Around the Area

  • Accident on NM502

    Police are on the scene of an accident on eastbound NM502, just past the White Rock ramp. The front end of the SUV showed considerable damage.

  • P and Z work session on Comp Plan Wednesday

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a work session on updating the Comprehensive Plan at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

  • Bag fee fails

    A motion before the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board to add a 10-cent fee to both single-use plastic bags and paper bags failed by a 3-3 vote on Thursday.
    The board entertained several other motions that also failed at its meeting at the White Rock Fire Station.
    In April, the Los Alamos County Council charged the ESB with holding two public meetings on whether to “ban or otherwise reduce the distribution of single use bags” and to make a recommendation to council.
    Thursday’s was the second of those meetings.
    Before motions were entertained, the board heard presentations from representatives on both sides of the issue, reports from each board member on interviews they conducted with the business community and information regarding recycling plastic bags gathered from the recycling company with which the county contracts.
    Initially, residents and groups, notably the local chapter of the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos asked the County Council to introduce a ban on plastic bags at retail outlets, similar to the one currently enforced in Santa Fe and other cities.
    Last month, proponents of banning bags asked to withdraw the motion, instead proposing the per-bag fee.
    Both proposals have been controversial since their introductions.

  • See Fuller Lodge/Historical Museum renovation proposals tonight

    The public is invited to attend the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board (FLHDAB) meeting this evening to review and comment on proposed renovations to Fuller Lodge and the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

    One renovation being proposed is to move the elevator in Fuller Lodge to the exterior in order to make it large enough to be ADA compatible.

    Display boards on the phase 2−4 renovations for Fuller Lodge and the museum renovations will be available for review at 5 p.m. The meeting will commence at 5:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to hear the presentation and provide comment.

  • Council considers solid waste rate hike tonight

    The Los Alamos Council a rate hike for recycling and solid waste facility fees at 7 p.m. tonight in council chambers.  Read the proposed ordinance at http://losalamos.legistar.com.

  • Hiring slows in March, ending streak of gains

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A weakening U.S. economy spilled into the job market in March as employers added just 126,000 jobs — the fewest since December 2013 — snapping a 12-month streak of gains above 200,000.
    The unemployment rate remained at 5.5 percent, the Labor Department said in its monthly report Friday.
    The March jobs data raised uncertainties about the world’s largest economy, which for months has been the envy of other industrialized nations for its steadily robust hiring and growth. Employers now appear wary about the economy, especially as a strong dollar has slowed U.S. exports, home sales have sputtered and cheaper gasoline has yet to unleash more consumer spending.
    Some of the weakness may prove temporary: An unseasonably cold March followed a brutal winter that slowed key sectors of the economy.
    Last month’s subpar job growth could make the Federal Reserve less likely to start raising interest rates from record lows in June, as some have been anticipating. The Fed may decide that the economy still needs the benefit of low borrowing costs to generate healthy growth.

  • Rio Grande Trail commission bill signed

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Governor Susana Martinez signed legislation Thursday to create a commission to define the best routes and reach necessary agreements to build a 500-mile, statewide recreation trail stretching from Colorado to Texas.
    “Establishing a trail the length of the Rio Grande would be a historic achievement for New Mexico,” Martinez said at a Rio Grande Nature Center State Park bill signing.
    Called the Rio Grande Trail, the pathway is envisioned as being similar to the Appalachian Trail or the Continental Divide Trail.
    The commission will act as the conduit to designate a path that would weave through majestic vistas, monuments and cultural areas of the state.
    Commission members would include cities, counties, tribes, federal agencies, conservancy districts and private citizens.
    The trail would only cross land accessed through voluntary agreements with owners and would link pathways that already exist along the Rio Grande, including the Bosque in Albuquerque, Taos, Elephant Butte and Las Cruces.
    The existing pathways comprise just 10 percent of the proposed trial.
    As envisioned, the trail could be built in pieces — even non-contiguous ones.

  • A walk of faith

    Their journey may start a few miles away, or from as far off as Taos, Las Trampas or Albuquerque. They are of every age and physical condition, some jogging along while others ride in strollers or wheelchairs. Some carry crosses; others carry oxygen to assist their breathing.
    These are the pilgrims who flood the roads to El Santuario de Chimayó on Good Friday, a tradition in New Mexico for more than 60 years now. The event has become famous worldwide.
    Pilgrims are drawn to Chimayó not only during Holy Week, but year round. The Church of the Ascension in Albuquerque and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Taos both sponsor 100-mile pilgrimages to the chapel, usually in early June.
    But Good Friday holds a special place for Catholic worshipers as the day that Christ suffered and died on the cross.
    “This is an embedded part of our culture, which is mixed with our religion. It’s an expression of our faith,” said Richard Valez, who frequently made the pilgrimage when he was growing up in Santa Fe. Valez has lived in Albuquerque since he was 18 years old, but still makes the effort to do the pilgrimage.
    “After the sacrifice our lord made for us, I’m using his example as a way to sacrifice in this minimal way,” said James, who was walking with his cousin Geraldine.

  • NM 4 is now open

    NM 4 has been reopened, but the mobile home that had been blocking it is still very near the road.

    The incident occurred at the intersection of NM 4 and the Truck Route before 6 p.m. A truck that had been towing the mobile home broke down and traffic was obstructed before crews were able to move the home.

  • Pajarito Road should reopen after 7 p.m.

    LOS ALAMOS, NM -- As of 3:20 p.m. Pajarito Road remains closed as DPU crews continue making repairs to a broken water main.  Officials anticipate that the road will be open to through traffic after 7 p.m.

    The concrete cylinder water main broke early this morning on Pajarito Road just west of the intersection of Diamond Drive on the Los Alamos National Laboratory side. Pajarito Road is closed to through traffic at this intersection as Department of Public Utilities’ crews make repairs.  

    Traffic traveling southbound on Diamond Drive and eastbound onto Pajarito Road is unaffected. Vehicles traveling westbound on Pajarito Road will detour north onto Diamond Drive.

    Water valves have been shut off to isolate the break.  No customers should be without water. 

    Once the damage is assessed, DPU crews will have a better idea as to how long it will take to make repairs.