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PERA’s $5 Billion Hole Draws Member Concern

on May 26, 2012 - 12:52pm

A room full of PERA members pack into Monday's meeting in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

People jammed into the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) meeting in Santa Fe Monday with many more turned away for lack of space.

The agenda item that drew the massive crowd is proposed cuts and changes to the retirement plan affecting thousands of employees across the state and hundreds in Los Alamos.

PERA’s assets declined by a staggering $6 billion during the global financial market downturn of 2008-09.

Although PERA’s assets have increased since the downturn – a $5

Red Elvises [Video]

on May 26, 2012 - 8:42am

Red Elvises, Los Alamos' favorite band, plays at the Los Alamos County Summer Concert  Series (produced by Russ Gordon). Fun for everyone including a couple future Los Alamos head bangers.

Red Elvises Rock the Pond

on May 26, 2012 - 7:19am

The Red Elvises rocked the large crowd gathered around Ashley Pond Friday night as part of the Gordons Concert Series. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The crowd chants along to the Red Elvises' "Disco Dancer". Photo by Salvador Zapien.

The Red Elvises are Los Alamos' favorite band. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

Two youths wait for their Italian sodas between sets by the Red Elvises. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

The Red Elvises played crowd favorites. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

The Red Elvises performed a great show. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

New White Rock Visitor Center Takes Shape

on May 25, 2012 - 9:57am

The new Visitor Center construction project on N.M. 4 in White Rock is moving right along with exterior siding nearing completion. The interior sheetrock is finished and tile and light fixtures were being installed Thursday. The large circular silver object in the right side of the photo is a storage tank for collecting rain from the roof for watering shrubbery once the landscaping is completed. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

The newly asphalted RV parking lot on the east side of the Visitor Center looking toward the West. The pylons contain electrical hookups for the campers.
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N.M. 4 Improvements Reach New Heights

on May 25, 2012 - 9:39am
Workers install tall new streetlights across the street from White Rock Firestation 3 and several more along N.M. 4 this week. Photo by Tk Thompson/ladailynews.com
A worker installs a banner side-arms on the light pole. White Rock will now have seasonal  banners on its streetlights similiar to Los Alamos. Photo by Tk Thompson/ladailynews.com
A worm's eye view of a new streetlight installed Thursday in White Rock as part of the N.M. 4 road improvement project. LED lights that have a guaranteed life of five years are being installed. Photo by Tk Thompson/ladailynews.com

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of May 28

on May 25, 2012 - 9:19am

Road Construction Update: Week of May 28

Orange cones will be sprouting up next week around Canyon Road, Central Avenue and 15th Street in the downtown area.

Public Works Projects:

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

Starting Tuesday, Canyon Rd between East Road (NM502) and the Myrtle Green will be closed to through traffic. Residential access to this area will be maintained; however, residents who park on Canyon Road are asked to park off-street or on nearby side streets.

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Clark & Kendall's - Weekend Preview - May 24, 2012

on May 25, 2012 - 8:18am

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.

The RAW list:

The Red Elvises - Los Alamos Summer Concert Series on Friday, May 25th @ 7 pm @ Ashley Pond

Learn to Manage Chronic Disease

on May 24, 2012 - 10:06am

Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service News:

Are you an adult with an ongoing health condition? Join a free 2-and-a-half hour "MyCD Workshop" sponsored by the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Family Y. 

You’ll get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. 

If you have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart

The Red Elvises are Coming!

on May 23, 2012 - 10:34pm
LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Russ Gordon
 
Dear friends of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series,
 
The Red Elvises are coming! The Red Elvises are coming! This is going to be one of the absolute best concerts we’ve ever had in Los Alamos and it’s free.
 
How do you say in English, “These cats are a gas!?" 
 
C’mon out Friday, May 25 to Ashley Pond. The show starts at 7 p.m. and goes till 10 p.m.
 
The original members of the Band came out of Moscow, Russia as a folk and folk-rock band.
 
The band moved to Santa Monica,Calif.

Council Candidates Forum 6 p.m. Thursday

on May 23, 2012 - 6:24pm

CHAMBER News:

A County Council Candidates Forum is set for 6 p.m., Thursday at the Los Alamos Research Park, 2nd floor conference room, 4200 West Jemez Road.

The Forum is sponsored by the Los Alamos Monitor and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

Meet the County Council candidates. The focus will be on business and economic issues.

The event is free and the public is welcome.

 

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Kiwanis - Local GOP Candidates Forum [Audio]

on May 23, 2012 - 5:01pm

Editor's Note: Marc Clay was unable to attend last week's forum. He spoke to the Kiwanis Club Tuesday, May 22, and his talk has been added to the original story.

