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County’s Sign Code Issue Resurfaces

County Planner Gary Leikness briefed local businesses in council chambers Thursday on data gathered at public meetings over a lengthy period. The intention is to move proposed sign changes through the process for final presentation to the county council this spring or summer. Photo by Katy Korkos


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Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Solving Navajo Man’s Death

The FBI and Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations are asking the public for information regarding an apparent hit-and-run death that occurred last Saturday night in Fruitland, N.M.

Stanley Begay, a 51-year-old Navajo man, was found dead on Navajo Route 36, near Mile Post 17, about 15 miles southwest of Farmington, at about 8:46 p.m. Saturday.

Begay was walking along Navajo Route 36 when he apparently was struck by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene.

No witnesses have come forward.

Investigators would like to talk to anyone who may have driven in the area on Navajo Route 36 around


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Alternative Voting Measures

League of Women Voters President Barbara Calef introduces speakers Kathy Campbell and Terry Goldman at Mesa Public Library Thursday evening. The League sponsored the talk, “How are we represented?” that looked at alternative voting methods used in New Mexico, the U.S. and other countries. Photo by Carol A Clark/ladailypost.com

 


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2012 Legislative Session Could Have Been Worse

Rep. Jim Hall

By Carol A. Clark

Just before returning home to White Rock after the close of the 2012 Legislative Session Thursday, Rep. Jim Hall shared his thoughts on the last 30 days at the state capitol.

“While you’re in the midst of it, it’s sort of a blur,” Hall said. “The primary purpose of the 30-day session is to get a budget passed and we got a pretty good budget passed ($5.65 billion.) There are always other things you would like to see in there but it’s a pretty good budget – it could have been worse.”

To the relief of many, lawmakers passed the balanced


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UNM-LA Fairy Tale Thursdays Featuring La Belle et la Bete

UNM-LA News 

UNM-Los Alamos is hosting the free film series, “Fairy Tale Thursdays” at 6 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday through May in the UNM-LA Student Center Lecture Hall.

The series will explore the rich tradition of fairy tales in film.

On Feb. 23, host, Dr. Mickey Marsee, will show the 1946 Jean Cocteau cult classic, “La Belle et la Bete” (Beauty and the Beast, NR/ 97 min) in the Building 5 Lecture Hall. Marsee hosted the popular Monster Film Series in 2010.

Deemed one of the best dramatic presentations of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale, Cocteau’s direction mixes fantasy with


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County’s Sign Code Issue Resurfaces

County Planner Gary Leikness briefed local businesses in council chambers Thursday on data gathered at public meetings over a lengthy period. The intention is to move proposed sign changes through the process for final presentation to the county council this spring or summer. Photo by Katy Korkos


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Huge Storewide Sale as Brownell’s Hallmark Says Goodbye

In its final weeks of operation, Brownell’s Hallmark in the Mari Mac Shopping Center is closing its doors after 20 years serving the communty. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Twenty two years ago this month, Steve and Judy Brownell moved to Los Alamos and opened the doors of Brownell’s Hallmark at 609 Central Park Square.

On Monday, everything in the store goes on sale at a minimum of 20 percent off and as high as 75 percent.

“As time goes by we’ll increase the minimum percentage and depending on how successful we are at selling things off, we’ll


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Original Ballet “Dracula” is a valentine of a different kind

Alicia Bowyer as Mina Harker in Dracula 2012. Photo by Holger Waschinski

By Bonnie Gordon

Get ready for heart stopping romance, action and drama this weekend, as The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT–PC), under the direction of Susan Baker-Dillingham presents “Dracula.”

NMDT–PC is a non-profit training ground for pre-professional dancers located in Los Alamos. During its seven years history, NMDT has gained acclaim for its original story ballets choreographed by Baker-Dillingham, including “Dracula,” “Snow White,” “Cinderella,” “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” “Alice,”


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Five LAFD Firefighters Promoted

The Los Alamos Fire Department held a special ceremony Friday at Station 3 in White Rock to honor five firefighters who were promoted earlier this month. Seated from right, Justin Grider promoted to deputy fire chief, Steven Dawald promoted to captain, Chris Bartlit promoted to captain, Dan Duval promoted to captain and Adrian Martinez promoted to driver engineer. Standing at right, Fire Chief Troy Hughes congratulated each firefighter. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Los Alamos Democratic Party Holding County Convention

The Los Alamos Democratic Party will hold its County Convention at 7 p.m., Feb. 23 in the upstairs meeting room at the Hilltop House Hotel on Trinity Drive.

Members will divide into wards to select 20 delegates and one alternate to attend the State Democratic Pre-Primary Convention March 10 in Albuquerque.

