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  • Today in History for September 20th
  • Traffic mishap in front of Hilltop House Hotel

    Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Doug Ehler was trying to have an uneventful last day on the force.

    On Tuesday, he was on the scene as a paint truck went over a cliff on N.M. 4 in the Jemez Mountains.

    On Wednesday, he was called to a scene around 3:30 p.m. at the corner of Trinity Drive and 4th Street in front of the Hilltop Hotel South. A white pickup truck made a turn in front of a red Subaru, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.

    A 55-year-old woman, driving the red Subaru was transported by LAFD to Los Alamos Medical Center with minor injuries. A 17-year-old driving the white pickup truck was cited for failure to yield and having an expired driver's license.

    The white pickup truck had run over the stop sign as well. And workers were already on the scene with a replacement stop sign.

    “I was just trying to get through the day without anything happening,” Ehler said.

     By 4 p.m., traffic was flowing normally in both directions.  

    And Ehler was ready to call it a career after 21 years.  

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  • Wife: Driver in truck crash to be OK

    Frank Maes was at mile marker 49 on N.M. 4 when things started going wrong.

    Before he knew it, he and his International flatbed truck, loaded with 2,000 gallons of yellow and white road striping paint, were plunging over the side of a steep mountain pass.

    Maes was lucky.

    In fact, soon after his truck, or what was left of it, came to a stop 200 feet below in the Bandelier National Forest, Maes got out of his cab and started crawling up the mountain.

    “As he was going over, he told me he thought he was going to die,” Maes’ wife Karen said. “But something… I think angels were watching him.”

    According to Karen,  Maes suffered no internal injuries or broken bones, just a laceration on his calf, a massive bruise on one of his hips and a sprained ankle. 

    Maes was on his way down the mountain to rendezvous with the rest of his crew when the accident happened. His mission was to deliver his load of paint to the crew.

    “He just ran out of brakes, he said he had no more brakes,” Karen said.

    Soon after he got out of the cab, a passing motorist noticed Maes and called the police. 

  • Start and operate a charity for disaster relief

    PHOENIX — In the wake of recent weather-related disaster declarations, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is rebroadcasting its webinar titled: “Starting and Operating Charities for Disaster Relief.” The rebroadcast is free and will be available at 11 a.m. Thursday.
    The webinar will explain the basic requirements for starting a tax-exempt disaster relief charity and the ways new and existing organizations can properly provide disaster relief under federal tax rules.
    This webinar will cover a variety of topics including:
    • Rules for recipients of disaster relief;
    • The various types of help organizations can provide;
    • Deductibility of contributions; and
    • Operational and recordkeeping requirements for both fundraising and working with volunteers.
    Charitable organizations have traditionally been involved in providing assistance to victims of disasters, like the flooding that occurred in Lincoln County, Sandoval County and on the Santa Clara Pueblo from June 22 to July 12 of this year.
    Enrolled agents and registered tax return preparers can earn one continuing education credit if they participate in the Webinar for a minimum of 50 minutes. Other tax professionals may receive credit if the webinar meets their state and organization continuing education requirements.

  • Clarification 09-19-12

    A story that appeared in Thursday’s “Diversions” featured a story on a talk to be given by Reid Priedhorsky. Some of the information in the press release was incorrect, due to a source error. The following information should have been included in the story.
    Priedhorsky was born and raised in Los Alamos and spent 13 years in Minnesota before returning in fall 2011. Actual excerpt from one of his trip invitations: “Difficulty will be standard ‘Priedhorsky Moderate.’
    You can look forward to extremely hard work, pain, terrible cold, blazing heat, bad food, intestinal disturbances, odor, risk of injury or death and many other unpleasant circumstances. There will also be nice scenery and an opportunity to go places almost no one ever goes.”

  • Update 09-19-12

    FAN Club

    A FAN Club will be from 5:30-7 p.m. today at Aspen Ridge 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.

    No court

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will not have a Judge for the week of Sept. 17-21 due to the annual Magistrate Judge’s conference. The court hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. that week.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the community training room.

  • Council approves Creative District committee move

    The Creative District Plan adopted by the Los Alamos County Council in April took another incremental step forward at Tuesday’s council work session in White Rock.

    Council directed staff to begin soliciting letters of interest for membership on an implementation committee and to draft a charter, mission statement and delineation of scope/process for the committee.

    The directive falls short of the plan Creative District steering committee members urged council to adopt. Several members took the floor during public comment and lobbied for $250,000 in seed money for the project and for a Creative District curator.

    Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck focused on the need for a curator to coordinate and develop programming within the district.

    “We do all those events individually, and we do them all with short staffs putting in extra hours, and are really happy to do it because of the service that we give,” Deck said. “But I can’t tell you how wonderful it would be if we actually had a curator of the Creative District to help with organizing all of the many cats that are in there playing together and doing the marketing and making those events even more successful for everyone. We can only do so much as individuals, and we do a lot.

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