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Around the Area

  • Fall arrives late in some Southwestern pockets

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forests throughout the Southwest are growing quiet as the season for bugling elk comes to an end. The aspens in the high country and cottonwoods in the valleys are dropping their golden leaves, and snow has dusted mountain tops in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

    There's no denying it's fall.

    But for land managers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts, it was a long time coming in some areas. They had to wait a few extra weeks for summer to loosen its grip.

  • Valles Caldera searching for new executive director

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — The Valles Caldera National Preserve is searching for a permanent executive director.

    The preserve posted a job advertisement on a government website Thursday. The posting comes about five months after Gary Bratcher resigned from the position. He had served as executive director since 2009.

    Preserve manager Dennis Trujillo has been filling the position on an interim basis.

    The job posting runs through Nov. 18. Pay ranges from nearly $114,000 to $147,857.

  • Clean-up completed at MDA-B

    Almost all of the trucks are gone from DP Road.

    That can only mean one thing.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has completed excavation of its oldest waste disposal site, Material Disposal Area B (MDA-B), located at TA-21.

    The cleanup has yielded some interesting finds.

    MDA-B consisted of narrow trenches up to 35 feet deep. Though most of the waste excavated from MDA-B was soil and run-of-the-mill trash such as cardboard and protective clothing, items uncovered during excavation included the remains of two mid-1940s pickup trucks, nearly 30 inert artillery shells and a calendar from 1946.  

    The excavated waste is packaged appropriately and transported to disposal facilities.

  • Cochiti Lake closures extended -- again

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is again postponing the reopening of Cochiti Lake.

    The lake and surrounding recreation areas were shut down June 29 because of the Las Conchas fire. Campgrounds, nearby pueblo schools and other facilities are being used to house and feed some 1,200 firefighters still battling the massive blaze.

    Officials say all of Cochiti Lake's public use sites -- including its campgrounds docks, boat ramps, picnic areas, swimming locations and the nearby golf course - will remain shut until July 26.

    Recreation users who made prior reservations for the facilities at Cochiti Lake may contact the National Recreation Reservation Service for refunds.


     

  • LAMC thanks staff and others
  • Dry spell continues

    Yet another month has passed with meager precipitation.
    The first four months of 2011 netted a total of 0.68 inches in Los Alamos and 0.27 inches in White Rock, where the norm is about 4 inches and 3 inches in the two towns, respectively.
    A look over the entire weather record in both towns reveals that the first third of only 1972 was drier. And April was windy, too.  Numerous cold fronts passed and summer-like warmth abruptly reversed into winter. Precipitation was measured on seven days in Los Alamos and on four days in White Rock, but in the end April was merely a continuation of a dry and windy 2011 thus far.
    The precipitation total in Los Alamos in April was 0.47 inches where 1.06 inches is normal.

  • Stay stable with a balanced cash flow

    By Sandra Taylor Sawyer

  • CIP committee to meet Thursday

    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a business meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in council chambers.
    They will continue  discussions about improvements to the CIP process.
    The committee will also hear updates from county staff on future plans for conducting public outreach on CIP meetings.
    All committee business meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted 72 hours in advance of the meeting.
    Public comment is accepted at the beginning and close of each meeting.
    The committee includes five county staff members and five citizen members.

  • LAFD hosts Frito pie fundraiser

    Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) personnel, which included Louisa Martinez (left), Marisha Greigo, Ana Martinez, Chief Doug Tucker, Norma Valdez, Justin and Charlie Grider, 4, served up bowls of Frito pie Tuesday afternoon at Los Alamos National Bank. The lunch was a fundraiser for Katelyn Collier, who has an extra electrical pathway in her heart that causes her to go into supra-ventricular tachycardia or a heart rhythm disorder. Collier’s mother, Renee, works for LAFD. The group raised $1,200 during its Frito pie sale to help cover expenses and is currently hosting a bake sale at the fire administration building on 195 East Road.

  • LANL puts students to work for NM businesses

    When Scott Laidlaw and Jennifer Harris created Ko’s Journey, a game designed to teach math in middle schools, they weren’t sure how to get it into the marketplace.
    With help from MBA students participating in a summer internship program at Los Alamos National Laboratory, they are now better prepared.
    The students helped them target interested schools and made recommendations to market their product on the Internet.
    Each summer, MBA students from top-ranked business schools work at LANL to help scientists, small businesses and entrepreneurs find commercial uses for new technology and assist companies with business challenges.