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  • Airlines Set Bag Fee Record in 1st Half of Year

    U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year, the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period.

  • Dems claim they made no endorsement of Hall

    When is an endorsement not an endorsement.

    Apparently, not when it comes to the two Democratic state senators, who voiced support for Rep Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) in the House District 43 race against Stephanie Garcia Richard.

    Hall’s campaign sent out a press release that said the following:

    “Northern New Mexico’s State Senators Carlos Cisneros (District 6: Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, and Taos) and Richard Martinez (District 5: Los Alamos, Rio Arriba. and Santa Fe) support incumbent State Representative Jim Hall in his campaign for the State House of Representatives.

    “During Hall’s first term in the state legislature Rep. Hall worked with both Senators Cisneros and Martinez, passing legislation to benefit New Mexico and the northern New Mexico region.

    “Senator Richard Martinez said, “I worked with Jim Hall when he was a County Councilor and now as a legislator.  If elected, he will do an outstanding job of representing Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico.”

  • Making Trinity Site work

    One key issue that arose about transferring the Trinity Site lease to Smith’s/Kroger involved whether the grocer could succeed where others had failed.

    Smith’s Vice President of Corporate Development Steven Sorensen responded that Smith’s commitment to moving forward with the 110,000-square-foot Smith’s Marketplace is not contingent on having other tenants. NADG had not conducted any of the studies normally performed in the due diligence period, such as topographical surveys, because they wanted a minimum number of tenants signed on before investing resources.

    “We do have a tremendous sense of excitement at Smith’s on getting this new store going,” Sorensen said.”The more important thing for us is whether the topography works: what’s underneath the ground, what you can’t see. We’ve committed the resources to get the due diligence done, and that will begin immediately.

    “We would estimate the due diligence and all of our design costs probably approach somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million. That’s $1 million with no return to us and no shovel turned in the dirt. That’s our skin in the game.

  • United Way Youth Team plans events

    The United Way Youth Team is working to reach their $11,000 fundraising goal for the United Way of Northern New Mexico. The team will host three more events benefiting the United Way Community Action Fund.
    First up will be Atomic City’s Got Talent, a benefit concert showcasing local talent at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The event will be at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door. Costs is $12.50 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and $7.50 for children 12 and younger.
    Youth Team Project Manager Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta, who will also be Master of Ceremonies with Jordan Ahlers, and Greg Ahlers is coordinating the event.
    The concert will include the following acts:
    • Rozy Richmond singing
    • The Mezzaluna String Quartet (Caitlin Dahl on cello, Mirelle Naud on viola and Chip Mielke and Irene Gerrish on violin)
    • Lindsay Roach, Nicole Graham, and Akane Dunn from New Mexico Dance Theatre
    • Victor Kim on piano
    • National Dance Institute (United Way Community Partner)
    • Elucidation, a dance group (Aaron Nguyen, Chelsea Challacombe, Alice Shao, Helen Lu, Andrew Li, Dani Prokop, Kate Margevicius, Marika Sinnis, and Jing Xie)
    • And more

  • Update 09-25-12

    CMRR meeting

    A CMRR Project Update public meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    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.

    School board

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education will meet for a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

    P&Z meeting

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

    Grand opening

    The County of Los Alamos will host a grand opening ceremony for the new White Rock Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

  • Monsoon ends after dismal rain year

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico’s summer monsoon season began with promise but has now ended with disappointing amounts of rainfall across much of the state.
    National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Frazier tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that all the ingredients needed to bring normal summer rains to the state’s mountains and plains just never developed this year. Instead, the main moisture plume stayed to the west in Arizona and California.
    The upper elevations in the central and northern mountains had some of the best rains, but the moisture rarely dropped down into the valleys around Santa Fe or Albuquerque. The far western portions of the state fared best, with near normal precipitation.
    Most of the state received from 40 percent to 80 percent of the 30-year rolling average, with the statewide average at 60 percent of normal. Through August, the state has endured its fifth-driest year on record.
    Saturday marked the autumn equinox, when the hours of daylight and darkness are equal, and also signals a continued dry spell at least into October, Frazier said.
    “In Northern New Mexico, the average winter starts in late October,” Frazier said.

  • DPU conducts gas leak survey

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is conducting its regular annual maintenance survey of the natural gas distribution system.
    “Every year, as required by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, we walk the gas lines comprising the county’s distribution network, to detect and repair gas leaks of any size,” said Deputy Utilities Manager for Gas, Water and Sewer Timothy Glasco.
    The DPU’s contractor, Fitzgerald and Associates can be seen beginning Wednesday in Los Alamos and White Rock as follows: the southern part of Los Alamos town site, (Eastern Area, Western Area, Denver Steel) in White Rock throughout Pajarito Acres, commercial areas and schools. The leak detection survey is slated for completion the week of Oct. 5.
    Gas leak detection begins at the customer’s gas meter and then proceeds toward the larger gas lines. If a leak of any size is detected, it is immediately marked for investigation and subsequent remediation by DPU’s Gas Water and Sewer (GWS) field crews. 
    As always, in the event of a hissing sound or natural gas odor, the DPU reminds citizens to call 311 or 662-8333 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or 5662-8222 after hours.

  • Truck accident cleanup expected to erase scars

    If things go as planned, the paint truck and the mess created by it should be a memory by late October or early November.

    According to Rod Torrez, a public information officer with Bandelier National Monument, the area where a paint truck landed after going off a cliff into the park from N.M. 4 will be cleaned up soon.

    “We have already talked to a number of contracting companies about taking it out of here and we’ve just about reached a decision,” Torrez said.

    Another big step has already been cleared; getting someone to pay for it. Although it’s not clear yet exactly whose fault the accident was, San Bar, the owner of the truck, has agreed to pay for the damages and cost of the clean-up through its insurance.

    According to Torrez, clean-up can’t happen fast enough. The truck, which was carrying about 800 gallons of yellow and white road striping paint when it went over the side of the road, spilled its visually garish cargo all over the side of the mountain, making it look like someone spilled the contents of a giant egg onto the otherwise natural and pristine landscape of Bandelier.

    “It’s definitely an eyesore,” Torrez said. “You can see it from the entrance of the park.”

    Fortunately, according to Torrez, an eyesore is all it seems to be.

  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

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

    1. OBAMA TO STEP ON WORLD STAGE

    The president speaks at the U.N. General Assembly at 10:10 a.m. in his final international address before the November election.

    2. WHY ISRAEL WALKED OUT OF AHMADINEJAD'S SPEECH

    Iran's president, speaking at a high-level U.N. meeting, called Israel a "fake regime" shielded by the United States.

    3. WHAT BRINGS MYANMAR'S SUU KYI TO FORT WAYNE

    The Indiana city, where the democracy activist gives a speech at 9 a.m., is home to one of the largest Burmese communities in the U.S.

    4. EINSTEIN'S BRAIN: THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT

    For $9.99, you can download detailed images of the famed physicist's gray matter to an iPad.

  • Buffalo Stampede Draws Thousands to South Dakota

    Thousands are gathered at Custer State Park in South Dakota for the annual Buffalo Roundup. The event was created nearly 50 years ago to manage the buffalo herd, and draws spectators from around the world.