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  • Burning to reduce wildfire impact

    In an effort to reduce the impacts of wildfire on the community, pile burn operations will resume on county land this week.
    “We’re anticipating another dry spring and we’d like to remove as much wildland fuel as we can while it remains cold and there is snow on ground,” said Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin. “Because prevailing winds in the spring and summer are generally out of the southwest, we’re focused on reducing fuels in areas that might carry embers into neighborhoods that lie to the northeast.”
    Los Alamos County Parks Division and Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct maintenance burning in Rendija, Bayo and Walnut canyons beginning Friday.

  • Water nozzle welding

    Lorenzo Garcia welds a water nozzle on a Road Construction Southwest water truck pipe at a facility on DP Road Tuesday.

  • Stover, Selvage retain leadership posts

    The first item on Tuesday night’s council agenda was electing new council officers. As soon as Council Chair Sharon Stover opened nominations, Councilor Mike Wismer made a surprise move.

    “I’d like to break with tradition and move that council approve the current leadership team for another year, specifically that council approve Councilor Stover and Councilor (Ron) Selvage as chair and vice chair respectively.”

    The motion was seconded by Councilor Geoff Rodgers and passed by a 6-1 vote, with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle casting the only no vote. Chiravalle did not state his reasons for rejecting the motion.

  • VIDEO: Van Der Sloot Pleads Guilty in Peru Killing

    Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman he met at a Lima casino who was killed five years to the day of the unsolved disappearance in Aruba of an American teen in which he remains the main suspect.

  • Memorial services planned for NM guardsman

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Memorial services are planned this week for a New Mexico Army National Guardsman who died of a heart attack last month while stationed in Afghanistan.

    The New Mexico National Guard says a rosary for 33-year-old Sgt. Pernell J. Herrera will be held Wednesday evening at DeVargas Funeral Home in his hometown of Espanola.

    Funeral services will be Thursday morning at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, followed by interment at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

    Herrera was a signal support systems specialist with C Company, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment out of Santa Fe.

    Herrera died Dec. 31 while performing physical fitness training in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

  • Romney Wins New Hampshire GOP Primary

    Mitt Romney is the winner of New Hampshire's Republican primary. The former governor of neighboring Massachusetts led the polls in New Hampshire for weeks.

  • VIDEO: Dog Found in the Gulf of Mexico

    Rory O' Connor was fishing on the Gulf of Mexico Saturday when he found a dog swimming towards him, paddling for his life.

  • Update 01-10-12

    CIP meeting

    The Parks Division will hold a CIP Phase I Public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to discuss the Renovation and Rebuild of the Ashley Pond Capital Improvement Project.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in Council Chambers.

    Broadband

    A public meeting for Community Broadband Network will be at 5:30 p.m., Thursdayat Fuller Lodge.

    Arts meeting

     The Arts in Public Places board meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Public Library.

  • Water Line Break

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities crews responded to a water line break along N.M. 502 Tuesday morning.  Antonio Martinez of DPU’s Gas Water and Sewer division carries line locator equipment for underground utilities to enable the safe operation of the Vactor truck at left.  The Vactor truck uses a water jet and vacuum to carefully excavate the area around the failed water line.

  • Hall turns attention to legislative session

    With House redistricting finally out of the way, State Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Sandoval,  can turn his attention to the legislative session that starts Jan. 17 and also begin making plans for his campaign.

    Hall said there is little doubt what the hot-button topic will be for the legislative session.

    “This going to be a budget session,” Hall said. “The challenge will be how to best use the limited budgetary resources to fulfill the needs of the state.”

    Among the budgetary issues facing the legislature will be Medicaid, teachers and state employees who have not had a raise in recent years and higher education, which has seen its share of cutbacks.