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Wildlife Lounges in the Neighborhood

on July 3, 2012 - 11:41am

Over the weekend, local kids discovered a Bobcat calmly relaxing in a Los Alamos backyard on a hot summer day. Photo by Connan Odom.
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Local Democrats Host Booth at Overlook Park Wednesday

on July 3, 2012 - 10:41am
 
By Mike Wheeler, Chair DPLA
 
The Democratic Party of Los Alamos July 4 Celebration at Overlook Park will still take place despite the fireworks cancellation.
 
The DPLA will have a booth set up again to pass out water, flags and meet the public.
 
Many of our local candidates will be present, and the music and celebration will go on as planned.

We invite the public to stop by our booth to meet the candidates and spend time with Los Alamos Democrats.
 

County Issues Community Update as LANL Enters Stage III Fire Restrictions

on July 3, 2012 - 10:29am

COUNTY News Alert:

The Los Alamos County Fire Department (LAFD) would like to ask the public for their continued support and assistance during Extreme Fire Danger.

The Los Alamos National Laboratory properties have entered Stage III Fire Restrictions effective July 3 and the LAFD supports their actions.

Therefore, the Los Alamos Fire Department has implemented the attached restrictions to all County owned or forested areas within Los Alamos County effective at 8 a.m. today, Tuesday July 3. 

Patrols of these areas will be conducted by the LAFD and LAPD throughout the County and residents

Using Renewable Energy Sources

on July 2, 2012 - 6:32pm

Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith and Deputy Utility Manager Rafael De La Torre in the new DPU-NEDO Photovoltaic Array. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

This morning while purusing twitter news feeds, I noticed the following snippet of news from the Albuquerque Journal:

"PNM was widely criticized last year when it told the PRC it could not comply with the state’s renewable portfolio standard for 2012, which requires public utilities to derive at least 10 percent of their electricity this year from renewable sources, such as wind and solar.

White Rock Recycling and Repaving Begins July 9

on July 2, 2012 - 4:28pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Pavement Division will begin recycling and repaving work Monday, July 9 in White Rock.

The work is funded under the FY12 Pavement Preservation Program.

The following streets will be resurfaced:

In White Rock – Kilby, Donna, Garver, Connie, Cheryl, Cheryl Court, Cañada Way, Barcelona, Rover (from Carlsbad to Grand Canyon), Aragon (west of Rover), Azure and Shirlane.

Also, the following streets are scheduled for resurfacing in Los Alamos – Range Road and North Mesa Road (from Hawk Drive to just east of the Posse Lodge.)

Note: While the County anticipates

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Public Notice: Lodgers Tax Quorum May be Present

on July 2, 2012 - 4:09pm

COUNTY News:

Members of the Los Alamos County Lodger's Tax Advisory Board may attend a “Visit with the Proprietor of Back Porch Bed & Breakfast” at 1:30 p.m., Thursday July 5 at 13 Karen Circle in White Rock.

A quorum of board members may be present, however, no action will be taken.

The event is part of the Los Alamos County Lodger's Tax Advisory Board's mission to assess and establish ongoing communications with the County’s lodging businesses and management.

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Fire Department Asks Residents for Help

on July 2, 2012 - 1:49pm

LAFD News:

With the current Fire Danger at EXTREME, and the anticipation of the fire danger level elevating to Stage 3 in the coming days, the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) is asking for the community's help.

 

LAFD asks people to refrain from using fireworks, campfires or bbq’s on public land. LAFD also asks people to smoking only inside a vehicle or building during these extremely dry conditions, especially during the annual Fourth of July celebration.


Adhering to this request could prove very beneficial, not only to the fire department, but to the citizens in the entire county, by

Rotary Hosts Blood Drive with United Blood Services

on July 2, 2012 - 12:33pm

ROTARY News:

The members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos are partnering with United Blood Services (UBS) to host a blood drive July 12-13.

The public is invited to participate in this life-saving activity.

There is a hero inside each person ready to make a difference when others need help.

People who donate blood are heroes to those in need.

Blood Drive Details

WHEN:

  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday July 12; and
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday July 13

WHERE:

  • First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr.

APPOINTMENTS:

www.unitedbloodservices.org; log in and register; (walk-ins always welcome.)

