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  • 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.

  • Today in history Aug. 8
  • Trump blasts NK over new report about its nuclear weapons

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened North Korea "with fire and fury like the world has never seen" on Tuesday after suggestions the communist country has mastered one of the final hurdles to being able to strike the United States with a nuclear missile.

    North Korea fired off its own "serious warning to the United States" about "enveloping" America's Pacific territory of Guam in missile fire to counteract U.S. bombers that are based there and fly over South Korea — and "get on the nerves" of the North.

    The competing threats escalated tensions between the foes even further. Although it wasn't clear if Trump and the Koreans were responding directly to each other, the heightened rhetoric added to the potential for a miscalculation that might bring the nuclear-armed nations into conflict.

  • Don't Splash Our Cash!

    By Lisa Shin

    President, A Better Way for LA Political Action Committee  

    On August 8, Councilors Chrobocinski and O'Leary will present “Discussion and Possible Action Relating to Proposed Changes to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Fund.” There will be recommended action on recreation projects for the bond election, which failed on May 23, 2017.  

    The following are my recommended actions.     

    I strongly recommend that the $13.4 million of CIP funds be used to improve existing facilities: the golf course and softball fields. The Splash Pad had an estimated cost of $720,000 with $37,000 yearly operations and maintenance costs. Through a competitive bidding process, it could be done at a significantly lower cost.  $350,000 with $20,000 yearly operations and maintenance is reasonable.

    I strongly urge the council to wait for the LANL contract to be awarded in April 2018, and our budget to be finalized, before directing our county staff to begin work on the multi-generational pool. Our financial situation could change quickly, with budget cuts and possible lay-offs. We must prioritize the needs of our community, and adjust the CIP funding expected for this project accordingly.