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County Line: Smart House Grand Opening Monday

on September 16, 2012 - 7:29am

  COUNTY News:

Join the Los Alamos County Council celebrate the Grand Opening of the NEDO Smart House/Smart Grid with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the Smart House.

Council Meeting Tuesday

What's on the agenda? It's a work session at 7 p.m. at  White Rock Fire Station #3 on N.M. 4,  in which a discussion of governance and management options plus funding for the Cultural Creative District are scheduled.

Former Councilor is New Mexico REALTOR of the Year

on September 16, 2012 - 7:17am

By Carol A. Clark

When Los Alamos REALTOR Francine J. Mendoza traveled to the REALTOR Association of New Mexico Fall Conference in Albuquerque Friday, she had no idea who would be selected 2012 REALTOR of the Year.

It turned out to be the woman who sold her and her husband their first home in Los Alamos.

"The REALTOR of the Year is always kept secret until announced at the annual luncheon and it was so much fun to learn that our own Patt Rogers was chosen this year," Mendoza said. "We have a special connection - Patt was our local REALTOR.

CONE ZONE: Week of Sept. 17

on September 16, 2012 - 7:01am
Public Works Projects:
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at
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.

New Mexico’s Living Landscapes: A Roadside View

on September 16, 2012 - 5:58am

Photo: William Dunmire


William Dunmire will present a free, 45-minute slide illustrated program that will take listeners on a tour through New Mexico’s six ecoregions and along some of the magnificent state and National Scenic Byways.

Dunmire's program is part of the Authors Speak Series and a New Mexico Centennial Event.

From grasslands to mountains, deserts to forests, his talk focuses on the wide range of New Mexico’s landscape features.

Blue Gramma grass, apache plume, mesquite and yucca; elk, burrowing owls, and cranes are just a few of the the plants


Pet of the Week is Seren

on September 16, 2012 - 5:47am


This week's featured pet at the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter is Seren, a large, two-year-old female Shepherd mix that has been spayed.

She does well with other dogs, enjoys the dog park and enjoys human interaction and is emerging as a sweet dog.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a wide selection of on-site adoptable pets waiting for a home. Other pets are living in area foster homes.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website:, for more information about volunteering, adopting and donating and search


East Road Gas Line Tunneling Underway

on September 15, 2012 - 12:53pm
The gas line tunneling project near the Crossroads Church on East Road involves placing both a 6 inch and an 8 inch line in separate tunnels. It is cheaper to dig a tunnel for the new gas lines with a $350,000 machine than to do it the old fashioned way by digging a trench. Tunneling doesn't wreck driveways and sidewalks. This strange machine in the photo bores a tunnel underground for placing the new gas lines. One crew member operates the machine with a support three or four person support team.

Little Theatre Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

on September 15, 2012 - 10:30am

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover, center, high fives Los Alamos Little Theatre Board President John Gustafson following Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand re-opening of the building at 1670 Nectar St. Stover and Gustafson are surrounded by the many people who played a part in the facility's recent renovation. Photo by Greg Kendall/

For more information on the Little Theater renovation, see prior story




Candidates Debate at White Rock Senior Center

on September 15, 2012 - 9:33am

The White Rock Senior Center hosted a Los Alamos County Council Candidate Debate Sept. 14. From left, Republican incumbent Vincent Chiravalle, Republican Steve Girrens, Democrat Kristin Henderson, Democrat Pete Sheehey and Democrat Michael Redondo. Republican candidate Marc Clay did not attend. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

Downtown Buzzed with Activities Friday Before Today's Next Big Idea Festival

on September 15, 2012 - 8:01am

Engineers from Proctor & Gamble give a preview of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette Friday evening as part of today's Next Big Idea festival. The Corvette will be on display 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library parking lot during. Photo by Sal Zapien/
Los Alamos County Council candidate Steve Girrens, right, got a tour under the hood of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette. Photo by Sal Zapien/
Los Alamos County Councilor Sharon Stover got to sit behind the wheel of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette and rev its engine. Photo by Sal Zapien/
A crowd gathers

Local Firefighters Demonstrate Rescue Techniques

on September 15, 2012 - 7:39am

Firefighter Cari Mace and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department gave a demonstration Friday in front of the Bradbury Science Museum for students attending STEM Day as part of The Next Big Idea festival. Firefighters demonstrated how they conduct rescues from car wrecks. STEM Day is designed to stimulate interest and inspire young people from throughout the state about possible futures in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Firefighters participate in The Next Big Idea's STEM DAY Friday. Photo by Bonnie J.

Balloon Glows on Ashley Pond

on September 15, 2012 - 7:27am

A large balloon glowed off and on throughout the first half of the Gordons Concert Friday night across Ashley Pond from the band. Photo by Felicia Orth

Los Alamos Family Council Marks 50 Years of Service

on September 14, 2012 - 4:13pm

Joy Beery, left, and Cheryl Pongratz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Today marks a 50-year milestone for Los Alamos Family Council, Inc.

The behavioral health agency at 1505 15th St., Suite C, incorporated Sept. 14, 1962 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.

Today the agency is launching a year-long campaign, to thank the community for its support and to focus attention on the importance of personal and community wellness.

"We want community members, organizations and Los Alamos County to know how much we appreciate their support," Executive Director Joy

Downtown Banners Display Leslie Bucklin Photos

on September 14, 2012 - 8:55am

By Leslie Bucklin


New seasonal and Los Alamos welcome banners are being hung downtown on the Central Avenue streetlights.

The old banners were several years old, worn out, and in need of replacing.

A state funded MainStreet grant has helped the County update the banners.

