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  • Council tackles infrastructure issues

    County council approved measures that would improve the county’s electrical delivery system and flood plain management and create additional school funding during its Tuesday meeting.

    Public Works Department Director Kyle Zimmerman presented proposed amendments to the code pertaining to flood damage prevention.

    “Our current flood hazard maps, showing the flood hazard boundaries for the county, were revised Sept. 1, 1987,” Zimmerman said. “In September of 2005, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) started what they called the map modernization, a nationwide program to go through and correct mapping errors.”

  • Hoping for June showers

    Local resident Alison Walters gives the plants at Mesa Public Library a little boost to survive between waterings. It has not rained in Los Alamos for a while. But the county is not eligible for assistance yet. Earlier this week, The U.S. Department of Agriculture had designated 15 counties in New Mexico as natural disaster areas because of drought, making them eligible for federal assistance to deal with drought, high winds and wildfires.
    The counties under the declaration are Chaves, Catron, Curry, DeBaca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Luna, Otero, Quay, Roosevelt, Sierra, and Socorro.

  • Arizona wildfire zeroes in on NM--video extra

    Residents in the Catron County community of Luna mowed their grass, tossed away debris and watered down lawns in preparation for a possible visit by the Wallow wildfire.

    KOB-TV says many Luna residents have chosen to stay instead of leave and that the edge of the blaze was about a half mile from the New Mexico town.

    Luna residents were told at a community meeting Wednesday that crews have been using bulldozers and setting backfires to remove fuel in an attempt to keep the fire away from Luna.

    The Arizona wildfire has burned 389,000 acres.

    Federal officials released an updated size of the blaze based on better mapping. The fire has scorched 525 square miles, mostly in ponderosa pine forest, down from 607 square miles reported Wednesday.

  • Veterinarians warn of pet health issues from smoke

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association recommends that people keep their pets inside and close windows and doors as much as possible to limit exposure to smoke from wildfires.

    The group issued a statement Wednesday about potential health problems for animals because of smoke from a large wildfire in eastern Arizona.

    The association recommended restricting exercise for pets and said plenty of water should be provided for animals to ensure they keep their airways moist.

    Smoke exposure can cause coughing, breathing difficulties as well as watery and itchy eyes in animals. Old and obese pets should be closely watched for health problems.

  • Hall to be sworn in Friday at council chambers

     Councilor Jim Hall announced today that he will be sworn into office as House District 43 Representative Friday during a special ceremony at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Hall will fill the unexpired term of Jeannette O. Wallace, who passed away last month. A reception in his honor will follow.

    Hall will remain on the Council until the end of the June 14 Work Session in White Rock (7 p.m. in White Rock Fire Station #3). As discussed during last night’s Council meeting, State law would permit Hall to serve in both positions; however, he has elected to step down from his Council position following Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Governor sends National Guard troops to Reserve to combat fires

    SANTA FE - Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has deployed the New Mexico National Guard to the town of Reserve to conduct field operations in support of local emergency managers bracing for oncoming wildfires. By this evening, a total of 145 soldiers and airmen will assist local crews with safety and security issues, communications, and evacuations if they become necessary. The guardsmen will operate out of Reserve using National Guard armories in Silver City and Grants as logistics bases. 

  • Los Alamos' Most Wanted

    Raymond “Ray”  G. Behringer has a warrant for his arrest for the following charges: burglary, receiving and possessing stolen property and larceny.

    Summary

    •Age: 36 years old

    •Height: 5’10”

  • LA county officials honor Hall

    Tuesday’s news that the governor appointed Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair James Hall to fill a Dist. 43 house vacancy drew applause from fellow councilors, senior staff and community members Tuesday night.

  • County council backs biofuel research project

    The Los Alamos County Council approved a $1.5 million grant to help establish a new research facility that will bring in a world-class scientist to propel the development of bio-fuels from algae. 

    Despite serious concerns, the excitement was palpable as county council reviewed two related agenda items Tuesday night: An ordinance adopting an Economic Development Project for Public Support of New Mexico Consortium (NMC) and consideration of a Project Participation Agreement with NMC. After some intense debate, both were passed unanimously.

  • Know what kind of tree that is? There's an app for that

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you've ever wondered what type of tree was nearby but didn't have a guide book, a new smartphone app allows users with no formal training to satisfy their curiosity and contribute to science at the same time.

    Scientists have developed the first mobile app to identify plants by simply photographing a leaf. The free iPhone and iPad app, called Leafsnap, instantly searches a growing library of leaf images amassed by the Smithsonian Institution. In seconds, it returns a likely species name, high-resolution photographs and information on the tree's flowers, fruit, seeds and bark.