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Leslie Bucklin's 'Enchanted Parks' Exhibit Opens Tuesday

on July 2, 2012 - 10:01am

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:

Yellowstone Buffalo. Photo by Leslie Bucklin

A public reception for Enchanted Parks: A Photographic Tale of Life in Our National Parks by Leslie Bucklin is set for 5-7 p.m., Tuesday July 3 in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery. Join Bucklin for a gallery walk of her work.

As the Los Alamos Historic District prepares for the possibility of becoming part of this nation's first non-contiguous National Park, we have the opportunity to look at not only what makes our current National Parks so extraordinary, but what has always made North Central New Mexico

Six New Firefighters Swear to Protect Community

on July 1, 2012 - 9:46pm

Six new members of the Los Alamos Fire Department, Ernesto Polson, Daniel Martinez, Kenny Martinez, David Apodaca, Sam Meyersick and Nathan Sisneros, were sworn in during the Fire Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony for Fire Recruit Class #24, Friday at the White Rock Baptist Church, 80 N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Days at the Academy can be long and difficult for individuals seeking to become firefighters with the internationally accredited Los Alamos Fire Department.

While many who attempt the school do not complete it, the LAFD on

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June 20 Utilities Board Meeting Recap

on July 1, 2012 - 4:51pm

BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES News:

Talley Completes Board Term, Anderson Begins, PNM Electric Transmission Rates Rise, Conservation Plan Update and More...
 

Board Changes: Board Member Thurman Talley served his last Board of Public Utilities meeting June 20 and new Board Member Kevin Anderson was in attendance.

Utility Manager Report: Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith reported that environmental work at the San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) was proceeding while the PNM‐led stay continued to be considered.

On behalf of the County, the Los Alamos Department of Public

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Photography & Films Coming to Local Libraries

on July 1, 2012 - 3:41pm
LOS ALAMOS PUBLIC LIBRARIES News:
Celebrate America's National Parks and get into the 4th of July spirit with the opening reception of Enchanted Parks: A Photographic Tale of Life in Our National Parks, by local photographer Leslie Bucklin.
 
A gallery walk-through with the artist is included in the reception set for 5-7 p.m., Tuesday July 3 at Mesa Public Library. The show runs through Aug. 6.   
 
"Enchanted Parks” is a 100-plus piece photography show featuring the Los Alamos Historic District, Bandelier National Monument, and the Valles Caldera National Preserve, as well as several
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Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of July 2

on July 1, 2012 - 3:01pm
Public Works Projects:
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us.
 
NM4 Improvements Project
Starting Monday, traffic will be switched to one lane of traffic on each side of the road. Work will continue in the middle median area. Speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Expect modifications to the work zone as work progresses Please drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles. The contractor plans to work on Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and 31.
 
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Prophet Headlines County's Pajarito Mountain Concert

on June 30, 2012 - 9:45am

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express played at Pajarito Mountain Friday night as part of Gordons Summer Concert Series sponsored by Los Alamos County. Friday's concert was "KTAOS Night." Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Guitarist James DePrato of Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express. Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express played at Pajarito Mountain as part of the Gordon Summer Concert Series. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express in concert Friday at Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Bassist Kevin White of Chuck

Ryan Finn Jazz Quartet Fills Fuller Lodge

on June 30, 2012 - 9:19am

Fuller Lodge was jammed Friday night with concert goers eager to hear the Ryan Finn Jazz Quartet. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director Marlene Hamilton introduces the Ryan Finn Jazz Quartet. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

The Ryan Finn Jazz Quartet played a mixture of New Orleans Jazz, Caribbean, and Brazilian music at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

 

Crowd Packs Opening Night at Fuller Lodge Art Center

on June 30, 2012 - 9:04am

TK Thompson, left, chats with patrons during Friday night's opening of his photography exhibit, "Faces of Jazz" in the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Director Ken Nebel of Fuller Lodge Art Center discusses an exhibit at Friday night's opening of "Rhapsody in Blue." Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Patrick Brenner, dressed in a civil war uniform stands next to a photo of himself titled "Blue Captain, Battle of Valverde, 2011." Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

 
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County Horse Show July 7 at Brewer Arena

on June 29, 2012 - 12:46am

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY RECREATION News:

Courtesy/LAC

The Los Alamos County Recreation Division will present the Los Alamos County Horse Show at 9 a.m., Saturday July 7 at Brewer Arena.

