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Public Shares Opinion on Trinity Lease Transfer

on September 24, 2012 - 8:04pm

Kenneth Lee is among several residents to speak before council during the public comment portion of this evening's meeting making suggestions to Kroger representatives that would show their good faith for the development of Trinity Site. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kroger Reps Brief Council on Plans for Trinity Site

on September 24, 2012 - 7:41pm

From left, Los Alamos County Deputy Administrator Steven Lynne and Kroger representatives Don Burnett abd Steve Sorensen address County Council this evening about the Trinity Site lease transfer from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger. "We're ready to go ... I've got Kroger approval to do the due diligence ... our objective is to open the store as soon as possible and with what has happened that would probably be the first half of 2014," Sorensen said.

County Line Highlights Monday & Tuesday Council Meetings

on September 24, 2012 - 7:07am

Special Council Meeting on Monday

A special Los Alamos County Council meeting is being held today, Sept. 24 to discuss the Trinity Site Revitalization Project - the actual title of the agenda item is: "Consideration of Approval of Assignment & Assumption, Consent, and Lease Modification Agreement related to the Trinity Site Real Estate Ground Lease and Development Agreement, from NA Los Alamos Trinity (NADG) to Topvalco, Inc., a Kroger related entity."

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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CONE ZONE: Week of Sept. 24

on September 24, 2012 - 6:57am

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, 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

Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon is closed.

Work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.

The work zone on Canyon Road is between NM502 to just south of Nugget.

Municipal Court Closed Sept. 26 to 28

on September 23, 2012 - 10:05pm

MUNICIPAL COURT News:

The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26, 27 and 28 to allow staff to attend training.

Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

Some payments may be paid online at www.citepayusa.com

The Court Clerk’s Office will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1.

Courtesy photo

Letter to the Editor: Ashley Pond Park Really Should Go Forward

on September 23, 2012 - 12:27am

By Kristin Henderson
Candidate for Los Alamos County Council

Since I am running for a seat on the County Council, I would like to clarify my position about projects that have already gone through the community vetting process and been approved by Council, as my attendance at a recent Ashley Pond project meeting was noted in a recent front page article in the Monitor.

I am in favor of moving forward with projects that have already had public input and then are approved by Council. That includes this one.

The meeting I attended was about the Ashley Pond project, which includes improving ADA

Analysis Paralysis Infiltrates Ashley Pond Park

on September 23, 2012 - 12:20am

George Padnovich of Sites Southwest reviews the 30 percent design plan for the Ashley Pond Park project during a  public meeting Thursday in the Community Building. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

STAFF REPORT

About 26 members of the public gathered at a meeting Thursday, Sept. 20 in the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue to learn more about upcoming improvements to Ashley Pond Park.

The meeting announcement stated that improvements to Ashley Pond Park are coming soon and that the project is "currently at the 30 percent design stage, with plans to complete design

Councilor Wismer Expresses Disappointment in Councilor Chiravalle's Response

on September 22, 2012 - 5:12pm

Photo: County Councilor Michael Wismer

I read in today's Los Alamos Daily Post, Councilor Vincent Chiravalle’s response to my concern over his decision to disclose information discussed in closed session. 

I must say that I am deeply disappointed in his response, both on a personal and a professional level. 

He says the allegation is “unfounded and absurd;” I had hoped he would admit his mistake and take responsibility for his actions. Obviously I misjudged him.

The issue of the NADG assignment of developer responsibilities was discussed over the course of a number of closed sessions,

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Councilor Responds to Claims He Breached Confidentiality

on September 22, 2012 - 3:21pm

Photo: Councilor Vincent Chiravalle

Staff report

In a statement to the Los Alamos Daily Post, Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle responds to claims that he has spoken publicly about confidential matters under discussion by the Los Alamos County Council.

Councilor Michael Wismer asserted at Tuesday's County Council meeting that Chiravalle has twice breached the confidentiality of issues discussed by Council in closed meetings - most recently last week's revelation that NADG is pulling out of the Trinity Site project.

Chiravalle announced the pullout by the developer during a

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Letter to the Editor: Approve Trinity Site Lease Agreement

on September 21, 2012 - 2:54pm
By Kristin Henderson
Candidate for Los Alamos County Council
 
I am writing in regard to the Trinity Site Redevelopment project. I am strongly in favor of our County Council agreeing to the assignment of the lease from NADG to Smith's.
 
And as opposed to Mr. (Robert) Gibson's opinion published in Thursday's Los Alamos Daily Post, I do not think this is the time to, once again, re-think this project. Fifteen years is enough and it's time to keep moving forward.
 
First, the fundamentals of this project have not changed since the lease with NADG was signed.
 
We still voted twice as a

New White Rock Visitor Center Shines at Sunset

on September 21, 2012 - 6:35am

The White Rock Visitor Center Complex illuminated at sunset sits on approximately 5.4 acres adjacent to N.M. 4, just west of Fire Station 3. The Complex consists of three components: a 3,281 square foot Visitor Center building, a 16 space RV parking area and a transit/transfer hub. Los Alamos County Council approved a $2,197,000 budget for the project. The Certificate of Occupancy for the building was acquired Aug. 8. Council and staff are hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the project site. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
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Mosquito Dunks Available to Local Residents

on September 21, 2012 - 5:18am

COUNTY News:

Worried about mosquitoes and the West Nile virus lurking in the perennial puddles and soggy spots in your yard?

