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  • Today In History Aug. 26
  • Car plunges into canyon; Two seriously injured — updated and more photos

     

    Witnesses immediately took to 911 Monday afternoon to report what no one ever wants to see on N.M. 502, a car plummeting over the edge of the road into Pueblo Canyon.

     Within minutes, police, fire and county officials were on the scene of the accident, about a half a mile west of Anderson Overlook. A few minutes after that, both ends of NM 502 were blocked off, starting at the “Y” intersection at the bottom. 

    The road was closed at the top just before the Los Alamos animal shelter in an effort to create a makeshift landing pad for the CareFlight helicopters that were already on their way.

    Traffic heading down the hill was diverted without incident, but some people had to pull over for alternative directions out of town from either the police manning the scene or employees from the cluster of businesses located near the animal shelter. That put pressure on the Truck Route.

  • Pajarito Mountain takes stage at LTAB

    Pajarito Mountain took center stage at Tuesday’s Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board meeting.
    Stacy Glaser, marketing director for Sipapu Ski Resort/ Pajarito Recreation LP, provided an update on efforts to finalize the partnership with Los Alamos County and open for skiing and snowboarding this winter.
    Contract negotiations are ongoing, but Glaser reported that all parties are committed to the effort.
    “We fully anticipate that by ski season the contract will be in effect,” Glaser said.
    Besides negotiations, Pajarito’s primary effort has been obtaining water for snowmaking.
    The U.S. Forest Service is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Trinity on the Hill concerning Pajarito Recreation’s application for a temporary pipeline to run water from the Los Alamos Reservoir to the ski area.
    “This is a temporary solution. This is something that we could do for 12 months,” Glaser said.
    “This would essentially buy us some time to investigate more permanent solutions.”
    The county has offered Pajarito 5 million gallons of free water, which must be siphoned off the reservoir in order to dredge it.

  • Update 08-24-14

    Lecture

    Authors Speak Series: T. Jackson King. 7 p.m. Thursday at the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library. King will talk about his books, which include a wide range of genres in the realm of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

    Concert

    Pianist Nathan Salazar and Santa Fe Opera apprentice artist Benjamin Sieverding in recital. 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Crossroads Bible Church. Tickets $10 adults and $5 children available at the door.

    County Council

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

    Rotary Club

    Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Paulette Frankl, author of “Marcel and Me.”

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 7-9:30 p.m. today at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.  

  • Grazing options examined

    Representatives from Santa Fe National Forest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Range Improvement Task Force, and the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association met with dozens of local ranchers earlier this week discuss ways to sustain trans-generational grazing operations in the Jemez Mountains while protecting habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.
    This meeting was the continuation of a conversation initiated by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan last week to discuss collaborative solutions.
    “I was pleased by the discussion and the willingness of the ranching community to attend and improve our understanding of their concerns. I heard many good ideas that we intend to investigate more in an attempt to find a practical solution that can meet the needs of the ranching community and provide for protection of the mouse,” said Maria T. Garcia, Forest Supervisor.
    The Forest Service is mandated by law to protect the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse and its occupied habitat. The mouse was listed as an endangered species in June.
    The mouse lives in lush riparian areas, and is only active for four months each year where tall grasses provide both food and shelter.  

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  • Today In History, Aug. 23
  • Update 08-22-14

    Car wash

    Los Alamos High School Choir will host a car wash. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion next to McDonald’s. Burgers and hot dogs will be sold for lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will also be shaved ice and root beer floats.

    Robotics

    Robotics Night. 5-8 p.m. today at the Bradbury Science Museum. Features robots of all sizes and uses like Bomb Squad and Hazmat robots, sumobots, Legobots and more. For more information visit lanl.gov/museum.

    Concert

    Pianist Nathan Salazar and Santa Fe Opera apprentice artist Benjamin Sieverding in recital. 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Crossroads Bible Church. Tickets $10 adults and $5 children available at the door.

    County Council

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

    Rotary club

    Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Paulette Frankl, author of “Marcel and Me.”
     

  • Meeting scheduled to explain proposed Pajarito temporary pipeline permit

    Española Ranger District will host a public meeting to explain the proposed Pajarito ski area temporary pipeline permit at 6 p.m. Monday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. The meeting will be held in Kelly Hall on the Trinity Drive side and of the church.
    Representatives of the Forest Service, Los Alamos County, and Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership will be available to answer questions raised during the “scoping” period.
    “This proposal is pretty simple in design,” said Sandy Hurlocker, Española District Ranger.
    “But we can tell from the number of questions we’ve received that we need to explain clearly who has authority for which part of this project.”
    The proposal being considered by the Española Ranger District is to permit a temporary pipeline to be located on National Forest in order to pump water from the Los Alamos Reservoir and a Los Alamos County water tank to the privately owned Pajarito Ski Area. The water will be stored at the ski area for snow making in 2014 and potentially for fire-fighting in 2015.
    The District seeks out comments about the project design and implementation during the scoping period, which ends today.