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  • Briefs 11-16-14

    Arts board to meet Monday

    Presentations from artists to be heard for Art in Public Places
    The Art in Public Places Board will be conducting a special meeting at 6
    p.m. Monday in room 110 of the Municipal Building.
    The board will hear presentations from the five artists recently identified
    as semifinalists based on their proposals of sculptures for the red concrete
    west plaza of the Municipal Building.
    Each artist will be given 10 minutes for a presentation and then will have
    15 minutes for questions from the board. The public is invited to attend.
    The following are the semifinalist artists and the titles of their
    € Doug Czor and David Wagner ‹ ³High Desert Calyx²
    € Troy Williams ‹ ³Shaping a New World²
    € Evelyn Rosenberg and Steve Borbas ‹ ³Confluence²
    € Eric Thelander ‹ ³Solar Tree²
    € Peter Swedenborg ‹ ³Secret Life of a Cube²

    Paint striping on Diamond to begin Monday

    Beginning Monday, the county¹s contractor, Accu-Stripe, will be painting
    the turn lane and bike lane symbols on the fog sealed portion of Diamond
    Drive (North Road/Ridgeway to the roundabout).
    Expect short-term closures of the left turn lanes between the Pueblo
    Complex and the roundabout. There will also be short term painting
    operations in the bike lanes while crews paint the symbols. Work is expected

  • Crash kills one; SF County Sheriff Dept. makes DWI arrest

    Traffic was snarled for most of the day on US 84/285 near Buffalo Thunder
    Resort after a fatal motor vehicle accident. Santa Fe County Dispatch
    originally received a call of a reckless driver that had almost struck
    several cars while driving northbound at mile marker 170.5. Shortly, after
    the initial call, at 10:37 a.m., dispatch received another call of a motor
    vehicle accident at mile marker 77, which resulted in a fatality. According
    to a press release from Santa Fe County, a black Chevy Impala driving
    northbound appeared to have veered onto the shoulder of the highway. The
    driver then overcorrected causing the vehicle to cross the center median and
    veer into the southbound lane. The Impala then struck a southbound vehicle
    and went head on into the Jersey barrier. The driver of the Impala, Celeste
    Maestas, age 40, was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the southbound
    vehicle was not injured in the accident. Witnesses stated that a white Ford
    Explorer, possibly involved in the accident, had pulled off onto exit 177.
    The driver left the vehicle on foot and walked toward the Buffalo Thunder
    Casino. The driver of the white Ford Explorer was later located outside the
    Casino. The driver was identified as Jimmy Griego, 59, of Santa Fe. who was
    arrested for Felony DWI and driving on a revoked driver¹s license. The

  • Today in history Nov. 16
  • Winter weather advisory until noon Sunday


  • Today in history Nov. 15
  • 84-285 closed in both directions

     NM 84 -285 remains closed in both directions. Commuters from Los Alamos to Santa Fe can expect significant delays. Road was closed because of a fatal car accident earlier in the day near the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino.  

    The Santa Fe County Sheriff'd Department released the following about the accident:

  • Local briefs 11-14-14


    N.M. students needed 

    for app challenge


    New Mexico middle school students are invited to gather their teams, dream up ideas and create concepts for mobile apps that could solve problems in their schools and communities for the third annual Verizon Innovative App Challenge. 

    Verizon Innovative App Challenge encourages students to develop an interest in STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math. 

  • WRMPIC tours White Rock library site


    The new White Rock Library is nothing more than an under slab at this point, but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee as they toured it on Thursday. 

    Crews have spent the last several months moving utility lines, preparing the ground and laying the under slab for the building. 

     “This is the part of the project where everything’s horizontal, and it’s frustrating to everybody, including me. I always come up here and wish I would see something vertical,” said Jori Smith, project manager for contractor Bradbury Stamm.

  • Public meetings scheduled in super search

     If you’re at all interested in the future of the Los Alamos school system, you might want to clear your calendar for next week. 

    The Los Alamos School Board recently arranged for several meetings next week at various locations where the public can offer its input into the board’s search for a new superintendent. 

    The meetings will be in a “town hall” format, where residents will be able to ask questions of the board as well as the consultancy firm it hired to help find a new superintendent for the district. 

    The meeting times and locations will be: 

  • Herrera wins NMCF Luminaria award


    Susan Herrera, the outgoing director of the LANL Foundation, received one of the Luminaria Awards, given out  by the New Mexico Community Foundation Nov. 1 in Santa Fe. 

    A press release said the awards are a “proud NMCF tradition which pays tribute to outstanding individuals from throughout the state who make a profound difference in their communities.”

    The press release said, “Luminarias are selected because they motivate, inspire and support the dreams of others, promote diversity and equity, and build community strength through their leadership and vision while embodying the values of NMCF.”

    Besides Herrera, this year’s Luminarias were Charmay Allred of Santa Fe, Trisha Moquino of Cochiti Pueblo, Dutch Salmon of Silver City, Pam Roy of Santa Fe, Richard Moore of Albuquerque and Carmella Padilla of Santa Fe.