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  • Drug suspect back in custody

     Steven Porter, a 46-year-old White Rock man who is facing 20 charges involving controlled substances — 13 felonies and seven misdemeanors — is back in jail after violating terms of his release, according to LAPD commander Jason Wardlow-Herrera Tuesday.

    Wardlow-Herrera said Porter tampered with his electronic monitoring device. Porter made his first court appearance before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Tuesday and was given a strict set or orders for his release.

    Bond was posted last Tuesday and Porter was released last Wednesday. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 2.

  • Forest health info now available

     

    The public, forest managers, and scientists now have the most comprehensive inventory of forest health trends in New Mexico’s history. Through a successful partnership between the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and the New Mexico State Forestry Division the results of a multi-year forest study are now available.

    Given that 44 percent of New Mexico’s forests are tied to private and tribal lands, it was critical for the U.S. Forest Service and the State to work together on the inventory.

  • Antibacterial approach could resolve skin infections

     Like a protective tent over a colony of harmful bacteria, biofilms make the treatment of skin infections especially difficult. Microorganisms protected in a biofilm pose a significant health risk due to their antibiotic resistance and recalcitrance to treatment, and biofilm-protected bacteria account for some 80 percent of total bacterial infections in humans and are 50 to 1,000 times more resistant to antibiotics than simpler bacterial infections.

    “In essence, we may have stumbled onto a magic bullet,” said David Fox, a Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher on the project. “Through a robust screening strategy, our research team has identified a unique class of materials, known as ionic liquids, which both neutralize biofilm-forming pathogens and deliver drugs through the skin,” he said.

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  • Car plunges into canyon; Two seriously injured — updated and more photos

     

    Witnesses immediately took to 911 Monday afternoon to report what no one ever wants to see on N.M. 502, a car plummeting over the edge of the road into Pueblo Canyon.

     Within minutes, police, fire and county officials were on the scene of the accident, about a half a mile west of Anderson Overlook. A few minutes after that, both ends of NM 502 were blocked off, starting at the “Y” intersection at the bottom. 

    The road was closed at the top just before the Los Alamos animal shelter in an effort to create a makeshift landing pad for the CareFlight helicopters that were already on their way.

    Traffic heading down the hill was diverted without incident, but some people had to pull over for alternative directions out of town from either the police manning the scene or employees from the cluster of businesses located near the animal shelter. That put pressure on the Truck Route.

  • Pajarito Mountain takes stage at LTAB

    Pajarito Mountain took center stage at Tuesday’s Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board meeting.
    Stacy Glaser, marketing director for Sipapu Ski Resort/ Pajarito Recreation LP, provided an update on efforts to finalize the partnership with Los Alamos County and open for skiing and snowboarding this winter.
    Contract negotiations are ongoing, but Glaser reported that all parties are committed to the effort.
    “We fully anticipate that by ski season the contract will be in effect,” Glaser said.
    Besides negotiations, Pajarito’s primary effort has been obtaining water for snowmaking.
    The U.S. Forest Service is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Trinity on the Hill concerning Pajarito Recreation’s application for a temporary pipeline to run water from the Los Alamos Reservoir to the ski area.
    “This is a temporary solution. This is something that we could do for 12 months,” Glaser said.
    “This would essentially buy us some time to investigate more permanent solutions.”
    The county has offered Pajarito 5 million gallons of free water, which must be siphoned off the reservoir in order to dredge it.

  • Update 08-24-14

    Lecture

    Authors Speak Series: T. Jackson King. 7 p.m. Thursday at the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library. King will talk about his books, which include a wide range of genres in the realm of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

    Concert

    Pianist Nathan Salazar and Santa Fe Opera apprentice artist Benjamin Sieverding in recital. 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Crossroads Bible Church. Tickets $10 adults and $5 children available at the door.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the Muncipal Building.

    Rotary Club

    Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Paulette Frankl, author of “Marcel and Me.”

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 7-9:30 p.m. today at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.  

  • Grazing options examined

    Representatives from Santa Fe National Forest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Range Improvement Task Force, and the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association met with dozens of local ranchers earlier this week discuss ways to sustain trans-generational grazing operations in the Jemez Mountains while protecting habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.
    This meeting was the continuation of a conversation initiated by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan last week to discuss collaborative solutions.
    “I was pleased by the discussion and the willingness of the ranching community to attend and improve our understanding of their concerns. I heard many good ideas that we intend to investigate more in an attempt to find a practical solution that can meet the needs of the ranching community and provide for protection of the mouse,” said Maria T. Garcia, Forest Supervisor.
    The Forest Service is mandated by law to protect the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse and its occupied habitat. The mouse was listed as an endangered species in June.
    The mouse lives in lush riparian areas, and is only active for four months each year where tall grasses provide both food and shelter.  

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