Younger Crowd Among Nature Center Supporters

Local school girls in the auddience tonight at the Council Chambers hold up signs in support of the Nature Center Project, which Council is considering. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

PEEC Co-founder and Board President Becky Shankland, second from left, discusses the proposed $3.5 million Nature Center project along with PEEC Co-founder and Board Member Michele Altherr, far left, Board Member Felicia Orth and PEEC Co-founder and Facility Director Chick Keller. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Ice Rink Improvements Under Discussion

Fred Roach, at left, serves on the Ice Rink Subcommittee and is answering Councilor questions.County Recreation Manager Randy Smith, right, briefed Council on the $1.5 million needed to fund renovations at the Ice Rink. He is asking for $245,000 to redo the crumbling parking lot and $1.277 million to renovate the facility’s restrooms and locker rooms. Mark Rochester, center, of the Hockey Tournament Association is telling Council that the restrooms are a huge safety, ADA and Title 9 issue. Girls don’t have anywhere to dress, he said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Golf Course Improvements Project Under Review

Randy Smith, far right, discusses various options to the proposed $9.888 million golf course project if funded in a single year. He also is speaking about a phased renovation approach stretching over four years. The cost under this scenario would be $11.3 million and would include $2 million in year one, $2.9 million in year two, $2.5 in year three and year $3.9 in year four. Scott Weiss, far left, of the Los Alamos Single Track Association representing open space and trail users is speaking in favor of the improvements. County Media Specialist David Griggs and Deputy County Administrator Steve


Ashley Pond Improvements First Up for Consideration

Duck Buddies Committee Chair Sallye Sibbett speaks to Council about the need for improvements to Ashely Pond, which she said has not been ungraded since 1973. County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre, center, and Consultant George Radnovich are preparing to speak about the project as well. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Consultant George Radnovich explains that the $1.9 million project includes renovating the sidewalk, which does not meet ADA requirements and to improve the water quality that is now is poor as well as a stage and shade structure and a boardwalk, both of which would be difficult


Council Will Hear Details on Six CIP Projects

Council Chair Sharon Stover is explaining that the County has $100 million worth of projects to consider yet there is a decline in revenue so extreme care has to be taken as to which projects are funded. Six Capital Improvement Projects, (CIP) are being presented during this evening’s Los Alamos County Council meeting in Council Chambers. Projects include Ashley Pond, Golf Course, Ice Rink, Nature Center, Teen Center and White Rock Civic Center. The sponsors of each project get 15 minutes floor time to make their final case to Council. COuncil members will take another 15 minutes to ask questions


Police and Fire Join Special Olympics Torch Relay Thursday

Los Alamos Police Sgt. DeWayne Williams and Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker (Retired) ran in the 2009 Special Olympics Torch Relay. Local police officers and firefighters participate in the annual Special Olympics Torch Relay running from the back gate to Jemez Springs. They will do so again on Thursday as a part of the fund raising efforts that they do for the Special Olympics. Courtesy/LAPD 


Early Voting Begins Saturday!

By Carol A. Clark

Voting early begins from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at both the Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St. and the White Rock Fire Station #3, 129 N.M.4.

Early voting will continue at both locations 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the following Tuesday, May 22 through Saturday, May 26 and Tuesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 2.

Also, Election Day has never been easier with Voting Convenience Centers (VCC) that will scattered throughout Los Alamos County.

VCC’s are Election Day polling locations available to any registered voter of Los Alamos County regardless of their designated precinct.