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  • Council: Skate park appeal on agenda

    The appeal of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval of the site plan for the Skate Park to be placed in front of the Mesa Public Library has been scheduled.

    It will be held during Tuesday’s county council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers (Community Building, 475 20th St.)

    The meeting will be televised live on PAC 8, as well as Internet streaming at www.losalamos.com/pac8. The council’s agenda will be posted on the county’s website, hard copies are available at the public libraries and Customer Care Center.

  • Picric acid spill contained

    Some 90 millimeters of picric acid diluted in a small container of 80 ounces of water spilled at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 59 Thursday afternoon. “

    The folks followed exact procedures,” LANL spokesman Kevin Roark said this morning. “The amounts were so small that it really didn’t have to be reported.”

    In sufficient quantities, the acid is quite toxic and can be dangerous if not handled properly, he said, but it’s a ubiquitous chemical.

  • Public Utilities: Lots going on this summer

    The Department of Public Utilities doesn’t know the meaning of “summer vacation.”

    Crews are out there nearly every day in the hot July sun, finishing up several infrastructure improvement projects currently underway in the county.

  • Gov. vouches for state banks

    Bill Enloe, chairman and CEO of Los Alamos National Bank, said this morning that he thought honesty was the best policy when talking about the banking situation in New Mexico these days.

    He was responding to a question about Gov. Bill Richardson’s press conference Thursday, and called to reassure New Mexicans that the state banking system is sound.

    “We’re all different,” Enloe said, “although we’re probably all seeing higher past dues, more non-accrual and more charge-offs.”

  • Ice bombers arrested on Hill

    A metal mailbox exploded on Tunyo Street after vandals placed a dry ice bomb inside of it Wednesday night. The teens drove up from the Española Valley in a brown jeep, mixed dry ice and water inside plastic Gatorade bottles and went on a destructive spree exploding the devices throughout the area, according to police reports.

    Residents alerted police who quickly spotted the Jeep at about 10 p.m. and pulled it over. Ofc. Kevin Perno approached the vehicle and found it loaded with five teenagers, empty and full plastic water bottles and a black bucket of dry ice.

  • Molly Marie Rodgers

    RODGERS – Molly Marie Rodgers passed away July 22, 2008, at the age of 54. She was a resident of Albuquerque since 2003. Molly was born in Camp Polk, Louisiana, and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where she attended and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1971. Molly moved to Kamloops B.C., Canada in 1974. While living in Kamloops, Molly met her husband Gino DeMarni, and they had their son Rino DeMarni (March 20, 1985). She returned to Albuquerque N.M. in 2003.

  • Joe Dick 'Richard' Reeves

    REEVES – Joe Dick “Richard” Reeves began life at Miller Hospital in Portales, N.M., the day after Christmas 1951. He passed away unexpectedly March 23, 2008, in Lafayette, La., from complications from a routine sinus/sleep apnea surgery. He attended Lindsey Elementary where he found his love for reading and graduated from Portales High School in 1969. Dick’s undergraduate studies earned him a degree in broadcasting. He earned his Federal Communication License in 1979, which he proudly displayed in his home office.

  • History project points to fuller investigation

    POJOAQUE – The history of toxic releases at Los Alamos has not come out whole. Rather, it has been excavated piecemeal, room-by-room, box-by-box, paper-by-paper and clue-by-clue.

    Over the last 10 years that the Los Alamos Historic Document and Retrieval Assessment (LAHDRA) project has been pulling pieces of facts from oblivion, the project team has slowly illuminated one of the dark corners of recent times.

  • Motorized use of SF Forest unveiled

    Santa Fe National Forest  (SFNF) released a proposal designating a system of roads, trails and areas for motorized use of the forest. This marks the beginning of the National Environmental Policy Act process for the project.

    District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker explained to County Council members during a work session Tuesday in White Rock that SFNF has begun a review of its travel management of the entire forest. He detailed the forest’s travel management proposal and said it is undergoing a 45-day comment period.

  • Theives cost library thousands

    About a thousand items disappear from the Los Alamos County libraries each year. That equates to some $20,000 and 175 hours of staff time spent searching for items listed in the catalog but missing from the shelf, said Library Manager Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan during her presentation to County Council at White Rock Town Hall Tuesday.

    Councilors were clearly stunned. Councilor Jim  West shook his head saying, “I find that incredible in this community.”