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  • Judge eyes redistricting plans

    Judge James Hall has ordered the Executive Defendants to come up with a map that would consolidate a north-central seat and adopt all of the Native American requests during House redistricting hearings this week in Santa Fe.

    The Executive Defendants have done just that and those maps are up on the New Mexico Legislative website. The Legislative Defendants, led by Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), also have put up some alternatives.

    Rep. James Hall (R-Santa Fe, Sandoval and Santa Fe) said both sides “are putting up maps in hopes that the judge will like them.”

    All the alternative maps would keep Los Alamos whole, except for one submitted by Egolf.

  • Storm dumps more snow on region

    Another winter storm blasted Los Alamos Thursday, leaving another nine inches to a foot of the white stuff. Los Alamos police and fire personnel Thursday responded to 10 minor vehicle accidents between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

    “There were no injuries reported from the accidents,” Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said. “A driver did slide completely off the roadway near the White Rock Y but did not sustain any injuries.”

    Purtymun credited the fact that the schools are closed for Christmas vacation to fewer cars on the road.

    "Teachers and students who drive are off beginning today and that helped reduce traffic,” he said.

  • Visitors count at Valles Caldera

    Using advanced counters at six locations and working in consultation with a National Park Service statistician, the number of visitors at the Valles Caldera National Preserve during FY 2011 is estimated to be 97,552.

    Last year’s visitor count, at 24,000, was nearly four times lower than this year’s count.

    “We’re not saying we had a substantial surge in visitors over last year – it’s important to point out that we are using a more accurate method of counting,” said VCNP Recreation Program Manager Rob Dixon. “In previous years, we manually counted visitors to the information centers and used a voluntary sign in sheet for our free trails.”

  • West Jemez Road to close

    Construction of a new storm drain will close N.M. 501 (West Jemez Road) for about 10 days beginning Thursday. The majority of the work is scheduled to be done while Los Alamos National Laboratory is closed for the holidays, which should minimize traffic disruptions. But motorists traveling west on N.M. 501 will have to take an alternate route of travel to get to the Jemez Mountains, including NM 4 through White Rock and past Bandelier National Monument.
    The work area was west of Camp May Road so traffic to Pajarito Ski Area shouldn’t be affected, said Mark D. Gonzales of LANL’s Manager of Functions Division, adding that this stretch of NM 501 also will be closed to bicyclists, runners and other pedestrians.

  • November Fire Calls

    Los Alamos fire cadets train on live burns at the fire academy earlier this year. LAFD responded to 131 calls for assistance during November including two fires, 87 emergency medical services, two vehicle accidents and 40 miscellaneous incidents

  • Gov. wants to expand veterans' benefits

    Governor Susana Martinez announced her support Thursday for legislation which would expand the definition of a veteran under state law in order to include more members of the National Guard and Reserve units.
    The state currently defines a veteran as someone who has served a minimum of ninety days consecutively on active-duty status. Governor Martinez is calling for a change in definition to allow any Guard or Reserve member to be fully “veteran-eligible” after completing six years of Guard or Reserve status — the typical length of service one commits when initially signing up.
    Since 2001, many National Guard and Reserve members have been federally activated for periods up to one year, often numerous times.

  • CRC issues final report

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) has posted its final report of recommended charter changes to their project webpage, as well as placing copies of the report at the 311 Customer Care Center and Reference Desks of the two public libraries. The 53-page report can be downloaded at losalamosnm.us under the Projects/Charter Review Committee link.
    The Committee will present their report to Council in two special Council meetings set for Wednesday, January 11 and Thursday, January 12.
    Both meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.
    The public is welcome to review the report and give the Council comments either before the special meetings, or, by attending the meetings. The meetings will be broadcast live by PAC-8 and streamed atpac8.org.

  • Woman gives birth in truck during snowstorm

    SANTA FE (AP) — Russell LeFevre learned how to birth a baby in nursing school using clamps, blankets, a suction bulb that clears a baby’s mouth of mucus and other medical supplies.
    When his wife’s water broke in the front seat of a truck as it sped down an icy New Mexico highway in a snowstorm Tuesday, LeFevre just had his hands, some jackets and shoelaces.
    It was enough.
    His wife, Elizabeth, gave birth to a 6-pound, 11-ounce baby girl inside the truck on Old Las Vegas Highway between Canoncito and Santa Fe, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The family is well enough to go home to Canoncito on Wednesday.

  • Update 12-23-11

    Holiday schedule

    The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.

    Hecker to give talk

    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Siegfried Hecker, who currently works at Stanford University, will give a talk about North Korea at 7 p.m., Jan. 5 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    Christmas dance

    The Los Alamos Big Band presents a Christmas dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

    Trash pickup

  • Storm may slow newspaper deliveries

    Due to the severity of the latest winter storm, newspaper deliveries Thursday afternoon may be delayed.

    Every effort is being made to make certain every subscriber receives their paper, but weather conditions are such that in some cases readers may receive Thursday's paper with the Friday delivery.