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  • Students organize Sandy Hook vigil

    The Los Alamos High School Student Council has organized a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. The memorial will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond.
    Members of the community are asked to bring their own candle to the memorial. LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt and youth advocate and local resident Morrie Pongratz, will be guest speakers, followed by a moment of silence and remembrance by candlelight around the pond.
    Residents are asked to join in and honor the children, teachers and administration staff who lost their lives in the tragedy one week ago in Newtown, Conn.
    Los Alamos High School Junior Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta approached the county on behalf of the student council earlier this week, requesting assistance in booking the pond as the location.
     The county administrator and county council endorsed the student council’s request during Tuesday night’s council meeting and members of the council plan to attend Friday evening’s memorial.

    Monitor Staff Report

  • Hall, Williams gain school board slots

    Los Alamos residents Jim Hall and Matt Williams officially became the replacements for current Los Alamos Board of Education members Melanie McKinley and Board Vice President Dawn Venhaus.

    The two longtime Los Alamos residents were the only candidates to come forward and register before the deadline to do so Tuesday.

    According to the New Mexico School Board Association, Hall and Williams will begin their terms March 1, 2013.

    For Williams, seeking a seat on the board was not a hard decision to make.

    “I’ve had lots of people asking me and influencing me to run,” he said. “Feeling the obligation to run and wanting to run are two different things.”

    One person who influenced him was current school board member McKinley, who will not seek another term. According to Williams, he thinks the reason McKinley urged him to run is because he’s “pretty level-headed and logical, and I’ve been putting in my time learning about the school district and its programs.”

    Williams said there aren’t any particular issues he’s looking at specifically, just to look after his district, the home of Chamisa Elementary. Acknowledging the rumors that his district might be split up at some point, he said his only issue at this point is to keep his district intact.

  • Council sets legislative agenda

    During its final meeting in 2012, the Los Alamos County Council addressed just two key items: setting the legislative agenda for 2013 and making two appointments to the board of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.

    The state agenda includes promoting legislation that supports affordable housing, funding for MainStreet programming and health care policy and finance legislation.

    Capital outlay legislation is also on the state agenda this year. The county has submitted its entire capital outlay budget as required. The top five priorities are the public safety radio system,  sewer collection system drops, A-19 affordable housing infrastructure, the White Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant plan and environmental assessment, and kitchen facilities for the White Rock Senior Center.

    The county’s lobbyist Scott Scanland will also monitor any changes to municipal revenue legislation, such as proposals for local governments to “swap” GRT distribution for state income tax distribution and any changes to Sole Community Provider legislation.

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  • Benghazi Review: Systematic State Dept. Failures

    An independent review board is criticizing the State Department for leadership and management failures connected to the Benghazi, Libya attack. The board is not recommending disciplinary action.

  • Today in History for December 19th
  • Noah Pozner's Mother Remembers Her 'Little Man'

    Noah Pozner, a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, was laid to rest Monday. During Noah's funeral service, his mother remembered his smile, his eyes, and his visions of his future, including a job as a 'taco factory manager.'

  • GOP committee to have special election

    OP Chairman Jordan Redmond has tendered his resignation.
    First Vice Chairman Bill McKerley has called a special election for 7 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Church of Christ building, 2323 Diamond Dr., to elect a chairman, first vice chairman, second vice chairman and secretary of the Central Committee.
    Any Republican registered in Los Alamos County may be considered for election but only members of the Central Committee elected at the 2011 Biennial Organization Convention may vote. Republican elected public officials are considered ex-officio members of the County Central Committee with full voting rights.
    Nominations will be made from the floor. Nominees must be present or provide written consent to be nominated if unable to be present. Contested races will be determined by secret ballots and uncontested races by voice vote.
    Officers elected at this special meeting will hold office until the 2013 Biennial Organizational Meeting is held. The week of this meeting will be set by the State Party Chairman.
    For more information contact Bill McKerley 505-331-3686.

    From a press release

  • Bandelier rolls out holiday schedule

    With the new snow and holidays coming up, the rangers at Bandelier are looking for people to come and enjoy the park.
    “Winter days can be beautiful in Bandelier,” said Park Superintendent Jason Lott. “Over the holidays with everyone looking for places to go with family and friends, we hope they’ll come on down.”  
    The shuttle buses have ended until next March, so visitors can now drive directly to the Visitor Center area. The Visitor Center, bookstore, gift shop and snack bar are open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and the canyon area is open 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    The Frijoles Canyon section of the park is open except for Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, or in case of hazardous weather conditions.
    There will be no Nightwalk this holiday season, but on Dec. 21, the park will offer the annual Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk.
    Local Pueblo people and other groups all over the world built structures that relate to positions of the sun, moon and stars. Winter Solstice is important to many cultures, since it is the shortest day of the year and the point when the days begin to lengthen and promise the return of spring.  
    For anyone standing in the plaza of Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon on that morning, the entryway walls align with the rising sun.

  • Update 12-18-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official swearing in ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Friday in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building Training Room.

    LANL cancels sale

    The monthly surplus property sale at LANL scheduled for Thursday has been canceled because of weather and the forecast for possible snow in Los Alamos later this week. Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Jan. 17, 2013.

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