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Demolition on Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Begins

on June 4, 2012 - 2:10pm

Demolition got underway Friday at the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Owner Patrick Mockler-Wood said this morning that he and his partners, Catherine Mockler, Pawel Listwan and and Dorota Listwan are shooting for a September opening of the new restaurant under construction at the corner of Trinity Drive. Courtesy photo

The Pajarito Brewpub & Grill will be open late, seven days a week, for lunch and dinner. Courtesy photo

The Pajarito Brewpub & Grill will feature 30 world class beers on tap, mouthwatering appetizers and burgers, steak, fish and vegetarian dishes.
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County Announces New Top Attorney, Community Services Director

on June 4, 2012 - 1:16pm
The Los Alamos County Council voted at noon today to appoint Rebecca Ehler as the new County Attorney.
 
Ehler is currently the Legal Advisor at the Department of Public Safety in Alamogordo.
 
She also served as the City Attorney for Alamogordo from 1993-2002, advising the City Council on bond issues, ordinances, contracts, land matters and a water utility.
 
Ehler was selected after an extensive search in March, followed by April interviews for the top three finalists.
 
The search for a new County Attorney had been underway since December, when former Attorney Randy Autio
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Bear Springs Fire Grows to 100 Acres

on June 4, 2012 - 11:06am

 

Three lightning fires were reported Sunday in the Santa Fe National Forest.

The Bear Springs Fire in the Jemez Ranger District is exhibiting active fire behavior with running and spotting and had grown to more than 100 acres by this morning.

The two fires reported in Pecos were contained.

Bear Springs Fire Update:

Fire Name: Bear Springs

Time/Date Reported: 6:36 p.m. Sunday, June 3

Location: Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately six miles northeast of Ponderosa and six miles southeast of Jemez Springs.

Legal Description: T17N, R4E, SWNE Sec 31

Cause

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 24 to May 31, 2012

on June 4, 2012 - 6:35am

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

 

ROBERT MOORE

May 24 at 9:12 a.m. / Police arrested Robert Moore, 56, of Los Alamos near Agate Street and Aztec and charged him with driving while his license is suspended or revoked.

May 24 at 7:34 a.m. / Police charged a 16-year-old Los Alamos girl on Central Avenue with reckless driving.

 

 

LUIS PONCE‑CHITICA

May 24 at 8:42 a.m. / Police arrested Luis Ponce-Chitica, 26, of

Bun Ryan Honored at JFK Banquet

on June 3, 2012 - 11:39pm

Bun Ryan. Photo by Karen Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Kristen Lasky

It does not seem to be a stretch to say U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Bernard “Bun” Ryan, a Los Alamos Living Treasure, Pierotti’s Clowns softball player and long-time Democrat, share more than a few similarities.

It’s not just the political affiliation. Civic work, community responsibility and profound impacts are other parallels. Plus, Ryan worked on Kennedy’s election campaign.

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Fires Burning in the Region

on June 3, 2012 - 11:28pm

NEW MEXICO FIRE INFORMATION News:

New Mexico Fire Information reports:

Firefighters will be working through the night to contain three small fires started by lightning.

Two of the three fires are near Pecos. The Church fire is one acre and the Cow Creek fire is one-quarter acre. The largest of the three fires is near Jemez Springs.

The Bear Springs fire is two acres. Spread potential for these fires in low to moderate.

"With extreme fire conditions present, it is important that we hit these fires hard and fast to keep them small," said Lawrence Lujan, Forest Public Information

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East Park Closed for Paving Through June 20

on June 3, 2012 - 10:40pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:

County Pavement crews will begin paving the East Park parking lot Monday, June 4.

Paving activities will require the park to be closed from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily for approximately two weeks.

Activity at the site on Monday will be limited to equipment staging as crews prepare for paving. Paving operations are scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 5, weather permitting, and should conclude by Wednesday, June 20.

The East Park pavilion cannot be reserved for events on weekdays, but will be available for use on the weekends.

Temporary access will be provided to the

Hear the Poetry of Mother Earth's Stretch Marks Thursday

on June 3, 2012 - 10:37pm

OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE & RUBY K's News:

T. Jackson King, archaeologist, science fiction author, and poet, will read from “Mother Earth’s Stretch Marks” at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Ruby K’s Bagel Café.

Tickets to the event are $10, which includes the book and refreshments, and will be available at the door the night of the event. Otowi Station Bookstore and Ruby K’s are sponsoring the event.

In a recent interview, King discussed his poetry about the natural world. “I began writing poetry in college in Japan partly as a reaction to the Vietnam War,” he said.

