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Curiosity Lands on Mars!

on August 5, 2012 - 11:49pm

NASA News

NASA's Curiosity rover has landed on Mars. Curiosity is a car-size, one-ton rover that touched down on Mars at 11:31 a.m. Monday. The landing marks the beginning of a two-year prime mission to investigate.

Courtesy Photos. First photos sent to NASA from Curiosity within minutes of landing on Mars.

Board of Public Utilities Agenda Aug 15

on August 5, 2012 - 11:23pm

BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES News

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
5:30 p.m. Aug 15, 2012 at DPU Conference Room
170 Central Park Square

I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment

III Chair’s Report

IV. Board Member Reports

V. Manager’s Report

VI. County Administrator’s Report

VII. Council Liaison’s Report

VIII. Environmental Sustainability Board Liaison Report

IX. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

X. New Business
A. Approval of Budget Carry-overs for Fiscal Year 2012 – Janet Bettinger
B. Approval of Department of Energy (DOE) - Los Alamos County (LAC)
Resource Pool Budget for Fiscal Years 2013-2014 -

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CONE ZONE: Week of Aug 6

on August 5, 2012 - 8:41pm
 
LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:
 
Public Works Projects:
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us.
 
Pavement Preservation Program
Crews will be working to finish on Cañada Way then moving to Rover from Carlsbad to Grand Canyon, and the Longview. Flyers will be distributed 48 hours in advance of work beginning in the immediate area. Once construction gets to your area, please ensure that all vehicles are parked off-street.

Summer Family Evening Features Duck Buddies

on August 5, 2012 - 8:36pm

PEEC News

Live ducks are coming 6:30 p.m. Tuesday August 7 to PEEC!

Sallye Sibbitt of the Duck Buddies comes to PEEC to talk about ducks: what they eat, how their anatomy helps them swim, their lifespan, their place in the environment and more. She'll also tell all about the ducks that live at Ashley Pond, and she'll have hands-on items and projects, and live ducks, too.

Free to member families, $5 donation to Duck Buddies for non-member families.

Art in Public Places Board Agenda for Wed Aug 8

on August 5, 2012 - 7:02pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY ARTS IN PUBLIC PLACES BOARD
AGENDA
Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012
4:30 to 6 p.m. – Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room #3

I. CALL TO ORDER

II. PUBLIC COMMENT (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Speakers will be limited to four minutes each.)

III. APP BOARD BUSINESS
A. Approval of Minutes from July 11, 2012

IV. CURRENT PROJECTS
A. Discuss the Utilities Department “Smart House” Project and Possible Selection of Artwork (Nebel and Bossert)
B.

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County Line Details Upcoming Events

on August 5, 2012 - 6:18pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News

Council Meeting on Tuesday

What's on the agenda? An update on Economic Development projects, budgets and priorities, plus a discussion of options for the Valles Caldera National Preserve's visitor access...and much more! Attend the meeting at 7 p.m. in Chambers (inside the Community Building), watch it on PAC-8, or stream it live from our webpage. Download the agenda:
http://www.losalamosnm.us/gov/council/Pages/default.aspx


A Vacancy on County Council

Councilor Ron Selvage resigned on August 2, which leaves a vacancy on the Council.

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Light Turnout for Start of Anti-Nuke Protest

on August 5, 2012 - 2:21pm

A small crowd gathered Sunday afternoon at Ashley Pond for the kick off of two days of Anti-Nuclear protests. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com.

Sunday Aug. 5 in Los Alamos:

  • Rally in Ashley Pond Park, Los Alamos, speakers, music, teach-ins and information
  • Audio link to the sounding of the Peace Bell in Hiroshima, Japan  (5:15 p.m.)
  • “Sackcloth and Ashes” peace march to LANL led by Pax Christi, New Mexico (5:20 p.m.)
  • Floating of peace lanterns on Ashley Pond (following peace march)

Monday Aug. 6 in Los Alamos:

  • A full day of non-violent direct action in Los Alamos beginning at 7 a.m.

