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  • School board votes on gas line issue
  • Neal to volunteer soccer skills at Tennessee

    It’s good to be connected.

    It certainly was for Amy Neal, the star player on the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team, as she was trying to figure out where she might attend college next season.

    Neal, the two-time Player of the Year in Class 4A, will attend and play for the University of Tennessee next season.

    She made her decision during the off-season, saying she was glad to get it out of the way before the start of her senior year with the Hilltoppers.

    Although she was impressed with the Tennessee women’s soccer team, she’s rather underwhelmed by the school’s overall lack of fashion sense.

    “They have this really gross orange color,” Neal said. “But they have a nice program and they support their teams really well.”

    When she begins her collegiate career in 2013, she will be the third Neal sibling to play college-level soccer. Big brother Avery played at Pacific University and her older sister Kelsey is currently at the Colorado School of Mines.

    Amy considered joining Kelsey at CSM, but changed her mind and selected the Division-I school in Knoxville.

  • Burgess dissolves CIP

    County Administrator Harry Burgess met with the Capital Improvements Project committee on Thursday to thank them for their hard work and announce his decision to dissolve the committee until such time as additional funds become available for capital improvements projects. For more details, read Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

    Monitor staff report

  • Smart House art has Japanese theme

    The Art in Public Places Advisory Board (APPAB) rose to a challenge the Department of Public Utilities staff presented them with two months ago: provide art for the Smart House project before the Sept. 17 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The Smart House is a component of the $52 million Demonstration Smart Grid Project, the collaboration between Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County.

    DPU asked the board to select art with a Japanese theme to symbolize the partnership Japan and Los Alamos have formed in an effort to provide worldwide energy solutions for the future.

    With the restricted time frame, commissioning artwork was out of the question. Chair Carolyn Bossert and board member Ken Nebel took on the challenge of finding suitable art.

    The pair first toured the Smart House to see what space was available. The main challenge they encountered was the amount of light: too much for many delicate pieces.

    Bossert credits Nebel, who also directs the Fuller Lodge Arts Center, with searching out pieces to present to the board.

  • White Rock committee selects Civic Center option

    At its Aug. 13 meeting, the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Advisory Committee (WRMPIAC) voted unanimously to approve Scenario B for the White Rock Civic Center Phase 2 CIP project.

    Scenario B retains the existing Town Hall building.

    The Los Alamos County Council rejected the committee’s initial proposal for a $16 million visitor center complex, which would have consolidated the library, senior center, youth activity center and communal space under one roof.

    Council instead allocated $8,400,000 remaining in the White Rock Master Plan placeholder and directed the WRMPIC to return in six weeks with options for separating the civic center components and reducing the project’s scope.

    On July 10, council approved a revised plan, which calls for renovating the existing civic center complex and building a new library. The civic center renovation had two options. Option A would have demolished the town hall to provide additional parking. Council directed the committee to decide on an option.

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  • LANL Foundation awards scholarships to returning students

    Students who had suspended their educational careers are back on track thanks to the award of 12 scholarships from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship Fund.

    Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship to pursue a two-year degree regionally or certification leading to a career. The grants are made possible by employees at LANL, Los Alamos National Security, LLC., contractors and friends in the community.

    This is the third round of returning scholarships from the LANL Foundation, which awards an additional $400,000 in scholarships annually to recent high school graduates through the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund.

    The latest winners are:

    ·      Matthew Glass of Santa Fe, a therapeutic adventure coordinator, who seeks an associate degree from Santa Fe Community College in teacher education and plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in secondary education .

    ·      Adrienne Mahrenholz of El Prado, who has a bachelor’s degree in recreation and sports management, and now is studying at UNM-Taos for an associate degree in nursing and plans to earn a master’s to become a nursing administrator.

  • Today in History for August 24th
  • Armstrong banned for life; titles vacated -- VIDEO extra

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency erased 14 years of Lance Armstrong's career Friday — including his record seven Tour de France titles — and banned him for life from the sport that made him a hero to millions of cancer survivors after concluding he used banned substances.

    USADA said it expected cycling's governing body to take similar action, but the International Cycling Union was measured in its response, saying it first wanted a full explanation on why Armstrong should relinquish Tour titles he won from 1999 through 2005.

    The Amaury Sport Organization that runs the world's most prestigious cycling race said it would not comment until hearing from the UCI and USADA, which contends the cycling body is bound by the World Anti-Doping Code to strip Armstrong of one of the most incredible achievements in sports.

    Armstrong, who retired a year ago, said Thursday that he would no longer challenge USADA and declined to exercise his last option by entering arbitration. He denied again that he ever took banned substances in his career, calling USADA's investigation a "witch hunt" without a shred of physical evidence.

    He is now officially a drug cheat in the eyes of his nation's doping agency.

  • Raw Video: Explosion on La. Interstate

    Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge has reopened after being closed due to a multi-vehicle crash involving a tanker truck leaking a flammable liquid. Crews performed a "vent and burn" technique late Wednesday night in order to stop the leak.