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  • Survey: State's piñon juniper trees are growing 


    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Good news for pine nut lovers. Not so good for allergy sufferers.
    A five-year inventory of New Mexico’s forested lands shows positive growth rates among the state’s most important piñon and juniper species. However, other trees in the drought-stricken state have struggled more in recent years.
    Researchers with the State Forestry Division and the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station studied more than 3,000 areas across New Mexico between 2008 and 2012 to get a better idea of what was happening within the state’s forests. Officials say the resulting inventory is the most comprehensive collection of forest health trends in the state’s history.
    Sara Goeking, a scientist at the federal research station and the report’s lead author, said a significant trend identified by the inventory was an overall increase in tree mortality and a decline in tree growth.
    “Major factors affecting forest health include insects, wildfires and disease, all of which are related to multiyear weather patterns such as drought,” Goeking said.

  • Update 08-28-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Downtown Dogs

    A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.

    GOP headquarters

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of their 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m. Monday. The location is 1362D-1 Trinity. The phone number is 695-8080. There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. The headquarters will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday -Friday. All are welcome anytime. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    Concert

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. South By Southwest featuring Mike Hearne, Jimmy Stadler and Zeke Severson. 7-10 p.m. Friday at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.
     

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  • Feds want to drop charges against Rodella's son

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Federal prosecutors want to dismiss charges against the son of an indicted northern New Mexico sheriff who was accused along with his father of roughing up a driver during an off-duty traffic stop.
    U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez said Wednesday that prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss charges against Thomas Rodella, Jr.
    Rodella and his father, Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella, were indicted this month for conspiracy to violate a motorist’s civil rights during the March encounter.
    Court papers say the sheriff wasn’t in uniform when he chased down the motorist, jumped out of his personal SUV with a gun and shoved his badge in the motorist’s face.
    Prosecutors say the younger Rodella may lack the cognitive ability necessary to prove the charges against him.
    Federal agents were looking for a New Mexico sheriff’s badge during a May raid to test it for DNA in connection with an encounter with a motorist, newly released court documents said.
    According to unsealed court documents, FBI agents wanted Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella’s badge and silver handgun when they searched his house and car, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
    The indictment says Rodella shoved his badge in the motorist’s face.

  • County Briefs 08-27-14

    GOP to open headquarters Monday

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of their 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m. Monday. The location is 1362D-1Trinity, between Viola’s and the new Subway. The phone number is 695-8080.
    There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. The headquarters will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday -Friday. Information on the election, candidates and registering to vote will be available. All are welcome anytime. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    LAFD admin offices closed

    The Los Alamos Fire Department Administrative offices located at 999 Central Avenue, Suite 200 will be closed today through Friday. All administrative staff will be participating in a process of Internal Stakeholders meetings, during this time as the department is currently working on a process of improving daily quality of services by establishing a new Community Driven Strategic Plan.
    Telephones will be routed to 311 Customer Care during working hours. Messages will be checked regularly and returned promptly.

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  • Relay for Life

    This year’s Relay for Life Team to raise money for the American Cancer Society featured “Team SGR,” Eric Vasquez, Elia Vasquez, Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, Tarin Nix, and Karyl Ann Armbruster. The team, LA DEMS, raised more than $2,000 for cancer research.

  • Update 08-27-14

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Concert

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. South By Southwest featuring Mike Hearne, Jimmy Stadler and Zeke Severson. 7-10 p.m. Friday at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

    Downtown dogs

    A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.

    GOP headquarters opening

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of their 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m. Monday. The location is 1362D-1 Trinity. The phone number is 695-8080. There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. The headquarters will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday -Friday. All are welcome anytime. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.  

  • Pajarito Pipeline work may start in September

    Even though it’s August already, representatives of a ski resort that recently took over the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area from the Pajarito Ski Club are insisting they will be ready for skiers by late November.
    At a recent meeting at the Trinity On the Hill Episcopal Church, representatives of Sipapu, Los Alamos County and the U.S. Forest Service revealed the key to their confidence to the members of the Pajarito Ski Club.
    Their solution is a temporary, but fast, solution to get water from the county reservoir to Pajarito Ski Area for the purpose of making artificial snow.
    “We have neighbors in Los Alamos that have water and we have neighbors at the ski area that need the water, the National Forest is in between, so we’re working with them to help get the water from over here to over there for them to use,” said Sandy Erlocher, to the audience at the meeting. Erlocher is a U.S. Forest ranger that manages the Española National Forest District.
    The plan is to connect a temporary, above-ground, four inches in diameter pipeline between the reservoir and the ski area and equip it with temporary pumping stations. Power will come from electrical cables already in the area. The project is expected to be completed by mid-October.