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  • It’s not if, but when

    There has been a lot of talk regarding seismic issues especially when it comes to the design of the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement and Transuranic Waste Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory that are scheduled to be built in the next 10 to 15 years.

    Critics point out that those in charge of making design decisions should make certain that the CMRR-NF should be able to withstand an 8.0M earthquake. In the recent Supplemental Environmental Impact Study, however, all the design work revolves around an earthquake of 7.27M.

    The conversations about earthquakes rumbled to the surface earlier this month when a 3.8 quake hit north of Santa Fe and about 20 miles east of Los Alamos.

  • Halloween at the Scene

    Central Avenue was the place to be Friday as MainStreet hosted Trick or Treat activities for hundreds of Halloween costume-wearers. Merchants distributed candy and Bradbury Museum held a spooky science program.

  • Bandelier to open to private vehicles, more trails

    “In another step toward recovery after the Las Conchas Fire and monsoon floods, Bandelier is opening more trails and allowing visitors to drive into Frijoles Canyon on Oct. 31,” announced Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott.  “The last day of the well-received shuttle service from White Rock will be Sunday, Oct. 30,” he added.
    On Oct. 31, Frijoles Canyon will return to its usual dawn-to-dusk open hours, and the temporary Visitor Center and Park Store, as well as the Bandelier Trading Post and Cafe will shift to the normal winter schedule of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Pancake Breakfast set for Saturday

    The autumn Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is set for 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Kiwanis always tries to schedule its pancake breakfasts to coincide with major community events, and this fall, the breakfast will be held on the same day as the Health Fair. Kiwanis hopes that many families in town will start the day with a Kiwanis breakfast and then go on to enjoy the fair and other activities in the community.
    The breakfast features fresh pancakes (with regular or sugar-free syrup), sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, regular and chocolate milk and orange juice. Seconds will be available until the food runs out.

  • LA Legion riders to hold benefit

    The Los Alamos American Legion Riders are conducting a fundraiser on Saturday to support the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center, Albuquerque location, and Los Alamos school libraries that were flooded earlier this year.
    The events include a motorcycle “fun run,” shrimp boil, and Halloween Party and costume contest with live music by The Renegade Mountain Band. All events are at the American Legion Post, 1325 Trinity Dr.
    Los Alamos Public Schools libraries were flooded earlier this year and many books were destroyed. The American Legion Riders are collecting books, funds, and trying to identify volunteers to help the librarians get books covered, catalogued and on the shelf for kids to enjoy.f

  • Update 10-28-11

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the council chambers.

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee will meet 5:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers to discuss partisan vs. nonpartisan elections.

    Pancake breakfast

    The Kiwanis Fall Pancake Breakfast will be held 7-11 a.m. Saturday at Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    Broadband meeting

    A community broadband public meeting will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Mesa Public Library.

  • Health Fair scheduled for Saturday

    The Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair is conducted today from 8 a.m. to noon at the Los Alamos High School Griffith Gym. Today’s event will mark its 25th year.

    The first Health Fair sponsored and organized by the Heart Council (a United Way Community Partner) was held at Fuller Lodge/Community Building in 1986 with approximately 25 booths.

    In 1993, it moved to Griffith Gym and has grown to nearly 70 exhibitor booths.  Its intent is to provide education and information to the general public about health resources and services available in the community and surrounding areas, and to provide an opportunity for low cost or free health screening and self-assessment.

  • County wants to be prepared

    “Be prepared” is more than just a Boy Scout motto, it’s become a common practice for schools around the country, following the Columbine — and more recently— the Virginia Tech shootings. Los Alamos County also is preparing for mass emergency situations with Operation Hilltopper.

    Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor gave a presentation during Thursday night’s Los Alamos Board of Education meeting at Aspen Elementary, regarding the county’s emergency plan.

  • LANL Honors R&D 100 Winners

    During a recognition ceremony at the Hilltop House Hotel Thursday evening, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles McMillan spoke of the projects and people who earned three R&D 100 Awards this year.

    “Once again the R&D 100 Awards show that Los Alamos National Laboratory’s multidisciplinary scientific approach provides real-world innovation with the potential to drive job creation in the private sector while delivering benefits to the American public,” McMillan said.

  • Cost hikes raise CIP concerns

     Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series.

    The escalation in costs for the White Rock Visitor Center raised specters of past overruns and future budget nightmares.

    “I’m having a hard time with a design increasing 50 percent. I think it was a poor job of estimating. I don’t know if it was really tried to stay in the $2 million. I just feel that council was misled in the original estimate,” Vice Chair Ron Selvage said during Tuesday’s county council meeting where councilors narrowly approved an additional $1,126,697 for construction.