The Y Fights Child Hunger This Summer with Help from the Walmart Foundation

on June 3, 2012 - 10:23pm

The Family YMCA joins national effort to provide 7 million meals to children this summer, as part of Walmart’s Summer Giving Campaign

Courtesy Photo

When the school year ends, so does free meals for the millions of children in low-income households who depend on them most. This summer the Española YMCA Teen Center is providing free nutritious meals to youth of all ages beginning Monday, June 4. The Center is able to do this thanks to a $7,500 grant from YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and the Walmart Foundation, and in partnership with the national Summer Food Service Program.

Images for Fire Gate Poems: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs

on June 3, 2012 - 10:08pm

Mesa Public Library Art Gallery News:

Images for Fire Gate Poems: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs. By Henry C. Finney

Mesa Public Library Art Gallery from June 3-29

Public Reception and Poetry Reading on Friday, June 8  7:00-8:30 PM, A Los Alamos Friday Night Out Event

Henry Finney is truly a Renaissance man: artist, writer, anthropologist, Zen meditation teacher, educator, husband and parent. All of these parts combine in the current exhibition to create a compelling visual and spiritual experience for the viewer.

In 2011, Finney published a book of his poetry, The Fire Gate

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Summer Art Classes for Teens Ages 12+

on June 3, 2012 - 9:50pm

FULLER LODGE ART CENTER News

The following summer art classes are available for teens ages twelve and older.  For more information contact: Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Avenue or 505-662-1635.

Casey Greenling: Portraits in Clay 
2 week class: June 11-15 and June 18-22 ($220)  
 
June 25-29 Casey Greenling: Mural Paintings ($110) 
 
July 9-13  Casey Greenling: Painting in Oils  ($110) 
 
July 16-20 Katherine Gutkovskaya - Painting Techniques for the Beginner ($110) 
 
July 23-27 Katherine Gutkovskaya - Drawing  ($110)

Transit of Venus Viewing Options for Tuesday

on June 3, 2012 - 9:32pm

From 4 to sunset, Tuesday June 5, Los Alamos will be treated to a rare "transit of Venus" when the planet comes so precisely between the sun and the earth that its image can be seen crossing the solar disk.

Venus is small enough that a telescope (equipped with a special filter to reduce brightness) will be needed. 

PEEC has such a telescope and will be showing the transit to anyone interested.

A transit of Venus happens only four times every 243 years. However,, the spacing between each occurrence is very uneven.

The last transit occurred in June 2004 - and after this June's event

Las Conchas Fire Order Closures To Be Lifted

on June 3, 2012 - 9:27pm

Editors Note: The following update was posted to the Los Alamos Trails Group on Facebook by Lynn Bjorklund, Espanola Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest

The Forest Supervisor will sign the revised Las Conchas Fire order sometime on Monday, June 4th. For those of us in Los Alamos this means that the closure will be entirely lifted for Los Alamos County. For the Jemez District, it will be entirely lifted for non motorized travel. Most of the Jemez District Forest Service roads will still be closed to motorized travel.

CONE ZONE: Week of June 4

on June 3, 2012 - 9:01pm

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.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
Canyon Rd between East Road (NM502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic. Residential access to this area will be maintained; however, residents who park on Canyon Road are asked to park off-street or on a nearby side street. Residents can expect flagging operations on Canyon Rd during the day time, and two-way traffic at night.

Algorithms and Complexity for Quantum Computing

on June 3, 2012 - 8:54pm
SANTA FE INSTITUTE News
 
 
Joe Traub, Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University; External Professor, Santa Fe Institute will present "Algorithms and Complexity for Quantum Computing" on Wednesday, June 6th at 12:15 p.m in the Medium Conference Room.
 
Abstract:  Are quantum computers more powerful than classical computers? To answer this question one must know the classical computational complexity.  What is it about the problems of quantum chemistry and quantum physics that enables us to get lower bounds on the classical complexity?

Fox and Mountain Lion Coming to PEEC!

on June 3, 2012 - 8:39pm

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER News

On Tuesday, June 5th, PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings program will kick off with a Taxidermy Museum with animals from Yukon Wildlife Studio.  Visitors are welcome to drop in any time between 6:30 and 8:30.  The event is free for PEEC members, and just $5 per family for non-members at the door.

Yukon Wildlife Studio was given the body of the mountain lion that killed a local dog on Christmas Eve on North Mesa last year.

Sidewalk Obstruction Removal Program

on June 3, 2012 - 8:16pm

By Thomas Roach, Pavement Division Manager, Los Alamos County

Los Alamos County would like to solicit the cooperation of property owners to voluntarily remove vegetation along sidewalks. Invasive weeds will be a problem this summer, so the county asks everyone to pull, spray, or otherwise control weeds and grass on their property and adjacent to sidewalks.
 

