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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.

  • Officials to brief lawmakers on Ebola preparedness

    SANTA FE (AP) — State officials are to brief legislators on whether New Mexico is prepared to handle a potential case of Ebola or other public health emergency.
    State Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen of the Department of Health and Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary Gregory Myers are among the officials scheduled to testify Wednesday afternoon at a legislative committee hearing.
    Their appearance comes a few days after Gov. Susana Martinez directed the department to coordinate a plan with state and local government agencies and health care providers to ensure New Mexico is ready if a case of Ebola is diagnosed in the state.
    The department says it has epidemiologists on call around the clock to answer questions from health care providers and provide guidance if a patient with Ebola symptoms seeks treatment.

  • Update 10-22-14

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Pumpkin Patch

    The 4th Annual Community Charity Pumpkin Patch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel on North Mesa next to the Posse Shack. Free event will giveaway pumpkins, as well as offering Frito pies, donuts, cookies, hot chocolate, hot sider and other treats. There will also be face painting, games, a hay ride and a petting zoo.

    Trick or Treat

    Trick or Treat on Main Street. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday and High-Tech Halloween. 4-6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Brown Bag

    The Pajarito Astronomers will have a County-Sponsored Dark Night. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock. Weather permitting, the public is invited to wander among the telescopes and star gaze. There will be a tour of the fall constellations. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 662-3252 for information.

    Voter meeting

    The League of Women Voters’ will be having a meeting to discuss the Education Study Committee’s research and how it is progressing. The public is welcome, 7 p.m. today at UNM-LA, building 2, room 230.  

  • REDI Net ribbon cutting

     County councilors and other officials joined the General Manager of REDI Net, Duncan Sill (third from left), and others from the County’s IT Division, Attack Research and business members involved in the REDI Net project. The photo opportunity in White Rock marked the start of construction with a ceremonial “turn of the dirt” for the project.

  • PAC money pours into House District 43 race

    With only a 37–33 Democratic majority in the New Mexico State House of Representatives, stakes are high on both sides of the aisle for control of that legislative body.
    District 43 (Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) is one of the races Republicans hope to win. And, just as in 2012, Political Action Committee (PAC) money from both sides of the aisle is flowing into the race to influence the outcome.
    Significant amounts of PAC money is going directly into the campaigns of incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard (D) and challenger Geoff Rodgers (R).
    But unknown amounts of money are also being channeled into the election, largely in the form of mailers issued by outside PACs.
    Both campaigns are opposed to PAC advertising. Republican Party of Los Alamos Chair Robert Gibson said it most succinctly.
    “These kinds of advertisements may have some kernel of truth in them, but it is so selective, twisted, contorted, etc., that they are not really helpful to the voter in understanding the candidates’ positions,” Gibson said.
    “I encourage voters to pay attention to what the candidates and the campaigns say, not the PAC ads, so we can focus on the real issues.”

  • New Mexico GOP hopes to win legislative majority

    SANTA FE (AP) — The last time New Mexico Republicans controlled the state House of Representatives, they rode the coattails of Dwight Eisenhower’s landside 1952 presidential victory.
    The national political mood once again may help Republicans, and the party hopes to pick up enough seats in the general election to secure a House majority for the first time in 60 years.
    If that happens, Republicans would set the legislative agenda in the House and could help advance GOP Gov. Susana Martinez’s policies if she wins re-election.
    With Democrats clinging to a slim 37-33 edge, the GOP needs at least a net gain of three seats. There are competitive races in at least 10 House districts, with each party holding five of the seats.
    Democrats control the Senate, but its members aren’t up for election until 2016.
    The GOP’s House majority during Eisenhower’s term was brief. Democrats reclaimed control in the 1954 elections and have maintained a majority ever since.
    But this year’s political landscape potentially favors the GOP, and could provide the boost the party will need in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans in voter registration 1.5-to-1.
    With President Barack Obama’s popularity sagging, Democrats across the country are bracing for difficult midterm elections.

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