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  • BAER teams spring into action

    Soon after the Las Conchas fire broke out, two Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams were on the ground to assess potential threats to life, property and critical cultural and natural resources in the aftermath of the fire. 

    The BAER teams are made up of representatives from Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Forest Service. They are working with staff from the BIA Northern Pueblos Agency, BIA Southern Pueblos Agency, several area pueblos, Santa Fe National Forest and Bandelier National Monument.

  • Sheriff takes center stage at CRC meeting

    Several residents clashed with the Charter Review Committee Monday evening over what, if anything should be done with the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office. 

    “I, as a citizen would almost demand a sheriff’s office because they’re for the people, not to say Chief Torpy (police chief) isn’t, but I know I elected that sheriff and he is for me,” Mark Lithcote said. 

    Sheriff Marco Lucero was elected in November. Unlike most of his civilian predecessors, he brings three decades of law enforcement experience to the job. Since elected, he spearheaded an investigation with the U.S. Marshal’s Service that led to the arrest of a man in a local eatery who failed to register here as a sex offender.

  • Burn Assessment meeting slated for Wednesday in LA

    Burned Area Emergency Response Team-South Zone has completed their initial assessments of the Las Conchas Fire and have scheduled public meetings to discuss their findings and recommendations.

    Three meetings are planned for this week:

    Wednesday, July 20th 6 p.m. in Los Alamos at Mountain Elementary School, 2280 North Rd., Los Alamos, NM

    Thursday, July 21st-6 p.m. in Cochiti Lake at the Cochiti Lake Community Center, 255 Cochiti Street, Pueblo de Cochiti

    Friday, July 22nd-6 p.m. in Jemez Springs, at the Madonna Center, off Hwy 4 between mile marker 15 and 16, Jemez Springs, NM

  • LA Study Group to hold forum at Fuller Lodge

    The Los Alamos Study Group, headed by Greg Mello of Albuquerque, will hold an informational meeting about why the new Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility should not be build from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Various members of the study group will be in attendance and Mello said a number of experts may be available via video conference.
    Mello said members of the National Nuclear Security Administration and Los Alamos National Laboratory were invited to attend, but because of impending litigation, they declined.
    “We are basically coming up to answer questions the community may have,” Mello said. “We think it’s possible the building will not be built and we are going to explain why.

  • Update 07-17-11

    CRC meeting
    Charter Review Committee will discuss the status of the Sheriff’s Office at a public meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Monday in council chambers.

    Missing pets?
    Residents whose pets may have gotten lost during the fire and evacuation are being asked to contact Animal Control through the Police Dispatch Center at 662-8222.

    Kiwanis talk
    Denise Lane and other volunteers will present their experience feeding thousands during the fire from noon-1 p.m., Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club at the Masonic Temple. 

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utiliies will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    Meeting

  • Izraelevitz has record of community service

    New Los Alamos County Council member David Izraelevitz did not make the decision to put himself in contention to be appointed a county councilor lightly. In fact, Izraelevitz does not seem to take any decision lightly.

    When candidates for the council seat vacated when Jim Hall was appointed a state representative were asked to define their decision-making process, Izraelevitz responded, “I’d call it ‘Vulcan.’ I love data and I love logic.”

  • Bandelier bears brunt of blaze

    Out at Bandelier National Monument Friday, a large column of smoke rose from the southwest; which looked eerily similar to the beginning stages of the Los Conchas Fire, which started the afternoon of June 26.

    “It’s a backburn,” said Gary Kemp, the Bandelier Fire Management Officer.

    Firefighters from many different agencies continue to battle the record-setting blaze that has charred more than 150,000 acres and threatened the Los Alamos town site and the national laboratory two weeks ago.

    But almost lost in the chaos was what happened at Bandelier National Monument.

    On that Sunday afternoon in late June, Kemp was in his backyard in White Rock working on a project.

  • More smoke from burnout operations on Las Conchas fire lines

    This from Turman's Northern Rockies Incident Management Team:

    There is a large amount of smoke being generated on the southwest edge of the Las Conchas Fire today. This is from a burnout operation which is going as planned.

    Yesterday evening starting about 6 p.m., fire personnel lit a 400-foot-wide strip of vegetation on the east side of Forest Road (FR) 266, west of Ruiz Peak. Approximately two miles of roadside were ignited.

    Last night's burnout is slowly climbing up the hill while the edge of the wildfire is continuing to back its way downslope from Peralta Ridge. In most areas, the fire is an underburn, consuming ground vegetation but sparing trees and larger vegetation. The expectation is that the two fires will merge.

  • Correction 07-17-11

    In Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, the story regarding Jesse Arteaga, who is facing 56 counts of child pornography, should have said that, “the reporting party explained that the video showed Arteaga’s girlfriend’s daughter undressed and subjected to inappropriate activity” rather than “Arteaga’s daughter.”

  • Gov. postpones tribal summit

    Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is postponing a summit with tribal leaders because officials are focusing on wildfires and the threat of flooding in burned areas, including tribal lands.
    The tribal-state summit was planned for next Tuesday and Wednesday. The governor’s spokesman, Scott Darnell, says it will be rescheduled in August or early September.
    Darnell said the administration had considered a postponement of the summit since the start of the Las Conchas fire last month near Los Alamos. It’s the state’s largest wildfire and burned about 80 percent of the forested lands on Santa Clara Pueblo.
    A fire in southern New Mexico burned Mescalero Apache tribal lands.