The idea behind this program is to create a clear zone - a clear walking path for at least two people to walk side by side along a sidewalk.

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County Council to Hold Special Session Monday

on June 3, 2012 - 7:47pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY COUNCIL News:

The Los Alamos County Coucil will hold a special session at noon Monday, June 4 in Council Chambers.

The agenda for the special session includes:

  • Public Comment
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Business

    A.  Approval of County Administrator's Selection of Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan as Community Services Director. Presented by Harry Burgess, County Administrator

    B.  Possible Council Action on Appointment of County Attorney and Possible Approval of Employment Agreement. Presented by Council

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Early Voting Officially Ends as Final Ballot is Cast

on June 3, 2012 - 9:28am

Christopher Montoya casts the final ballot at 5:59 p.m. Saturday at Fire Station 3 in White Rock officially closing the chapter on the Early Voting election cycle for 2012. Montoya, 20, is a Los Alamos High School graduate, too young to vote in the last election. "It was exciting to be able to vote but I was a little worried because it was so close to 6 p.m.," he said. Early Voting ended at 6 p.m. Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Christopher Montoya fills out the final ballot Saturday evening just before the doors closed, officially closing the 2012 Early Voting cycle.
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ChamberFest Set for Saturday, June 9

on June 2, 2012 - 10:49pm

LOS ALAMOS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE News:

The second weekend in June features ChamberFest, a community event showcasing Chamber of Commerce member merchants, businesses and organizations. 

With food, live music, a car show, fashion show, giant sand pile, bubble pit and other family entertainment, it will be a particularly entertaining day.

ChamberFest will be held in downtown Los Alamos from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9 on Central Avenue between 15th and 20th streets, down MainStreet to the Round-about.

Chamber members invite the public to visit with their booth and learn more about

Fire Near Redondo Campground Fully Contained - Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Implemented

on June 2, 2012 - 9:19am

A half acre, no structure fire was fully contained Thursday. The fire occured one half mile south of the Redondo Campground. The fire was visible from north of Albuquerque, Jemez Springs, Gilman, Jemez Pueblo and from N.M. 4.

Fuels on the ground are dry due to the lack of moisture and are creating a fair amount of smoke. A fire investigator is also on scene. The fire was in the Jemez Ranger District.

From the New Mexico Fire Information website: (http://nmfireinfo.com/2012/05/31/santa-fe-nf-valles-caldera-nm-dept-of-game-fish-lands-enter-stage-1-fire-restrictions/)

Beginning Friday, June 1

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Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum Entertain Los Alamos

on June 2, 2012 - 6:45am

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum play to a large crowd during the County's Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Friday. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Concert Promoter Russ Gordon, right, with Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Tara Key, Melissa Duke, Rita Brake, and Jamie Duke (members of the 1st Baptist Church of Los Alamos) offer free cotton candy at the Summer Concert on Friday. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Tom Rozum plays the mandolin. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Laurie Lewis plays the violin. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Laurie Lewis takes some time between sets to chat and sign autographs. Photo

Journey Through Indian Country Part 1: Fighting Crime on Tribal Lands

on June 2, 2012 - 6:40am

A special agent overlooks the Shiprock land formation on the Navajo Nation. The reservation, the largest in the country, is one of about 200 federally recognized Indian reservations where the FBI has investigative responsibilities. Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 1:

Driving along a remote dirt road on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico recently, a rancher crested a ridge and noticed two animals intent on something in a nearby ditch.

As he approached, one of the scavengers loped away—the other looked up, its mouth glistening with blood.

The rancher guessed one of his sheep had been

BREAKING NEWS: EEOC Finds in Favor of Former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan

on June 2, 2012 - 6:14am

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rendered its decision late Thursday in the case of former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan's charges against Los Alamos County.

The EEOC found the County guilty of sex discrimination as well as retaliation against Stepan who was fired Jan. 3, 2011 after filing a grievance against former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro. 

Attorney Sam Bregman spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post a short time ago about the EEOC ruling in his client's favor.

"We are very pleased and not surprised with the decision of the EEOC," Bregman said.

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“Health Speak Out” Town Hall Seeks Public Comment

on June 1, 2012 - 11:04pm

The Los Alamos Community Health Council (LACHC) is sponsoring a “Health Speak Out” Town Hall Meeting noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday June 11 in the Los Alamos Community Building on the corner of 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The goal of the Town Hall is to gather information from a wide range of health care consumers about their needs, health care experiences and recommendations.

LACHC will also share a summary of its 2011-2012 LACHC Los Alamos County Health Profile.

Bring your own brown bag lunch. Drinks will be supplied.

Seating is limited. RSVP to deborahfgill@gmail.com by Friday June 8.

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