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  • Clarification to Sunday charter report

    This is a clarification to the "Voters to weigh in on Charter proposals" story that published in the Sunday edition:

    Los Alamos resident Greg White, who was quoted in the report, followed up to say that he did not object to the publication of the Charter changes in the legislative format as was reported. White said that his objection revolves around what he believes, which is that Charter provision 900.3 was not being followed which requires that the full and final text of changes  be published 20 days before the election.

    White contends that the piecemeal nature in which the proposed changes were made available does not live up to the requirements or the spirit of the Charter. 

  • Today in History for November 5th
  • 10 things to know for Monday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Monday:


    Two days from judgment by the voters, Obama and Romney stress their differences on the economy, health care and more while professing an eagerness to work across party lines and end Washington gridlock.


    As many storm victims in N.Y. and N.J. try to keep warm amid falling temperatures, a powerful Nor'easter could reach the region by midweek.


    Barely a week after Superstorm Sandy hit, organizers in the Northeast express guarded optimism that the presidential election will proceed with little disruption.


  • Did you remember to fall back?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans got an extra hour of sleep this weekend thanks to the annual shift back to standard time. Officially, the change occured at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people set their clocks back before hitting the sack Saturday night.

    Remember, the time fell back an hour. Otherwise, you will be an hour early on Sunday for church, golf, brunch or whatever.

    Residents of Hawaii, most of Arizona and some U.S. territories don't have to change since they do not observe daylight-saving time.

    Public safety officials say this is also a good time to put a new battery in the smoke alarm, no matter where you live.

    Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. local time the second Sunday in March.

  • Today in history for November 4th
  • Sandoval, LAFD recover two bodies from wilderness area

    The fire departments of Sandoval and Los Alamos County were involved in recovering two bodies from the Sandoval County wilderness area Saturday.

    The first incident involved a man who was reported missing by his family Friday after he did not return from a morning hike in the Jemez Mountains, according to New Mexico State Police spokesman Robert McDonald.

    The hiker's vehicle was found Friday night by Sandoval County Sheriff deputies.

    The case was transferred to State Police because it turned into a search and rescue case.

    Search and rescue crews found the man's body at the bottom of an approximate 100-foot cliff near Forest Road 10 and Forest Road 269.

    The hiker has been identified as Thomas Ilg, 54, of Los Alamos. He was a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, according to the facility's website. Ilg reportedly had worked at the lab since 1996.

    Ilg’s neighbors were saddened and shocked to hear the news, but also said they did not know him well.

    “I knew his wife, Wendy but I did not know him very well,” said one neighbor. “That is horrible; I do know they’ve lived in this neighborhood a long time. How awful,” the neighbor said.

    McDonald said the family said Ilg was an experienced hiker.

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  • Gasoline tanker crashes, burns on I-40 near Grants

    GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — The driver of a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline has survived a fiery crash that led to an hours-long closure of Interstate 40 east of Grants.

    New Mexico State police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald says the driver was headed east on the Interstate just after daybreak Saturday when he apparently fell asleep. The truck drifted into the median and overturned. It then burst into flames and burned for more than two hours.

    The driver was flown to a hospital in Albuquerque. He's been identified as 33-year-old Dennis Pritchard of Rio Rancho.

    Both eastbound and westbound lanes of the roadway were damaged. The speed limit in the area has been lowered to 65 mph while repairs are made.

  • Sewer rate hike may get DPU flush

    Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will recommend a sewer rate adjustment to the Board of Public Utilities at its Nov. 14 meeting. If approved, the proposed sewer ordinance will go to county council to be considered for adoption in January.

    The proposed ordinance increases overall sewer rates but also simplifies residential customers’ bills to a restructured flat fee every month. It removes the variable rate that is based on the amount of potable water consumed during winter months.

    The ordinance also includes continuing annual rate increases of eight percent for the next four years beginning in June 2013 to meet the future capital expenses of the sewer collection and wastewater treatment systems.
    Last July, DPU officials, board members and councilors met to discuss options to address increasing sewer expenses associated with required infrastructure improvements and a future replacement White Rock Wastewater Treatment facility.

  • Agencies warn about fire danger

    As the fall and winter holidays approach and more New Mexicans plan vacations or hunting trips close to home, federal, state and local fire agencies are urging caution regarding fire danger across many parts of the state.
    Lack of moisture and warm, mild conditions this fall have caused fine, grassy fuels and brush to dry, making them susceptible to wildfire.
    While the immediate region shows Northern New Mexico at “high” fire danger risk, Los Alamos County will remain at “moderate” risk until there is snow on the ground and fuel moisture percentages are up.
    The fuel moisture percentages are very low for this time of year and the potential for a fire to start and the fire sustaining growth here is very real.
    Fall is the time for residents to trim brush and trees away from their homes and fences, create a defensible space, use fire resistive materials where applicable, clean roofs and gutters, remove weeds and mow dry grass and properly dispose of the debris.
    Los Alamos Fire Department, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the National Park Service and the Forest Service are all teaming together to reduce the fuel load and wildfire potential. Fuel reduction projects are being implemented by each respective agency in an effort to address concerns in what may be another potentially critical spring fire season.