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  • NCRTD set to try again Friday

    The North Central Regional Transit District will try again to hire a permanent executive director. On Friday morning at the Santa Fe County Commission chambers, the board will interview the top three candidates that were selected by the search committee last month. And then after the interviews, the board will deliberate and then announce its pick.
    That’s what the agenda states. Whether that happens remains to be seen.
    The search committee had recommended Tony Mortillaro, the former Los Alamos County administrator, to take the job on a permanent basis. But at last month’s meeting, there was some dissent on the board about the process the selection committee used in making its choice.

  • Small fire breaks out in Jemez

    There is another blaze burning near the Las Conchas Fire burn area but it's just 30 acres and it is located 50 miles southwest of Los Alamos.
    Bruce Hill, the public affairs officer for the Santa Fe National Forest said Wednesday residents from north of Albuquerque to Jemez Springs may see smoke approximately five miles east of Ponderosa, NM due to the Guacamalla fire.
    “Fuels on the ground are moist due to recent rains and as a result are creating a fair amount of smoke,” Hill said. Two miles east of the fire is the Las Conchas Fire burn area, and is not likely to spread east of the burn area.”  The Guacamalla Fire was started by lightning on Aug. 17 and discovered by aircraft the following day.

  • Residents not sold on A-19-a concept

    A lack of affordable housing was the main objective to the preferred option for A-19-a put forward by consultants at Wednesday night’s public meeting in White Rock.
    The team of experts contracted by the county presented a development plan with a high concentration of residential housing and a small town center with mixed use potential for retail, office or residential space. The plan also designates large areas for parks and open space (20 acres of the 60 acre development).

  • Switching it up

    Workers installed a new electrical switch box on Central Avenue near 15th Street Wednesday, associated with circuit 17, that will feed businesses on the north side of Trinity Drive. The old switch box will eventually be removed.

  • Cue the music at KRSN radio

    Crews arrived in town Wednesday to erect a 170-foot tall radio antenna for KRSN AM 1490. The $175,000 antenna is expected to alleviate the spotty reception that has plagued local listeners for more than a decade.

    Founded in 1946, the station has maneuvered through a seemingly insurmountable maze of governmental red tape since it lost its original North Mesa antenna in 2000.

    An alternative antenna erected in White Rock at that time, never worked properly and was eventually sold, leaving KRSN without its own antenna.

    The station went bankrupt and off the air in July 2005.

  • Colorado logger cuts off toes after foot is pinned

    DENVER (AP) — Jon Hutt was doing logging work all alone in a remote Colorado forest when his six-ton trailer fell onto his right foot.

    The pain was excruciating, no one was around to hear his cries for help and he couldn't free himself from the big piece of equipment. So he pulled out his 3-inch pocket knife and cut off his toes to get free.

    "It hurt so bad," the 61-year-old Hutt said, "I would cut for a while and then I had to rest."

    Hutt then climbed into his semi tractor-trailer, his foot wrapped in a shirt, and began driving for help. Hutt's ordeal was first reported in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

  • State Briefs 08-31-11

    ABQ police kill robbery suspect

    ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque police shot and killed a 31-year-old armed robbery suspect Tuesday, bringing to 20 the number of suspects who have been shot by police in the same number of months.
    Police Chief Ray Schultz said officers saw the suspect — who he said had a long criminal record — coming out of an apartment holding a bag and confronted him. He said the officers surrounded the suspect and talked with him for 15 to 20 minutes trying to get him to surrender. But he said the man became agitated and indicated and he would not be taken, so a sniper shot him.
    Schultz said the officer later found an AK-47 assault rifle in the bag.

  • Keeping the Plants Happy

    County worker Steven Martinez waters hanging flower baskets along Central Avenue Friday afternoon.

  • LANL in line for new waste shipping containers

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Tuesday that the first shipment of transuranic waste using the newly approved shipping packaging known as the TRUPACT-III safely arrived at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesman Fred DeSousa, though, said the lab will not be using the new containers anytime soon.
    “Every container and its contents, big or small, must be analyzed and certified before shipment to WIPP,” DeSousa said. “LANL currently does not have equipment on site that’s capable of analyzing the large items that would go in TRUPACT-III containers. So, at least for now, people won’t see TRUPACT-III’s on the route from LANL to WIPP.”

  • A-19-a Master Planning Study open house tonight

    Consultants will introduce their recommended development plan for the White Rock A-19-a site at an open house this evening. This is the last scheduled public meeting before a master plan is submitted to the planning commission and then county council for approval.     
    A-19-a is one section of land set aside for the White Rock Master Plan. The county gained control of the land from the Department of Energy in 2002 to use for economic development.