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  • Jemez Pueblo frustrated over highway dispute

    JEMEZ PUEBLO (AP) — Jemez Pueblo leaders who are tired of seeing traffic speed through their northern New Mexico village say they are considering either bulldozing a popular state highway or putting up toll booths.
    Pueblo Gov. Joshua Madalena tells the Associated Press the tribe has been seeking state and federal funding for a 5-mile bypass project for the past 60 years, but those efforts have not been successful.
    He says the federal government just recently turned down the pueblo’s latest application.
    As a result, Madalena says he needs to take action to ensure families who live along the much-traveled national scenic byway are safe.
    The tribe estimates the bypass project would cost about $26 million.

  • Hurricane remnants make way to state


    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico braced Wednesday for possible flooding and mudslides as remnants from Tropical Storm Odile moved into the state.

    The National Weather Service said severe weather could dump as much as 8 inches of rain in the southern part of the state before the storm system weakens Friday.

    Large storm clusters hung over New Mexico on Wednesday, generally moving from the southwest toward the northeast. So far, Socorro and Catron counties have seen around 3 inches of rain in two days, officials said.

    Five-day National Weather Service forecasts call for up to 5 inches in southern New Mexico, with up to 8 inches in the southwestern and south-central mountain regions. Heavy rain is expected throughout the week with most severe weather coming Thursday.

    The U.S. National Hurricane Center said parts of Arizona and New Mexico could receive 6 to 9 inches of rain and possible flash flooding.

    "Problems are going to happen when we have these embedded thunderstorms," said meteorologist Todd Shoemake said.

    Shoemake said those isolated storms, which are part of the larger system, can dump rain very quickly on already saturated soil and trigger floods around the state.

  • State Briefs 09-17-14

    Blood drive scheduled for Sept. 27

    The Española Rotary will be sponsoring a blood drive at the Santa Claran Hotel-Casino on Saturday, Sept. 27 between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All donors will be automatically entered into a drawing for a Broncos Football Package which includes: two game tickets to the Broncos- San Diego Chargers game, two roundtrip airline tickets, two nights lodging and a gift card valued at $300.
    The winner of the football package will be drawn on Sept. 29. Everyone who donates blood at the Rotary blood drive will also receive a free commemorative T-shirt and all the cookies they can eat! Appointment slots are limited, so make your appointment by calling the UBS toll-free number (877) 827-4376.

    Prescribed burn postponed

  • Homecoming parade information
  • Update 09-17-14

    United Way

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

    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.


    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.  

  • Councilors oppose moving visitor center to Fuller Lodge

    A proposal placed before the Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday to move the Los Alamos visitor center to Fuller Lodge drew a storm of opposition from the downtown business community and community members concerned about the impact on the historic lodge.
    After lengthy discussion, Council Chair Geoff Rodgers concluded that the majority of council did not support the proposal. The meeting was a work session, so no formal vote was taken.
    The question before council was whether moving the visitor center to Fuller Lodge should be included as an option in a Request for Proposals for visitor center services.
    The current contract with the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation for those services is up for renewal at the end of the year, and an RFP will be issued this month. Due to a downturn in Lodgers’ Tax revenues, staff was asked to propose a county-owned location for the visitor center in order to defray the costs of leasing space.
    “One of the objectives of the RFP is provide us with options and alternatives,” said Deputy County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne.
    If Fuller Lodge was considered, Lynne proposed including a mandatory reevaluation period after a three-year trial.

  • Today in history Sept. 17
  • 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.