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  • Statewide crash drill set for Los Alamos


    The Los Alamos Composite Squadron and Civil Air Patrol will host a statewide emergency exercise Saturday, starting early in the morning.

    According to squadron leader Maj. Annette Peters, the exercise will involve 10 patrols from across the state and two operation centers. One center will be located at the Los Alamos Airport and the other will be at the Crossroads Bible Church.

    “Each month, we have a practice search and rescue exercise, and for the first time this year we are actually having it in Los Alamos,” Peters said.

    Most residents probably won’t notice, but North Mesa residents and residents located around the airport probably will, since the search area will include places north, including Los Alamos, Santa Clara and the Valdes Caldera.

  • Valles Caldera legislation reintroduced

    U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have reintroduced legislation to transfer the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service. 

    Udall and retired Sen. Jeff Bingaman first introduced this legislation in 2010 in light of inconsistent funding, the need for infrastructure improvements and concerns that the Preserve would not achieve financial self-sustainability by 2015, as directed by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000. 

    “Millions of years in the making, the Valles Caldera is a natural wonder, rich in geology, ecology and culture,” Udall said. “With its vast grass-filled valleys, forested hillsides and numerous volcanic peaks, the caldera means a great deal to the surrounding communities and tribes. Incorporating this landscape into the National Park Service will preserve its resources and allow for public enjoyment by future generations. Additionally, I want to applaud the years of work that the Board of Trustees and Preserve employees have invested in caring for this unmatched natural resource.”

  • Passing the baton
  • Obama light on nuclear specifics

    President Obama was light on the details when it came to reducing the country’s nuclear stockpile.

    In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama said, “we will engage Russia to seek further reductions in our nuclear arsenals, and continue leading the global effort to secure nuclear materials that could fall into the wrong hands — because our ability to influence others depends on our willingness to lead.”

    Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) wanted to hear more about the White House’s plans in regards to the nuclear issue.

    “Moving forward, one area that we must hear more about from the president is his goal of reducing our nation’s nuclear weapon stockpile, Luján said. “It will be critical to examine the details of this plan to determine its impact on New Mexico; however, I believe Los Alamos National Laboratory has an important role to play in achieving this goal and in maintaining and ensuring the safety of a smaller nuclear deterrent.”

    NNSA spokesperson Josh McConaha released a fact sheet Tuesday night in regards to nuclear disarmament.

    The fact sheet first addressed the process that is used.

  • Council OKs air service

    In a unanimous decision, county council approved a service agreement with New Mexico Airlines for commercial air service between Los Alamos and Albuquerque and ratified grant funding that will subsidize the service for nearly three years. 

    In 2012, council approved an earmark of $150,000 from the Economic Development Fund to attract commercial air service. Council Chair Geoff Rodgers praised Airport Manager Peter Soderquist for obtaining grant funding that reduces the county’s contribution for subsidizing the service from an estimated $143,707 to $28,000. 

    “I want to thank everybody that’s worked to bring that cost down. If we can get scheduled air service in this community for a cost to the county of $28,000, you’ve done a marvelous job. I wish you nothing but success, and I certainly plan to use this,” Rodgers said. 

    The county’s cost was defrayed by two grants and a contribution, totaling $312,000.

    They included:

    •$272,000 Small Community Air Service Development Program Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation

    •$25,000 from an Associated New Mexico Department of Transportation Air Service Assistance Program Grant

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  • Charred body found in rubble of burned Big Bear cabin

    BIG BEAR, Calif. (AP) — The extraordinary manhunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of three murders converged Tuesday on a mountain cabin where he was believed to have barricaded himself inside, engaged in a shootout that killed a deputy and then never emerged as the home went up in flames.

    A single gunshot was heard from within, and a charred body was found inside.

    If the man inside proves to be Christopher Dorner, the search for the most wanted man in America over the last week would have ended the way he had expected — death, with the police pursuing him.

  • DPU employees honored by state

    Three Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities employees garnered “Outstanding Operator of the Year” awards from the New Mexico Water and Wastewater Association.
    Pipefitter Jeff Romero of the Gas, Water, Sewer Division earned “Water Distribution System Operator of the Year,” Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Jennifer Baca earned “Wastewater Operator of the Year” in the Laboratory Technician category while Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Chris Lopez earned “Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year.”
    GWS Shop Supervisor and newly-elected NMWWA President David Gomez presented the award plaques to his fellow DPU associates at the January 30 awards banquet in Las Cruces, citing their outstanding performance and dedication.
    The NMWAA is a non-profit scientific and educational organization, which promotes proper design, construction, operation, performance evaluation, and management of water and wastewater utilities.

  • Update 02-12-13

    Bandelier burn

    Weather permitting, the fire crew at Bandelier National Monument is planning a pile burn to be done at 9 a.m. Wednesday.  The pile of wood debris is near the park entrance along N.M. 4

    Council meeting

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

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

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    Shrove Tuesday

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr., invites the community to a Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) pancake supper, from 5:30-7 p.m. today. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $4 for children, $8 for adults and $20 for a family.

    Birthday celebration

    Chamisa Elementary will celebrate its 45th birthday with two events Wednesday. The first, at 11:30 a.m., will include cupcakes and sixth graders selling jewelry, baked goods and fruit. The evening event will be a community potluck at 6 p.m., with a dessert contest.