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  • P and Z begins comprehensive plan review

    Los Alamos Community & Economic Development Director Anne Laurent brought only one visual aid with her to Wednesday’s Planning and Zoning Commission work session on revising the county’s comprehensive plan: a stack of approximately 20 documents, most ranging from one inch to four inches thick.
    “Those are all the documents we’re going through to pull out and highlight information to incorporate into the new comprehensive plan,” Laurent said. “This is why, when people say, what’s in our comprehensive plan, you don’t get a good answer, because it’s too big to get your arms around it. It’s not a document that you can engage in easily: not the staff, and not the citizens.”
    According to Laurent, the staff’s goal is to compile a unified document of 200 pages or less, so that those trying to adhere to the comp plan do not have to pore over numerous documents in order to comprehend it.
    “Our goal is to take all the investment that has been made over the years and compile it into a usable document for our commission, for our staff, for our citizens,” Laurent said.
    Staff plans to tackle the onerous task (which has been attempted several times since the Cerro Grande fire interrupted the last major effort) in three stages.

  • Two burglary suspects arrested


    The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Unit executed a search warrant with assistance of New Mexico State Police Wednesday at a residence in Ojo Caliente and arrested two suspects associated with a string of Los Alamos residential burglaries that have occurred over the past two months.

    Brandi Ortiz-Merrifield, 20, was charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary (fourth degree felonies) and one count of burglary of a dwelling (third degree felony).

    Also arrested was Marcos A. Vigil, 28, who was charged with six counts of burglary ofa  dwelling and five counts of larceny (petty misdemeanors).

    The two were arrested early Wednesday morning and were transferred to the Los Alamos County Jail.

    According to a police report, both suspects have been going throughout neighborhoods in the afternoon hours in Los Alamos and White Rock and breaking into homes while homeowners were either at work or out for the day.

    “We have had numerous reports of these suspects going door to door acting suspicious, If you believe you have been the victim of a burglary and have not reported it to the Los Alamos Police Department call 662-8222 and ask to speak to a Detective.”  Detective Sgt. Oliver Morris said.

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  • Today In History, Aug. 14
  • Update 08-13-14

    Farmers Market

    Farmers Market will be held 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Library parking lot.

    Blood drive

    A blood drive will be held Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22.

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature Ben Carlson, the publisher of the Monitor, as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library. Contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com  for the menu choices if you would like to order a lunch from the Co-op ($10) by Aug. 17. You do not have to order lunch to attend this community event.

    P and Z

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Municipal Building.


    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Two acts performing: Bronach Celtic Blues Band followed by Belisama Dance group. on Aug. 19. The wrong date was reported Tuesday.

  • Santa Fe facility offers new technology to detect breast cancer

    Santa Fe Imaging has become the first facility in New Mexico and the entire mountain west region to offer 3D automated whole breast ultrasound (ABUS) for the early detection of breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue. Breast density increases the risk of breast cancer and makes it more difficult to detect by traditional mammography alone.
    “Adding 3D automated breast ultrasound to mammography in dense-breasted women gives physicians a valuable new tool in the fight against breast cancer,” according to the American College of Radiology (ACR), more than 40 percent of all U.S. women have dense breast tissue, and women in the highest dense-breast category established by the ACR are four to six times more likely to get breast cancer compared to women with low breast density.

  • Women's leadership discussed

    In an unusual political gathering Tuesday night in Los Alamos where men were the token figures, former covert CIA operations officer Valerie Plame Wilson and state Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-District 43) discussed women in leadership. The event was a fundraiser for Garcia Richard’s reelection.
    Marvel Harrison, who hosted the event, introduced both the topic and Plame Wilson.
    “For a long time, I think as women we wish a lot. We wish to be better, we wish for our families to have what they need, we wish for strong schools,” Harrison said. “You know, girlfriends, it’s time to stop wishing. We need a backbone more than a wishbone. We need to use our voice. We need to use our voice to speak truth against power.
    “And there’s no woman I’ve ever met who probably does that better than Valerie Plame. Her risk to speak the truth regardless of the cost is probably a lesson we all need in some regard.”
    Plame Wilson spoke first about her connection to Los Alamos.

  • Power outage in WR Tuesday


    A small but extended power outage occurred Tuesday along La Senda Road in White Rock because of a failure on an underground line. At 10:45 a.m. about 30 residents along La Senda Road were without power. About half of these customers (15) had their power restored by 12 noon.

    As DPU's electric crews continued working the issue safely to isolate and re-route power, a second problem was detected along a portion of nearby Piedra Loop which brought power down there for about 15 minutes (from about 1:55 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.). About 30 more customers were affected along Piedra Loop.

    At roughly 3 p.m. Tuesday, the remaining 15 customers on La Senda had their power restored.  The failed section is scheduled to be repaired on Wednesday. The DPU thanks customers for their patience while electric crews work to resolve the outage. 

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