry with how the county addresses property code enforcement met with County Councilor James Chrobocinski Friday.

    Though many did not want to be pictured or identified, they did want to voice their grievances.

    One parent said that she knew of a neighbor who was given a citation for having bicycles in the front yard.

    “As a parent, I think that’s absolutely ridiculous. I want my kids outside, not on video games,” she said.

    She also said some of her neighbors had been cited for things that weren’t visible from the street. They also talked about a resident abusing the Community Development Office’s anonymous reporting page to get back at neighbors.

    “This anonymous reporting is really being abused, absolutely being abused,” the same resident said. “By law, you’re allowed to face your accusers, so how does that correlate with ‘please here’s a website, report anonymously, nobody will ever know it’s you.’”

    She also said the page was turning neighbor against neighbor.

    “How does having a tattletale page create a sense of community?” she said.

    One resident said of the anonymous reporting that it “It makes me scared of everyone I see that I walk by.”

  • LA man, woman nabbed for drugs, trespassing

    Kevin Herring, 39, of Los Alamos was recently arrested for criminal trespassing, a crime he had been arrested for before.
    At the beginning of October 2016, Herring was arrested for criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

    During that arrest incident, Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. E. Wilhoit responded to a disturbance on 41st Street. Upon arrival, Wilhoit found Herring arguing with his parents about taking his child. “He was obviously intoxicated,” said Wilhoit in the statement of probable cause, due to his odor, loud language and disjointed speech.

    During their interaction, a second call from a neighbor was made complaining about his speech. Herring was aggressive, abusive and raising his hands, according to the police report, but was allowed to leave on foot.

    Herring went to Krista Wilhelm’s residence and although they confirmed that there was a no contact order between them, neither could produce the paperwork.

    Susan Duran, Wilhelm’s mother and owner of the residence, produced a text message she had sent to Herring stating that he was not allowed at the residence. Herring admitted to receiving that text message, according to the police report.

  • Rodeo returns to LA

    The Los Alamos County Open Rodeo will take place this weekend at Brewer Arena, providing fun for participants and spectators Saturday and Sunday.

    The event is open to anyone. People can choose to sign up ahead of time, or at the rodeo grounds this weekend.

    There will be 17 events run both days, ranging from sheep chasing and steer riding for children to bull riding and barrel racing for adults.

    Brendan Tuning, the organizer of Los Alamos County’s Fair and Rodeo, said that the most popular events every year are the sheep chasing and the bull riding.

    “Those definitely seem to have the most broad appeal,” Tuning said. “A lot of people enjoy watching the barrel racing too because of how fast-paced it is.”

    He explained that a lot of people see the other events as filler between the main attractions, but that every event is sure to bring loud cheers from the crowd.

    Between 80 and 100 people are expected to participate, with 20 or 30 of those entering multiple events throughout the weekend.

    Entry fees are different in every event, with certain children’s events being free, and some adult events reaching as high as $75 per person.

    To register, call (719) 580-3022.

  • Ski club to consider ownership transfer

    Los Alamos Ski Club members will hold a special meeting Thursday to vote on a proposal that would transfer ownership of the Pajarito Ski Area from the Los Alamos Ski Club to the Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership.

    The proposal states that the partnership would acquire all 750 acres of the Pajarito Ski Area land in Los Alamos County, and assumes all of the ski club’s outstanding debt.

    The move would also stabilize ownership of the Pajarito Ski Area after years of uncertainty. The ownership was expected to transfer to the county.

    The ski club and its approximately 2,000 members have taken out $1.25 million in loans from Los Alamos National Bank since 2014.

    PRLP would also commit to paying for half of the installation of a water-supply pipeline that would supply water to Pajarito Mountain for many uses, including snowmaking, fire prevention and providing potable water to Ski Area base facilities.

    The construction costs of the pipeline are estimated to be $3.4 million. Los Alamos County has already set aside $2 million for its share of the pipeline costs. The county’s utilities department is currently designing the pipeline.

  • Residents speak out for, against rec projects plan Tuesday

    UPDATE : Los Alamos County Council approved a plan Tuesday to immediately authorize the building of a splash pad for less than $720,000 and to make improvements to the Los Alamos Community Golf Course for no more than $4.5 million.

    In the same motion, the council also voted to have the county work on plans for improvements to the outdoor ice rink not to exceed $1.2 million and plans for a multi-generational pool not to exceed $5 million.

    The vote was 5-2. County councilors Susan O’Leary and James Chrobocinksi voted against the plans. 

    County Council considered a plan Tuesday to spend $13.9 million in Capital Improvement Plan funds Tuesday for four recreation projects. 

    The projects were part of a group of five recreation projects that the county proposed to fund through the sale of $20 million in general obligation bonds. The sale was put to a public vote in May, and residents rejected the proposal 3,932 to 3,446.

    The council did not take a vote on the plan by press time.

    The proposal was put forward by Councilor James Chrobocinski and Council Vice President Susan O’Leary.

    Dozens of residents came out Tuesday for and against the proposal.

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