Democratic candidates have been invited to attend the convention.


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Never-Before-Seen Manhattan Project Footage

J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves at remains of the Trinity test in September 1945. Photo/wikipedia.com

Action 7 News recently obtained never-before-seen film of the scientists and their families who came to Los Alamos during World War II to construct the first atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project.

 

Check out the amazing footage:

http://www.koat.com/news/30455910/detail.html


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It’s Tyme for Shakespeare with the LA Community Winds

Los Alamos Community Winds is set to perform 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. Courtesy Photo

By Bonnie Gordon

Lovers of Renaissance music and lovers of the bard are in for a treat when The Los Alamos Community Winds presents a Shakespeare-themed concert at 7 p.m.  Saturday, Feb. 18 at Crossroads Bible Church. The church is located at 97 East Road (as you enter Los Alamos from the main hill road).  As always Winds concerts are free, although donations are gratefully accepted.

The idea for “the Musick of Shakespeare and his Tyme” came about as the Winds started


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UNM-LA Partners with Center for Legal Studies

UNM-LA News:

Area residents interested in pursuing a paralegal career will have the opportunity to earn a Paralegal Certificate through an online course being offered beginning March 5, by UNM-Los Alamos in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies, a Colorado company that provides students with affordable and effective legal education through colleges across the nation.

The 14-week Paralegal Certificate Course© prepares students for careers in the growing field of paralegalism. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projections, the number of paralegal positions


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NM 4 Road Work In Full Swing

A pair of tractors remove rocks and sidewalk cement along N.M. 4 in front of the Hive in White Rock Tuesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Road work is underway along N.M. 4 between Rover Boulevard and Sherwood Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Road work is underway along N.M. 4 between Rover Boulevard and Sherwood Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A tractor removes rubble from N.M. 4 and places it in a large truck that hauls it away. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Council Explores County’s Employee Pay Structure

Sharing a laugh before the start of Tuesday’s county council work session in White Rock, from right, County Attorney Brian James, County Administrator Harry Burgess, Acting Assistant County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steve Lynne and Human Resources Manager Denise Cassel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

It was universally agreed at Tuesday’s county council work session that Los Alamos County employees are at the higher end of the market in terms of pay structure. But there are some glitches that need to be addressed.

The meeting focused


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Wrecked Airplane Leaves Airport on Final Journey


Disassembled 36V plane at Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Robert Gibson

Motorists passing the Los Alamos County Airport recently may have noticed an airplane being disassembled. Some people stopped to watch the unusual activity Wednesday, Feb. 1, as the plane’s wings and tail were removed and its fuselage hoisted onto a large trailer.

“The plane’s road trip to an aircraft salvage yard in Colorado marked an ignominious end to a 30-year journey in the skies over an estimated half million miles between the Arctic Ocean and Mexico,” said one of its owners, Robert Gibson.

 

Co-owner Lori


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New Dog Park Coming to FEMAville Area

County News:

Los Alamos County Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre and the Parks Division crews will soon begin working on installing the next dog park over at the old “FEMAville” site on North Mesa (the abandoned volleyball courts.)

If the weather holds out, they should wrap up the North Mesa playground installation (near the tennis courts) and then move over to the new dog park location in a few weeks.

Some preliminary site work already took place there last fall.


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PEEC Officials Meet with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Representative

Michelle Jaquez-Ortiz, right foreground, from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Office met with officials at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange Street Thursday to learn how best the senator can support PEEC’s efforts. From left, Board President Becky Shankland, PEEC Member Karyl Ann Armbruster, Program Director Katie Watson, Board Member Dave Yeamans, Facility Director Chick Keller and Board Member Siobhan Niklasson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Upcoming PEEC events:

A Nature Center for Los Alamos? Public meeting before the CIP committee at


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Get Warm and Fuzzy at Warm Hearts Yarn

Students knit during a Saturday morning class at Warm Hearts Yarn in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The local yarn shop is dear to the heart of many a knitter and since August, Warm Hearts Yarn has been providing local crafters with a place to call their own.

The store is located in White Rock at 13 Sherwood, near Smiths Food and Drugs Center.

Los Alamos native Katie Brousseau has been knitting and crocheting since the age of 9 and Warm Hearts Yarn grew out of her desire to share her enthusiasm for handwork with her hometown. It is her goal to provide high quality,


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Red and Black Ball Marks 12th Year


Preparing audio equipment for the Ball Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider and wife Cori. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com.


Kate O’Donnell, left, and Karen Kendall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 

Greg Kendall, left, and Jim O’Donnell. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 


Fire Chief Troy Hughes and wife Jodi. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Attorney Chris Chandler and County Council Chair Sharon Stover. Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Police


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