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  • Today in History for August 17th
  • Rail Runner cancels service Friday

     

    There are a fair amount of commuters who take the Rail Runner to Santa Fe and then take the bus to Los Alamos.

    Those commuters will have to find another way to work Friday.

    According to TV stations KRQE-TV and KOB-TV, flooding from heavy rain late Thursday will keep Rail Runner Express trains from running north of Bernalillo to Santa Fe on Friday.

    KRQE said no trains will operate between the U.S. 550/Sandoval County station in Bernalillo and the station in downtown Santa Fe.

    On Thursday, a Rail Runner train that was stopped north of the Kewa station was given the green light to proceed with caution after severe weather and flooding halted the train. KOB reported another bridge was reportedly underwater. The TV stations reported that 600 to 800 passengers had to wait at least an hour for buses to take them to their destination.

    Storm runoff from the rains flowed through Santo Domingo Pueblo.

    However, trains will run on regular schedules between Belen and Bernalillo through Albuquerque.

    A Rail Runner spokesperson said they currently expect the line to be open in time for weekend trains.

    Storm runoff Thursday evening flowed over the rails about two miles east of the Kewa station on Santo Domingo Pueblo.

  • 12-year-old Judged Too Big for Pee Wee Football
  • New Mexico Powerball ticket worth $1 million

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — State lottery officials say one ticket sold in New Mexico for Wednesday night’s huge Powerball jackpot is worth $1 million.
    The big prize ticket was sold in Michigan and is worth $337 million.
    But lottery officials say $1 million isn’t bad for a $2 ticket either.
    The New Mexico winner should sign the ticket’s back immediately and then head to Lottery headquarters in Albuquerque to claim the prize.
    Officials won’t say where the ticket was sold until the winner comes forward.
    Wednesday’s winning numbers were 6, 27, 46, 51 and 56 and a red Powerball of 21.

  • Mayor to raise admission fees to Albuquerque’s zoo

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Albuquerque’s mayor says the cost of admission to the city’s Biological Park will be going up to raise money for repairs and maintenance.
    Mayor Richard Berry says adult tickets to the park containing the city’s zoo, aquarium and botanical gardens will go from $7 to $10 next month.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that raising the ticket costs will generate $1.3 million in extra revenue a year. The park currently has an $18 million backlog in repairs and maintenance.
    The price hike is the first in 10 years for the BioPark. Children and seniors will see smaller price increases and prices for students on field trips would not go up.

  • Lightning causes brief power outage at LANL, townsite

        Lightning causes brief power outage

    Wednesday’s thunderstorm caused the power to go out for about 10 minutes in the Los Alamos town site and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Lightning struck a transmission pole on LANL property and that affected the town site and LANL facilities.

    LANL spokesman Kevin Roark said power was out at TA-3 and that email and Internet service was interrupted.

    The lab statement read, “Power was knocked out for 9 minutes yesterday throughout TA-3, LANSCE, and the entire townsite.  The problem occurred due to a lightning strike on a

    substation that initiated a protective relay, cutting power.

    “E-mail and Internet service was out for a few hours, and the Lab's computing resources went offline.  Everything was restored to normal operations by the end of the work day.  As a normal response, the lab is investigating to assure that all electrical safety systems worked properly.

    The power outage also knocked out the county 311 customer service center, but DPU posted information on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

     

    DPU releases report

    The Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) released their Performance Report

  • Update 08-16-12

    No CIP Thursday

    The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee will not meet today. They plan to meet with County Administrator Harry Burgess in a special committee meeting at 5:15 p.m. Aug. 23 in Council Chambers. This will be the only agenda item for the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

    Triathlon time

    The Los Alamos County Triathlon will take place at 7 a.m. Saturday, beginning at the Aquatic Center.

    Groundbreaking

    The public is invited to join the county council for the groundbreaking event for the new Golf Course Community Building at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24, at the building site. Refreshments will be served.

    Regional coalition

    The Regional Coalition Business meeting will be at 9 a.m. Friday at the Rio Arriba County Chambers in Española.

    Board meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the Community Building Training Room.

  • Retiring officer plans to stay close to home

    Cpl. Doug Ehler, a police officer with the Los Alamos Police Department, has one thing he’s wanted to do when he retires this December. “I just want to spend some quality time with my family,” he said.

    Beyond that, Ehler, who has been with LAPD for 21 years, isn’t sure what he wants to do for a second career. All he knows is that he still loves his hometown of Los Alamos.

    “I’m definitely going to stay here for awhile, it’s my community,” he said.

    LAPD Chief Wayne Torpy described Ehler as the kind of officer that was a rare combination of personal insight and professionalism when it came to doing his duty as an officer with the Los Alamos Police Department.“I think Doug’s strongest contribution has been his relationships within the LAPD and with the community at large,” Torpy said. “He’s very patient and thoughtful.”

    Like every officer who’s been with the LAPD for a long time, Ehler has escorted U.S. presidents, had many confrontations with the local wildlife and rushed to the scene of some major car wrecks on Los Alamos’ curvy mountain roads. However, the Cerro Grande Fire is where Ehler hangs his hat.

  • Another day dawns in LA

    A new day begins in Los Alamos this morning with a brilliant sunrise to the east.

  • Clerk debate continues

    At Tuesday’s work session, the Los Alamos County Council waived its usual rules regarding public comment to encourage a lively debate about the county clerk’s duties and compensation and whether the charter should be changed to make the clerk an appointed rather than an elected position.

    The conversation was sparked by the Charter Review Committee’s (CRC) recommendations.

    Council Chair Sharon Stover, who is running for county clerk in the coming election, recused herself. County Clerk Janet Foster and former County Clerk Mary Pat Kraemer provided feedback.

    In the current charter, the clerk is an elected, part-time position. At present, compensation is set at $6,000 per year.
    The CRC’s report reads:

    “Council has historically set the salary for the position of the clerk at a token level. Consequently, clerks since the establishment of the office have viewed the position of clerk as either token or part-time.