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  • News Briefs 11-13-14

    Plane crash in Santa Fe County kills 1 person

    SANTA FE (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead following a fiery single-engine plane crash south of Santa Fe.
    Lt. Mike Post of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office says that the crash occurred Wednesday night just north of Clines Corners near U.S. 285, about 50 miles south of Santa Fe.
    He says one person was found dead in the wreckage, and investigators don’t think anyone else was on board.
    Post said the privately owned plane was heavily damaged by flames.
    He said the person killed hasn’t been identified but is believed to have been the pilot. An autopsy will be performed.
    The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was flying to Phoenix from Amarillo, Texas.
    Post says deputies secured the site pending the arrival of FAAA investigators.

    New Mexico House clerk to step down

  • Update 11-13-14

    Packing Party

    White Rock Presbyterian Church will host a Shoebox Packing Party for needy families. 7 p.m. Friday at 310 Rover Blvd. in White Rock. Event will include food and door prizes. Donations are also welcome. For more information and to make donations call 672-3682.

    Film

    Atomic Film Festival. “When the Wind Blows.” An animated story based on the book by Raymond Briggs about a couple facing nuclear devastation aided only with instructions from the government’s “Protect and Survive” leaflet. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Free.

    GOP meeting

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have the monthly meeting 6:15 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive. All registered Republican women are invited to join. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Bill Hudson will be the guest speaker. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe.

    Breakfast

    Waffle breakfast. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Masonic Lodge, 15th Street and Canyon Road. Adults $7 and children 6 and under $3.50.

  • Iwo Jima vet presents check to NJROTC

    Los Alamos resident Bill Hudson, a World War II USMC Iwo Jima veteran, presents a check of $1,500 to Commander Wes Shumaker for the Los Alamos High School NJROTC. Hudson sold his personal military history library and is donating the proceeds of the book sale to the NJROTC cadets. All the books were purchased by the Pritzker Museum and Military History Library in Chicago.

  • Council to look at chicken ordinance Friday

    The Los Alamos County Open Forum webpage has a hot debate raging about whether those living in residential areas should be allowed to keep chickens.
    The forum will help county council gage public reaction to the so-called “chicken ordinance” prior to a public hearing in council chambers at noon on Friday.
    Apparently backyard chickens are not uncommon in residential neighborhoods even now, despite current zoning laws. The new ordinance would regulate the practice, allowing those in residential districts to keep up to six chickens, provided they meet several criteria. Those include:
    • A 35-foot setback from a dwelling unit on abutting property.
    • A 100-foot minimum distance from a water well.
    • Shelter must be kept clean, dry, odor-free and in sanitary condition at all times.
    • Must comply with all applicable health and safety laws.
    • All areas devoted to chickens must be constructed and maintained to discourage insects and rodents.
    • No roosters are allowed.
    The new ordinance would not apply to Pajarito Acres or La Senda, which are zoned R-A, residential agricultural.
    Of the 32 comments posted as of Wednesday, those in favor outnumbered naysayers two to one, with 24 favoring backyard chickens, seven opposed and one whose stance was unclear.

  • LAPD's Roberts selected as commander of Army National Guard 1209th ASMC
  • Board supercharges super search

    The Los Alamos School Board convened for a special meeting Friday to discuss what’s happened with the search for a superintendent so far and how it’s going to proceed.
    According to board members, most of the committees created by the board have met. As part of the search, the board has created six advisory committees in an effort to get as much public and professional input as possible. the committees are: principals, teachers, administrative officials from the school district central office, classified staff, parents and community members as well as civic and Los Alamos National Laboratory leaders.
    The next big phase of the project is to everyone to have their first meeting with Ray and Associates, the consultant group the board hired to help them field national and local candidates for the job. According to school officials, the meeting was due to take place over “Skype” Monday afternoon or sometime later this week.
    Though the board is also working on a community input blog so residents can follow along and comment on the various aspects and phases of the search, LASB Secretary has started writing about the search at chamisaelementary.com/mattsblog/. In his latest entry, Williams talks about the logic behind the committees and their choice of Ray and Associates to aid them.

  • Today in history Nov. 13
  • Plane crash in Santa Fe County kills one

     

    SANTA FE (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead following a fiery single-engine plane crash south of Santa Fe.

    Lt. Mike Post of the Santa Fe County Sheriff's office says that the crash occurred Wednesday night just north of Clines Corners near U.S. 285, about 50 miles south of Santa Fe.

    He says one person was found dead in the wreckage, and investigators don't think anyone else was on board.

    Post say the privately owned plane was heavily damaged by flames.

    He says the person killed hasn't been identified but is believed to have been the pilot. An autopsy will be performed.

    The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was flying to Phoenix from Amarillo, Texas.

    Post says deputies secured the site pending the arrival of FAA investigators.

  • Spacecraft lands on comet

    DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) — Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet — an audacious cosmic first designed to answer big questions about the origin of the universe.
    Paolo Ferri, head of mission operations for the European Space Agency, said the landing on the comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko appeared to have been almost perfectly on target.
    “Everyone cried,” he said.
    The European Space Agency celebrated the cosmic achievement after sweating through a tense seven-hour countdown that began when the Philae lander dropped from the agency’s Rosetta space probe as both it and the comet hurtled through space at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph).
    ESA controllers clapped and embraced at mission control in Darmstadt as they got confirmation that the unmanned Rosetta space had successfully released the 220-pound (100-kilogram), washing machine-sized Philae lander.
    During the descent, scientists were powerless to do anything but watch, because the vast distance to Earth — 500 million kilometers (311 million miles) — made it impossible to send instructions in real time.

  • News Briefs 11-12-14

    Report: Sandia labs misused federal contract funds

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General says Sandia National Laboratories improperly used federal funds to influence members of Congress and other officials to extend the lab’s $2.4 billion management contract.
    A report released Wednesday by the inspector general says use of the funds was a violation of federal codes as well as provisions in the contract itself.
    The report includes recommendations, and Sandia officials say they’ll cooperate with the inspector general.
    The inspector general determined that the lab formed a team and worked with consultants beginning in 2009 to develop a plan for securing a contract extension without having to go through a competitive process.
    That plan called for lobbying Congress and trying to influence key advisers to then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu. The lab is managed by Sandia Corp., a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp.

    Court to hear arguments on Valles Caldera claim