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  • Comment period is still open

    Bandelier National Monument has extended its time for the public review period for the Tsankawi Unit Management Plan and Environmental Assessment.
    The extension will be through March 16.
    According to Bandelier, the plan and environmental assessment evaluate a range of alternatives to improve resource protection, address safety concerns and enhance visitor opportunities at Tsankawi.
    There were three alternatives developed based on the results of internal and public scoping, agency and pueblo consultation and prior planning studies.
    Proposed actions in the plan include changes to the trail system, interpretive program and parking. Realignment of existing trails, according to Bandelier, would help protect resources from visitor impacts and natural erosion, while new trails would “enhance visitor opportunities to experience the area’s rich history of human occupation,” according to a press release issued by Bandelier officials.
    Proposed interpretative messaging would have the goal of helping visitors understand the significance of the area’s culture and natural resources and trailhead parking would be relocated onto National Park Service land.
    Currently, those with cars park on the shoulder of N.M. 4 near the intersection with N.M. 502.

  • Council honors NEDO group

    Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson presented Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) representatives with a proclamation of appreciation for their participation in the U.S.-Japan Demonstration Smart Grid Project Tuesday night.
    NEDO General Director Masaaki Yamamoto accepted the proclamation and spoke about the impact of the project, NEDO’s first outside of Japan.
    “The Los Alamos Smart Grid project was launched before the great Eastern earthquake in 2011. At that time, there was little discussion in Japan regarding the necessity of a Smart Grid, because there was sufficient supply of high quality energy in Japan,” Yamamoto said. “However, since the disaster, Japan has experienced power shortages every year. The country soon recognized the necessity of Smart Grids, and I would like to emphasize that the New Mexico demonstration project has been one of the major driving forces for the Smart Grid movement in Japan.”
    Yamamoto called the demonstration one of NEDO’s “leading cutting-edge projects”

  • Today in history Feb. 19
  • Two injured in Trinity, East Road accident

     

     

     A Toyota sedan and a tanker truck collided at the intersection of  Trinity and East Road. Minor injuries reported, police should have it resolved in an hour. In the meantime, traffic is being diverted via 4th Street.  Injuries are said to be minor. Both the driver and the passenger of the sedan have been taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

  • VIDEO: Garcia Richard blasts GOP for bill changes

    Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) had strong words for her Republican counterparts in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

    The Democrats cried foul after they claimed the Republicans switched up a substitute version of House Bill 76, which offered teachers a $10,000 pay increase.

    Garcia Richard, who is a public schools teacher along with being a representative, accused the GOP leadership in the House of trying to "dismantle" the legislation.

    Garcia Richard's statement can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=952839124726769&set=vb.152651274745...

  • Update 2-18-15

    Documentary

    Mesa Public Library will screen the documentary “Uncommon Valor,” about the battle of Iwo Jima, at 7 p.m. today.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at the Municipal Bulding at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA, room 610. The public is welcome to attend a presentation on “Global Warming Science: Where we are Now” by Chick Keller. A business meeting will follow.

    Senior Center

    A progress plan review for the new White Rock Senior Center is set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the current White Rock Senor Center.

    Science On Tap

    The next Science on Tap wlll be 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Unquarked Wine Room. Harshini Mukundan, research scientist at LANL, will discuss the global threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    Lacrosse

    Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse will have sign-ups today. The registration session will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Boys and girls 9 and up may particpate in the league.

  • Electric rate hike approved

    Los Alamos residents will see a sharp increase in their electric bill starting with the next billing cycle.
    The Los Alamos County Council approved a rate increase and rate restructuring on Tuesday by a 4-2 vote. Councilors Susan O’Leary and James Chrobocinski voted against the ordinance. Vice Chair David Izraelevitz was not present.
    Council remanded an initial proposal for rate restructuring back to the Board of Public Utilities in December, directing them to propose a rate without a Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) included.
    The PCA would have allowed BPU to pass the actual cost of purchasing power onto the ratepayers as a variable rate when it either exceeded or went below the base rate. The initial estimate for the PCA was $0.0077 per kWh.
    The ordinance approved Tuesday now builds that $0.0077 per kWh into a flat commodities rate. Residential rates will increase from the current $0.1028 per kWh for power costs to $0.1196. The fixed service charge will also increase from $6.43 to $12 a month.
    Under the new rate structure, a residential customer using 500 kWh per month would see an increase from $57.83 to $69.60 a month, a 20-percent increase.
    Percentages can be higher or lower based on usage. The average Los Alamos household uses 600 kWh a month.

  • Today in history Feb. 18
  • Immigiration measures get a challenge in court from Texas

    HOUSTON (AP) — The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders.
    U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision late Monday puts on hold Obama’s orders that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.
    Hanen wrote in a memorandum accompanying his order that the lawsuit should go forward. Without a preliminary injunction, he said, the states would “suffer irreparable harm in this case.”
    “The genie would be impossible to put back into the bottle,” he wrote, adding that he agreed that legalizing the presence of millions of people is a “virtually irreversible” action.
    In a statement today, the White House defended the executive orders as within the president’s legal authority, saying the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress have said federal officials can establish priorities in enforcing immigration laws. The White House said the U.S. Department of Justice will file an appeal, which will be heard in New Orleans.

  • Update 2-17-15

    County Council

    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is today. The meeting will be at 7 p.m.

    Prom meeting

    Los Alamos Public Schools wll host a pair of informative sessions will be held to answer questions parents and students may have about the prom, which will be at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. The first meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today. It will be held at the Buffalo Thunder hotel lobby.

    Science on Tap

    The next Science on Tap wlll be 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Unquarked Wine Room. Harshini Mukundan, research scientist at LANL, will discuss the global threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at the Municipal Bulding at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Lacrosse

    Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse will have sign-ups Wednesday night. The registration session will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Boys and girls 9 and up may particpate in the league.