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  • I-25 reopens between New Mexico, Colorado

    RATON, N.M. (AP) — Interstate 25 has reopened between New Mexico and Colorado after being closed for four days because of a wildfire near Raton.

    However, Exit 454 in New Mexico and exit 2 in Colorado will remained closed Thursday because of the Track wildfire, which is burning on about 26,000 acres. New Mexico authorities say a 45 mph speed limit will be strictly enforced.

    Some residents near that fire able to return home Wednesday. Carlsbad Caverns National Park on the opposite end of the state also reopened after crews worked feverishly to get a jump on another wildfire ahead of worsening weather.

    The Loop fire started Monday and has charred about 30,500 acres of desert scrub.

  • Bonding helps students, teachers fit in

    The verdict is in on what makes folks feel like a part of their school. If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be “relationships.”
    Okay honestly, it would be two words: “duh ... relationships.”
    When I talked to people both young and old, it wasn’t the bricks, it wasn’t the mortar and it wasn’t the great tech equipment they had in the building that made a difference. It was they way people made them feel.
    It was the fact that schools didn’t just look at students for test scores, but for what goals the student and parents wanted to accomplish for the year.

  • Union says state targeting members

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico union leaders are accusing the governor of targeting their members in state layoffs.
    The Albuquerque Journal this morning reports that Michelle Lewis, president of the Communications Workers of America Local 7076, got a pink slip Friday along with 43 other state workers.
    Lewis and Christine Trujillo, president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, told the paper they think the layoffs are an attack on unions.
    Gov. Susana Martinez’s office says the administration is simply streamlining bureaucracies and spending because of budget problems.
    Most of the layoffs announced Friday came from the Public Education Department, whose budget was slashed by more than 20 percent this year.

  • Taking a tour of Ashley Pond

    Leila Jones, 8 months old, of Los Alamos donned a pink bonnet and spent Monday morning in her pink stroller being wheeled around Ashley Pond where she kept a close eye on the group of ducks and geese swimming in the pond.

  • State Briefs 06-14-11

    Rail Runner may cut routes

    SANTA FE — A loss of $1.2 million in federal funding has operators of the Rail Runner Express rethinking weekday train service to save money.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican says changes could force early risers to take the bus instead of a train between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
    The northbound train 508 and southbound train 515 would no longer stop at the Kewa and downtown Bernalillo platforms. Under one proposal, those trains also would bypass the soon-to-open Sandia Station north of Albuquerque and the unopened Zia Station in Santa Fe.
     Those stops aren’t being eliminated but would be served by other trains.

  • Update 06-14-11

    Democrat meeting
    Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.,  the Democratic Party of Los Alamos will meet at Mesa Public Library in Rm. 3.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 p.m. today for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station #3. The council will then hold a special session at 10 p.m.

    Flag Day
    Flag Day will be celebrated at the Elks Club on Trinity Drive, today at 6 p.m.

  • Runway construction

    Runway improvements started last week and were in full swing this morning at the Los Alamos County Airport.

  • Wildfires burn across state

    LUNA — A massive wildfire in eastern Arizona is burning more acres than the largest in state history, although some of that area is in New Mexico, where flare-ups that skipped along treetops Tuesday threatened a small mountain town.
    The Wallow Fire has burned more than 733 square miles since Memorial Day weekend. Fire spokesman John Helmich said Tuesday morning it’s not yet certain whether the acreage that has burned in Arizona makes it larger than the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire, which burned 732 square miles, destroyed 491 buildings and cost about $400 million to fight.

  • Agreement with Trinity Site developer nears

    Negotiations between Los Alamos County and the North American Development Group (NADG) for the Trinity Site Revitalization Project is nearing completion. Randy Autio, Acting County Administrator, expects to have a tentative agreement hammered out by the end of June.

    The council approved the selection of NADG in November 2010, and directed staff to enter into negotiations for a ground sublease and development agreement.

    The original deadline was May 1. Negotiations were not complete, but the county and NADG had reached agreement on a number of key points and staff apprised council they were confident an agreement could ultimately be reached. Council voted to extend the deadline 60 days on April 19.

  • Happy Flag Day

    Today is Flag Day and there will be a celebration at 6 tonight at the Elks Lodge. This was the scene Tuesday morning outside the Elks Lodge on Trinity Drive.