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  • County worker injured from 13,000-volt line

    A county lineman suffered a 13,000 volt shock Tuesday morning while working on a transformer on Quartz Street.
    The worker, whose name was not released, left the Los Alamos Medical Center Wednesday after being treated for minor burns.

    “They kept him overnight for observation, let him go (Wednesday) morning, then he returned to work actually,” said County Utilities Manager Tim Glasco. “But then they recommended he take some days to take it easy at home just in case something happens we don’t know about.”

    The lineman was helping to restore power on Quartz Avenue Tuesday morning when the lineman came in contact with the wire, either through a tool he was holding or his actual hand. The current traveled through the left side of his body and departed through his left knee.

    According to Glasco, the worker had taken voltage readings on the wire just before the accident, and the reading showed that the wire contained no electricity.

    Glasco said the lineman survived because of his clothing and the working conditions.

  • White to run for LA County Sheriff

    Los Alamos resident Greg White announced he was running for Los Alamos County Sheriff during a joint public session between the Board of Public Utilities and the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday.

    White, and any other candidate thinking of running for the office, will make it official when they file with the County Clerk’s Office March 13.

    White said he decided to run because he was inspired by Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero and his struggles with town government to have a functioning sheriff’s office. Lucero has been sheriff of Los Alamos County since 2010.

    In November 2016, the Los Alamos County Council voted to give most of the sheriff’s duties, and the office’s budget, to the Los Alamos Police Department effectively shutting down the office. Though the public voted in January to restore the office, council has yet to do so.

    White didn’t name names, but said he feels County Council has become too powerful, and needs a law enforcement official who is elected by the people to counterbalance that power.

  • LAFD starts study of Wildfire Mitigation, Education project

    About 114 acres of forested “benches” and shrubby swaths within Los Alamos County are the target of a new wildfire mitigation project in the early stages of discussion.

    About 10 members of the public attended the preliminary discussion on Wednesday with Los Alamos Fire Department officials, including newly appointed Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna, and a representative of SWCA, an environmental consultants firm based in Durango, Colorado.

    Seven areas within Los Alamos proper have been identified as prime spots to clear brush and dead trees, along with some still-living trees, to prevent or slow down the next big wildfire that may head toward Los Alamos.

    “If you think about it, there was the Cerro Grande in 2001, the Las Conchas in 2011. So, you wonder, what’s going to happen in 2021?” Sterna told the group.

    Sterna and retiring Wildland Division Chief Ramon Garcia both said mitigation in wind-driven “chimneys” within the wooded urban areas of the county plays a large role in preventing another conflagration.

  • Proposed changes to science ed raises concerns in Los Alamos

    Proposed changes to a rule guiding science education standards in New Mexico’s public schools are gathering attention in Los Alamos, home to many of the state’s scientists.

    A draft of a proposal released earlier this month by the state’s Public Education Department has seen some strong reaction, and push back to the criticism, plus a snarky headline in Mother Jones magazine: “New Mexico Doesn’t Want Your Kids to Know How Old the Earth Is…And Why It’s Getting Warmer.”

    The proposed rule changes, called New Mexico STEM-Ready for Science Standards, replace rules for science standards that are several years old. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    State lawmakers earlier this year had passed a bill supporting changes that mirror the Next Generation Science Standards. Called Next Gen for short, a national advisory council had developed the new standards over the past several years. Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed the bill.

  • Hotline service aims to help abused Native American women

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A new hotline has launched in New Mexico meant to provide assistance to female Native American tribe members who have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse.
    KRQE-TV reports 56 percent of Native American women are physically abused by an intimate partner.
    Native Americans make up 10 percent of New Mexico’s population.
    Deleana Otherbull, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native American Women, says advocates from the new StrongHeart Native Helpline are familiar with native culture and tribal sovereignty.
    The advocates will guide women through steps to get away safely from their situation.
    The StrongHearts hotline’s phone number is 1-844-762-8483. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. People who call after hours will be transferred to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

