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Los Alamos needs YOU

on March 13, 2012 - 8:12am

You undoubtedly have ideas for the future of our community and on how the county government should serve its citizens today. You have the opportunity to put those ideas into ACTION. 

Three county councilors and a county clerk will be elected next November. You could be one of them; the process starts now.

Roughly 14,000 adults call Los Alamos home and care about it. All are affected by county government. In this community of extraordinary people, there are hundreds with the knowledge and skills to help lead it. 

Are you one of the handful with the desire and courage?

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Signs of the Times

on March 8, 2012 - 4:05pm

Bad Signage Examples?

In mid-March, the Community Development Department (CDD) held an initial public kickoff meeting for a renewed effort aimed at revising the existing Los Alamos County sign code.  Past efforts to revise our much maligned sign code have met with failure over the last half-decade plus. The last sign code update was attempted by then CDD director Rick Bohn in 2009. That attempt was derailed, in large part because of a dispute over how to handle temporary signs placed in truck beds and elsewhere. The proposed revisions would have prohibited such signage.

Ice, Mud, and Spring Fever

on March 7, 2012 - 5:00pm

Column by Craig Martin

Even though north-facing slopes are snow-packed, south slopes and ridgelines dry out                                                                                                                                                 quickly. Photo by Craig Martin
 

April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire…” T. S. Eliot, The Wasteland.

For a Los Alamos resident who lives to be outside, March is the cruelest month. Once or twice a week, the weather hints of the end of winter and I get a touch of spring fever.

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I Reveal Myself as a Fan Girl

on February 24, 2012 - 5:00pm

By Bonnie J. Gordon

I’m coming out as a fan girl. I love graphic novels, horror and science fiction, but my real passion is for fantasy, especially epic fantasy.

I think there are a lot of us out there, but maybe we’re afraid we won’t be taken seriously if people find out we spent our vacation at a sci-fi and fantasy convention.

When you look at the numbers, it’s clear that a lot of people are reading fantasy. Why is it so popular? Maybe because it tackles some really big issues that sometimes get ignored by realistic literature.

One of them is that perennial biggie, the meaning of life.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Facebook

on February 17, 2012 - 12:00am

For someone who’s been using the internet since 1981, I sure keep underestimating its power. When Facebook first emerged, I thought of it as a gimmick for kids to share embarrassing pictures and annoy each other. Eventually, I realized that it was an emerging social medium that had been embraced by the under 30-crowd, and now I am convinced that it is a force for good that will spread democracy across the world. Well maybe not, but it is pretty neat.

I set up my first Facebook account some time ago, but it was for Louie, our cat.

A Place for Idea People

on February 17, 2012 - 12:00am

Imagine a place in our downtown designed to address housing and other needs of our early career “idea people” … scientists, technologists, artists and innovators of all type … and entrepreneurs. What would it look like? Where might be a good location? What related amenities would benefit both the residents and the larger community? The Los Alamos Creative District Steering Committee facilitated by Los Alamos MainStreet has been putting thought and effort into these and other questions.

Trinity Drive: Not a Hard Decision

on February 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

It was a momentous couple of weeks for Los Alamos and our county council. Not only did the council pass a lease agreement that will allow North American Development Group (NADG) to move forward on the Trinity Place Shopping Center, but our council also approved a new road design for eastern Trinity Drive. Trinity Place will bring a new and expanded Smith’s Marketplace “big box” store to Los Alamos at long last.

At Tuesday’s tumultuous county council meeting, County Engineering Division Manager Kyle Zimmerman presented his traffic plan for the eastern section of Trinity (and a small portion

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