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Ceremony Launches Los Alamos Homestead Tour

on May 20, 2012 - 10:23am

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover honors descendants of the Pajarito Plateau Homesteaders gathered on the north lawn of Fuller Lodge for a special ceremony Friday. The event celebrated the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Homestead Act with a special dedication of the new Los Alamos Homestead Tour commemorating the life and contributions of the Pajarito Plateau homesteaders. Stover told the crowd that she also is a descendant of the Pajarito Plateau homesteaders. The Los Alamos County Council and the Los Alamos Historical Society, in partnership with the Fuller
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Cone Zone: Road Construction for Week of May 21

on May 18, 2012 - 10:21am

COUNTY News:

Public Works Projects:

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1

Expect shoulder work on Canyon Road between Manhattan Loop east and Nugget. Contractor will be potholing to verify utility locations in advance of actual construction, which will begin the week of May 28. If the potholing blocks the sidewalks, a pedestrian pathway will be provided. No traffic delays are anticipated.

N.M. 4 Improvements Project

Traffic continues to be on the south side of N.M. 4 between Rover Blvd and Grand Canyon/Pajarito Road.

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Udall to Help Break Ground at Los Alamos Energy Facility

on May 18, 2012 - 9:29am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will speak at 4 p.m. today at a groundbreaking ceremony for the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Biological Research Laboratory at 95 Entrada Dr. near the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.

Construction of the laboratory, and the ensuing research, is the product of a partnership from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County and NMC.

The new lab will be utilized by Dr. Richard Sayre and his growing team of researchers.

Sayre is director of the Biofuels Project at NMC and chief scientist for the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB).

Their

GOP Elects Delegates to Quadrennial Convention

on May 18, 2012 - 9:13am

The Los Alamos County GOP held its Quadrennial County Convention Thursday evening at the Los Alamos VFW.

The purpose of the County Quadrennial Convention was to elect delegates to the Republican Party of New Mexico Quadrennial Convention to be held June 9 in Albuquerque.

The State Convention will elect delegates to the National GOP Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Newly elected Delegates seated from left, Heather McClenaghan, Marie O'Neill, JoAnn Johnson and standing from left, Bob McClenaghan, Mike Weaver, Bill McKerley and Jordan Redmond. Courtesy/GOP

Recap of CIP Projects Funded Wednesday

on May 17, 2012 - 1:05pm

Following two nights of Special County Council meetings, Tuesday and Wednesday, and the approval by Council of eight Capital Improvement Projects, Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne this morning released the County's Final CIP Schedule. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Initial County Capital Improvement Project fund balance available:
  • FY2013 $22,500,000
  • FY2014 $856,429
  • FY2015 $937,029
  • FY2016 $1,726,629

Projected funding additions:

  • FY2014 $5,000,000
  • FY2015 $4,773,000
  • FY2016 $3,300,000

Estimated avaialble funding subtotals:

  • $22,500,000
  • $5,856,429
  • $5,710,029
  • $5,026,629

Total

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Kiwanis Club 4th of July Celebration Line Up

on May 17, 2012 - 11:55am

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club and Los Alamos County have announced the tentative schedule for the annual Fourth of July festivities at Overlook Park. Expect fireworks, food, kid’s activities, skydivers and a much more.

Courtesy photo

Everything kicks off at 2 p.m., Wednesday July 4 at the park. New this year is your chance to win the Best Seat in the House!  Tickets will go on sale mid-June at local businesses around Los Alamos and will also be available the night of the fireworks.

Council Approves 8 CIP Projects

on May 17, 2012 - 11:34am

Editor's Note: Updated with the Final CIP Schedule.

Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne and Capital Projects & Facilities Director Anne Laurent count the votes from the seven Councilors as to how they ranked the CIP projects under consideration for funding this evening. Council has unanamously approved the $2,226,471 Ashley Pond Improvement Project, the $4 million Teen Center, the $4.3 million Nature Center, the $655,000 Eastern Area Sound Wall, the $500,000 Canyon Rim Trail, the $1.5 million Ice Rink Improvements Project and to retain $800,000 in a contingency fund.
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Public Invited to Meet State Senator Monday

on May 17, 2012 - 11:25am

County News:

Sen. Richard Martinez is holding an informal meet and greet session with the public at about 10:30 a.m., Monday at the Coffee Booth in Mari-Mac Shopping Center.

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor David Izraelevitz are stopping by the restaurant to visit with Martinez as well.

Martinez is a Democrat representing Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties in the state legislature. He is running for re-election.

Born and raised in New Mexico, Martinez grew up in Guachupangue, a small farming community north of Santa Fe and Espanola.

His education

Clark & Kendall's - Weekend Preview - May 16, 2012

on May 17, 2012 - 10:06am

 

The Los Alamos Daily Post's events calendar webcast, "Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview." Carol A. Clark and Greg Kendall co-host this weekly program, which previews each upcoming weekend's events scheduled for Los Alamos, White Rock and beyond.