Designed and featuring photographs by Leslie Bucklin, the new banners feature some of Los Alamos’ most notable attractions – summer outdoor activities, historic district, skiing, and community events, as well as stunning area scenery.

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie

Democratic Candidates for Los Alamos County Council Participate in Economic Roundtable

on September 13, 2012 - 7:50pm

Democratic Party of Los Alamos County Chair Mike Wheeler introduces panelists from left, Democratic Council candidates Michael Redondo, Pete Sheehey and Kristin Henderson who participated in a roundtable event this evening at Democratic Party Headquarters, 140 Central Park Square, in which the sole topic of discussion was the economy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

"We need to be a town that works for all of us," Council candidate Kristin Henderson said. "If we have a vision for Los Alamos ... that helps us prioritize."

"In my 26 years living in Los Alamos, I have seen small

County Unveils New Banners in Downtown Los Alamos

on September 13, 2012 - 4:31pm

Los Alamos County today unveiled seasonal banners along Central Avenue in Downtown Los Alamos, which have been created from photos taken by County Photographer Leslie Bucklin. The new banners are interspersed with New Mexico MainStreet Banners and each County banner will change with the season and depict a different photograph by Bucklin. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

New Mexico MainStreet banners now hang on poles along Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Traffic Department workers Chris Montoya and Raymand Baca hang new banners along Central

East Road Lane Closure Changed to Friday

on September 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

DPU News:

Due to weather, officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities have indicated that a lane closure scheduled to occur Thursday, Sept. 13 will now occur Friday, Sept 14. 

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the eastbound traffic lane on East Road near Los Alamos County Fire Station 6 and Tewa Loop will close. 

Construction crews replacing a section of natural gas line along the south side of East Road will excavate into the closed lane to tie the new line into the gas distribution system. 

No interruption of gas services is expected.

A flagging operation will permit traffic to

Community Broadband Survey Begins Tuesday

on September 12, 2012 - 3:45pm


Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 18 and running approximately two weeks, residents in Los Alamos County may be receiving a phone call asking for feedback on the Community Broadband Network project; a “last-mile” fiber network that will provide open and advanced broadband communications access to all Los Alamos County citizens, businesses and institutions.   

As part of this survey, the County is interested in conducting market research to assess demand and interest in broadband services, as well as explore preferences regarding methods of financing the CBN project and willingness to


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview Sept. 14, 2012

on September 12, 2012 - 3:44pm

This week's preview is sponsored by

Beowulf: Special film presentation of the heroic, epic poem 
5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library

STEM Student Day 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)
Kids 13–17 years old
4 p.m. at Little Theater Madame Curie Performance
5 p.m. at Bradbury Science Museum (pizza for all! Presentation from Mars Rover Scientists, Fire Science or Kraz-E Science Show)
7 p.m.

Ashley Pond Park Improvements Coming Soon

on September 12, 2012 - 3:39pm

Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall/


The public is invited to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in Council Chambers, 475 20th St. to review the 30 percent design plans with Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and consultant Sites Southwest LLC.

Public comment will be accepted during this meeting.

The improvements to Ashley Pond Park are slated for construction beginning February 2013. Design work will wrap up this winter, with a second public meeting at 90 percent design set for mid-November.

The Los Alamos County Council approved


Los Alamos County Among 100 Best Communities for Young People

on September 12, 2012 - 12:56pm

Chamisa students, teachers, administrators, County officials and community members gather for a group photo following today's big announcement that County today was named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAPS News:

  • Annual Competition Recognizes Communities that Prioritize Youth Education and Well-Being

Los Alamos County today was named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING.

The national award was given to Los Alamos County to recognize its outstanding

BREAKING NEWS: NADG Pulling Out of Trinity

on September 12, 2012 - 9:23am

Update 9/12/12 - 2:44 p.m. - Comment from Grubb and Ellis added

A NADG concept drawning of the exterior of a Smith's Marketplace. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

In a surprising announcement this morning, Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle reported to KRSN AM 1490 morning show host Nancy Coombs that North American Development Group (NADG) has requested that the Trinity Site development project be legally transferred to the property development arm of Kroger. 

If the transfer is approved, NADG would no longer be the developer of Trinity Site, instead Smith's, a division of

Powering Up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

on September 11, 2012 - 11:20pm

Let the Demo Begin!  Powering up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

By Greg Kendall

  • First international project in the U.S. to demonstrate how to provide a significant proportion of renewable power on the electric grid to meet a community’s residential needs.

A $52 million state‐of‐the‐art, international smart grid project will power up at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at 1925‐D Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos, a high desert residential community of scientists, engineers and their families.

At the event, the New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan,

Council Adopts Property Tax Rate for 2012

on September 11, 2012 - 8:28pm

Los Alamos County Budget & Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi addresses Council with regard to property tax rates for calendar year 2012 as certified by the State Department of Finance and Administration. Council voted 7-0 to adopt the property tax rate as presented by Coluzzi. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson listens to Council discuss the property tax rate issue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Taps Historical Society to Lead Manhattan Project National Historic Park Effort

on September 11, 2012 - 8:16pm

Los Alamos Historical Society Board President Ron Wilkins thanks Council for its confidence in his organization. Council voted 7-0 to designate the Los Alamos Historical Society as the lead agency responsible for communicating the interests and participation of Los Alamos County in the development of the proposed Manhattan Project National Historic Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Approves Liquor License for Pajarito Brewpub & Grill

on September 11, 2012 - 7:55pm

Pajarito Brewpub & Grill owners from left, Pawel and Dorota Listwan, Patrick Mockler-Wood, Catherine Mockler and Art Baca who represented the estate that owns the license, listen from the audience as the Los Alamos County Council votes 7-0 this evening to approve the liquor license for their new restaurant opening this fall at 614 Trinity Dr., in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/