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Around the Area

  • NM museum director leaving to take Calif. position

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Shelby Tisdale, the director of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, is leaving her post.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Autry National Center in Los Angeles recently announced Tisdale has been appointed to the center's newly created position of vice president of curatorial and exhibitions.

    Tisdale will be working at the Autry with Rick West, the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., who was named president and CEO of the Autry just last month.

  • National Preservation Month

    Los Alamos County Council has declared the month of May 2012 as "National Preservation Month" in Los Alamos County.

    WHEREAS:      Historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth and sustainable development, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability; and

    WHEREAS:      Historicpreservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds; and

  • Homestead Commemoration Week

     

    The Los Alamos County Council has issued a proclamation declaring the Week of May 13-20, 2012 as "Homestead Commemoration Week" in Los Alamos, in celebration of the kickoff for the Los Alamos Homestead Tour.

    WHEREAS:      On May 20, 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act; and

    WHEREAS:      Homesteading began on the Pajarito Plateau in the late 1880s; and

  • Raw Video: Massive N.M. Powwow

    More than 3,000 Native American and indigenous dancers and singers gather in Albuquerque for the 29th Annual Gathering of Nations.

  • Gas line leak prompts evacuation

    Construction crews working at the Municipal Complex site hit a gas line on the shoulder of Iris Street about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

    Department of Public Utilities (DPU) crews happened to be onsite and were able to repair the rupture in about 10 minutes.

    The wind blew the gas toward 125 Central Park Square, and DPU began receiving calls from tenants about smelling gas. The building was evacuated as a safety precaution and fire crews were called in.

    Once fire crews spoke with the DPU crews and confirmed that the situation was under control, tenants were allowed to reenter the building.

  • Mesilla Valley shelter trying to place puppies

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials at the Mesilla Valley Animal Services Center say they are struggling with an unusually high number of puppies.

    The shelter says it has more than 40 puppies, ranging in age from day-old newborns to 12 weeks. Population Supervisor Curtis Herring says some were brought in with their mothers as strays, while others were motherless - surrendered by their owners.

    He said the shelter is not a good place for puppies as the threat of disease is high.

    The shelter said it is working with local and national rescues to try and place the puppies. And it is hoping to find homes for some over the weekend.
     

  • Road Construction update

    Feb. 9: Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. expect a four way stop at the intersection of NM4 and Rover Blvd. Please follow the detour signs as posted.

    Feb. 10: Expect lane closure and flagging operations at the intersection of NM4 and Grand Canyon. Expect lane closure and flagging operations at the intersection of NM4 and La Vista Drive.

  • Council approves NM502/Trinity Drive motion

    In a 6-1 vote, council approved motion option 1 out of five possible options for a redesign of NM 502/Trinity Drive between Knecht and Airport Road. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voted against the motion in support of motion option 4, a four-lane option with a stop light at the Central/4th Street intersection, similar to a 2007 New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) proposal.

    Over 30 of the 48 residents who spoke during public comment were clearly in support of the motion, which was also the option supported by the Transportation Board.

    Motion option 1 in its entirety reads:

  • Nordic ski trails reopen

    Nordic skiers can celebrate New Year’s Eve and Day on the trails. Closure exemptions were signed on Friday, opening the Nordic Ski Trails, the trail through Canada Bonita to the rim of Guaje Canyon, the full length of Pipeline Road and the Nail Trail from the Camp May Road to Highway 501. 

    “Few people will realize just how much effort was put into getting the trails reasonably safe and useable for the winter season by volunteers with the Southwest Nordic Ski Club and various contractors with the Forest Service. Conditions are great now with hope for more snow in 2012,” said Española Ranger District Recreation Team Leader Lynn Bjorklund.

  • NM ski season off to stellar start despite drought

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From Red River and Taos south to the mountains around Ruidoso, the state's ski areas are enjoying a stellar start to what many thought would be a questionable season given the dry conditions that have plagued New Mexico for the past year.

    Red River's slopes were dusted Friday with snow as a steady stream of skiers waited their turn for the chairlift.

    At Taos Ski Valley, skiers and snowboarders were celebrating the best opening in years this holiday weekend and had the rare option of taking in the backside of the mountain so early in the season.