  • Play reading at LALT set for Sept. 26

    The public is invited to the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 26, for an open play reading of “Neverwhere,” a rousing, eye-popping, modern urban fairy tale.
    Richard Mayhew leads a boring, rat-race of a life until the night he rescues the wounded Lady Door on the streets of London. Richard’s selfless act turns his life inside-out and leads him into the strange, shadowy world of London Below, a kingdom of sewer tunnels and abandoned
    Underground stations, home to the forgotten and discarded people of London Above. Richard desperately wants his old life back, but first he needs to help Door find out who wants her dead, and why. Along the way, he’ll meet earls and marquises, hunters and blackfriars, and noble rats. He’ll face the Great Beast of London and an angel named Islington. And in the end, he may become the hero Below he could never be Above.
    An adaptation by Robert Kauzlaric, based on Neil Gaiman’s modern classic, “Neverwhere” is being proposed for performance at Los Alamos Little Theatre in September 2018.
    The Performing Arts Center is located at 1670 Nectar St., Los Alamos.

  • L.A. Health Fair set for this weekend

    This weekend is a good time to stay in town for special events and ideas about how to stay healthy.
    The 32nd Los Alamos Health Fair will be from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Los Alamos Heart Council and the Los Alamos Medical Center partner to bring one of the county’s largest informative and entertaining events. There are free flu shots, low cost blood tests, the NM Bank & Trust Kids’ Free Bike Helmet Giveaway, many giveaways and plenty of information for kids and adults alike.
    Everyone in town is invited to start their day at this year’s health fair.
    But this year there is so much more going on in town, so after starting at the health fair, the Heart Council suggests everyone should stay in town and enjoy all the other great events this weekend.
    For the kids, the Lucky Ducky Day Carnival is from 10 a.m.-to 2 p.m. at Family Strengths Network at 3540 Orange St., right below the Los Alamos High School. The event will feature little rubber ducky races all day for kids, with raffles, face painting, bake sale, balloon animals and more. For complete details see the Family Strength Network’s website at lafsn.org.
    Los Alamos’ retail institution, Metzger’s Hardware, is celebrating the 70th anniversary of opening in Los Alamos.

  • Don’t let Gov. Martinez politicize science education

    BY REP. G. ANDRES ROMERO AND BILL MCCAMLEY
    NM House of Representatives

  • ABQ TV reporter killed in crash

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A longtime reporter-videographer at an Albuquerque TV station has died after the news helicopter he was piloting crashed and burned in a field near a New Mexico ghost town, authorities said Sunday.

    Bob Martin, 64, was pronounced dead at the crash scene Saturday night, according to New Mexico State Police. The Bell B206 helicopter was destroyed, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Lynn Lunsford.

    KRQE-TV said Martin worked for the station for more than 20 years, frequently shooting, writing and editing stories. It was not clear whether Martin was assigned to cover a story when the crash happened.

    “He was behind, or above, some of the biggest news stories on KRQE for the last three decades,” station manager Bill Anderson said in a statement. “Yet he was rarely around for the high fives because he was already on to the next news story.”

    KRQE said the helicopter crashed about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Lunsford said the crash site was near the central New Mexico ghost town of Ancho, a former railroad and ranching community.

    State Police said officials were notified of a downed aircraft shortly after 5 p.m. and found the remnants of the helicopter and its sole occupant.

  • Moms Demand Action to speak about gun control in LA Monday

    Voices for Los Alamos has invited members of gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to give a presentation Monday on the status of a gun bill sponsored by State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-NM). 

    The bill died in the state Legislature last year. Moms Demand Action is a group associated with Everytown For Gun Safety, a national group that grew out of former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns. 

    Moms Demand Action member Stephanie Hainsfurther said they will also speak about the National Rifle Association’s alleged upcoming push for open carry on college campuses in New Mexico.

    “Before they start that push in New Mexico, which we know is coming, we want some chapters on college campuses,” Hainsfurther said. 

    The group already has talked to students, faculty and others at the University of New Mexico’s main campus in Albuquerque and has signed people up.