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  • Details scarce in pool incident

    Details are scarce concerning the five-year-old boy, who was lifeflighted to the UNM Children’s hospital in Albuquerque Wednesday morning after an apparent drowning incident at Barranca Mesa Pool.
    Los Alamos police still is conducting its investigation and there is no word on the boy’s condition.
    The Los Alamos Fire Department made a medical report, which is not a public record, according to county spokesman Julie Habiger. Habiger added the police department is still talking to witnesses and will release a report when it is ready.
    Pool association president Martin Pieck issued a statement Wednesday afternoon.
    “At this point, our foremost concern is the wellbeing of the child. Our thoughts and prayers are with the child and go out to his family.
    “The Barranca Pool staff and board members are fully cooperating with the 
Los Alamos Police Department in order to reconstruct the sequence of events. Due to the ongoing investigation and to protect the privacy of the
victim’s family, we are unable to provide any additional information.”


    However, Thursday evening, Pieck issued a statement saying that the pool will reopen Friday, after spending the past two days providing couseling to the staff and lifeguards who were on duty at the time of the accident.

  • Obama to urge Central America leaders for help

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama was meeting with Central American leaders Friday to urge them to help slow the exodus of unaccompanied children from their countries, as House Republicans tried to get behind a solution to the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
    GOP lawmakers said Friday they were attempting to coalesce around a narrow package of changes including sending National Guard troops to the border, increasing the number of immigration judges, and changing the law so that migrant youths arriving by the tens of thousands can be sent home more quickly. The package would cost less than $1 billion, several lawmakers said, far less than the $3.7 billion Obama requested.
    A number of lawmakers exiting a special meeting on the issue in the Capitol said they had to act before leaving Washington late next week for their annual August recess.
    “It would be a terrible message; leave town in August without having done anything, knowing that it’s going to create even more of a crisis on the border,” said Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa. “Doing nothing in my view means that these children will be sent from the border back to communities like mine.”
    Yet some conservative lawmakers remained skeptical about taking any action. “The acceptable spending level is zero,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.

  • Update 07-25-14

    Pet Adoption

    Mobile pet adoption sponsored by Friends of the Shelter. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in front of the new Smith’s Marketplace.

    Clarification

    Police chief Dino Sgambellone said that commander Preston Ballew has been disciplined after his case was resolved last week. It was reported Thursday that Ballew had not been disciplined.

    Beer Fiesta

    The Los Alamos Beer Co-op presents the Second Annual Beer Fiesta. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Pajarito Mountain. Hiking, biking, beer and live music from Felix y Los Gatos. $10. Shuttles from Sullivan Field every half until 7 p.m. For more information, visit losalamosbeer.coop.

    Spotlight

    Scientists in the Spotlight. 5-7:30 p.m.today at the Bradbury Science Museum. Meet the scientists from the Los Alamos Scientist Ambassador Academy program, who will offer up informal demonstrations and conversations covering topics like sea ice melting, static electricity and space travel that are appropriate for any age.

    Concert

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series presents Ray Wylie Hubbard, with opening act the Bill Hearne Trio. The concert will be at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.  

  • Regional Coalition elects officers

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities held a business-oriented meeting on Thursday that included the election of officers.
    City of Española Mayor Alice Lucero was reelected chair of the coalition. Town of Taos Councilor Andrew Gonzales was elected vice chair. Gonzales has been serving as secretary/treasurer. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales was elected secretary/treasurer by a 4-2 vote over Taos County Commissioner Tom Blankenhorn.
    Lucero announced that the Pueblo of Jemez has decided to join the coalition. The agreement is currently being finalized.
    The board approved both a work plan and a budget. Both can be viewed in the July 24 agenda packet at regionalcoalition.org.
    Los Alamos County Councilor Frances Berting and Deputy County Administrator Brian Bosshardt will join Lucero and coalition Executive Director Darien Cabral in Las Vegas, Nev., July 30-Aug. 1 for the Energy Alliance Communities Peer Exchange. The focus of the conference is nuclear energy and includes a tour the National Nuclear Security Site.

  • Driving on the range

    Sam Fisher, 13, practices his golf swing at the Los Alamos Golf Course earlier this week.

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  • Pojoaque proposes gambling change

     

     SANTA FE (AP) — Pojoaque Pueblo has proposed a gambling compact to the federal government that would lower the gambling age to 18 from 21 and allow the tribe to stop revenue sharing payments to the state.

    Pojoaque also proposes serving alcohol in casino gambling areas, which is currently prohibited.

    The Interior Department has asked Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King to comment on Pojoaque’s proposals for casino gambling on tribal lands north of Santa Fe.

    The pueblo’s compact with the state expires in mid-2015.