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Bandelier Shuttle rides again

By Arin McKenna

After a test run last October that exceeded all expectations, Los Alamos County and Bandelier National Monument are launching a three-year trial of the Bandelier Shuttle. The tourist attraction will become a "car-free park" from June 1 through November 30, with access provided by the free shuttle service.

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“I’m very excited. I feel this shuttle system is the future for Bandelier,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said. “Even though this is only a three year trial, I believe it will be very successful for both Los Alamos and for the park, and I think at the end of three years there will be real interest in seeing it put in place as a permanent fixture.”

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Committee recommends 'Satch' Cowan trail -- proposed map attached

Los Alamos County held a public hearing on Tuesday night regarding a recent citizen petition to name or rename a trail in the Quemazon trail complex in the Western Area after deceased local resident and hiking enthusiast Helen "Satch" Cowan.

After hearing public comments, the Committee discussed the request and asked several questions of the petitioners, along with the County's Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, before they unanimously voted 6-0 in favor of naming a new trail the "Satch Cowan Trail.”

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Municipal Building update

By John Severance

The Municipal Building on Central Avenue is starting to take shape as construction crews continue their work.

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County: Engages in aggressive efforts to attract retailers

Fisher upbeat after trip

By Arin McKenna

Los Alamos County launched a coordinated attack at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ RECon Las Vegas convention last week in an effort to attract the attention of large retailers.

Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher and Marketing Specialist Kelly Stewart attended the convention as representatives of the county. Kevin Holsapple, Executive Director of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, augmented the efforts of representatives from Grubb & Ellis to recruit for the Trinity Site.

RECon Las Vegas is the largest shopping center industry convention in the world, with 1,000 exhibitors and more than 30,000 attendees.

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County Briefs -- updated with more items

Renovations begin at 37th Street Play Lot

 

The 37th Street Play Lot near Villa Street is closed for the next two weeks so that the County’s contractor, LA Landscaping & More, can make renovations to the park. Renovations include:

• Remove the sand safety zone material in the designated play areas and replace with engineered wood fiber, bringing the safety/fall zone into compliance

     • Add a merry-go-round with fall/safety zone material and borders (similar to the one at Community Park or North Mesa Park)

• Replace the asphalt entry walk with concrete and an approach that is not as steep as the current design

•Add three picnic tables and  two benches

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Thank you letters 5-29-12

Recently I had the privilege of organizing Piñon Elementary School’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon. In so doing, I learned how many people employed at Piñon and the Los Alamos Public School District work in concert to provide a good educational experience for the children. 

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Police Beat 5-29-12

Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

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Animal Shelter 5-27-12

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. 

Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love.

Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are microchipped.

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News for retirees 5-27-12

Public Works Projects

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail  lacpw@lacnm.us, call 

662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. 

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Cone Zone 5-27-12

Public Works Projects

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail  lacpw@lacnm.us, call 

662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us. 

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Council candidates speak out on economic development -- updated stories and more photos added

By Arin McKenna

The six candidates running for three open spots on the Los Alamos County Council vied for voter support during a forum hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor Thursday evening.

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Four questions focused on economic growth for the county. Here are some highlights of each candidate’s two-minute responses.

The first question was about how well the recent capital project (CIP) decisions aligned with and supported the goals of the county’s Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP) and how important it was that the capital budget align with the EVSP.

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County: Fisher begins honing in on development needs

Report evaluates projects

By Arin McKenna

A new report by Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher assesses Los Alamos County’s economic development needs and the possible impact from various CIP projects.

Council had asked Fisher for input on how individual CIP projects might boost economic development. Fisher used a newly acquired software program to evaluate each project. The program arrived too late to generate a report before last week’s CIP meetings, but it does offer some insight into a number of funded and unfunded projects.

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County: Forbes says area is richest in the west

LA ranked fourth richest

Forbes magazine, once again, has ranked Los Alamos near the top of a list of the wealthiest U.S. places. The magazine reports Los Alamos County as the fourth richest county in the states.

According to the magazine, Los Alamos County is the “richest county" in the Western U.S., and is just one of two western states in the top 10.

Los Alamos County has a median household income of $103,653 and nearly 63 percent of the residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. LA’s population is a little more than 18,000 residents.

Most of the richest counties can be found in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.

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Council approves eight CIP projects to move forward -- updated

Two nights of hearings and debate ended with approval of eight capital improvement projects (CIP) in the budget for 2013. The Los Alamos County Council also prioritized projects and determined the order for implementation. 

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County announces updated process for Wednesday's Council meeting

Here is the process and will also have posters announcing this process at the meeting as folks arrive.
 

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