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  • NM 4 project gets green light

    The White Rock State Road 4 alignment project may soon be underway. Last night the county’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee reviewed and discussed contractors’ bids and made recommendations to move the project forward.

    The goal in reconfiguring the stretch of road is to promote slower and safer travel through the community and to facilitate the county’s economic revitalization goals for the area.

    The new design calls for one lane travel in each direction, with bus pullouts and left turn lanes. This design should slow traffic, which the community is requesting, while expediting traffic flow.

  • PRC approves gas plant

    SUNLAND PARK (AP) — New Mexico regulators have given their approval for El Paso Electric to build an 81-megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant near Sunland Park.
    The $85 million project will serve about 50,000 customers in the Las Cruces area. Construction will  take about two years.
    The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve an order for the utility to build the plant.
    PRC Chairman Patrick Lyons voted in favor of the project. He said the plant will bring needed electricity to one of the state’s fastest growing areas.
    The commission was the last of three entities whose approval was required to move the project forward.

  • Still on the Line

    A Department of Public Utilities crew checks things out at 20th and Nectar earlier this week.

  • Police: Profs ran site for esteemed men to get sex--video extras

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two aging professors accused of running a sophisticated prostitution website appeared to have one goal: Police say they wanted to create a place where respected men like themselves could go for sex without having to worry about getting caught up in street stings.

    "They have a lot to lose, and they tried to build an organization to protect themselves," Albuquerque police Lt. William Roseman said.

  • Lujan pledges support for first responders

    Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has joined with several other members of the House to introduce bipartisan legislation to provide support to firefighters and other first responders, a news release said.
    The bill, HR 2269, dubbed the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act, renews programs to assist first responders.
    “As a number of fires continue to bur throughout New Mexico, it is critical that we provide our firefighters with the resources they need to successfully do their job,” Lujan said in the release. “Their bravery and service to your community is unparalleled as they fight on multiple fronts to protect New Mexico’s families, homes and land.”

  • Crews have one AZ wildfire under control

    PHOENIX (AP) — Firefighters nearly have one of three major wildfires in Arizona under control, but mostly because the blaze has already burned through an entire forest, officials said.
    The 348-square-mile blaze has churned through the forest atop southeastern Arizona’s Chiricahua mountains, said Mary Christensen, a spokeswoman for the team that has battled the huge fire since it broke out May 8. The Chiricahua in the Coronado National Forest is one of the state’s so-called “sky island” mountain ranges, which rise from the surrounding desert and grasslands and aren’t connected to other ranges.

  • Pacheco fire spreads to 5,500 acres

    More personnel has been added to fight the Pacheco Canyon Fire burning just north of Santa Fe’s ski basin.
    The fire, which started Saturday, has spread to 5,500 acres. As of late Wednesday night, the fire was 10 percent contained.
    Currently, 625 people are battling the blaze, up from 533 Tuesday night. So far, firefighters from Los Alamos haven’t been called in to fight the fire.
    The fire started near Aspen Ranch around the area of the Borrego Trail in the Santa Fe National Forest. Forest officials are requesting anyone who was in that area Friday or Saturday to call 505-438-5372.
    The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

  • Wednesday in the Park

    A moviegoer has some fun prior to Wednesday’s Movie in the Park. Wednesday’s movie, “Harry and the Hendersons,” was screened at East Park. The Movies in the Park is a weekly event during the summer and is hosted by the county’s Parks and Recreation department. Next week’s movie will be at Ashley Pond starting at dusk.

  • Update 06-23-11

    LAPS is on TV
    Mountain Elementary School will be featured at 5 a.m. Monday on the Discovery Channel in a special edition half hour show called The Profiles Series.

    Applications accepted
    Applications are being accepted through July 15 for the 2011-2012 Leadership Los Alamos program. Visit http://leadershiplosalamos.memberlodge.com/

    Work session set
    A school board work session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pajarito Ciffs. The work session is open to the public.

    CIP meeting set
    Los Alamos County’s Capital Improvement Projects Evaluation and Oversight Committee meets at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers.

    Fire update

  • NM Boys' State fosters citizenship

    In a 2008 study conducted by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 71 percent of Americans failed a civic literacy test, with an overall average score of 49 percent. Fewer than half of all Americans could name all three branches of government. Even more disturbing is the fact that elected officials scored lower than the general public, with an average score of 44 percent.

    This lack of civic literacy may be the result of a lax educational system. Most states do not require middle school students to take classes in civics and government. It may also be that civics, like history, is one of those classes filled with dry facts and figures that evaporate soon after the course is over.