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Today's News

  • Community icon Steve Stoddard dies

    Steve Stoddard, a former state senator, lab chemist, community icon, war hero, a Living Treasure and godfather of the Los Alamos Republican party, died Friday, according to friends.

    "Steve Stoddard was a friend, a fellow Kiwanian, a mentor, a veteran, a public servant and indeed a Living Treasure.  He will be sorely missed by his immediate family, his Kiwanis family and all of Los Alamos.  We've lost a great one,” Los Alamos resident Morrie Pongratz said in an email Friday. “We just lost another member of the greatest generation.  These unselfish men and women made our land what it is today.  How apt that we recall them all this Memorial Day.”

    More on this story in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Lab begins tests on chromium plume

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will begin pumping tests in two groundwater monitoring wells this summer located on lab property within a chromium plume in the regional aquifer.
    The purpose of the pumping tests is to refine understanding of the plume properties within the regional aquifer and evaluate the potential for large-scale pumping to remove chromium. Chromium concentrations in the plume exceed state and federal standards for groundwater.
    “These pumping tests are a key step in identifying measures to address the plume,” said Pete Maggiore, assistant manager for environmental projects at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos Field Office. “Data from this testing will be used to recommend a final remedy which we will then submit to the state.”
    The chromium investigation is part of environmental work being conducted under the 2005 Consent Order between New Mexico, the lab and the Department of Energy. Under the Consent Order process, the state will select a final remedy after input from the public.

  • Field day fun for Aspen students

    Aspen Elementary held it’s first “Field Day” a few weeks ago, much to the delight of students and teachers.
    The brainchild of Colin Hemez, a student at Los Alamos High School and Andy Garcia, a coach at Aspen Elementary School, the students participated in many activities, including: running races, “Zumba” excercises, ball games and just some good old running around. A couple of trucks from the Los Alamos Fire Department were there too, and firefighters were on hand to demonstrate some of the more interesting tools on board as well as give tours of the trucks’ interiors.
    “It was really fun. It felt like a celebration,” Kathryn Vandenkieboom, principal of Aspen Elementary said.
    She said not only did the kids get some exercise, but they learned teamwork as well.
    “Colin was looking to do a service project and he at first thought about organizing a race,” Garcia said. But after we met it turned into a field day for the entire school.”
    According to Garcia, it was the first time the school had a field day. It’s an event they hope to make into a tradition, he added.
    “Next year, the school will be in the middle of construction but the year after that we definitely plan to continue it.”

  • A day to honor veterans

    A Memorial Day community celebration will be held at Guaje Pines Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday.

    The entire community is invited. The theme is “Remembering those who have lost their lives for their country and a special remembrance of Vietnam.”

    Memorial Day is a National Holiday to thank and honor the more than over 1,258,000 Americans that have given their life for their country during wartime and conflicts around the globe defending freedom and our way of life. Over 58,000 died in Vietnam and more than 1,600 remain Missing in Action in Vietnam. Over 42 million citizens have served this country during these times of conflict.

    This year’s speakers include four living heroes and residents of Los Alamos who all served in Vietnam during the height of the conflict. They include Leland Lehman, Nick Mezins, Ed Miller and Dennis Hawley. They will all briefly share their experience to honor the fallen.

    Lunch and socializing to remember the fallen will be available at the conclusion of the ceremony at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Drive.

  • Busy Memorial Day weekend at Bandelier

    The Memorial Day holiday marks the beginning of the summer season at Bandelier National Monument, with the shuttle buses beginning on Friday, and special activities happening throughout the weekend.
    “If you haven’t been to Bandelier lately, this is a good time to come,” park Superintendent Jason Lott said. “You can catch a free bus in White Rock, relax and enjoy the scenery on the way to and from the park, and have a leisurely day with the family in Frijoles Canyon.”
     The shuttle buses begin running on Friday morning.  From then until mid-October, visitors will need to go to the White Rock Visitor Center Complex to catch the free buses into the Frijoles Canyon area of Bandelier. Buses will run every 20 minutes, seven days a week, with the first run from White Rock at 8:20 a.m. and the last bus leaving the park at 5:10 p.m.
    There is now a bus stop at the Frey Trail trailhead in Juniper Campground, where bus riders can stop off and walk out on the Tyuonyi Overlook Trail and then catch another bus into the canyon, or hike down the Frey Trail to the canyon bottom and later catch a bus back to White Rock. Visitors arriving at the park before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m. can drive into the canyon area.

