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  • Council OKs seasonal tiered water rates

    The Los Alamos County Council approved a new tiered water rate by a vote of 5-2 on Tuesday. The new rates go into effect immediately.
    The tiered rates now in effect are:
    • First Tier: $4.19 per 1000 gallons for the first 8,999 gallons consumed (same as current unit rate);
    • Second Tier: $4.45 per 1000 gallons for consumption between 9000 and 15,000 gallons; and
    • Third Tier: $5.32 per 1,000 gallons for all consumption above 15,000 gallons.
    The Department of Public Utilities had determined that a six-percent increase in revenue was necessary to address high capital and maintenance costs. DPU staff and the Board of Public Utilities spent months considering a change to a tiered water rate that more accurately allocates costs to high water users without unduly impacting users such as large families.
    Under the current flat rate, residents who used 4,000 to 4,500 gallons per month (the average use for all households during nonpeak months) pay the same rate for water as commercial users and residential customers using as much as 30,000 gallons a month.
    The new rates reflect the higher costs associated with high summer usage. DPU has found that 21 percent of the county’s households use nearly 56 percent of the water during peak months.

  • Diego Fire 100 percent contained

     

    DIEGO FIRE UPDATE

    Wednesday July 9, 2014

    Fire Information: (575) 638-0081

    After today, please contact the Coyote Ranger District at (575) 638-5526 for Fire Information

                                           

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  • Today In History, July 9
  • Flash Flood Warning in effect until 5 p.m.

     

    . A FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 500 PM MDT FOR EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL AND SOUTHERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTIES...

    AT 338 PM MDT... STREAM GAUGE LOCATED WITHIN FRIJOLES CANYON INDICATED A 4 TO 4.5 WATER DEPTH. THIS INITIAL HIGHER WATER FLOW SHOULD REACH THE BANDELIER VISITOR CENTER AREA BETWEEN 4 TO 420 PM. LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN WILL CONTINUE OVER THE FRIJOLES CANYON AREA.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    BOTH LOCALIZED AND DISTANT HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CREATE DANGEROUS FLOWS IN ARROYOS AND OVER LOW WATER CROSSINGS.

  • Obama seeks $615 million to fight wildfires

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $615 million to help fight wildfires as the summer season is already prompting blazes across western states.
    The White House said Obama will submit the request along with a bigger, $3.7 billion proposal to confront a wave of Central American children crossing the southern border illegally. The $615 million would go to the Department of Agriculture.  

  • News Briefs 07-08-14

    Planned power outage scheduled

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities has scheduled a power outage for apartments on Timber Ridge Road and the Trinity Village Apartments for Wednesday.
    Electricity will be shut off at 9 a.m. and will be restored at around noon.
    In support of DPU’s Electric Reliability Plan, DPU linemen are proactively replacing critical underground switchgear infrastructure identified as needing to be upgraded. This type of work requires a full power shutdown for three hours to allow linemen to complete this work safely.
    “We are sensitive to the inconvenience that scheduled power outages have on our customers,” stated DPU’s Deputy Utility Manager for Electric Distribution, Rafael de la Torre. “Many times we are able to upgrade equipment without shutting off electricity. On occasion, we have no other choice but to schedule a power outage to ensure the safety of our crews. ”

    Hearing assistance comes to Fuller Lodge

  • Independent challenges ballot access

    SANTA FE (AP) — A Public Education Commission member is asking a federal court to invalidate New Mexico’s requirements for independent candidates to secure a place on the ballot.
    Tyson Parker of Corrales brought a lawsuit in federal district court last week, contending state election laws discriminate against candidates unaffiliated with a political party by requiring them to submit an unfairly high number of voter signatures on nominating petitions.
    To get on the ballot, Parker needed nearly eight times more signatures than a Democratic candidate, almost five times more than a Republican and three times more than a minor party candidate.
    For independents running for the commission, petition signatures must be equal to at least 3 percent of the total number of votes cast for governor in the district in the last general election. Minor party candidates only need 1 percent of that vote. Democrats and Republicans need signatures equal to 3 percent of the votes in the district for their party’s primary election gubernatorial candidates. However, far fewer voters typically cast ballots in a primary election than a general election.
    Only Alabama and Montana impose similar or greater candidate petition requirements, according to the lawsuit.

  • Update 07-08-14

    Lecture

    Climate change discussion with Chick Keller. 7 p.m. Thursday at PEEC. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Concert

    Jazz Brasileiro and Friends. 7-8:30 p.m. today at Ashley Pond. An all ages show, free.

    Animal tales

    Summer Family Evenings: Tales about Tails. 6:30 p.m. today. Every animal has a tail and many have tales — myths and legends. Terry Foxx makes the raven, coyote, bear and other animals come alive through stories and activities. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Reception

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Come get this season’s tomatoes. First drawing for the contest 10 a.m. July 17.