Kiwanis Club Speaker Schedule for August

on August 5, 2012 - 11:20am

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Masonic Lodge on Sage, near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Road. Guests are always welcome!

Aug 7 - First Vice President Don Casperson will give a detailed report on the Kiwanis International Convention held in late June in New Orleans.

Aug 14 - Debbie Maes and her search-and-rescue dog
one of four Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certified dogs in the state of New Mexico will be Kiwanis guests.

Aug 21 - Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, will discuss the

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Watch NASA TV Live

on August 5, 2012 - 10:45am

Live NASA Television coverage of the Curiosity Rover Mars Mission. Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars at 11:31PM MST.:

Watch the landing coverage at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.  Click here for details.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

on August 5, 2012 - 10:11am

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...CHUSKA MOUNTAINS...FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS...LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY...NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS...NORTHWEST PLATEAU...SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS...WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS...WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU.

* FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

* A BACK DOOR COLD FRONT THAT MOVED THROUGH WESTERN NEW MEXICO THIS MORNING WILL INCREASE MOISTURE AND ENHANCE THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAIN PRODUCING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON AND

Seeing and Observing Part 1: A Tale of Two Trails

on August 5, 2012 - 8:15am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Column by Robert Dryja

Sherlock Holmes has a lesson for us. It is taken from the story “A Scandal in Bohemia”: “When I hear you give your reasons,” I remarked, “the thing always appears to me to be so ridiculously simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each successive instance of your reasoning, I am baffled until you explain your process. And yet I believe that my eyes are as good as yours.”

“Quite so,” Holmes answered, throwing himself down into an armchair. “You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.

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Del Norte Sponsors County's Summer Concert Featuring Eddy and the Nomads

on August 5, 2012 - 8:14am

From left, Debbie Acklin, Julie Layton, Tammie Trujillo, Lisa Bakosi, Chelsea Cantrup and Michelle Koller work the Del Norte Booth at the Friday Night Gordon Concert hosted by the credit union. They were selling frito pies and cupcakes to raise money for Making Strides against breast cancer. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Kenny's BBQ has been a staple at Los Alamos County's Friday Night Gordon Concerts. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Rains couldn't stop concert goers from dancing to the music of Eddy and the Nomads. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Eddy Partridge of

Jordan Ahlers Chairs United Way Youth Team Campaign

on August 5, 2012 - 7:41am

UNITED WAY News:

Jordan Ahlers has been named to chair this year's United Way Youth Team Campaign. She is a senior at Los Alamos High School.

The Youth Team held its kick off meeting Wednesday in the fourth floor conference room at Los Alamos National Bank, which is a major sponsor of the United Way of Northern New Mexico organization.

"These youth are so great and show so much leadership ... they ran the whole meeting," United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega said.

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BREAKING NEWS: LAFD Battalion Chief Placed on Administrative Leave

on August 4, 2012 - 5:09pm

LAFD News:

Battalion Chief Kelly Serna

Los Alamos Fire Department Battalion Chief Kelly Sterna has been placed on administrative leave following a report this morning that he had been arrested in Albuquerque Friday night for suspected drunk driving.

Sterna was not on duty at the time, according to the report.

“The Los Alamos Fire Department upholds the highest standards and code of conduct for its officers," Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes said this afternoon. "We understand that the public places their trust in us to behave in a professional, law-abiding manner, both on and off duty.

LANL Protester Tied to ORNL's Y-12 Security Breach

on August 4, 2012 - 4:44pm

Photo: Sister Megan Rice

By Carol A. Clark

Sister Megan Rice, 82, arrested in Los Alamos for criminal trespass during a 2010 protest at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been arrested again, this time for breaching the highest-security area of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory July 28.

Rice and two accomplices, Michael R. Walli, 63, a member of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington, D.C. and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, a member of Veterans for Peace in Duluth, Minn., and a former U.S.

