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  • Bicycle lanes warrant caution

    Much of Central Avenue, Diamond Drive and north and south San Ildefonso Road have bike lanes. With the completion of Diamond Drive’s Phase IV, the entire length of this arterial will include bike lanes.

    “Most of our ‘spinal’ arterial connecting our homes to our schools, workplaces and other public places on Diamond Drive from 39th Street to south of North Road have opened with great bike lanes as well as bus pull offs and better sidewalks – so it’s timely to remind people of some general laws and guidelines that apply to bike lane use,” said Khal Spencer, a League of American Cyclists instructor.

    First, before wheeling onto the road, Spencer says to make sure bikes are safe to ride.

  • LTAB tackles tourism downturn

    Addressing a drop in visitation since the Las Conchas fire was top priority for the Los Alamos County Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board (LTAB) Tuesday.

    The good news is that tourism has not fallen as much as initially feared. “There are fewer people than typical, but the numbers are still fairly strong,” said Kevin Holsapple, executive director of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC), “Business is actually up in the restaurants, from what I’m hearing.”

  • Israel says attackers who came from Egypt kill 7--video extra

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Squads of gunmen armed with heavy weapons and explosives crossed into southern Israel from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday and attacked buses, cars and an army patrol, officials said. It was one of the boldest attacks on the Jewish state in years, killing seven Israelis and stoking concerns about Palestinian militants exploiting instability in Egypt.

  • Disability system leaves troops in 'vast unknown'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lanier has entered what he calls the "vast unknown." A combat veteran and father to four daughters, he can't remain in the military because of a serious back injury earned in Iraq.

    But he can't yet accept a civilian job because he doesn't know when the military will discharge him. He has no clue how much the government will pay him in disability compensation related to his injury, so he can't make a future budget. He just waits.

  • Pope demands greater ethics in economic policy

    MADRID (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI denounced the profit-at-all-cost mentality that he says is behind Europe's current economic crisis as he arrived in hard-hit Spain on Thursday, and said morals and ethics must play a greater role in formulating economic policy in the future.

    Benedict made the comments as he traveled to Madrid for the Catholic Church's World Youth Day, a weeklong Catholic festival that is taking place against a backdrop of the European debt crisis and social unrest among the young that exploded recently in the riots in Britain.

  • Offers pour in for NM man who thwarted abduction

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — People across the country are offering to help the family of the New Mexico man who rescued a 6-year-old girl who was snatched off the street and thrown into a van.

    Police and reporters have received calls from people requesting an address to send gift cards, money and even donations for a college savings fund for the two children of Antonio Diaz Chacon, who jumped in his truck and chased the van Monday. He rescued the girl after the van crashed and her abductor ran away.

    Diaz Chacon, 24, had no idea his quick reaction would result in such an outpouring of appreciation and an online flood of high-fives for his heroic actions.

  • Open detonation

    LANL’s David Funk makes a presentation concerning the lab’s Permit Modification Request for Open Detonation Units during a public meeting Tuesday night in Fuller Lodge.

  • State Briefs 08-17-11

    New Mexico retains low Kids Count ranking

    ALBUQUERQUE — Only four states rank lower than New Mexico in this year’s Kids Count ranking of child well-being.
    For the second year in a row, New Mexico is No. 46 in the report released annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report ranks states based on ten indicators of child welfare, including child poverty rates, infant mortality and teen births.
    This year’s report also includes new data reflecting the effects of the recession on children.
    Since 2007, the report says, 17,000 New Mexico children have been affected by foreclosure, and the unemployment rate for parents has almost tripled. This effectively erases the economic gains made since the late 1990s.

  • Transit agency changes afternoon routes

    The Atomic City Transit Afternoon Express Routes that pick-up students at each of the Elementary Schools and the Middle School each weekday after school have been adjusted for the coming school year. Visit www.AtomicCityTransit.com to view an updated schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, call 661-RIDE (7433) or send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us.

  • Update 08-17-11

    FEED meeting

     Forum for Environmental Education and Dialogue (FEED) will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pojoaque Valley School Administration Building.

    DPU meeting

     The Board of Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the Department of Utilities conference room, 170 Central Park Square.

    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. Thursday, Aug. 25 at Ashley Pond.

    Pool maintenance