Horse Show registration forms are available at the Aquatic Center or www.losalamosnm.us/rec.

All registration forms must be returned to the Aquatic Center. The deadline for pre-registration is 5 p.m., Thursday July 5.

Pre-Registration: $5 class entry per participant (by July 5.)

Late Registration: $8 class entry per participant (after July 5.)

Family Registration: $30 per family.

Heather McClenahan Speaks at Washington, D.C. Hearing in Favor of Manhattan Project National Historical Park

on June 28, 2012 - 10:09pm

Gary Petersen and Colleen French from Hanford, Cindy Kelly of the Atomic Heritage Foundation, Heather McClenahan of the Los Alamos Historical Society, and Carl Aiden from Hanford in the Longworth House Office Building after the hearing on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park bill today. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

The House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on H.R. 5987, a bill to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park today.

Co-sponsored by Congressman Doc Hastings from Washington, Ben Ray Lujan of

Extreme Drought Forces Fireworks Cancelation, Celebration Will Go On

on June 28, 2012 - 9:34pm

KIWANIS & LAFD News:

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, in consultation with the Los Alamos Fire Department, in consideration of the dangerously dry conditions embracing Northern New Mexico has decided that a fireworks display will not be included in this years 4th of July Celebration Event at Overlook Park.

All other activities, including Atomic City Transit to the park, will go on as planned.

The public can still enjoy all of the typical July 4 festivities at Overlook Park including music by the Nomads and Community Winds, a display by the Habanero

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Pool Closed Friday 7-11 a.m. for Maintenance

on June 28, 2012 - 8:55pm

WALKUP AQUATIC CENTER News:

From 7–11 a.m., Friday the pool will be shut off for servicing. Short Course Early Bird Lap Swim will be available from 5 a.m.7 a.m. Courtesy photo

Longmire Television Series Filming This Week in Los Alamos and at the Ski Hill

on June 27, 2012 - 7:12pm

COUNTY News:

This week, Los Alamos residents will see those familiar yellow and black signs guiding film talent and production crews through town to base camps and film sites within the County.

These signs will post the letters “LM”—for Longmire, The hour-long drama series from Warner Horizon Television, which began filming in March of this year in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and the surrounding areas.

Filming is scheduled to begin tomorrow through Thursday at private homes in Los Alamos and at the Ski Hill.

Longmire stars Robert Taylor (The Matrix), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Lou

Power Outage Affects About 300 Local Customers

on June 27, 2012 - 4:26pm

DPU News:

Power was interrupted to North Mesa beginning at 9:18 a.m., Tuesday according to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.

An electric line operations crew caused a brief power outage to North Mesa while preparing to perform a 700-foot, 3-phase cable pull near the base of Pueblo Canyon.

About 300 customers were affected. Power outage status and notifications were provided to customers by 311 Customer Care Center staff and to online customers and cell phones via DPU’s Facebook and Twitter.

Power was restored to the area within about 20 minutes.

The 700-foot underground

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County's Summer Concert Series Features Chuck Prophet Friday at the Pajarito Ski Area

on June 27, 2012 - 4:02pm

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express play Friday night at Pajarito Ski Area for the County's Summer Concert Series. Courtesy photo

By Russ Gordon

You should catch the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series at the Pajarito Ski Area this Friday, June 29.

We’ve had some fabulous concerts this season and this week we’re not backing down.

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express from San Francisco is an amazing band!

I believe almost everyone will enjoy this show.

ECA Testifying Today in Washington in Support of Manhattan Project National Historical Park Project

on June 27, 2012 - 3:25pm

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources filled in at a hearing today for National Parks Subcommittee Chair Mark Udall of Colorado who was fighting wildfires back home. Courtesy/ECA

ECA News:

The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) will testify today before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, United States Senate, in support of S.3300, a bill to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico and Hanford, Washington.

Officials Break Ground on Interagency Fire Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-49

on June 27, 2012 - 2:03pm

Dignitaries broke ground Tuesday morning on an Interagency Fire Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Technical Area-49. The 6,400 square foot facility will serve as a joint coordination and response center for fire events around the area. From left, Ray Todd, associate regional director for Facilities and Lands for National Park Service Intermountain Region; Rebecca Montoya, field representative for Sen.

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