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  • Valles Caldera area open, fire restrictions lifted

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Valles Caldera National Preserve are lifting fire restrictions, but surrounding areas on the Santa Fe National Forest remain off limits due to post-fire dangers.

    Forest supervisor Maria Garcia says safety is the top concern. She says entering the burn area of the Las Conchas fire poses serious risks that include falling trees, rolling rocks and flash flooding threats.

    Officials say violations could result in up to $5,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, or both.

    At the preserve, officials say recent rainfall has improved conditions and public access to the burned area will be approved by preserve staff on a case by case basis.

  • Recounting 9/11 at Pentagon

    Ike Richardson has been at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as deputy director since 2009.
    But before coming to LANL, Richardson spent 31 years of his life in the U.S. Navy, where he attained the rank of Rear Admiral.

    Back in 2001, he had just completed a tour on the USS Nimitz, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and he was starting his new job at the Pentagon at the beginning of September.

    He and his wife Donna had just moved to the Washington area and they were staying in a hotel in Crystal City, Va., within walking distance of the Pentagon.

    Sept. 11 started like any other morning for Richardson. He was in his office on the fourth floor early for a staff meeting.

  • The New Solitary Face of Terrorism

    After Sept. 11, 2001, it was the men who went to radicalized mosques or terror boot camps who were perceived as the biggest threat to society. Today, authorities are increasingly focusing on the solitary person living right next door – someone who may have been radicalized on the Internet and plotting strikes in a vacuum.

    “It’s the lone wolf who is our biggest concern,” said Jack Killeen, Safeguards and Security Division leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Killeen and LANL Security Group Leader Mike Wismer discussed lone wolf terrorism during a recent interview.

  • Injured pedestrian recovers well

    Lois Coffin was one of the citizens attending last Tuesday night’s council debate concerning changes to Trinity Drive. Coffin had a personal interest in the issue: she was struck by a 16-year-old driving a pickup truck as she walked across Trinity Drive at Oppenheimer on July 26.

    After impact, Coffin saw the truck still coming toward her and managed to roll out of the way. One of the wheels was less than two feet from her head when the driver stopped. “I tried to stay focused when it happened,” Coffin said. “I just happened to be very lucky it wasn’t worse. Circumstances could so easily have been different.”

  • State Briefs 09-09-11

    Two brothers missing

       ALBUQUERQUE — Two brothers with health problems are missing and authorities have no leads. State Police launched their helicopter Thursday to search for the men. Police said the two brothers, both in their 60s, could be in a very dangerous situation.
    KRQE-TV reports Bill and John Yandle haven’t been seen since Aug. 31. The brothers both have serious health problems and their families are desperate to find the pair.
    John Yandle’s part-time home nurse reported the two missing Sept. 5th. Neighbors said they saw the pair leaving Truth or Consequences for a dune buggy ride.
    Family members said the men only had the clothes on their backs and had not packed for a long trip.

  • Udall lauds $4.84 million investment for geothermal energy

    WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced that Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs and Applied Technology Associates in Albuquerque will receive a total of $4.84 million for the development of geothermal energy technologies.  
    The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the funds through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to help reduce the cost of geothermal energy thus making it more competitive with conventional sources of electricity.  
    “I applaud the Department of Energy for continuing to invest in this key energy source.  Much of New Mexico is a known or potential geothermal resource, and New Mexico’s labs are leaders in the field.

  • Rest of LA Apartments to be demolished

    Demolition of the final Los Alamos Apartments building (#939) is expected to get underway soon. The contractor, Paul Parker Construction, will begin mobilizing and staging at the site later this week.

    Demolition was completed on the initial four structures on the western side of the site in 2010 to clear the property for the new Municipal Building, Historic Archives and County Records Center. The site plan for those new buildings was approved by the P&Z Commission in August and construction will be getting underway in September. The few remaining very low-income residents in Building #939 were relocated to new homes in August.

  • Seen at the Scene: Eco Station opening

    The Eco Station is boasting a new piece of art. The ribbon cutting ceremony for Robert Davis’ The Industrial Machine was Thursday. This is part of the Los Alamos Arts in Public Places program. Davis used both recycled and new materials. It is solar powered from a recycled solar panel. “I want to get people thinking about their role in what comes to the dump,” Davis said.

     

  • Clarification 09-09-11

    In reference to the story in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor about the Charter Review Committee meeting Wednesday evening, resident John Horne explains that his statement regarding two national organizations coming to the aid of those in favor of retaining the Sheriff’s Office was not intended as a threat but rather to inform the committee that the situation will get expensive for the taxpayers and those fighting on either side of the Sheriff’s Office issue. He said it is his desire to avoid that.

  • Update 09-11-11

    County Council

    The County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m.
    Sept. 19 at the council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Chamber Conference Room.

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Municipal Court will close Sept. 14, 15 and 16 for staff training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544. Some payments may also be paid online at www.citepayusa.com.

    BPU meeting