The Los Alamos County Parks Division has “mosquito dunks” available to the public at no cost.

The dunks are effective treatment for the elimination of mosquito larvae in standing water.

The dunks are available at the Parks Division Office located in the Pajarito Cliff Sites Complex, Building 5.

For additional information, call the Parks Division at 662-8159.

County's Economic Vitality Administrator Discusses Trinity Site Lease Transfer

on September 20, 2012 - 11:00pm

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post (Post) at the Smart House Monday following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony about the Trinity Site lease transfer from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger: 

Post: What are your thoughts on the Trinity Site lease transfer to Kroger? 

Fisher: "I think that it's very hopeful that Smiths and Kroger have such a positive outlook and I think the opportunities exist.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Fails to Pass House

on September 20, 2012 - 4:05pm

Staff report

Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Resolution 5987. 

A 2/3 vote was require to pass the "Yeas and Nays" vote. The Park received 257 Yeas and 158 Nays, however, 276 Yea votes were needed to pass the park through the House and on to the Senate for consideration.

H.R. 5987 is titled, "To establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington, and for other purposes."

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director

Letter to the Editor: Explore Better Trinity Site Options

on September 20, 2012 - 8:17am
By Robert Gibson 
Former Los Alamos County Councilor   
 
The Monitor’s headline, “Council short on options,” of Thursday, Sept. 13, regarding the Trinity Site should not be just a lament. It should be a call to action.

The economic viability of the Trinity Site “lifestyle center” concept was uncertain when it was developed in 2005-06, long before investment money for such projects dried up. 

Two developers, first Boyer and now NADG, have been unable to implement even scaled down versions.

Why should we think a third entity, Kroger/Smith’s, whose interests are much narrower, would

Atomic City Transit Proposes Pilot Ski Hill Bus Route

on September 18, 2012 - 11:10pm

Public Works Director Philo Shelton and Transportation Division Manager Nancy Talley presented plans for a computer-aided dispatch system and a pilot program for a route to Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill to Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. The service to Bandelier National Monument runs March through November. The pilot service to Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill would run from December through February. As described, bus service would be available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

The Ski Hill route would start at the Visitor's Center in White Rock,

Environmental Sustainability Board Agenda Sept. 20

on September 18, 2012 - 10:33pm

Environmental Sustainability Board
AGENDA - Regular Meeting
Community Building Training Room
Sept. 20, 2012 – 5:30 p.m.

I. Public Comment

II. Approval of Minutes

III. Committee/Subcommittee Reports
1. Chair Report
a. Welcome New Board Members and Introductions
b. B&C Luncheon Synopsis
2. Liaison Reports
(1). Utility Board – Don Machen, Christine Chavez
(2). Planning and Zoning – Deb Gill
(3). Transportation –Skip Dunn
(4). Parks and Recreation –Mary Barr
(5). County Council – Fran Berting

IV. Board Business
1. Future Presentation at Board Meeting by Tom Ribe
2. Appointing New Liaisons
3. Glass Recycling

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Council Recommends Formation of Creative District Committee

on September 18, 2012 - 9:21pm

  Los Alamos County Council members hear input from the public involved in existing cultural organizations in Los Alamos and members of the Creative District Steering Committee regarding how to move forward with the implementation plan for the new Creative District Tuesday night at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. No action was taken during the meeting, but the Council did provide direction to County Administrator Harry Burgess.
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International Dignitaries Tour NEDO Smart House

on September 18, 2012 - 1:46pm

Dignitaries from Japan join officials from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County, Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in Monday's NEDO Smart House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., Los Alamos County Council Chair Stover, NEDO Chairman Kazuo Furukawa and other dignitaries tour the NEDO Smart House Monday. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Local, state, national and international officials tour the NEDO Smart House including this garage area.

LACDC's Holsapple Reflects on Next Big Idea Festival

on September 17, 2012 - 6:45am

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, center, visits the Los Alamos Visualization Associates dome at the conclusion of Saturday's Next Big Idea Festival. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff report

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post at the conclusion of the Next Big Idea Festival Saturday. 

Holsapple reflected on the day's events:

“To me, this is just an excellent demonstration of the idea of the creative district.

White Rock Visitor Center Opens Sept. 28

on September 17, 2012 - 6:13am
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
COUNTY News:
 
The new White Rock Visitor Center Complex at 115 N.M. 4 is scheduled to open its doors during a grand opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28.
 
The 3,281 square foot Visitor Center, located along New Mexico Highway 4 (N.M. 4), the gateway to Bandelier National Monument, will serve as a tourist center and local transit hub to and from Bandelier and the Los Alamos townsite.

Concurrent with the building of the White Rock Visitor Center, Los Alamos County Public Works Department also reconstructed the section of N.M.
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