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  • Pueblo Declares State of Emergency

    Too little, too late is the way some tribal officials describe the federal government’s failure to release $39 million promised to Santa Clara Pueblo to mitigate flooding in the aftermath of the Las Conchas wildfire.

    Governor Walter Dasheno and the Santa Clara Tribal Council declared a state of emergency Thursday after flood waters raced down Santa Clara Creek Wednesday, the second time in a week.  The flood waters — estimated at 2,200 to 2,300 cubic feet per second (CFS) — gouged six feet out of Santa Clara Creek, exposing gas lines buried at least four feet below the surface.

  • Wilson talks GOP convention, labs

    Heather Wilson is not going to the Republican Convention in Tampa at the end of August.

    Numerous media outlets have reported that Wilson will spend her time campaigning.
    But there is another reason.

    Wilson said last week that she was not going to the convention so she could give her spot to Gov. Susana Martinez’s husband Chuck Franco.

  • Coyote encounters on the rise

    Due to a rash of recent coyote sightings in the area, Los Alamos officials are again reminding residents they share the trails, canyons and even the streets with them.

    “They become habituated to suburban and urban environments, so it’s not uncommon for you to see them walking down the street of your neighborhood; it’s not unusual at all” said Phil Taylor, emergency management coordinator for Los Alamos.

    With that in mind, Taylor said residents should keep their pets close, especially when hiking the trails around town.

    “Once pets enter the canyons, they join the food chain, and the coyote is one of the top predators in that food chain,” said Taylor.

  • Update 07-15-12

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed Wednesday-Friday for staff to attend training.  Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.  The court will re-open at 8 a.m., July 23.

    Chamber FAN Club

    The July FAN Club will be hosted by Tasty Creations by Jarda for chamber members.
    Private Chef/Caterer Jarda Belmonte will host the event from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce, 109 Central Park Square.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 24 in council chambers.

  • Ex-state regulator jailed for probation violation

    SANTA FE (AP) — Former state utility regulator Jerome Block Jr. is back in jail.
    Records show Block was arrested Friday and booked into the Santa Fe County jail on a probation violation.
    Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports that Block is being held without bond but the circumstances around his arrest are unclear.
    In March, Block avoided a lengthy prison sentence when a state judge gave him probation for election law violations, misuse of taxpayer money and other felonies.
    Block had faced up to 4 1/2 years in prison after failing to comply with a plea deal requirement to complete a court-supervised drug treatment program.

  • NM business leaders head to Washington

    A delegation of New Mexico business leaders will travel to Washington D.C. July 16 and 17 to discuss the importance of Los Alamos National Laboratory to the state’s economy.
    The delegation will be accompanied by Gov. Susana Martinez’ Chief of Staff Keith Gardner and Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover.
    Stover is a member of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, which traveled to Washington, D.C., on a similar mission in March.
    The current business group plans to meet with New Mexico’s Congressional delegation, staff from key committees in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, and senior officials from the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Amount paid in film rebates plunges

    SANTA FE — Rebates paid to companies filming in New Mexico have plunged since the state enacted a yearly $50 million cap on film incentives spending.
    The Taxation and Revenue Department said 85 film rebate applications totaling more than $19 million were approved during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Another 27 applications that add up to more than $14 million in rebates were pending.
    While the paid rebates dropped from $102 million in 2011, the number of approved applications increased from 55, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
    Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford attributed the drop in rebates to an industry-wide slowdown and a rush to file rebate claims before the cap was approved last year. But others believe differently.