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  • State Briefs 05-31-11

    Las Vegas to sell treated sewer water

    LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas is offering residents some relief for their parched, brown lawns.
    Seven weeks after banning the use of potable water for outdoor watering, the state has given the city permission to sell treated sewer water to city residents without the typical permitting requirements.
    City water customers can buy the treated wastewater for $1.25 per thousand gallons.
    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia told the Las Vegas Optic that the water restrictions in effect since April have been difficult for residents. He said providing effluent to customers to water their yards was a way to help ease that burden.

  • Update 05-31-11

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the Training Room in the County Building.

    Council meeting
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m., June 7 in the Council Chambers.

    Meeting
    The Initiative and Referendum Subcommittee of the Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the Training Room of the Community Building.

  • Jemez Falls campground evacuated

    The Jemez Falls campground had to be evacuated due to a wildfire. All 52 campsites at the Jemez Falls campground were evacuated after the blaze broke out early Monday afternoon.

    Forest spokesman Lawrence Lujan said the fire was 90 percent this morning after burning three to five acres. Jemez Falls and Redondo Campgrounds will be closed today and Wednesday and will be reopened on Thursday at 8 a.m.

    Lujan says the fire was probably human-caused.

    He isn’t sure how many campers were forced to flee. The campground will remain closed until fire crews wrap up operations. One hand crew and five engines were assigned to the fire.

    New Mexico is in a severe drought and fire conditions are extreme.

  • Local rodeo queen qualifies for national championship

    A 16-year-old Los Alamos girl has become the reserve champion light rifle shooter for the state of New Mexico.

    Katelyn Littleton earned the title during three state competitions this year in Farmington, Las Cruces and Gallup. She shot in the high 200s out of a possible high score of 360.

    Littleton will compete in the target shooting contest with her .22 caliber rifle at this year’s national competition in Gillette, Wyo.

    “The reason nationals is such a big deal and a great opportunity is that scholarships for college are awarded as prizes,” said Littleton, who will be a senior at Los Alamos High School in the fall. “This is a great opportunity for me and also an enormously fun event.”

  • Memorial Day in Los Alamos

    Singer Marty McLaughlin performs as keynote speaker Kevin Smith, a retired Air Force colonel who is now the Los Alamos Site Office Manager, LANL’s Terry Wallace and council chair Sharon Stover look on during Memorial Day ceremonies in Los Alamos Monday.

  • Fire forces evacuation at Jemez Falls campgrounds

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A small wildfire that forced the evacuation of a campground in the Santa Fe National Forest is nearly contained.

    All 52 campsites at the Jemez Falls campground were evacuated after the blaze broke out early Monday afternoon.

    Forest spokesman Lawrence Lujan says the fire was 90 percent contained by 6 p.m. after burning about five acres.

    Lujan says the fire was probably human-caused.

    He isn't sure how many campers were forced to flee. The campground will remain closed until fire crews wrap up operations. One hand crew and five engines were assigned to the fire.

  • Honoring the fallen on Memorial Day--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans from the nation's capital to Alaska marked Memorial Day with parades, somber reflection and even a climbing expedition in a holiday infused with fresh meaning by the approaching 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington honored veterans and America's war dead but also featured special tributes to Sept. 11 first responders, victims and their families. Also fresh in the minds of parade participants and watchers was the killing less than a month ago of Osama bin Laden, who masterminded the attacks.

  • Driver in wreck that killed biker has long record

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A driver accused of crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting a motorcyclist head-on in Chimayo has a long history of drunken driving and other arrests, according to court records.

    Juan de Dios Cordova remained held in the county jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Charges were expected to be filed Tuesday in Rio Arriba Magistrate Court.

    He is the brother of former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Nelson Cordova.

  • Exec aims to change culture

    Those around him say F. Curtis Smith hit the ground running when he stepped into the interim chief executive officer position at Los Alamos Medical Center eight weeks ago.

    “I think Curt is one of the best CEOs we’ve ever had. He’s made a significant impact in his brief time here and I wish we could keep him, but we understand he took this position on an interim basis,” LAMC Chief of Staff Paul Daly said. “I just hope we can find someone as capable as Curt.”

    Smith replaces Wally Vette, who resigned in March following a meeting in which he received no confidence sentiments from physicians. Vette had been on the job nine months.

    Smith said that he is not interested in the position on a permanent basis.  

  • Supercomputing exhibit opens at Bradbury

    On Thursday, The Road to Roadrunner opened at the Bradbury Science Museum. The new exhibit updates the supercomputing exhibit, and explores milestones in computing ranging from early computers like the FERMIAC mechanical computer through Roadrunner, the world’s first computer to operate at speeds exceeding one petaflop – a million billion calculations per second.

    The Roadrunner was developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) scientists, who used 12,000 Playstation 3 consoles.