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New Date Set for Covered Arena Groundbreaking

on October 19, 2012 - 8:51am


A community groundbreaking event for construction of the new Multi-Purpose Covered Arena at the North Mesa stables has been rescheduled for 3:30 p.m., Oct. 29 at Brewer Arena.

The event was originally set for last Friday afternoon but had to be canceled due to the massive hailstorm that hammered the area.

Building a covered arena for riding and exercising animals during inclement weather was approved by County Council at the budget hearings in May 2010.

The CIP Oversight Committee chose to move forward with 200’ x 75’ enclosed metal structure with three 25’ x 25’ covered


Letter to the Editor: The Irony of it All

on October 19, 2012 - 8:34am
By Chief MAC (Doug MacDonald)
Ret. Los Alamos Fire Chief

I understand the Los Alamos Government Review Initiative’s (LACRI) are in opposition of the proposed amendments the Charter Review Committee (CRS) has recommended to the initiative and referendum provisions of the Charter; under the premise that the proposed signature requirements of 15 percent and timeframes of 60/90 days for referendums/initiatives are onerous.

I find LAGRI’s posture troubling. In January 2010 I attended a public meeting scheduled by the County Council.

The single topic of the meeting was to discuss LAGRI’s

Letter to the Editor: Vote 'Yes' on Charter Ballot Questions

on October 19, 2012 - 6:43am
By Kevin Holsapple
Los Alamos

Amongst the various elective office contests and ballot questions on the slate for November's election are four local Charter ballot questions deserving of your attention and affirmation.
They deal with making improvements to the County Charter provisions dealing with citizen initiatives, referendums, recalls, and future Charter revisions.
A group formed by the County Council called the Charter Review Committee (CRC) performed a comprehensive review of the County Charter over the past few years, held a whole bunch of public meetings to collect ideas

Scarecrows and Pumpkin Glow Coming to Downtown

on October 19, 2012 - 6:19am
Two great events sponsored by Los Alamos Art Council
Build a Scarecrow! Scarecrows will decorate light poles in downtown Los Alamos Oct. 20-29.
Applications available at LAAC office and at LAAC website. $10 entry fee.
Once registered, bring assembled scarecrow to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce office from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
For more information, call LAAC at 663-0477.

BREAKING NEWS: Emergency Century Link Work on Trinity and Diamond

on October 18, 2012 - 4:10pm



The eastbound curb lane of Trinity Drive in the vicinity of the Mountain Village apartments - east of 35th Street - is closed to allow Century Link to perform emergency line repairs.

This closure will impact the evening traffic commute and motorists are urged to either use the Truck Route or be prepared for delays on Trinity Drive.

Due to the nature of the emergency, crews may also need to work on Diamond Drive north of the Diamond/Trinity intersection during the evening commute.

Motorists are advised to expect


Assessor's Office Takes Tour of Muni Building

on October 18, 2012 - 12:41pm

Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson, second from left, and her staff toured the Municipal Building on Central Avenue Monday. From left, Curtis Valencia, Johnson, Betty Martinez, Joaquin Valdez, Marty Martinez and Lucas Fresquez. Courtesy photo  

Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Changes Rectify Shortcomings

on October 18, 2012 - 11:11am

By Ken Milder
Former County Councilor

When changes to our County Charter are proposed, I usually look at such proposals with a somewhat jaundiced eye.

Our Charter, after all, has served us well, with only minor changes, for nearly 45 years.

This is true for the most part. But, after so many years we start to see what works and what does not.

For many years the initiative, referendum, and recall provisions of the Charter have lacked clarity and, at times, inhibited the community’s effort to proceed with needed improvements.

The proposed changes rectify those shortcomings.

The grouping