To compile the list of events, the Los Alamos Daily Post checks the event calendars found in the right hand sidebar and we sample the posters on the front window at Aspen Copies. We cover events that are of interest to the general public.

Things that didn't make the webcast: (Let us know if we missed something!):  <nothing yet>

Muni Building Rafter Work is Underway

on May 17, 2012 - 8:03am

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

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Council Nears Decisions on which CIP Projects to Fund

on May 16, 2012 - 8:43pm

Public comment is over and County Council is now at the stage where they are going to begin deciding which projects to fund. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Public Comment is Underway

on May 16, 2012 - 7:35pm

Joy Beery is first to be called up to speak as public comment begins this evening. Beery is speaking in support of the White Rock Civic Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com

Reid Griffith speaks in support of the Golf Course project. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com

Students advocate for Nature Center along with the Teen Center and Pool. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com

Local youth speak in support of the Teen Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com

Residents listen to their neighbors address Council during public comment in support of various projects
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Project Fine Points Clarified for Council

on May 16, 2012 - 6:35pm

Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne is briefing Council on various projects under consideration for funding this evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark.ladailypost.com
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Thirty Citizens Selected to Speak at Tonight's CIP Mtg.

on May 16, 2012 - 6:11pm

County Communications Manager Julie Habiger calls out ticket numbers for the 30 residents who will speak during the 90 minutes set aside for public comment, which starts in a few minutes. Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson is drawing the numbers from a bowl behind the podium. Nickerson is on hand this evening to ensure the massive crowd does not exceed the maximum capacity allowed by law for Council Chambers, which is 124, according to a sign posted on the wall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

These five chairs are reserved for the citizens who will be called, five at a time, to sit near
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Public Packs Council Chambers!

on May 16, 2012 - 5:58pm

A crowd of citizens lines up to pull a ticket out of a bowl, from the County's Julie Habiger, for a chance to speak during tonight's public comment portion of the special CIP meeting in Council Chambers. Speakers hope to sway councilors to approve their project. Six main projects are being considered tonight although other projects may ba considered as well. Tonight's meeting format allows for 30 speakers given 3 minutes each before Council decides on which projects to approve.
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County Announces CIP Public Comment Process

on May 16, 2012 - 12:57pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY COUNCIL News:

Los Alamos County has announced the process for CIP public comment for tonight's (Wednesday, May 16) County Council meeting:

  1. Beginning at 5:45 p.m. (the meeting starts at 6 p.m.) anyone wishing to give comments should plan to line up in Chambers and draw a ticket (a number) out of a bowl. One ticket can be drawn per person. Members of the public may arrive earlier than 5:45 to get a seat in Chambers, but, should note that the drawing won’t begin until 5:45 p.m. – no early ticket distribution.
  2. As each ticket is drawn out of the bowl, one half of the ticket
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New White Rock Visitor Center Update

on May 16, 2012 - 8:47am

Progress is being made on the new Visitor Center in White Rock. The parking lots are being paved, windows are going in, and stone facing is being added to the exterior. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com.
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Council Meets Again at 6 p.m. Wednesday

on May 15, 2012 - 9:30pm

No action was taken tonight. The County Council will its second special Capital Improvement Project meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at 475 20th Street. At tomorrow's (May 16) meeting, Council plans to take action on the Phase 2 applications including Ashley Pond Park Improvements, Golf Course Improvements, Ice Rink Cover and Improvements, Nature Center, Teen Center and the White Rock Civic Center or they could also consider any other requests for funding capital projects beyond those listed. Opportunities for public comment will be provided at the May 16 Council meeting.
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White Rock Civic Center Rounds Out Project Hearings

on May 15, 2012 - 9:22pm

Denny Erickson, right, explains details of the White Rock Civic Center Project - calling it the capstone of the White Rock Masterplan. The project involves relocating the White Rock Branch Library, Senior Center, Youth Activity Center and Town Hall into a single site with shared and multi-functional areas. The project cost ranges from $8.4 million to $15 million. Robert Repass of the Library Board and Pauline Schneider of the senior centers join Erickson in his presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Council is briefed on Teen Center Project

on May 15, 2012 - 8:59pm

Daniel Yamada, left, who helps run the current Teen Center, Executive Director Linda Daly of the Family YMCA and Alan Kirk address the need for a permenant Teen Center ranging in cost from $4 million to $8.7 million depending on the option selected. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Younger Crowd Among Nature Center Supporters

on May 15, 2012 - 8:45pm

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/ladailypost.com

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/ladailypost.com
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Ice Rink Improvements Under Discussion

on May 15, 2012 - 7:50pm

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/ladailypost.com  
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Golf Course Improvements Project Under Review

on May 15, 2012 - 7:24pm

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.
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Ashley Pond Improvements First Up for Consideration

on May 15, 2012 - 6:48pm

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/ladailypost.com

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
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County Officials Lay Out Project Hearing Procedures

on May 15, 2012 - 6:27pm

County Administrator Harry Burgess addresses Council explaining that there are 17 potential projects hoping for funding. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne describes the process that will be used to review the various projects. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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