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  • Local Briefs 5-28-15

    Trujillo is improving following accident
    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced Wednesday that the worker injured in the May 3 accident at Technical Area-53 has been moved out of a critical care unit.
    Julian Trujillo was burned in the accident and taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he’s been since the accident.
    The cause of the accident is still under investigation, according to LANL.
    According to LANL, Trujillo is in stable condition and is continuing his recovery.
    A fund has been set up to help Trujillo pay for medical expenses. The online fundraising effort can be found at youcaring.com/emergency-fundraiser/julian-and-deborah-trujillo-recovery-fund/352260.

    LTAB may have quorum

    The Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board announced that it may have a quorum present at the public reception for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park field team.
    That reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Los Alamos County said that no board business will be conducted at the reception.

    Lecture will be in Albuquerqeue Sunday

  • State Briefs 5-28-15

    Report alleges border patrol engaged in abusive behavior

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An American Civil Liberties Union report alleges that border patrol agents have engaged in racial profiling and intimidation tactics along southern New Mexico’s border with Mexico.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the ACLU of New Mexico’s Regional Center for Border Rights on Thursday released the report entitled, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent.”
    The report cites unjustified detentions and searches, intimidation, racial profiling, among other accusations of abusive behavior by border patrol agents.
    According to the report, U.S. citizens reported 50 complaints of abuse by border agents and officers to the ACLU last year.
    Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero says the allegations were never brought to the attention of Border Patrol.
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Roger Maier says the organization strives to act professionally in all interactions with community.

    Toddler attacked by peacock at Albuquerque zoo

  • Update 5-28-15

    National Park

    A public meeting and reception for the field team for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is scheduled for Tuesday. It will take place at Fuller Lodge starting at 5 p.m. Representatives from the Department of Energy and National Park Service will be on-hand for a three-day site visit.

    Concert

    The Band of Heathens will play at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series Friday night. The concert will be at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Music

    Music professor Marcos Cavalcante will play at Ashley Pond Tuesday. The event, which will start at 7 p.m., is part of the Tuesdays at the Pond. The event is free.

    Farmers Market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will have its weekly farmers market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in front of its store on Entrada Drive.

    Grand Opening

    Bathtub Row Brewing will have its grand opening celebration Friday at its location in Central Park Square. A ribbon-cutting will be at noon.

    County Council

    A regular session of the Los Alamos County Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 9. It will be in council chambers.

    Film series

    Mesa Public Library will present its Free Film Series movie, “About Time,” June 4 in the upstairs rotunda. The movie will start at 6:30 p.m.

  • Pataki will seek GOP nomination

    EXETER, N.H. (AP) — George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a divided nation.
    Just as he was overshadowed after the 2001 terrorist attacks by Mayor Rudy Giuliani in New York City and President George W. Bush, Pataki opened his 2016 campaign in the shadow of better known rivals. Out of office since 2006, he’s a clear underdog in a bustling pack of favorites and longshots.
    Pataki told about 150 supporters that an increasingly intrusive government is jeopardizing the freedoms past generations fought for, and he will fight to get government out of people’s way.
    “It is to preserve and protect that freedom that this morning I announce I’m a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States,” he said.
    The low-key Republican moderate flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 but stopped short. Now he hopes to reignite the bipartisan unity born in the trauma of 2001.

  • Rains may cause even more flooding in Plains

    HOUSTON (AP) — Although the deadly thunderstorms that lashed much of Texas have tapered off, many cities were still in danger Thursday as the runoff kept pouring into rising rivers, and officials warned about the risk of more flooding.
    The Houston area got a respite from rainy weather a day earlier, but heavy rains from earlier in the week were still flowing downstream.
    In the suburbs, the San Jacinto River was above flood stage, and its floodwaters threatened to strand some people in their homes for days.
    About 60 miles southwest of Houston, the mayor of Wharton asked residents to voluntarily evacuate about 300 homes because of the predicted rise of the Colorado River.
    And in the rural Parker County community of Horseshoe Bend, some 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth, officials asked people in 250 homes to flee from the swelling Brazos River.
    By early Thursday, Parker County Emergency Management spokesman Joel Kertok said the Brazos had almost crested, but officials had no immediate reports of flooded homes and were monitoring the situation.
    He said the river, which has a flood level of 21 feet, was at about 23 feet.

  • Developers awarded A-19 parcel

    After years of trying to entice developers to White Rock’s A-19 site, the Los Alamos County Council passed an ordinance Tuesday authorizing the sale of one parcel of that land to the Site A-19-A-1 Acquisition Group, LLC., a subsidiary of TransCor Development Corporation (TDC).
    The A-19 property was transferred from the Department of Energy to Los Alamos County in 2002. Now TDC is proposing a 97-home subdivision on one tract of that land.
    TDC partners are President George W. Bootes III, CeDC, Treasurer Scott Grady, chairman and founder of Raylee Homes; and Vice President C. Adam Thornton, the principal of Cascade Creek Holdings, LLC.
    Collectively, TDC’s partners have constructed more than 6,000 residential homes within a variety of price ranges and types, from entry level to custom, and developed more than 4,000 finished residential lots, all in the State of New Mexico.
    The 34.37-acre A-19-A-1 tract was sold for $4,400 an acre, or $150,000. The agreement calls for the county to bring utilities and road infrastructure to the site and for TDC to construct all required road and utility infrastructure within the site.
    Bootes, Thornton and Los Alamos County Housing Manager Paul Andrus faced intense questioning before the sale was approved, first about the $150,000 price tag.

  • Bringing Home the Hardware

    Los Alamos High School had its Class of 2015 Honors Convocation Wednesday night at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Honorees in both academics and athletics were recognized by the school for their acheivements for the past year.

  • Today in history May 28
  • Wildlife officers set up cougar traps in LA

    Officers with the New Mexico Game and Fish Department are setting up snares in Los Alamos to trap a cougar they say has killed two dogs and attacked another in the last month.

    They're asking residents to be aware of the traps, which they say pose little or no danger to people or pets.

    It's unusual for cougars to stray from their rugged canyon habitat into residential areas, but department spokesman Dan Williams five cougar sighting have occurred within a one-mile area near Los Alamos County Airport.

    The department is asking residents to keep a close watch on children and pets at dusk, dawn and nighttime hours until the cougar is caught.

    The traps are being set up largely in gated canyon areas not open to hikers.

  • Open For Business

    The new SuperCuts store opened its doors this morning. The new location, at the Smith’s Marketplace center, will be open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.