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  • News Briefs 07-10-14

    MOWW meeting set for Tuesday

    Major General Doug Anson, AUS Retired will be guest speaker at the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars Tuesday for the annual picnic at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge.
    The topic of General Anson’s talk is “Voice of the Martyrs.” The meeting will begin with a social 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Anson’s talk will begin at about 7:15 p.m.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. Caterer for the picnic will be Smokin’ Bear BBQ. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s).
    RSVP for the dinner is needed by Sunday. Call Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson, USAF Retired, Chapter Senior Vice Commander and Past Chapter Commander, 662-9544 (email NrmWil5@cs.com), or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email depinyan@cybermesa.com).

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  • Fire restrictions lifted in SF National Forest

    Recent rainfall on the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve has helped reduce the fire danger. Therefore, fire restrictions (Order Number 10-412) will be terminated, effective today.
    “We thank our visiting public for their cooperation in abiding with the fire restrictions on the Jemez Ranger District, portions of the Cuba Ranger District (south of N.M. Highway 126) and the Valles Caldera NP,” said Maria T. Garcia Forest Supervisor. She also reminds people to continue to be careful with their campfires by extinguishing them until they are cold to the touch.
    Fire personnel continue to respond to smoke reports from lightning strikes across the forest. Although there has been measureable rain, the storms moving through are accompanied by lightning strikes that could smolder for days until weather conditions change.
     

  • Update 07-10-14

    Lecture

    Climate change discussion with Chick Keller. 7 p.m. Thursday at PEEC. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Horse show

    Los Alamos County Horse Show. 10 a.m. Saturday at Brewer Arena, North Mesa Rodeo Grounds. For cost and more information call 662-8170.

    Work session

    The county announced that the council work session scheduled for July 22 has been canceled. The wrong date was reported in Wednesday’s edition because of a source error.

    Reception

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

    Caldera Trustees

    The Valles Caldera Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos. The public is invited. 

  • Walkup Center to be closed for 2 months

    The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will close to the public at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 until mid-November for a project to replace the HVAC system and boilers. The project will begin on Aug. 18 immediately after the 40th annual Los Alamos Triathlon, when the aquatic Center normally closes two weeks for maintenance. All of the affected groups have been informed of this closure as early as the fall of 2013.
    The purpose of the project is to replace the pool boilers and HVAC system which are at the end of their expected life and install more energy efficient systems.
    The aquatic center first opened in April 1988 and most of the mechanical equipment is 26 years old and at the end of its service life. An integrated maintenance plan and an energy audit identified this project as a priority in the ongoing building maintenance plan.
    The timing of this project has become more urgent as the condition of the boiler serving the Olympic-sized pool has deteriorated in the past year and is questionable on how long it will last. There are no replacement parts for some of the boiler’s components. The project budget is $2.2 million and is funded through the ongoing Major Facility Maintenance Program.

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  • Flood advisory in effect until 3:45 p.m.

     

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... NORTHERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHEASTERN SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 345 PM MDT

    * AT 149 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN OVER NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SANTA CLARA CANYON... RIO DEL OSO AND POSSIBLY CAMP MAY ROAD AND QUEMAZAN TRAIL. LOCAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS UP TO ONE INCH ARE POSSIBLE.

  • BPU head makes unprecedented move

    Board of Public Utilites Chair Timothy Neal, who was the only board member to vote against the new tiered water rate ordinance in its recommendation to council, took an unprecedented step during council's consideration of the ordinance on Tuesday.
    Neal asked council to ignore the board’s recommendation so that the new board being seated this month could revisit the issue. Three of the five board members are being replaced.
    Council asked Neal if he was speaking for the board or as a private citizen. It is not uncommon for board members to speak for or against a board recommendation during public comment, as private citizens. Neal voiced his opposition to the ordinance during public comment and former board member Steven Tenbrink and current member David Powell spoke in support of the recommendation.
    But during the presentation to council, Neal insisted he was speaking on behalf of the “new” board, which has not yet met, since they would be the ones required to implement the new ordinance.
    Councilors challenged Neal’s claim to be representing the board.