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  • Update 01-30-13

    Brisket night

    The LAHS NJROTC will host brisket night from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Posse Lodge. A $10 donation includes barbecue pork, potato salad, baked beans, corn, a cookie and drink. Proceeds go toward competition travel.

    LALT deadline

    The deadline for receiving proposals for plays to be performed in the 2013-14 Los Alamos Little Theatre season is Thursday. Visit lalt.org for instructions.

    Sierra Club

    Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy, will speak on “Securing a future with coal in New Mexico,” at the LASE/Sierra Club meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in media room 203, building two at UNM-LA.

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    Pancake breakfast

    The Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge will hold a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and younger.

    Garden club

    The Summit Garden Club will meet Feb. 4, with guest Kimberly Tanner speaking on the topic of “Starting plants from seed, in a very, very small space.” Visitors welcome. For more information, call Nancy Nunnelly at 662-4950.

  • Isotope differences clarified

     Geologists have known for decades that the sandstones near Santa Fe and Española contain uranium. The yellow and brown mineral coatings on sand grains will kick a Geiger counter but are not rich enough to be mined at the present time. Most water wells in the area contain detectable uranium. More than 200 private and public wells contain uranium in excess of the drinking water health standard of 30 parts-per-billion and some wells contain hundreds of ppb. The primary health concern of uranium in drinking water is kidney toxicity.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory sits west of the Santa Fe-Española area, west of the Rio Grande. A New Mexico Environment Department investigation in 1995 concluded that the uranium in rocks and groundwater east of the Rio Grande, in the Santa Fe-Española area, was naturally occurring and did not come from LANL. These findings have been confirmed by a second study by NMED, LANL and three water-quality businesses in Santa Fe.
    One way to distinguish between natural and manmade uranium is by testing for its different isotopes. U-234, U-235 and U-238 are naturally occurring isotopes. U-236 is a manmade isotope that does not occur in nature. The ratios of natural isotopes, and the presence or absence of U-236, can be used to fingerprint sources of uranium.

  • County selects branding company

    Los Alamos County’s Economic Development Division announced Tuesday that it has selected Nashville, Tenn.-based North Star Destination Strategies, Inc. to conduct targeted research to define and develop a unified brand for the community of Los Alamos.
    This six to eight-month project is scheduled to kick-off next week with the research and planning phase, starting with the collection and assessment of existing data, including research, plans, communication and media, as well as an “in-market” visit to tour the community and to conduct interviews.
    Then, new research will be conducted, including an online community survey, a resident profile and a competitive positioning review, as well as both qualitative and quantitative perception studies.
    The data collected will be used to create a strategic brand platform or storyline that defines the target audience, frame of reference, point of difference (what makes Los Alamos unique) and benefit (to the prospective audience).

  • County selects branding company

    Los Alamos County’s Economic Development Division announced Tuesday that it has selected Nashville, Tenn.-based North Star Destination Strategies, Inc. to conduct targeted research to define and develop a unified brand for the community of Los Alamos.
    This six to eight-month project is scheduled to kick-off next week with the research and planning phase, starting with the collection and assessment of existing data, including research, plans, communication and media, as well as an “in-market” visit to tour the community and to conduct interviews.
    Then, new research will be conducted, including an online community survey, a resident profile and a competitive positioning review, as well as both qualitative and quantitative perception studies.
    The data collected will be used to create a strategic brand platform or storyline that defines the target audience, frame of reference, point of difference (what makes Los Alamos unique) and benefit (to the prospective audience).

  • Taxes on table for FY2015

    The Los Alamos County Council weighed several options for a long-term plan to address decreasing revenues at Tuesday’s mid-year budget meeting.

    After a lengthy discussion, it was determined council would delay any consideration of new property taxes until FY2015.

    “We need to realize that we are not poor,” Council Chair Geoff Rodgers said. “What we’ve done, is we have had increased revenue coming in over the last few years. We’ve grown the county to meet that, and now we’re at a point where it’s not a crisis, but the high water mark is receding and we need to find in an orderly fashion how to recede back out. And we have options, so let’s not get into that crisis mode. I think it’s too early to look at new taxes.”

    Deputy County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne did agree that council could probably defer any hike in taxes until FY2015 without a damaging impact.

    Throughout the meeting, the council contemplated a number of options.

    One of the most polarizing options on the table was whether to increase property taxes to replace diminishing gross receipts revenue from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    County staff laid out two options for revenue increases.

  • Raw: Giant Sinkhole Gobbles Up Building in China

    Two buildings in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou vanished into a sinkhole on Monday. China's state television reports no one was hurt in the collapse, but 300 local residents had to be evacuated.

  • Today in History, Jan. 30
  • School bond passes 4,283 to 1,784

    The taxpayers of Los Alamos have voted to let the Los Alamos Public School System spend another $20 million in general obligation bonds, according to the County Clerk's Office.

    The unofficial ballot count was 4,283 to 1,784. The money will allow continued construction and renovation to go on at the Los Alamos Middle School as well as allow planned renovations and construction take place at Aspen Elementary over the next five years. Other priorities will be design plans for new music and choral facilities at Los Alamos High School, completing the Los Alamos Middle School courtyard, as well as design plans for the new Middle School gym.

    At the beginning of January, 13,826 ballots went out to the public and only 6,186 came back, but that was enough to overcome the apathy. Of the 6,186, ballots, 6,067 were validated as of Tuesday night.

    Many residents today braving the cold to shop at Smith’s had much to say about the bond vote.

    “I voted ‘yes,’” resident John Roberts said. “I voted ‘yes’ because it was going to be spent on school facilities.”

    Others didn’t seem to be aware they got a ballot in the mail, while others said they did but they never bothered to vote.

  • School district fights back at vandalism

     

    Officials will conduct a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Suite 5 near the school administration building at 2075 Trinity Drive with the Los Alamos School Board to discuss recent vandalism at Piñon Elementary.

    The aim is to get the board to approve a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

    The vandals apparently struck Jan. 25, spray-painting the front of the school with “vulgar and inappropriate words and phrases,” LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt said in a written statement.

    “As a community, we should not put up with this senseless disregard and marring of our public property,” Schmidt said.

    The district is asking anyone who has information about the incident to call the police at 662-8222. Anonymity will be respected.

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