Marc Clay, Candidate for Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Karen Kendall.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos held a local Republican Candidates Forum today.  Local Los Alamos Republican Candidates Sharon Stover (Candidate for County Clerk - represented by her husband Steve Girrens), Vincent Chiravalle and Roger Waterman (both candidates for County Council) were in attendance.

Marc Clay, County Council Candidate, confirmed he would

County Clerk May Go Fulltime

on May 23, 2012 - 2:34pm

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County Clerk Janet Foster is not seeking re-election and may be the last clerk to work on a part time basis.

The idea of making the County Clerk position fulltime and salaried came as a result of the local Charter Review Committee's government structure research work. 

State requirements are expanding the duties of the clerk to the point where the move may be necessary to keep up with demand.

This issue is scheduled to go before County Council June 12. County Council Chair Sharon Stover's term ends Dec. 31 and she is running for County Clerk.

Stover said

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When the Wind Blew the Kites Flew

on May 23, 2012 - 8:27am

The wind was spotty during the Kite Festival Saturday at Overlook Park but when the wind blew, the kites sure flew. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

This colorful butterfly kite was a crowd pleasing delight. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

Debi Garcia of Albuquerque performs triage on the family's kite. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

When the wind didn't blow it was time for a picnic for the Allen Madsen family of White Rock. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

Up big fellow, up! Oh for even a small breeze... Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost
 
 
 

Mountain's Green Team Are State Champs!

on May 22, 2012 - 3:58pm

The Green Team at Mountain Elementary School won the Aluminum Can Roundup State Competition. Photo by Karen Henderson

MOUNTAIN News:

Schools across America recycled more than 4.5 million aluminum beverage cans in the second year of a national recycling competition sponsored by the U.S. can industry nearly doubling last year's effort.

The Great American Can Roundup raised $100,591 for school activities and local charities across the country.

More than 790 schools from all 50 states participated in the second annual contest, which runs each year from Nov.

County Seeks Los Pueblos Residents' Feedback

on May 22, 2012 - 3:14pm

COUNTY News:

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Los Alamos County’s Parks Division is seeking feedback from Los Pueblos residents about possible uses for a parcel of land commonly referred to as Los Pueblos Park.

The parcel is included in the adopted Parks Master Plan, which envisioned limited, low-impact improvements be made to the parcel.

Several neighbors indicated during Master Plan meetings that they desired little or no improvements be made to the parcel.

Recently, a group of citizens has requested that the County install a new dog park at this location.

The Parks Division is interested in

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Councilors Greet Senator on Campaign Trail

on May 21, 2012 - 8:12am

Los Alamos Council Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor David Izraelevitz, right, welcome Sen. Richard Martinez during his campaign stop this morning at the Coffee Booth. Martinez is seeking re-election in District 5, which includes Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties.The Democrat also met with members of the public at the restaurant. Photo by H. Kris Fronzak

Authors Speak Series Presents Dr. Levine Thursday

on May 21, 2012 - 8:01am

LIBRARY News:

Mesa Public Library's Authors Speak Series presents Frances Levine, PhD, Director of the New Mexico History Museum at 7 p.m., Thursday May 24 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.

Coummunity members and their out of town guests are welcome to attend and hear Levine speak about an intriguing episode in colonial New Mexico’s history, "In Her Own Voice: Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche Takes on the Spanish Inquisition."

Among the many events lived in New Mexico’s Palace of the Governors, the administration of Governor Bernardo López de Mendizábal captures a time when

Sen. Martinez Meet & Greet at 11 a.m.

on May 20, 2012 - 7:54pm

By Sen. Richard Martinez

I want to remind all of my constituents living in Los Alamos that I will be visiting with a few of the Los Alamos County Councilors today, May 21.

We are having coffee at the Coffee Booth in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center and starting at 11 a.m. will follow with a “meet and greet” for the members of the public.

Some of the members of the Los Alamos community who were in attendance at the forum sponsored by the League of Woman Voters of Los Alamos Thursday, May 17, provided valuable input on issues we need to address not only as lawmakers, but together as a community

Dignitaries Break Ground on Biological Research Lab

on May 20, 2012 - 1:10pm

Dignitaries break ground Friday for a new research laboratory set to be constructed on property adjacent to the Los Alamos Cooperative Market at 95 Entrada Dr. From left, Dr. Peter Lammers (NMSU faculty), Bill Enloe (LANB), Secreary David Martin (NM Environment Dept.), Kevin Smith (LASO), Charlie McMillan (LANL), Richard Sayer (LANL/NMC), Sen. Tom Udall, Sharon Stover (LA County Council), Fran Berting (LA County Council) and Katherine Chartrand (NMC). Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

U.S. Sen.

Underground Pipe Work Underway

on May 20, 2012 - 10:38am

Pipe work is underway in a corner of Central Park Square near the back lawn of Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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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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