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  • Plan calls for boosting forest restoration around New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — More than 140 square miles of overgrown, fire-prone areas around New Mexico have been thinned over the last several years, but state forestry officials are telling lawmakers they need more funding to continue the work.

    The Forestry Division is seeking another $4 million in capital funds to expand a statewide watershed restoration program.

    Acting State Forester Eddie Tudor told members of a House committee Monday that his agency is on track to complete several projects by the end of the year.

    However, he says there are more areas that still need to be treated, including parts of the Santa Fe watershed.

    Tudor says both state and federal land managers will be meeting this spring to identify other projects that have the potential to improve water quality and benefit entire landscapes.

  • Winter storm warning in effect for parts of New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A winter storm warning is in effect for parts of New Mexico until noon Tuesday due to snow accumulations near Albuquerque and Las Vegas.

    The National Weather Service says snow accumulations ranging from 7 to 18 inches are possible, mainly on higher eastern slopes. The highest amounts are expected west and north of Las Vegas.

    Snowfall is forecast to diminish by midday, though roads and highways likely will still be covered by snow and ice through the morning.

    Public schools in Santa Fe delayed opening by two hours Tuesday.

  • Today in history Jan. 26
  • HB33 Mill Levy ballots due Tuesday

    County election clerks and judges are currently busy processing the ballots for tomorrow’s count, where it will be determined if the Los Alamos Public Schools will continue to receive about $2 million a year from the taxpayers of Los Alamos County. The tax levy, which has been in place since 1988, has been used by the district to fund equipment and programs it would otherwise have to fund with its Operations Fund.

    All ballots for the HB33 mill levy election are due at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Los Alamos clerk's office has received 4,950 ballots as of Monday at noon. The clerk's office will be open and ballots can be dropped off at 100 Central Ave., Ste. 240.

    Visit the clerk's website at losalamosnm.us/clerk/Pages/Elections.aspx for more information.

  • About 700 immigrant children now staying at Holloman base

    ALAMOGORDO (AP) — About 700 immigrant children from Central America are now staying at Holloman Air Force Base.

    KOAT-TV reports that the children arrived in Alamogordo on Sunday.

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter directed Holloman Air Force Base to be the first of three temporary shelters to open in New Mexico, Colorado and Florida.

    The children are being housed in a vacant building on base previously used by the 4th Space Surveillance Squadron.

    The children are between the ages of 14 and 17 and are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Officials say they will likely not stay on the base more than a month.

  • today in history jan. 25
  • Boards and Commissions policy on council liaisons

    The policy Department of Public Utilities Manager Tim Glasco referred to regarding the relationship of council liaisons to boards and commissions comes from the “Los Alamos County Orientation Manual for Members of Boards and Commissions.” It reads:
    “Individual councilors, including the liaison, should not assign tasks to a B&C and are discouraged from regularly attending B&C meetings because they would appear unduly influential due to their position as a councilor. Instead, the council liaison and his or her assigned B&C chairs (usually two) should meet together monthly or as needed for communication purposes. The assigned council liaison’s role is to act as the primary information conduit between the B&C and the council as a whole. It is incumbent upon that councilor to provide guidance and advice about which B&C issues to bring to the attention of the council for action and which should be merely information items. However, this does not prevent the B&C Chair, in accordance with an action of the B&C, from bringing a recommendation to the council.”
    Glasco did acknowledge that the Board of Public Utilities has a different relationship to the council than other boards, which has led to more interaction with the council liaison.

  • On the Docket 1-24-16

    Jan. 13
    Christopher Jeffery was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to display a current, valid, registration plate and speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

    Andrew F. Nelson was found at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Jan. 14
    Jesse Gallegos was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of shoplifting. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $160 in court costs.

    Jesse Deshamp was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of menacing behavior. Defendant was fined $1000 and must also pay $120 in court costs.

    Kyle Christensen  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having animals at large. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $60 in court costs.

    Charles Brandon Wood  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of menacing behavior and having animals at large. Defendant was fined $275 and must also pay $120 in court costs.

  • New ACT schedule starts Monday

    Atomic City Transit riders will have to be on their toes Monday when ACT implements new timetables and route modifications. The service modifications are the result of more than two years of planning and public input.
    Buses will now operate on a “pulse” system, wherein six of the seven routes will meet at the Transit Center at the bottom of each hour to facilitate transfers to the entire service area.
    Buses will also begin and end the service day at the far ends of their routes in order to collect passengers as they make their way to the Transit Center for the first time in the morning and distribute passengers on their last trip from the Transit Center in the evening.
    In response to public input, an hourly stop at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market has been added to Route 3 and the Downtown Circulator will now run every 15 minutes between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to facilitate lunchtime travel.
    Transit Manager Ken Smithson believes the greatest challenge the new schedule will pose for riders is the need to break old habits. There have been no significant adjustments to ACT’s service since 2007.

  • Mental health team seeks input

    The school district’s Mental Health Design team sent a wake-up call out to the business community this week, urging the community to get involved in helping get its Healthy School and Community Initiative out.
    The initiative was created by the team to try to bring awareness to the issues and impacts of living, learning and working in a relatively remote yet intellectually high-powered environment has had on the students, families, employees and business people of Los Alamos County.
    Since the beginning of the school year, the team has been hard at work building a mental health profile of the community through surveys and data mining. An official report of its findings will be available to the public in late January or early February.
    The team has presented its initial findings at school board meetings, community forums and breakfasts and has raised eyebrows, especially when it comes to the team’s findings on suicide, stress, family dynamics and mental health. The team is hoping the information will spark positive conversations about mental health, and erase the stigma attached to people seeking help for mental illness.