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  • Update 09-20-12

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session to discuss the Trinity Site at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers.

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26-28 for staff to attend training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.

    No court

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will not have a Judge for the week of Sept. 17-21 due to the annual Magistrate Judge’s conference. The court hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. that week.

    P&Z meeting

    The Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the community building training room.

  • Bandelier looking for public input

    The National Park Service at Bandelier National Monument is developing a Transportation Plan/ Environmental Assessment to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument.
    The public and interested agencies are encouraged to attend one of two open house workshops on Monday or Tuesday to learn about the Plan/EA and comment early in the planning process. Attendees will learn about the current status of this effort, and park staff will be there to answer questions.
    The first will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Town Hall, 139 Longview, with a second open house from noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    The National Park Service is in the scoping phase of the project and needs and encourages public input during this initial comment period.  These comments are crucial to defining the issues and concerns to be addressed.
    The public will have a second opportunity to comment on the plan/EA after it is released, tentatively in the fall of 2013.

  • State House rivals talk Smart Grid

    House District 43 candidates Stephanie Garcia Richard (D) and Jim Hall (R) weighed in Tuesday on Monday’s Smart House project.

    The $53 million smart grid project was developed by scientists in New Mexico and Japan. Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization is working with Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory on the project.

    It includes a solar photovoltaic array at the county’s capped landfill, a battery storage system, and a smart house and energy management system that will serve Los Alamos residents.

    “The Southwest has abundant sunlight and has the potential to generate enough power to meet the nation’s needs; however, storage and distribution are the key elements that will make this source viable,” Garcia Richard said. “Future development using the research capabilities of LANL, applied research demonstrated by the Japanese and production, manufacturing and construction will result in jobs for New Mexicans. We have seen the cost of PV dramatically reduced.

    Now using the information gained from the NEDO project New Mexico could lead the nation in solar energy production, storage and ‘smart grid’ design. The opportunities are enormous. Is the state up to the task?”

  • Staff promotes pilot project

    Transit staff asked the Los Alamos County Council for feedback on two proposals during Tuesday’s work session.

    Transit Manager Mike Davis explained how a proposed Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) System could improve efficiencies and customer experience. CAD would connect computers on transit buses to a computerized system in the dispatch center.

    The system would expedite scheduling shift assignments and daily adjustments to the schedule. It would also facilitate vehicle assignment by tracking which size bus is needed for each route, which vehicles are available, which are undergoing maintenance and also which are due for maintenance.

    Drivers would sign in on the system, so dispatchers would know immediately if someone had not arrived for their shift.

    Drivers would also enter safety inspection results electronically. Inspections are conducted at the beginning and end of each shift and each time a vehicle changes hands. Drivers currently turn in handwritten reports, which other staff  then enters into the computer.

  • 2012 Sample Election Ballots Released -- Check Attachments

    The Los Alamos County Clerk released the sample ballots for the 2012 General Elections. Check out the following attachments.

  • Close Call: Quick-Thinking Officers Dodge Crash
  • Today in History for September 20th
  • Traffic mishap in front of Hilltop House Hotel

    Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Doug Ehler was trying to have an uneventful last day on the force.

    On Tuesday, he was on the scene as a paint truck went over a cliff on N.M. 4 in the Jemez Mountains.

    On Wednesday, he was called to a scene around 3:30 p.m. at the corner of Trinity Drive and 4th Street in front of the Hilltop Hotel South. A white pickup truck made a turn in front of a red Subaru, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.

    A 55-year-old woman, driving the red Subaru was transported by LAFD to Los Alamos Medical Center with minor injuries. A 17-year-old driving the white pickup truck was cited for failure to yield and having an expired driver's license.

    The white pickup truck had run over the stop sign as well. And workers were already on the scene with a replacement stop sign.

    “I was just trying to get through the day without anything happening,” Ehler said.

     By 4 p.m., traffic was flowing normally in both directions.  

    And Ehler was ready to call it a career after 21 years.  

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  • Wife: Driver in truck crash to be OK

    Frank Maes was at mile marker 49 on N.M. 4 when things started going wrong.

    Before he knew it, he and his International flatbed truck, loaded with 2,000 gallons of yellow and white road striping paint, were plunging over the side of a steep mountain pass.

    Maes was lucky.

    In fact, soon after his truck, or what was left of it, came to a stop 200 feet below in the Bandelier National Forest, Maes got out of his cab and started crawling up the mountain.

    “As he was going over, he told me he thought he was going to die,” Maes’ wife Karen said. “But something… I think angels were watching him.”

    According to Karen,  Maes suffered no internal injuries or broken bones, just a laceration on his calf, a massive bruise on one of his hips and a sprained ankle. 

    Maes was on his way down the mountain to rendezvous with the rest of his crew when the accident happened. His mission was to deliver his load of paint to the crew.

    “He just ran out of brakes, he said he had no more brakes,” Karen said.

    Soon after he got out of the cab, a passing motorist noticed Maes and called the police.