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  • Monsoons set back reservoir project

    During a tour of the Los Alamos Reservoir in July 2011, the impact of the Los Conchas fire was not yet evident. The slopes of the canyon looked stable, greenery was already showing in the back-burned forest and the road leading to the reservoir was intact.

    After winter snows and flood events last summer and again last week, the canyon has undergone a major alteration. Fallen trees and other debris litter the canyon floor. A bulldozer has etched out a precarious path along what used to be the road. A dump truck is buried to its axle in mud next to West Road.

    It has gotten so bad that West Road will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning today. The road closure is expected to extend several weeks until the end of the summer monsoon season.

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  • LAGRI petition drive fails

    According to Los Alamos County Clerk Janet Foster, the Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative (LAGRI) failed to attain the required number of signatures on petitions asking Los Alamos County to rescind six of 21 ordinances for amending the county charter scheduled to come before voters in November.

    LAGRI was hoping to prevent ordinances 598; 601; 605; 607; 615; and 618 from being voted on with the rest of the charter amendments.

    The required number of signatures is ten percent of the registered voters voting in the last general election, which currently is 885. The deadline for submitting completed petitions was July 20.

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  • West Road to close until end of monsoon season


    Because of possible flooding upstream of West Road, LANL and Los Alamos County have
    decided today that, in the best interest of public safety, West Road will be closed
    to vehicle traffic beginning Friday, July 20. This road closure is expected to
    extend several weeks until the end of the summer monsoon season.
    Residents who live in Western Area will have access to Fairway via Diamond Drive.
    Access to Pajarito Mountain is unimpeded from Camp May Road off of West Jemez Road
    (NM 501).

  • Report says bulk of NM police, sheriffs may be profiling

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A large majority of law enforcement agencies in New Mexico aren't in compliance with a state law intended to combat racial profiling, according to a report released Thursday by civil right groups and an immigrant advocacy organization.

    The report said less than a quarter of all agencies surveyed were in compliance with the 2009 law banning biased policing.

  • Raw Video: Boy Rescued After Falling Into Sewer

    A three-year-old boy has been rescued after falling into a sewer shaft in Colombia. Jeanpier Silvera went missing for about a day before being found in the shaft in Barranquilla on Wednesday.

  • LAPS receives additional funding from state

    Los Alamos was one of seven school districts and a charter school to new funding from the state’s "Reads to Lead" program Thursday.

    The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) made the notifications this morning and the recipients were among 43 applications for funding received by NMPED.

    The recipients will implement new programs focused on literacy from Kindergarten through the third grade starting in the 2012-2013 school year. These new funds will be used in combination with successful efforts in place in many of these districts and be specifically targeted to helping the students who struggle most in reading.

    Los Alamos will receive $177,068 from the grant.

  • LAMC inks deal for ER docs -- updated

    Healthfront, the Santa Fe company that has staffed the Los Alamos Medical Center with its emergency physicians, has made a move to part ways with the hospital.

    As of Aug. 15 at midnight, the emergency doctors that are usually on staff at the Los Alamos Medical Center will be gone, and replaced with a new staff from EmCare.

    According to its website, EmCare, which is based in Dallas, provides physician services for emergency departments, inpatient physician services, inpatient radiology management programs and anesthesiology services. Founded in 1972, EmCare has more than 500 exclusive contracts with client hospitals in nearly 40 states.