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  • Caldera asks for extension

    The board of trustees for the Valles Caldera National Preserve voted on Wednesday to ask Congress to extend the current trust model for another five years.
    Under the 2000 Valles Caldera Preservation Act, the enabling legislation that created the preserve, the trust dissolves if it fails to achieve financial self-sufficiency by 2015 and management of the 89,000-acres preserve transfers to the U.S. Forest Service.
    The legislation allows for an extension of the current model to 2020 provided sufficient progress has been made toward self-sufficiency. The board is officially requesting that extension.
    “There are a lot of concrete accomplishments that we can look too, and when we actually look at what we’ve done over the last 12 years of the trust in existence, we’ve made great headway, and there’s a lot of opportunity for the next five years to continue this experiment,” said VCNP Executive Director Jorge Silva-Bañuelos.
    “But while we’ve made significant strides in financial sustainability —we’re on track to get to full cost recovery for our public programming —but there are some inherent government projects and programs that we’ll never be able to get to financial self-sustainability.”

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  • Lt. Gov Sanchez comes to town

    Lt. Gov. John Sanchez was the special guest at a fundraiser for Geoff Rodgers, current chair of the Los Alamos County council and Republican candidate for the office of representative for District 43 (Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba). The fundraiser was hosted by Jim and Janet Hall, Lawry and Alice Mann, JoAnn Johnson and Steve Girrens.

    Sanchez presented Rodgers with a $1,000 check from his own reelection campaign fund to support Rodgers’ run for office.

  • State Briefs 09-24-14

    Jogger: Motorist almost
    hit indicted sheriff

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A witness says a fleeing motorist appeared to almost hit with his car a northern New Mexico sheriff later indicted for roughing up the driver.
    Mark Thompson told jurors Tuesday that he thought 26-year-old Michael Tafoya nearly struck Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella in a dead end of a county road after Tafoya’s vehicle got caught up on a pole.
    Rodella is standing trial for federal charges of deprivation of rights and brandishing a firearm. He has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say Rodella injured Tafoya following an alleged road rage chase in March.
    Thompson, who was jogging near the encounter, said he didn’t see everything when the sheriff and his son wrestled with Tafoya.
    Rio Arriba County sheriff’s deputies also testified it was unusual for a law enforcement officer, in his private vehicle, to pursue another car.

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  • Update 09-24-14

    Health Fair

    Los Alamos Health Fair. Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos High School Gym. Check out the special section in today’s “Los Alamos Monitor.”

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Additional parking available at the Justice Center.

    Golf tourney

    Tee it Up For the Future! 1 p.m. shotgun start Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course. Funds raised will go to a scholarship fund that will be distributed among local students. Organized by the Knights of Columbus. Registration information at Los Alamos Golf Course or go to kofc.ihmcc.org/2014_KofC_Golf_Registration.pdf.

    Viewing party

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

    Pet adoption

    From 6-8 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge, the Los Alamos Study Group will host a public discussion about the future of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s three big labs: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia. 

  • Opera on the Rocks

    Park superintendent Jason Lott welcomes a crowd Saturday night to the annual Opera on the Rocks performance at Bandelier National Monument. The opera “Don Giovanni” was performed at the Juniper Campground. Hosts of the event were the Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Opera Alta, Bandelier National Monument, and the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation.

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