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  • California condor is spotted in county

    A Los Alamos man who is also an avid birder says he spotted a California condor that was last seen in Colorado.
    Joe Fitzgibbon told the Santa Fe New Mexican that he was "flabbergasted" to see the bird in his backyard on Friday.
    Fitzgibbon says saw a large radio transmitter "N8" tag on its wing.
    Fitzgibbon contacted the nonprofit The Peregrine Fund, which is monitoring 70 condors in Arizona and southern Utah.
    The group says N8 is a 2-year-old male released in the Grand Canyon. The bird was listed as "missing and feared dead" in February until a ranger saw it near Cortez, Colorado.
    Bob Parmenter, a scientist at the Valles Caldera National Preserve, says it is likely the first condor sighting in New Mexico since before recorded history.

  • State lobbies to be site of high-level waste facility

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico is touting a rural area in the southeastern part of the state as an interim storage site for the country’s high-level nuclear waste, according to a letter issued by Gov. Susana Martinez earlier this month.
    The governor reached out to the Obama administration in a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. In the April 10 letter, which was obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican, Martinez urged officials to consider a 1,000-acre parcel as a place for storing spent radioactive fuel rods from power plants. Martinez also praised southeastern New Mexico residents for being able to “carve out a niche in the nuclear industry.”
    “Time and time again, the citizens of southeastern New Mexico have impressed me with their hard work ethic and willingness to tackle national problems that many others consider to be unsolvable,” Martinez wrote.
    Officials in Lea and Eddy counties are involved in the proposal. The site is about a mile north of US 62/180, halfway between Carlsbad and Hobbs. The Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance, a consortium of city and county governments, said the potential disposal ground could bring jobs and economic growth.

  • Opening Day

    Members of the Yankees Little League team run onto Lou Caveglia Field during the Opening Day Ceremonies Saturday morning.

  • Fire, police and other budgets get an initial approval

    Los Alamos County budget hearings continued on Monday with long discussions on various items. Council tentatively approved several changes to the proposed budget, which must be confirmed when the entire budget comes to a vote.
    The final budget hearing is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. today in council chambers.
    The Community Services Department was the first item on Monday’s agenda, carried over from last week.
    Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan and her staff returned with answers to councilors’ questions.
    Staff had proposed closing the library an hour earlier Monday through Thursday and on the four holidays it currently remains open: Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Veterans’ Day and the day after Thanksgiving.
    The closures would have saved $20,800 for the evening hours and $3,600 for the holidays, a total of $24,400.
    Reduced hours were proposed in lieu of further cuts to collections, which would place Los Alamos below the standard set by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, which is 11-12 percent of budget.
    Collections funding has been cut by $30,725 over the last three years.

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  • Outpouring of help follows quake

    LONDON (AP) — World leaders and global charities offered condolences and emergency aid to Nepal following the earthquake Saturday while grappling to understand the scope of a disaster that left more than 1,100 dead.
    With Internet and cell phone communications spotty, and many roads closed due to damage, the outside world did not yet have a clear picture of what is most needed following the devastating quake.
    But it was clear that help was needed — and fast.
    “We know the damage is extensive and that access into rural areas will be very, very difficult for everybody,” said Ben Pickering, Save the Children’s humanitarian adviser in Britain.
    “Children will be affected in many ways. Physical injuries. Separated from families,” he said. “The priority now is understanding the scale, what the emergency needs are right now and in the coming weeks.”
    Charities assembled disaster teams based on the assumption that sanitation, shelter and medical help are urgently required but the most convenient pathway into Nepal — one of the world’s poorest countries — was not available because the international airport in Kathmandu was shut down.

  • Recognition

    Los Alamos County’s Environmental Services was recently nominated for the prestigious 2015 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award.
    County Councilor Rick Reiss, Public Works Director Philo Shelton and Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule attended the Awards and Recognition Luncheon hosted by the New Mexico Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on Thursday at the National Guard Readiness Center.
    Los Alamos County did not win the award, but officials said count employee Joseph Baca was also deserving of recognition for nominating Environmental Services for this prestigious award.