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  • State stocks native fish in Rio Grande

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — There are thousands of native Rio Grande cutthroat trout now swimming in the upper reaches of the river in northern New Mexico.
    A crew of volunteers and staffers with the New Mexico Game and Fish Department on Monday made the arduous trek into the Rio Grande Gorge north of Taos with backpacks and containers filled with water and trout fingerlings.
    They stocked almost 10,000 young trout into the river as part of a long-range plan to spur interest in the state fish and restore it in other streams and creeks. Like other native fish, the Rio Grande cutthroat has disappeared from much of its historic range in New Mexico and Colorado.
    The department began restocking the fish in the Rio Grande in 2008. Today, people can fish for cutthroat that have grown to adulthood in the gorge and are now as large as 12 inches.
    Jason Blakney, coldwater fisheries biologist for the department, said anglers are the ones who make the conservation program possible through volunteering and by funding it through license fees and excise taxes on fishing equipment, rods and boat fuel.
    “Sportsmen have invested in this program and make it possible to have a wild population of Rio Grande cutthroat trout in a large river system,” Blakney said.

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    Brown Bag

    Brown Bag Lecture. “More than Muscle: What Can We Build Out of Protein?” with Eva Rose Balog. Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    GOP dinner

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will have a fundraising dinner 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Research Center, 4200 W. Jemez Road. Secretary of State Dianna Duran will be the keynote speaker. Price is $50 per person. Checks should be made payable to Republican Party of Los Alamos and mailed to P.O. Box 832, Los Alamos. For more information, contact Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    Council meeting

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

    Book fair

    The Family YMCA is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair until 10 p.m. Wednesday. The public is welcome to shop at the Y daily during normal business hours which are from 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. A free bracelet will be given for each child that a book is purchased for.


  • County engineer to retire next month

    Legislative changes to New Mexico’s public employees retirement accounts have prompted the retirement of another key county employee.
    Engineering and Surveying Division Manager/County Engineer/Traffic Engineer Kyle Zimmerman steps down in April, after 24 years with Los Alamos County. His memories span significant changes within the county as well as two major fires.
    Zimmerman was hired as an assistant engineer in July 1990. His first project was overseeing construction of San Ildefonso Road between Diamond Drive and North Mesa Park.
    In 1991, Zimmerman was promoted to deputy director of public works/county engineer. The department had two deputy directors at that time. Zimmerman oversaw the engineering and surveying crews.
    One of Zimmerman’s most memorable projects, both good and bad, was serving as project manager for the construction of Mesa Public Library.
    American Institute of Architects Gold Medal Award-winning architect Antoine Predock designed the library, utilizing computer-aided drafting for the first time.

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  • Schmidt reportedly a finalist for Taos superintendent position

      Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt is apparently on a short list of  candidates for a superintendent of schools position with the Taos Municipal Schools.

    Taos School Board member James Sanborn said their interview committee, which is made up of teachers, school administrators, the Taos parent-teacher organization and the Taos Pueblo has recently honed that list down from 18 candidates to six plus two alternates.

    Sanborn declined to give specifics on why the eight candidates were chosen, saying it was a committee from the New Mexico School Board Association that started the process.

    “They organized a small committee of people to come up with questions and issues that get used in the initial screening,” he said.

    He did say though the board is formulating questions to ask them at a later date, possibly April 5.

    “Tonight, the school board and the committee are having a meeting tonight to put together a list of questions to ask the candidates,” he said. Sanborn added they hope to have a new superintendent in by July 1, the start of the district¹s fiscal year.

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