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  • Grants available at NMCF

     

    Applications for the third year of grants from the Community Involvement Fund (CIF) are now available from New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF).

    NMCF has received $1.8 million from the Department of Energy - Environmental Management (DOE-EM) to extend grants to qualified nonprofit organizations nationwide that represent communities and residents who are most likely to be affected by the DOE environmental cleanup process and decisions. 

    Special consideration will be given to those organizations that are already, or plan to, actively develop training for a new generation (people 30 years old and younger) about community involvement regarding nuclear site clean-up issues.

  • On the Docket 07-03-14

     

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:

    June 25

    Dung M. Vu was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and was ordered to pay $65. 

    June 26 

    Dawn Barr was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having animals that made too much noise. Defendant was ordered to pay $60 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Sept. 25. 

     

  • Drought won’t stop fireworks

     

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Arizona’s largest city has gone four months without any measurable rain, and neighboring New Mexico is in the midst of four years of severe drought.

    But you’ll still see and hear fireworks sparkle and pop during the days around July 4, despite the dangerously high threat of wildfires.

    While some places in the West ban fireworks altogether, or greatly limit what you can light off when conditions are ripe for fire, other states are going in the opposite direction.

    Arizona actually loosened its restrictions this year and is now allowing residents of the two most populated cities to set off fireworks in the days around Independence Day, and an effort by the New Mexico governor to impose tougher rules during dry times has repeatedly fallen on deaf ears in the Legislature.

  • County remains under Stage 1 restrictions

     

    The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See Exemption 1)

    • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

    Stage I Exemptions:

  • Residents question fire’s origin

     

    Though a scheduled update with Coyote residents went relatively smoothly Tuesday, they still had questions about why the fire was allowed to get this big in the first place.

    Currently, the fire, known as the “Diego Fire” started about eight miles south of Coyote in late June. It is currently moving in a southwesterly direction and is at 3,600 acres and the Thursday morning update said it is 30 percent contained. So far, no property has been burned, but residents at the meeting were concerned about something more personal. 

    Apparently, Coyote residents at the meeting had Los Alamos on their minds. Many of them lived in the area all their lives, and flatly accused those in charge of managing the fire of endangering their pristine corner of the Jemez Mountains by way of incompetence and bureaucracy.

  • Construction alters parade route

     

    Construction along Central Avenue has altered the route of Los Alamos’s July 4 parade slightly.

    Children who want to participate in the annual Y and American Legion Post 90 July 4 Kids’ Parade should meet at 10 a.m., at “the elephant” at Ashley Pond.

    The Parade begins at 11 a.m. and will take the route of:

    • East on Central to 20th Street; turn left.

    • Follow 20th Street around Fuller Lodge and down Bathtub Row to Nectar. Turn Right.

    ·• Follow Nectar to 15th Street; turn Right.

  • Cone Zone 07-04-14

     

    Central Avenue Improvements Project:

    Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and 20th Street for night work between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

    During the daytime, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Eastbound Central traffic will be detoured to Deacon, to 15th and back to eastbound Central. The detour was moved from Trinity Drive to Deacon to enhance traffic flow. 

    On-street parking on Central will be closed, use alternate parking in the area.

  • LANL contractor lays off workers

     

    The Los Alamos contractor that packaged the radioactive waste linked to a leak at the government’s nuclear waste dump is laying off workers.

    A Los Alamos spokesman Wednesday confirmed that Energy Solutions has reduced its workforce by 115 because its contract for packing the waste for shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad expired June 30. 

    That is the date the lab was supposed to have thousands of barrels of contaminated waste off its northern New Mexico campus. But the final shipments were halted after the February leak that shuttered WIPP was traced to a barrel packed by Energy Solutions.

  • Today in history July 3
  • Meeting sparks furor over immigration

     

    ARTESIA (AP) — Residents in southeastern New Mexico crowded a town hall meeting Tuesday to express anger at the opening of a temporary detention center for immigrants suspected of entering the country illegally.

    Around 400 people attended the meeting in Artesia to speak out against holding up to 700 Central American women and children at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Currently, less than 200 people are at the center.

    City and federal officials fielded questions from residents, including how long the facility would be used for detention.

    Residents told federal and local authorities they were afraid the immigrants might take jobs from locals and resources away from American-born children.