  • School passes new budget

    The Los Alamos Public Schools passed a budget Thursday, allocating $35.7 million for Los Alamos’ school students. The budget keeps the reading program intact for the elementary schools, but will not replace the seven retired teachers. However, there will be one “reading coach” to monitor the reading program at the elementary schools. Read about the budget in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 05-24-13

    Camp May closed

    Due to construction, Camp May is closed to overnight camping and picnicking until further notice. Construction is estimated to be completed by mid-July. Access to the Santa Fe National Forest remains open from the Ski Hill parking lot.

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    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will meet in a regular session at 7 p.m. June 4 in council chambers.

    Arts board

    The Arts in Public Places Board has just discovered technical difficulties with the email address associated with its “Open Call for Art.” (ArtProposals@lacnm.us). All proposals must be resent and the deadline has been extended to June 7.

    Trash pickup

    In observance of Memorial Day there will be no trash or recycling collection on Monday. Put roll carts out on Wednesday.

    DPU charter

    The DPU Charter Review Committee will meet at
    5:30 p.m. June 3 at Fuller Lodge. 

  • Local orthodontist brings a piece of Hawaii to LA

    As the hot, dry summer begins to take its hold on Los Alamos, a new icy treat will be available to help residents survive the heat.
    Local orthodontist Dr. Devan Vest and his partner Dan Richards recently launched their new business venture Northshore Shave Ice Co. to provide the community with a unique summer treat.
    They began the season last week at the White Rock Kite Festival with plans to keep regular hours at Vest’s practice this summer.
    The concept for the business came many years earlier as the two were attending a small college and rooming together on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Both Vest and Richards fondly recount visiting the local shave ice vendor, to seek relief from a hot, salty day at the beach.
    “We would often spend the day at Waimea Bay and, when sufficiently salt crusted and sun baked, we would head over to Matsumoto’s in Haleiwa for shave ice,” Richards said. It was at this shop that the two hatched the idea of owning their own shave ice business someday.

  • Local orthodontist brings a piece of Hawaii to LA

    As the hot, dry summer begins to take its hold on Los Alamos, a new icy treat will be available to help residents survive the heat.
    Local orthodontist Dr. Devan Vest and his partner Dan Richards recently launched their new business venture Northshore Shave Ice Co. to provide the community with a unique summer treat.
    They began the season last week at the White Rock Kite Festival with plans to keep regular hours at Vest’s practice this summer.
    The concept for the business came many years earlier as the two were attending a small college and rooming together on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Both Vest and Richards fondly recount visiting the local shave ice vendor, to seek relief from a hot, salty day at the beach.
    “We would often spend the day at Waimea Bay and, when sufficiently salt crusted and sun baked, we would head over to Matsumoto’s in Haleiwa for shave ice,” Richards said. It was at this shop that the two hatched the idea of owning their own shave ice business someday.

  • Council approves bond refinancing

    The Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the county to re-fund $40,085,000 in outstanding Gross Receipts Tax Improvement Bonds which mature on and after June 1, 2019 and are callable as of June 1, 2018 at a lower interest rate. The refinancing is expected to net $1,151,198 in savings for the county.
    Re-funding the bonds is similar to the concept of refinancing a home at a lower interest rate. The interest rate on the original bonds was approximately 5.4 percent. Re-funding will reduce that rate to approximately 2.6 percent.
    “I’m pleased to say that today we successfully marketed this re-funded bond issue,” Deputy County Administrator Steven Lynne said.
    RBC Capital Markets is serving as the bond underwriter for the county, facilitating the agreement by buying the bonds and reselling them.
    Vice President Erik Harrigan represented RBC at Tuesday’s council meeting. Peter Franklin, bond counsel for Modrall Sperling law firm, was also available to answer questions.
    The par amount (principal) of the bonds was $38,235,000. The majority were sold to major investors Tuesday morning. The $4 million in bonds remaining with the underwriters will be sold at a later date.