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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.

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  • State Briefs 8-29-14

    $350K buyout for ABQ ex-school chief OK’d

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A state district judge has approved a $350,000 buyout for former Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks who resigned earlier this month.
    The judge ruled Friday that the settlement was in the best interest of the public and New Mexico’s largest school district.
    Brooks resigned after board members said he was being investigated for a personnel matter. Both sides declined to elaborate.
    The school board then approved a $350,000 settlement to buy him out of his contract.

    AG: Santa Fe within rights to decriminalize pot

  • Workshops slated for September

    The New Mexico Small Business Development Center’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) has two workshops on Wednesday Sept.17 at the Small Business Development Center at UNM Los Alamos.
    In the first workshop, starting at 8:30 a.m., Elaine Palin, Procurement Advisor, will discuss the steps for small businesses interested in pursuing government contracting. The workshop, Government Contracting Basics for Small Business, will focus on getting started in the government market place, government certification programs and essential marketing to the government. This is a free workshop.
    The second workshop, at 1:30 p.m., provides detailed instructions for registering with the System for Award Management (SAM). Getting started with government contracting requires registration in this new system that replaced the former Central Contractor Registry (CCR). IBoth workshops will be held at UNM Los Alamos, Los Alamos SBDC, 4000 University Drive, Building 2 Room 214, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544.
    To register and for detailed course descriptions, go to nmptap.org/training-events/ptap-trainings/santa-fe-events/ or contact Elaine.palin@sfcc.edu or by phone at 428-1850.

  • Law enforcement agencies receive $10.2 M in equipment

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A U.S. Department of Defense program which loans local law enforcement agencies surplus military gear has sent $10.2 million worth of weapons, helicopters and armored trucks to New Mexico, according to an audit of the equipment.
    The audit by the Pentagon office responsible for the 1033 program shows that the equipment went to 32 agencies.
    According to county spokeswoman Julie Habiger, Los Alamos did not receive any of the surplus military gear.
    Departments as small as the Clovis Police Department and the New Mexico State University Police received massive Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, while San Juan County Sheriff’s Office was granted the use of a $4 million helicopter to help patrol a 5,200 square-mile region in the Four Corners area.
    The Albuquerque Police Department also received weapons from the program, documents show.
    The document was obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.
    The surplus equipment program is under review by the Obama administration in the aftermath of the police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death a black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

  • Update 08-29-14

    Viewing party

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


    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. South By Southwest featuring Mike Hearne, Jimmy Stadler and Zeke Severson. 7-10 p.m. today at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

    High Tea

    High Tea and Fashion Show. 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Kelly Hall, 2900 Trinity Dr. Show will feature silent auction with handmade items, gift certificates, time and talent donations and more. Tickets $25, children 10 and under $10. Advance ticket purchase recommended, call 662-5107. All proceeds go to support two house building mission trips to Ciudad Juårez, Mexico this fall. For more information contact 662-5107.

    GOP headquarter opening

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of their 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m. Monday. The location is 1362D-1 Trinity. The phone number is 695-8080. There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. The headquarters will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday -Friday. All are welcome anytime. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159. 

  • New chamber manager returns home to LA

    The new manager for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Nancy Partridge, was born and raised in Los Alamos. After spending a good portion of her adult life away from the county, she returns with skills well matched to the job at hand.
    Partridge spent the past seven years as the executive director of the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute, a construction trade association for brick, block and stone manufactures, materials suppliers and masonry contractors, located in Denver.
    “At RMMI, I was dealing with three competing manufacturing industries, a group of competing suppliers and then all of these contractors who were competing on bid day, and trying to get them to all work together to promote the industry.
    “So it was a fairly good fit for coming to Los Alamos and trying to get the fairly diverse interests here — from retailers to restaurants to LANL subcontractors to property owners and managers to medical professionals — to work together to promote the business interests of Los Alamos.”
    An interesting aspect of Partridge’s work with RMMI was advocating for building codes better adapted to wildfire areas.

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