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  • County moves on San Juan Chama water project

    The San Juan Chama Project was developed to convey 96,200 acre-feet of water from southern Colorado to New Mexico. As one of the entities that contributed to building the project’s infrastructure, Los Alamos County has a contract for 1,200 acre-feet of water. However, the county has lacked the infrastructure to make use of that resource.

    The Department of Public Utilities is now ready to move forward with building that infrastructure as part of its 40-year plan.

    A number of the county’s existing wells are at the end of their service life. Utilizing the San Juan Chama water is a viable alternative to replacing those wells, and creates additional water resources to meet future demands when the groundwater right is maximized and becomes limiting to development.

    Moving forward with the project also removes the risk of the county losing its water rights for not demonstrating use or to entities claiming senior water rights. The county’s legal counsel does not deem that risk as being large.

    The county conducted a feasibility study in 2004, but as other jurisdictions such as the City and County of Santa Fe began developing their allotments, the possibility of shared resources presented itself. DPU initiated another study in 2010, conducted by CDM Smith, to explore those alternatives.

  • Interns reach out to communities

    One of the key elements of Bandelier National Monument’s Fall Fiesta involved outreach, especially to Hispanic communities that tend to have low visitation. The effort is part of the National Park Service’s recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 ­ through Oct. 15.

    “In a lot of ways, Fall Fiesta is a way for us to bring people who normally don’t use this park, to kind of introduce them to this place. And maybe they’ll want to come back, start making it part of something they do,” Public Information Officer Rod Torrez said.

    “The more people we can reach, the more communities we can reach that’s so essential to making this park a valued piece of the landscape for people who live here.”

    Angela Lorena Velarde Quintanilla and María Pía Floria have led that effort for the past three months.
    Quintanilla hails from Arequipa, Peru and Floria is from Esquel in central Patagonia.

    The women are here under a program called International Volunteers in Parks, an offshoot of Park Flight Migratory Bird Program.

    The program selects professional candidates who can share the knowledge gained here with colleagues in their home countries.

  • Update 09-30-12

    Bulk item pickup

    At 8 a.m. Monday, brush and bulk item collection begins for town site residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service. Items placed out late will not be collected. For more information, visit losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

    Garden Club

    The Summit Garden Club will meet to tour the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens Wetlands, then have lunch in Santa Fe Monday. Visitors welcome. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call Freda McCormick at 662-7943.

    Elk festival

    The Valles Caldera will hold its annual event Oct. 6-14 with the headquarters at the Visitor Center. Daily festival activities will include elk viewing, elk education booths and various demonstration booths. This event is free and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

    Candidate forums

    The League of Women Voters will have a candidates’ forum for the county council and county clerk candidates as well as the Charter amendments on Oct. 4. The forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fuller Lodge, with refreshments at 6:30.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

  • New Visitor Center opens in White Rock

    The White Rock Visitor Center held its grand opening Friday as dignitaries pose by the sign.

  • Today in History for September 29th
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  • Networks help build business

    When Gordon Johnston and his wife had trouble getting the fire extinguishers serviced at their Taos bed and breakfast about five years ago, Johnston decided to launch a part-time fire extinguisher business of his own.
    That one-time side venture is now the couple’s central enterprise, Alpine Fire Safety Systems Inc. Johnston credits Taos Entrepreneurial Network, or TEN, with the support and connections he needed to pursue the government contracts that have made his business such a success.
    TEN is an independent nonprofit organization of entrepreneurs and local community leaders that the McCune Charitable Foundation launched in 2004. TEN is now funded by Northern New Mexico Connect, which coordinates economic development projects for Los Alamos National Security LLC, operator of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    After Johnston made a presentation to TEN’s board of directors, Christopher Madrid — the group’s former facilitator and now a volunteer — informed him of an upcoming seminar on federal contracting. “I had never considered federal contracting but went [to the seminar] with an open and curious mind,” he said. “About three years ago I received my first federal contract with the Veterans Administration in California. That contract will be up for a five-year renewal in January.”

  • State launches literacy website

    Gov. Susana Martinez announced that the state has launched a new website that will provide new support for parents and educators working to teach students how to read.
    The “New Mexico Reads to Lead” website provides information from across the country on the best strategies to help students with literacy. Unique support is available, in English and Spanish, for students at each grade level to provide targeted help for children no matter their current reading skill. In addition, the website will begin to collect proven strategies from New Mexico teachers to share with their colleagues across the state and also highlights community literacy programs which help support local reading efforts.
    Parents will have access to a recommended reading list for students at their child’s ability level. In April, Gov. Martinez announced the “New Mexico Reads to Lead” initiative, a direct investment in early childhood education and early childhood reading interventions designed to assist teachers and parents in identifying struggling students and helping them to read at grade level.

  • Report: NM gains initially with Medicaid expansion

    SANTA FE, (AP) — New Mexico’s costs of expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul will be offset initially by additional tax revenues because of increased spending on medical services, according to a legislative committee analysis released Thursday.
    The Legislative Finance Committee released its staff projections as lawmakers began to consider what will be one of the biggest issues confronting Gov. Susana Martinez and the Legislature next year.
    Policymakers must decide whether the state can afford the long-term costs of expanding the eligibility of Medicaid to potentially cover nearly 170,000 low-income New Mexicans by 2020.
    About a fourth of the state’s population currently receives medical care through Medicaid, which covers uninsured children, the disabled and the poor. The state and federal government jointly finance Medicaid.
    The Human Services Department estimates it will cost the state about $413 million from 2014 through 2020 to expand Medicaid as called for under federal law. An additional $6 billion in federal money should flow into the state to cover those medical services during the same time.