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  • Bighorn sheep to be released into Jemez

    The Department of Game and Fish plans to reintroduce Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep into historic bighorn sheep habitat near Cochiti Canyon in the Jemez Mountains of the Santa Fe National Forest.
    Several dozen department staff and volunteers will conduct a capture operation Aug. 11-14 near Wheeler Peak in the Carson National Forest. The sheep will be released in the treeless burned area created by the Las Conchas Fire in 2011, which has become ideal bighorn sheep habitat.
    The department hopes to capture 30 to 40 adult sheep and their lambs using drop nets and then transport the sheep via helicopter to a staging area where they will undergo a health evaluation. After receiving veterinary care, they will be transported by trailer their new home.
    This will be the 10th Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd the department has established since beginning to restore the species in 1978. Biologists anticipate that the herd will expand into Bandelier National Monument and the White Rock Canyon area, and will increase opportunities for New Mexican’s to see bighorns in the wild.
    As part of a long-term study, the department will place radio collars on all of the adult sheep. Twenty of the collars will have GPS technology that will give wildlife biologists new insights about the sheep and their daily routines.

  • State sues over gambling compact

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has sued the federal government to stop the Interior Department from approving a new gambling compact for Pojoaque Pueblo and imposing it on New Mexico.
    The governor’s office filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, contending the interior secretary doesn’t have the authority to implement a compact under procedures being followed by Pojoaque after it failed to negotiate a new gambling agreement with the state.
    Interior Department spokeswoman Emily Beyer said Friday she could not comment on pending litigation.
    Jessica Hernandez, the governor’s deputy chief of staff and attorney, said in a statement that Pojoaque “is attempting to use regulations from the Department of Interior to conduct gaming in a way that is contrary to the best interests of New Mexicans and neighboring pueblos.”
    A federal appeals court ruled in a Texas case in 2007 that the federal agency couldn’t impose a gambling compact on the state using that process, but that decision isn’t binding on federal judges in New Mexico.

  • Flood damage in Jacona

    Last week’s storms produced flooding that destroyed a section of CR 84 in Jacona.

  • Seen @ The Scene: County Fair Parade

    The Hill Stompers took top honors in the 2014 Los Alamos County Fair Parade Saturday.
    The Hill Stompers beat out the World War II Veterans and Zia Realty Group, which tied for second place. Following those two parade participants was LANL Workers' Safety.
    The Grand Marshal of this year's parade was former Los Alamos basketball player Alex Kirk - today is Alex Kirk Day in Los Alamos County.

  • Police: Four wounded in ABQ shooting

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Police say four people have been wounded in an Albuquerque shooting and a suspect remains at large.

    Albuquerque Sgt. Ferris Simmons says the shooting occurred Friday in the Northeast Heights area of Albuquerque.

    Simmons says at least one victim is in critical condition.

    She says detectives are working the case and the public has been asked to avoid the area around Candelaria and Vassar.

    No further information was available.

  • U.S. bombs militants in Iraq as crisis worsens

     

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from a religious minority, according to an Iraqi official, while thousands of other civilians fled in fear.

    Many of America's allies backed the U.S. intervention, pledging urgent steps to assist the legions of refugees and displaced people. Those in jeopardy included thousands of members of the Yazidi religious minority whose plight — trapped on a mountaintop by the militants — prompted the U.S. to airdrop crates of food and water to them.

    The extremists' "campaign of terror against the innocent, including the Yazidi and Christian minorities, and its grotesque and targeted acts of violence bear all the warning signs and hallmarks of genocide," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. "For anyone who needed a wake-up call, this is it."

    Underscoring the sense of alarm, a spokesman for Iraq's human rights ministry said hundreds of Yazidi women had been taken captive by the militants. Kamil Amin, citing reports from the victims' families, said some of the women were being held in schools in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.

  • Russ Gordon Concert Series continues tonight

    Janiva Magness’ show at Ashley Pond this Fri., Aug. 8 will be a lot more than a great concert, it’ll be an experience! The “experience” is presented by the sponsors of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. It’s another free Los Alamos concert, it starts at 7PM and you should be bring your friends, family and chairs.

    Opening Friday will be my great friends, the Jimmy Stadler Band. This is the 25th Anniversary of the Series and Jimmy’s bands have played at least 25 times. Jimmy is from Taos and plays both his original rock music and classic covers. He’s one of the New Mexico’s favorite entertainers.

    Janiva will come on about 8:10. She is, arguably, the greatest female blues singer in the WORLD! She’s won the Blues Music Awards “Best Female Contemporary Singer” four times including 2013 when she also won the award for “Song of the Year”,  I Won’t Cry.

  • Meeting with the Governor

    Governor Susana Martinez inspects trading pins on the jacket of Los Alamos High School student Leslie Thalmann, 16, who is departing August 18 for a one-year student exchange in Belgium.

  • Update 08-08-14

    Summer Concert

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Janiva Magness. 7-10 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond for the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo weekend.

    Exhibit

    Human Body. 5-7:30 p.m. today at the Bradbury Science Museum. Play with hands-on activities from the Pacific Science Center that will teach you all about the human body. Come and assemble a skeleton, identify organs and test your reflexes.

    Parade route

    Due to construction between 15th and Oppenheimer the 2014 Parade route will take a different course. The gathering place and beginning of the parade will still be at Canyon School parking lot on the corner of Central Avenue and
    4th Street. The parade will begin by heading West on Central Avenue to 15th Street, and will then turn north and
    head towards Canyon Road. All streets and parking lots along the parade route will be closed and staffed by volunteers. The parade will end at Myrtle street.

    County Fair

  • County has limited resources for low-income LA residents

     

    This is part five in a series.

     

    Although Los Alamos County’s low-income population may be small, providing services for that population presents major challenges.

    The county’s size and wealth works against it. It lacks a homeless shelter and halfway houses. It is ineligible for funding from low-income housing programs. It is too small to merit social security or New Mexico Human Services Department offices.

    “At the core of this, it’s this idea of resources. When you’re in a larger metropolitan region, there are more people, there’s a larger scale problem, but you also have much more critical mass of resources and agencies and nonprofit organizations and expertise that are available to help you,” said Housing and Special Projects Manager Paul Andrus.

    Kim Mitchell, community support worker for Presbyterian Medical Services, works with clients not only on medical management issues but on housing, income and other needs. He frequently does outreach to what he calls “an invisible population of homeless people,”

    “Homelessness here in Los Alamos is a major issue,” Mitchell said. Like Andrus, Mitchell believes a lack of resources underlies the problem.