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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.

  • LAFD announces promotions

    Los Alamos, NM – Fire Chief Troy Hughes announced this morning that two members of LAFD have been promoted, effective today.
     
    Jeff Wetteland has been promoted to Battalion Chief, in charge of the Fire & Life Safety Division. Wetteland began his career with LAFD in July 2001 and was promoted to Captain in April 2009. Chief Wetteland will serve as the County’s Fire Marshal.
     
    Jeff Saiz has been promoted to Captain. He was hired in January 2006 and promoted to Driver/Engineer in February 2011.  
     
    Hughes said both promotions were necessary because of the upcoming departure of LAFD’s Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson, who has accepted the Fire Chief’s position in Moscow, Idaho.  
     
    “The Los Alamos County Fire Department is very fortunate to have such a talented group of individuals ready and able to step into leadership roles when one becomes vacant,” said Hughes.
     

  • CFGG rolls out new website

    John C. Hopkins, Chair of Citizens for Good Government and former Chair of the Los Alamos Charter Review Committee, today announced that CFGG had launched a website to provide citizens with important information about the two Los Alamos County Charter questions that are on this year’s general election ballot.
    Question 1 on the ballot relates to the structure of county government — it clarifies the role and authorities of the Council Chair; it also proposes to change the title of the County Administrator to County Manager to be consistent with all other counties in the New Mexico.
    Question 2 addresses Article V of the Charter. The proposed Article V amendments address ambiguous and poorly structured language; introduce mechanisms for improving communication between the utility department and the rest of county government, resolving disputes between the Board of Public Utilities and the Council, and better align the county-owned utility business with elected officials and citizens.
    These ballot questions are the last in a series of ballot measures that the voters will be asked to consider. The voters approved earlier Charter amendments in 2010 and 2012.

  • Senate rivals survive TV reality show

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two freshmen U.S. senators from opposite sides of the political aisle said Thursday they survived and even cooperated while spending a week marooned together on a remote island for a new reality show “Rival Survival.”
    New Mexico Democrat Martin Heinrich and Arizona Republican Jeff Flake said they hope their adventure, scheduled to air Oct. 29 on Discovery, inspires their colleagues in Washington to work together.
    “Both of us know just how frustrated people are with Washington,” the two said in a joint statement.
     “We decided to do something completely out of the ordinary and frankly a little extreme to show the world and our colleagues that even if you have serious differences, if you want to survive you have to work together.”
    Discovery says the show was filmed on the island of Eru in the Marshall Islands while Congress was on its August break.
    Discovery describes the island “as an utterly unforgiving deserted destination where the reefs alone are fraught with dangers that include venomous stonefish, lionfish and scorpion fish.”
    The senators were each allowed to pick three survival items from what Discovery called a modest list, then were left to find food, water and shelter.

  • Dem governor candidate loses yet another campaign manager

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King announced Monday that his campaign manager has resigned after holding the job about two months.
    Keith Breitbach was King’s third campaign manager.
    The Democrat trails Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in a new poll, and he lags far behind in fundraising as the campaign reaches a critical point with early voting to start next month.
    Breitbach said in an interview he “no hard feelings with Gary or anyone on the campaign.”
    He acknowledged that King’s campaign faced difficulty because it’s struggled to raise money. King reported cash-on-hand of not quite $158,000 at the start of the month while Martinez had $3.8 million in her re-election account.
    With Martinez outspending King 4-to-1 since July, Breitbach said “those aren’t very good odds.”
    “It takes resources to run a good campaign,” Breitbach said.

  • Update 09-16-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at party headquarters, 1362D Trinity Drive. Note the earlier than normal starting time. Final campaign efforts will be planned. For more information, call Robert Gibson at 662-3159 or Bill McKerley at 672-1067.

    Alzheimer's Walk

    Alzheimer’s Walk. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Register, opening ceremony, kids run, adult run/walk and basket raffle and silent auction.

    Forum

    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents candidate forums. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Invited are candidates for county assessor, county sheriff, magistrate judge, municipal judge and New Mexico House District 43.

    United Way

    United Way of Northern New Mexico Community Campaign Celebration. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ashley Pond. For more information, visit UnitedWayNNM.org or call 662-0800.  

  • NCRTD founders reflect on 10 years of service

    The North Central Regional Transit District celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday at the Jim West Regional Transit Center in Española, marking 10 years of accomplishments that far exceed the expectations of those who created the district.
    “Many people thought this would not succeed,” said James Rivera, first chair of the NCRTD board.
    Rivera described an incident that occurred while the district was still in the planning stages that motivated him to see the project launched.
    Rivera, from the Pueblo of Pojoaque, saw an elderly man walking along the highway on the outskirts of Santa Fe and offered him a ride. He learned that the retired vet from Dixon had caught the Greyhound in Taos to get to the Santa Fe veteran’s clinic to pick up his medication. He had missed the return bus and was planning to walk 47 miles to Dixon.
    “I thought, this is why we need this service,” Rivera said.
    NCRTD was the first district created after the passage of the New Mexico Regional Transit District Act, in 2003, which enabled the formation of multi-jurisdictional transit agencies.

  • Fun for all at Expo Day

    At Expo Day on Saturday there were plenty of hands-on educational activities for families to participate in, such as the Geodesic Dome Make-a-Thon, robotics, rockets, face painting, educational demonstrations with PEEC and other organizations, including the Los Alamos Fire Department. The chalk walk featured a project by We Talk Chalk sponsored by LANB. The main art was a team effort, installed and finished by artist Lynn Okimura.
     

  • Today in history Sept. 16