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  • NM delegation pushes for new conservation area

    TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are continuing to push for the designation of conservation and wilderness areas in Taos and Rio Arriba counties.

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would preserve about 236,000 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management by designating a combination of conservation and wilderness areas.

    Much of the land — 214,600 acres — would be managed as a conservation area. Two other parcels would be managed as wilderness.

    Fellow New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall is cosponsoring the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishment Act.

  • TEPCO president hospitalized in Tokyo; radiation levels continue to climb

    TOKYO (AP) — The president of the utility that owns Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear complex was hospitalized with hypertension as setbacks mounted at the plant, where experts Wednesday logged the highest radiation yet in nearby seawater.

    Masataka Shimizu, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., has not been seen for nearly two weeks after appearing at a Tokyo news conference two days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hobbled the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant's cooling systems and set off radiation leaks.

    Shimizu, 66, was taken Tuesday to a Tokyo hospital after suffering dizziness and high blood pressure, TEPCO spokesman Naoki Tsunoda said.

  • NMED: No threat of radiation to state

    The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Radiation Control Bureau (RCB) is working with federal agencies to provide information and assistance to New Mexican’s regarding radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.
    The federal government has now created a single webpage at www.usa.gov/Japan2011, providing information on air quality, food safety, potassium iodide, shipments from Japan, passengers from Japan, and additional information. The NMED is directing New Mexicans to this website for the most current and accurate information. The US Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for monitoring radionuclides in New Mexico. Current information can be found at www.epa.gov/japan2011/rert/radnet-data-map.html.

  • Arrest made in rest stop killings in Rio Arriba County

     SANTA FE  — State police arrested an Ojo Caliente man for the killings of a man and woman found in a burned out car in February north of Espanola.
    Twenty-eight-year-old Donald Ferran was arrested Monday for the deaths of 25-year-old Joey Maestas of Hernandez and 27-year-old Sarah Salazar of Espanola.
    Investigators believe Ferran killed the pair and put their bodies inside a 2000 Honda Accord parked at the rest stop and then set the car on fire.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports information from a warrant said a witness told police that just before the killing Maestas was flashing a $1,000 inside a turquoise money clip to Ferran and was bragging about it.

  • Update 03-29-11

     Web conference
    The National Private Duty Association will offer a web conference to help families in New Mexico facing hiring a caregiver for a family member, at 7 p.m. March 30. Sign up at www.privatedutyhomecare.org.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 tonight at the Chambers in the Community Building.

     Dark Night
    The Pajarito Astronomers will hold their first county sponsored Dark Night of 2011 at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.

  • Atomic City Transit may face funding cuts

    Mike Wismer, a county councilor representing Los Alamos on the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), will host the group’s monthly meeting at the Pajarito Cliffs Site conference room this Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The meeting is open to the public.

    One of the key items on this month’s agenda is funding allocation, which addresses the future funding of NCRTD routes that service Los Alamos County.

  • Spring is here

    Daffodils already seem to be in full bloom on Trinity Drive across from Mari Mac shopping center Tuesday morning.

  • Local bookkeeper indicted

    An office manager, who kept the books for Jemez Physical Therapy in Los Alamos, was indicted on embezzlement and tax fraud charges by a grand jury in Santa Fe Friday.

    Rebecca Serrano, 46, of Espanola is accused of pilfering about $80,000 over a period of years from the practice at 2101 Trinity Dr.

    Serrano faces four counts of embezzlement and four counts of tax evasion. Because she is accused of embezzling in excess of $20,000, the charges escalate to second-degree felonies. The four tax evasion charges lodged against Serrano are fourth-degree felonies.

  • Civil Air Patrol seeks WWII veterans

    The Civil Air Patrol is seeking information about those who served in its ranks during World War II, in anticipation of pending legislation that will award a Congressional Gold Medal to CAP in honor of those wartime members.  Following passage of the legislation, eligible World War II members and their families will be honored in a special ceremony in Washington, DC. Replica medals will be presented to living members or to the families of deceased members.

  • Watch for lane drop

    Lane drop (temporary closure):
    East bound traffic will be reduced to one lane on Trinity Drive between 20 and 17 streets.  
    Beginning Tuesday, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ contractor will begin trenching the sidewalk on the South side of Trinity to install a new electric conduit.  Pedestrian traffic will be safely routed around the construction zone.
    Use the queue space provided, take turns merging at the merge point, don’t block intersections, and drive defensively.