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  • LA pays tribute

    A large crowd gathered for a special ceremony at Ashley Pond Park Thursday to thank the individuals and organizations that helped out during the Las Conchas Wildfire.

    The Los Alamos County Council, Los Alamos National Laboratory and National Nuclear Security Agency hosted the “Los Alamos Says Thanks” event.

    “This fire brought out the best of the best in all of us across the great state of New Mexico – we saw it 11 years ago during the Cerro Grande Fire and we saw it again during this fire,” said Council Chair Sharon Stover. “Firefighters and police officers and the National Guard top the list, but it went way beyond that.”

  • Japan PM resigning as opinion sinks after tsunami

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced Friday he would resign after almost 15 months in office amid plunging approval ratings over his government's handling of the tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis.

    In a nationally televised speech, Kan said he was stepping down as chief of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and would officially quit as prime minister after the ruling party votes Monday to pick a new leader — the country's sixth prime minister in five years.

  • Mexican president declares 3 days of mourning

    MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared three days of mourning Friday for the 52 victims of a casino fire set by presumed drug traffickers, branding the attackers "true terrorists" and ordering authorities to offer a $2.4 million reward for their capture.

    Calderon also once again lashed out at the United States, saying it is not doing enough to reduce the country's high demand for illicit drugs or to stop the illegal trafficking of U.S. weapons into Mexico.

  • Search for county administrator nears next phase

    The deadline for applications for the County Administrator’s position was Aug. 14. Semi-finalists have been chosen and Prothman Company, an executive search firm hired by the county, is conducting interviews. Council will decide on finalists in a closed session on Sept. 6 and announce their choices soon afterward. The public may meet the finalists at a reception at 5 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Pajarito Room in Fuller Lodge.

  • Redistricting committee to meet in Las Vegas and Santa Fe

    SANTA FE — The legislature’s Redistricting Committee will conclude its series of public hearings on August 30 at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) in Las Vegas and Aug. 31 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.
    The committee is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on August 30 in the Kennedy Lounge at NMHU and at 9 a.m. on August 31 in Room 307 of the State Capitol.
    The committee, which is reviewing proposed new political districts for congressional, legislative and Public Regulation Commission districts, has already met in Clovis, Roswell, Las Cruces, the Pueblo of Acoma, Gallup, Farmington, Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
    The legislature expects to meet in a special session in September to approve new districts.

  • Update 08-25-11

    Movie night

     The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will show “The Social Network” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1.

    Fuller Lodge

     The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    Thank you event

     The county council, LANL and NNSA are hosting an event to thank all of those who helped the community through the fire from 4-6 p.m. today at Ashley Pond.

    Book talk

    Shelby Tisdale, Director of Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, will give a talk on her book Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest at 7 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library Rotunda.

    County council

  • Broadband Network Enters Next Phase

    Despite some debate among county councilors regarding the need for blisteringly fast Internet speeds, they did agree to spend $344,000 to get to the next level in a study that will determine the feasibility and costs associated with a Community Broadband Network.

    The Los Alamos County Information Technology department has completed 30 percent of the Community Broadband Network (CBN) Study, and the results so far are positive.

    Market research indicates that 75 percent of residents feel that CBN is a good idea and 71 percent were willing to switch to a provider that offered broadband. Research & Polling, Inc. conducted phone surveys of 450 residents and 100 businesses to arrive at those statistics.

  • Valles Caldera flood debris sent downstream

    In the past week, flash floods have surged in Santa Clara Canyon and at Bandelier National Monument and caused extreme damage to the Dixon Apple Orchard near Cochiti Lake.

    The Las Conchas Burned Area Emergency Response team had advised various entities that flooding would be a problem.

    And they were right.

    At Valles Caldera, they have had their share of floods at the preserve. Ash and soot wiped out the fish population in the northern and western part of the preserve at the beginning of monsoon season.

    In the past week, the preserve has seen a fair amount of rain. But according to Valles Caldera director of science and education Bob Parmenter, the water no longer is black.

  • Bread from another world

    Vince Roe, the booth manager for the Intergalactic Bread Company of Santa Fe, shows off his merchandise at the Farmers Market in Los Alamos this morning.

  • Bear food drive underway

    ESPANOLA — Authorities rescued a young female bear in Los Alamos recently seen struggling along on her elbows because her paws were severely burned in last month’s Las Conchas Fire.

    The bear is healing well under the care of personnel at The Wildlife Center in Espanola.

    “We’ve named her Bernadette,” said Executive Director Katherine Eagleston. “She’s one of 29 bears we’ve gotten in since January and 90 percent of those bears have come in just since the fire.”

    Two bears had to be euthanized and five were released back into the wild, Eagleston said.

    The Wildlife Center also received four new bears Wednesday including one from Chimayo, two from Cloudcroft and one from Nambe.