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  • Martin sees no change in consent order

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities made a trip to Taos last week and was met by various nuclear watchdog groups.

    The groups were apparently stoked by an editorial in the Taos News that portrayed the coalition as hardly a “benign organization offering neighboring towns and counties input into Los Alamos National Laboratory policies. In truth, the coalition was formed to employ a lobbying firm, paid for by coalition members, to milk the federal government for funding for LANL.”

    Some members of the coalition think the editorial was a little off base because for the coalition, it’s all about cleanup.

  • Battle of the Bike Repairmen

    “Attn: Bicyclists of Los Alamos,” the first line reads on signs posted at coffee shops and stores throughout Los Alamos, “I am Beau Gerard, the owner of the Bike Doc here in Los Alamos,” the notice reads further.

    The signs take issue with local businessman Mark Whitcomb, who owns and operates Atomic Repair out of his home in White Rock. The signs state that he is not a professional, lacks experience and that his business is essentially unsafe.

    Gerard said he became like a mentor to Whitcomb approximately three years ago, and claims that Whitcomb befriended him wanting to learn more about bicycle repair. He said Whitcomb then turned around and opened his own bike repair shop.

    Gerard said he felt set-up and used by Whitcomb.

  • Council mulls CIP quandary

    Los Alamos County Council chambers were buzzing Tuesday with supporters of various capital improvement projects (CIP). No time was allotted for public comment last night, but the community’s interest was evident in the high turnout and in the more than 100 emails council received in support of various projects.

    Tuesday night’s session was limited to 15-minute presentations on six projects that have phase 2 approval, followed by 15 minutes of council questions. Chair Sharon Stover kept a tight rein on the proceedings.

  • Raw Video: Ariz. Crews Battling Wildfire, High Winds

    Firefighters are trying to prevent a wildfire near Crown King from passing a fire line that's about a mile west of the historic mining town. If that happens, the blaze could move south and threaten homes and businesses.

  • NM governor makes statewide drought declaration

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There's no question it's dry in New Mexico. Many argue that's an understatement, including Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The governor on Tuesday issued a drought declaration covering all of New Mexico, confirming what farmers, ranchers and municipal water utility managers already know.

    "Fire danger is high, water reservoirs run low and in some cases, we've seen towns like Las Vegas take dramatic steps to reduce basic water consumption in their residents' homes and businesses," Martinez said in a statement.

  • Police Confirm Missing Tucson Girl Was Abducted

    Police investigating the disappearance of 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis have concluded that she was abducted. Celis was reported missing from her family's Tucson, Arizona home on April 21st.

  • Today in History for May 16th
  • AAA: Expect Packed Roads Memorial Day Weekend

    AAA released results from the company's annual summer travel survey on Tuesday telling drivers to pack their patience when they hit the roads this upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, because the roads will be packed.

  • Update 05-15-12

    County Council

    County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m. today and Wednesday in council chambers.

    Correction

    Patrick Mockler-Wood has plans to open the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill at a location on Trinity Drive in the southeast corner of the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. There was an inaccuracy in a story in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.The report should have read: Mockler-Wood has teamed with his mother, Catherine Mockler and Pawel and Dorota Listwan — all local entrepreneurs — in the business venture.
    The Los Alamos Monitor regrets any confusion caused by the error.

    Meeting canceled

  • Threats to Jemez Forests focus of workshop

    I attended a Desired Condition Workshop last week.  The workshop was a joint effort of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University, the Forest and Watershed Institute at New Mexico Highlands University and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University. The focus was on the changing forest management policies based on current forestry science. The workshop included morning presentations, a field trip in the Grants area and field trips in the Jemez.    
    Based on this workshop and the developing changes in forest policy, I can’t emphasize enough the need for local residents to get involved.