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  • State Briefs 10-07-14

    Reservoirs rebound
    during summer

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Reservoirs in southern New Mexico have gotten a much needed boost from late-summer rains.
    The levels at Elephant Butte and Caballo reservoirs have climbed in recent weeks as a result of runoff making its way down arroyos and other channels that drain into the lakes.
    Elephant Butte’s volume increase by nearly 25 percent as an extra 41,000 acre-feet flowed into the lake, according to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. An acre-foot is nearly 326,000 gallons, or enough to cover a football field with a foot of water.
    The reservoir is about 8.5 percent full.
    Bert Cortez, who works with the bureau in El Paso, Texas, said that other than local precipitation, there’s not much water entering the lakes.
    “There is very little water reaching our reservoirs from releases from upstream reservoirs so it’s reasonable to say that most of the increase is due to rainfall,” he told the Las Cruces Sun-News in a story published Tuesday.

    Flu shot clinics
    get underway

  • Chickens ordinance reopens on open forum

    Los Alamos County has reopened its Open Forum topic on the proposed chickens ordinance.
    The ordinance was written after residents made requests for the council to consider an amendment to the county code to allow the keeping of a small number of chickens in all residential districts. Section 6-2 of the code currently prohibits the keeping of chickens within the county, except in the residential agricultural districts (R-A) zone and in all other residential districts, excluding Pajarito Acres and La Senda, if chickens are kept within 200 yards from a residence regularly used for human habitation.
     The proposed amendment expands the current ordinance to permit the practice of keeping chickens within all residential districts in the county subject to certain conditions:
    • Must be for residential, noncommercial purposes;
    • Maximum of 6 on any lot;
    • Must be at least 16 square feet of permeable land available for each chicken;
    • Must have at least 2 square feet of shelter space per chicken;
    • Adequate shelter must be provided;
    • Shelter must be kept clean, dry, odor-free and in sanitary condition at all times;
    • Adequate fencing must be provided;
    • Chickens must have access to the sun during daylight hours and kept in secure shelter at night;

  • Update 10-07-14

    Ride The Bus

    The Los Alamos Public Schools are asking that students ride LAPS Transportation to and from school Wednesday. Ridership on that one day, determines the funding for Los Alamos transportation for the entire year. LAPS is working on offering rewards to students riding to and from school that day.

    Voters’ Forum

    Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents back-to-back forums at Fuller Lodge Thursday. At 5:30 p.m., a forum on the Structure-of-Government Charter Amendments will be held. At 6:45 p.m. there will be a forum for candidates for the Third Congressional District. That forum will feature Democratic Candidate Ben Ray Luján and Republican Candidate Jefferson Byrd.

    Viewing party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    GOP Women

  • Fall is in the air

    Artist Nancy Clark paints the aspens on the way up to the Santa Fe Ski hill last weekend. 

  • Committees formed in school superintendent search

    According to the Los Alamos School Board all the public input committees have been formed for the superintendent search, now all they need is something to do.
    The Los Alamos School Board recently met to discuss its progress on the search for a new superintendent.
    According to LASB President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, all the committees have been named and filled, now all the board has to do is give them direction.
    The committees are one each of parents, teachers, classified staff, community leaders, central office and school principals.
    The board has already come up with a list of qualifications they’d like to see in their next superintendent, and they will be sharing that list with all of the committees by next week.
    “We’re going to show them a list of qualifications that we thought of, and we’ll let them decide if they agree with us, what they want to see added or what they want to see taken away,” said Bjarke-McKenzie. After they have a firm list of qualifications in place, they will place an ad in national publications, she added.

  • First voter

    Clair Sutherland is the first to cast a ballot in Los Alamos County as he stands with poll worker Mickey Synder at the county clerk’s office. Today is the final day for New Mexicans to register to vote. Election day is Nov. 4.

  • Dems answer voters

    On Sunday, the Los Alamos Monitor highlighted how Republican candidates for the Los Alamos County Council responded to questions posed at a League of Women Voters of Los Alamos candidate forum on Thursday.

    Today, it’s the Democratic candidates’ turn.

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