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  • Lawmakers urged to keep Indian-majority districts 


    SANTA FE — Native American leaders urged lawmakers on Wednesday to safeguard Indian-majority districts when the Legislature redraws the boundaries of New Mexico’s elective office districts.
    There are nine districts — six in the House and three in the Senate — in which Indians account for at least 65 percent of the population. The districts are in northwestern and north-central New Mexico.
    A group representing tribes and pueblos in New Mexico on Wednesday outlined redistricting proposals to a legislative committee that will continue that number of Indian-majority districts.

  • In Brief 09-02-11

    Power outage in White Rock

    Officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities reported that a lightning strike damaged two overhead line fuses causing a power outage that began at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Bryce Avenue neighborhood of White Rock.  Approximately 80 customers were affected.  
    Power was restored to half of affected customers by 8 p.m., and after a fuse mechanism was replaced on the second fuse, the remaining customers had power restored by 9:44 p.m.

    DPU to check meters

  • Update 09-02-11

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voter’s Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 8 at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki.

    Fuller Lodge

       The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    No trash collection

    There will be no residential or commercial trash or recycling collection on Sept. 5. If Monday is your normal collection day, please put out your roll carts by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

    Ranger talk

  • Three county clerk employees receive certifications

    Three Los Alamos County employees received certifications from The NM EDGE County College program during the New Mexico Association of Counties annual summer conference in Roswell.

    Sheryl Nichols, Los Alamos County’s chief deputy clerk, and Adrianna Ortiz, the county’s senior deputy clerk, were presented the New Mexico Certified County Clerk designation, while Bonnie Montoya, of the county’s assessor office, received the certified public official designation.

    The NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector, is a program administered by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.

  • Review says no to one-lane roundabouts

    The results of Ourston Roundabout Engineering’s peer review of MIG’s NM 502/Trinity Drive Transportation Corridor Study and Plan are in, and the findings are unequivocal.
    “Our results show that single-lane roundabouts will not adequately handle the existing or future traffic volumes for select approaches.”
    Ourston’s examination consisted of a review of the entire study plus an analysis of four of the corridor’s intersections. It also compared the results obtained with the SIDRA software MIG used to those obtained using ARCADY, another roundabout analysis program.

  • Seen at the Scene: Seed Balls

    On Aug. 20, almost 600 residents came together to assist Los Alamos High School senior Jin Park and Los Alamos County employee Craig Martin, in a seed ball project that will aid reforestation efforts for the surrounding community affected by the Las Conchas Fire.


  • Utility to stop river diversions until Nov. 1

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Hundreds of thousands of water utility customers in the Albuquerque area will have to rely solely on groundwater for the next two months.
    The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority says it’s stopping the diversion of surface water from the Rio Grande at least until Nov. 1.
    The utility made the announcement Thursday. It’s taking the action due to the continued presence of ash in the river from post-fire runoff and drought conditions. Utility officials say their treatment plant is capable of removing ash, but treating the ash-laden water has become cost-prohibitive because of the additional chemicals and energy required.

  • State Briefs 09-01-11

    Officer having sex on hood won’t be charged

    SANTA FE — He’s in uniform and apparently on duty. But New Mexico State Police say the officer caught on camera having sex with a woman on the hood of a car did not commit a crime.
    Video from a security camera of the encounter at the county-owned Canyon Ranch surfaced about two weeks ago.
    State police spokesman Tim Johnson tells KQRE-TV an internal investigation has been done and the agency does not believe a crime occurred. He also says the officer will not be cited for lewd behavior.
    Johnson declined to release the name of the officer, but KQRE reports he is an eight-year veteran of the department who’s currently on administrative leave.

  • Update 09-01-11

    Lunch with a leader

    The League of Women Voter’s Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 8 at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki.

    Fuller Lodge

     The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    Film series

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “The Social Network,” rated PG 13, at 6:30 p.m. today in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library.

    Ranger talk

  • 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.