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  • 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.

  • Homestead Tour Fills a Gap

    Many may see the Los Alamos Homestead Tour as a boost to create tourism or way to enrich the history of the county. For the descendants of the homesteaders, the tour strikes a much deeper and more personal note.

    “No area is made up of just one people. There are all types of stories,” said Joe Gutierrez, founder and former president of the Pajarito Plateau Homesteaders Association (PPHA). Gutierrez was invited to join the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board and serve on the Homestead Tour subcommittee when the project began. He served as liaison to the homesteader descendants.

  • Agnew recounts lab's early days

    During a Director’s Classified Colloquium May 10, former Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Director Harold Agnew spent more than two hours recalling his history with Los Alamos from the very beginnings of the Manhattan Project, through his nine-year directorship that ended in 1979.

    He displayed a remarkable ability to remember names, rattling off whole lists of people who worked on projects with him more than 60 years ago.

    Agnew spoke of practical jokes and Washington hijinks that drew laughter throughout the talk, that was formatted as discussion with laboratory historian Alan Carr and Glen McDuff of Surety Systems Engineering (W-16).