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  • 'Anger Room' Offers Safe Place to Lash Out
  • Today in History for October 2nd
  • Raw: 10-Year-Old Steals Van, Crashes Cars

    Police expect to charge a 10-year-old Philadelphia boy with auto theft and related charges. They say he made it less than a block after stealing a van that was unloading furniture early Sunday afternoon in West Philadelphia.

  • 10 things to know for Monday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. WHAT THE SUPREME COURT MAY CONSIDER THIS TERM

    The justices return Monday with rulings ahead on affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights.

    2. WHICH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IS BETTER AT DEBATES

    Obama says it's Romney, who he calls "a good debater," as both candidates prepare for Wednesday's face-off.

    3. MOTORCYCLE BOMBER KILLS 14 IN AFGHANISTAN

    The suicide attack targeted a joint patrol of Afghan and international forces; among those killed were three NATO service members and their translator.

    4. WHERE GAY 'CONVERSION' THERAPY WILL BE BANNED

  • Today in History for October 1st
  • One Soldier's Tale: 2,000 Dead in Afghanistan
  • Today in History for September 30th
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    NMDOT mill and overlay on N.M. 502 starts Tuesday

    Starting Tuesday, N.M.502 (Main Hill Road) to Los Alamos will be closed weekdays and Saturdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. while the NMDOT conducts a milling and overlay pavement rehabilitation project.
    Work will occur from east of East Gate Drive to the Bayo Canyon access road. Access to the East Gate Industrial Park will be maintained from the townsite. On Oct. 8, the roadway will be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
    Weather permitting, the project should be complete by Oct. 14. Motorists should use N.M. 4/East Jemez Road truck route.
    Contact Kenny Gallegos, NMDOT District 5 Area maintenance supervisor at 660-7866.

    Trinity and Oppenheimer four-way stop Tuesday
    Traffic crews will replace the traffic control cabinet at Trinity and Oppenheimer Tuesday. Work will begin at 8:30 a.m. and be completed by 1 p.m.
    During the replacement, the intersection will be “dark” and will function as a 4-way stop until the new cabinet is energized. Expect minor delays.

    Eastern Area 2 concrete, paving and utility project — phase 1
    Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon remains closed.

  • The road keeps calling his name

    Seventeen years ago, Jim Jaillet sold his house, jettisoned nearly all his possessions, bought an RV and hit the road.

    This week, the retired engineer’s curiosity got the better of him and he decided to see what Los Alamos was all about.

    “I love history, and being an ex-engineer I’m a very technical person,” Jaillet said, adding that the Bradbury Museum was a big reason why he decided to take his 26-foot Class A Fleetwood Terra RV (with Ford Bronco in tow) up “the Hill” to see what it was all about.

    “I really enjoyed the museum,” he said noting he enjoyed reading about all the details of the Manhattan Project. Jaillet also visited the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Valdes Caldera, where he said he really lucked out.

    “I had the tour bus driver all to myself and we spent three hours driving around the Caldera,” Jaillet said. He snapped a lot of pictures while he was at Bradbury and the Caldera, and you can view them on his blogs at blog.seattlepi.com/ramblinman/ and otrwjam.wordpress.com/.

    All in all he said, Los Alamos is a pretty neat town.

  • County moves on San Juan Chama water project

    The San Juan Chama Project was developed to convey 96,200 acre-feet of water from southern Colorado to New Mexico. As one of the entities that contributed to building the project’s infrastructure, Los Alamos County has a contract for 1,200 acre-feet of water. However, the county has lacked the infrastructure to make use of that resource.

    The Department of Public Utilities is now ready to move forward with building that infrastructure as part of its 40-year plan.

    A number of the county’s existing wells are at the end of their service life. Utilizing the San Juan Chama water is a viable alternative to replacing those wells, and creates additional water resources to meet future demands when the groundwater right is maximized and becomes limiting to development.

    Moving forward with the project also removes the risk of the county losing its water rights for not demonstrating use or to entities claiming senior water rights. The county’s legal counsel does not deem that risk as being large.

    The county conducted a feasibility study in 2004, but as other jurisdictions such as the City and County of Santa Fe began developing their allotments, the possibility of shared resources presented itself. DPU initiated another study in 2010, conducted by CDM Smith, to explore those alternatives.