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  • Buyer reportedly emerges for troubled Hilltop House Hotel

    The Hilltop House Hotel will remain open, at least for now.

    Owner Ron Selvage said Saturday that he has a buyer for the hotel, which has been in foreclosure proceedings with the Los Alamos National Bank.

    Selvage would not reveal the name of the buyer or the purchase price and the transaction is contingent upon a number of factors. Selvage, though, did say that the papers were signed Friday night.

    The deal is contingent upon bank approval, an appraisal and a two-thirds vote of agreement from the investors’ group.

    “I am confident the deal will go through,” Selvage said. “It’s going to be on a fast track and I am hopeful we can get it done in a month.”

    Back in September 2005, managing partner Ron Selvage and Hilltop House LLC took out a mortgage of $4.8 million. Selvage had the backing of a team of local investors, who pooled their funds and came up with $600,000.

    When asked if the investors would get their money back, Selvage said, “unfortunately, no.”

    Selvage and his wife Kim Selvage are personally on the hook for the mortgage and Selvage said negotiations are ongoing for the balance of the loan if the sale is approved.

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  • Raw: Dramatic End to Deadly Chase

    Authorities have identified a man killed in an Indianola crash that injured a child and ended a high-speed chase.

  • State reaches deal on San Juan plant

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico has brokered an agreement with federal regulators and the state's largest utility that aims to settle more than a year of wrangling over the best way to curb pollution from a coal-fired power plant that serves more than 2 million customers in the Southwest.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration and Public Service Company of New Mexico unveiled details of the agreement Friday. It calls for shutting down two units at the 1,800-megawatt San Juan Generating Station by the end of 2017 and replacing them with a new natural gas-fired plant capable of producing at least 150 megawatts of electricity.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had initially ordered the utility to equip the plant with certain technology to cut pollutants that cause haze and visibility issues in national parks and wilderness areas in the Four Corners region. The order sparked a round of appeals and lawsuits by the state and PNM. One of the chief concerns was that the cost of the federally mandated upgrades would result in higher electric bills for customers.

    Martinez said in a statement Friday that much work went into crafting a solution that would address air quality, utility rates, conservation of the state's water resources and jobs in the region.

  • Update 02-15-13

    Trash service

    In observation of Presidents’ Day there will be no trash or recycling collection on Monday.  If Monday is your normal pickup day, place your trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday for collection.


    Cathy Faber’s Swingin’ Country Band will play from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge. Cost is $15 per person, $25 per couple. For more information, call Carey at 412-7845.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

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    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. Feb. 19: Los Alamos County Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith, a member of Kiwanis, will update the club on the solar project at the landfill.

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  • Homeowners brace for White Rock well drilling

    Approximately 20 Pajarito Acres residents attended a homeowner’s association meeting Tuesday to express concerns that some have about drilling the first well for the San Juan Chama Water Project on public lands next to the subdivision.

    Department of Public Utilities Senior Engineer Jack Richardson made efforts to alleviate those fears.

    “There was some passionate discussion about the loss of serenity for the park where the proposed well site 3 is located. There was some discussion about the need for the project in general but the discussion brought almost everyone around to the idea that this is a good and important project for the county as a whole,” Richardson said.

    “Not everyone was satisfied but everyone left understanding why the county continues to move forward — at least through the first exploratory test well phase before making the final go-no go decision.”

    Pajarito Acres Homeowners Association President Dick Foster believes that residents understand the need for the project and felt that Richardson adequately addressed their concerns.

  • A day at the Round House

    Los Alamos Girl Scouts represented both the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails and the First Lego League at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe Wednesday. Los Alamos Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard met with the girls and had the Speaker of the House introduce the Girl Scouts as her guests for the day. The girls also brought their Lego robot and shared the value of STEM education and activities for girls. First Lego League and the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails have a partnership that encourages girls to engage in STEM activities.

  • Bandelier pile burn

    The fire crew at Bandelier National Monument executed a pile burn Wednesday. The pile of wood debris was located in the park gravelyard, a fenced, cleared area near the park entrance along N.M. 4.

  • 1,100 injured by blasts as meteor falls in Russia--Video Extra


    MOSCOW (AP) — With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky Friday and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million.

    While NASA estimated the meteor was only about the size of a bus and weighed an estimated 7,000 tons, the fireball it produced was dramatic. Video shot by startled residents of the city of Chelyabinsk showed its streaming contrails as it arced toward the horizon just after sunrise, looking like something from a world-ending science-fiction movie.

    The largest recorded meteor strike in more than a century occurred hours before a 150-foot asteroid passed within about 17,000 miles (28,000 kilometers) of Earth. The European Space Agency said its experts had determined there was no connection between the asteroid and the Russian meteor — just cosmic coincidence.

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