Valles Caldera Workshop and Campout, Aug. 17-19

on August 4, 2012 - 12:50pm

Courtesy/LADVC

Los Amigo de Valles Caldera News:

The final of three workshops planned on the tributaries of San Antonio Creek this summer is on the Santa Rosa Creek Aug. 17-19.

Santa Rosa Creek ia a major tributary to San Antonio Creek and is being severely impacted by increased runoff from adjacent slopes burned by the Las Conchas Fire. 

During a July workshop,  Los Amigo de Valles Caldera members and  volunteers completed an array of 26 stone structures that were severely tested in a flood that Saturday evening. The structures came through in flying colors.

Los Amigos is again

County Issues Advisory to Protect Animals During Fair & Rodeo

on August 4, 2012 - 12:33pm

Photo: Horses with vesicular stomatitis show blanched raised or broken vesicles around the upper surface of the tongue, surface of the lips and around nostrils, corners of the mouth and the gums. Courtesy/Horsetalk

 

COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES News:   

The New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) is reporting that New Mexico is currently experiencing a significant outbreak of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS.) 

VS is classified as a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD), and, as such, cases are required to be reported nationally and internationally. 

To minimize the spread of the disease and to help avoid

Column: Knitwit

on August 4, 2012 - 12:07pm

Column by Bonnie J. Gordon

Knitwit...

I’m obsessed with knitting. I read piles of knitting books and magazines and have nifty knitting equipment, such as a tape measure shaped like a sheep.

This is not even mentioning my garage full of yarn. The thing is, that even though I’ve been knitting for a while now, I’m a lousy knitter.

I’m barely past knit and purl and only recently learned to make cables. I make endless mistakes that I have to take out or choose to ignore.

I’m probably the least detail-oriented person I know.

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Local Actors Perform in Missoula Children’s Theatre Production

on August 4, 2012 - 11:58am
Members of a cast of local actors performed in a dress rehearsal July 25 for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Beauty Lou and the Country Beast held July 28 at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. Missoula Children’s Theatre is sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council and is funded in part by Los Alamos County.
The theater group comes to town with the set, lights, costumes, props and make-up—everything it takes to put on a play. The team holds open auditions and casts 50–60 local students, who rehearse throughout the week and present a public performance. Housing was provided by

County Council Chair Remarks on Selvage Resignation

on August 4, 2012 - 11:57am

Photo: County Council Chair Sharon Stover. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover received a letter of resignation Thursday evening from Vice Chair Ron Selvage.

Selvage's resignation followed his apology published in the Los Alamos Daily Post Tuesday for an indiscretion he had with a woman from Los Alamos while on an official visit to Moscow and Sarov, Russia last September.

Stover issued a statement to the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning regarding Selvage's resignation.

"I have enjoyed working with Ron over the last

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LAHS Cheerleaders Offer Car Wash Today

on August 4, 2012 - 11:20am

Los Alamos High School cheerleaders wash a Los Alamos County fire truck this morning. The cheerleading squad will be washing cars until 2 p.m. today (Aug. 4) at the Shell Gas Station at Oppenheimer and Trinity Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos High School cheerleaders are washing cars for a $5 donation until 2 p.m. today at the Shell Gas Station at Oppenheimer and Trinity Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

 

 

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County Hosts Recycled Fashion Workshops & Trash Fashion Show

on August 4, 2012 - 10:58am

COUNTY News:

Courtesy/LAC

By Tom Nagawiecki
County Environmental Services Specialist

Nancy Judd, an internationally recognized artist and educator known for creating couture fashion from trash, will host two free recycled fashion workshops in Los Alamos. These workshops will help participants in The Next Big Idea’s Trash Fashion Contest design and prepare garments for Los Alamos’ first Trash Fashion Contest.

Courtesy/LAC

The first workshop, which is geared to people new to sewing and design, will be 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.  A second advanced workshop will be 1-5:30 p.m.

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9th Street Road Work Underway

on August 4, 2012 - 9:29am

There's a lot of road work underway on 9th Street near Canyon Road this week. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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