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  • Cone Zone 7-24-11

     

    Public Works Projects:

    For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call

    662-8150.

     

    Diamond Drive Phase 4 2011

     

    Eastbound Trinity remains closed; use Canyon. 

     

    Eastbound Trinity Drive traffic from southbound Diamond or Western Area will be detoured

    at Diamond to Canyon Road & 39th or Canyon & Oppenheimer. Consider using the Canyon &

    Oppenheimer detour to access Trinity Drive at a signalized intersection.  Northbound Diamond traffic may access Trinity via the slip lane in front of the hospital.

  • Firefighters extinguish White Rock house fire

    The Los Alamos Fire Department knocked down a fire burning in a house at 431 Pruitt in White Rock Friday evening.

    The owners were not at home when the fire broke out, Assistant Fire Chief Justin Grider said at the scene.

    Neighbors called the fire department about 7:45 p.m. to report the blaze that apparently originated in a bedroom of the home.

    Smoke was pouring from the structure, but firefighters have been able to rescue four dogs and several cats from the residence, and bring the fire under control.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    It's been a busy day for firefighters who were called at 1:35 p.m. Friday to a house fire on Rim Road.

  • Firefighters respond to blaze on Rim Road; no injuries

    Firefighters rushed to the scene at 915 Rim Road off 15th Street at 1:35 Friday afternoon to find a basement filled with smoke and partially engulfed in flames.

    Homeowner Jennie Richardson was in the basement, heard the smoke alarm, turned and saw smoke, ran outside and called 911.

    “The response was wonderful,” Richardson said. “The fire department got here so quickly and they were able to rescue my three dogs and get them safely outside.”

    Fire Marshal Michael Thompson, who is six days from retirement, said an individual was in an upstairs bedroom. He was not able to go downstairs due to heavy smoke so firefighters extended a ladder to the upstairs balcony and he was able to get out safely.

  • State Briefs 07-22-11

    King appeals fine for violating law

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is appealing a judge’s ruling that he should pay thousands of dollars for violating the state’s public records law.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that King’s lawyer filed a notice with the state Court of Appeals on Thursday.
    State District Judge Beatrice Brickhouse ruled last week that King’s office had violated the state Inspection of Public Records Act by not honoring a request for information about salaries of staff attorneys.

  • Update 07-22-11

    Concert tonight

    The Red Elvises will perform at 7 tonight at Ashley Pond as part of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series.

    CRC Meeting

    The Charter Review Committee will meet July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.  The CRC subcommittee will meet at 4:15 p.m. in the training room of the Community Building.

    Prom tonight

    The Friends of the Senior Center and Assets In Action will hold the second annual intergenerational community Prom. The 6 p.m.-8 p.m. event will be today at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Association Board meets from from 1–3 p.m. July 26 in the chamber conference room, 109 Central Park Square.

  • DPU head: Staff really 'stepped up' during fire

    John Arrowsmith reported on Department of Public Utilities (DPU) activities during the Las Conchas fire at the Board of Public Utilities meeting Wednesday.

    “I wanted to recognize the staff, because a lot of them just really stepped up during the fire,” Arrowsmith said.

    “Some of the longest hours were put in by our people at the 311 Center,” Arrowsmith said. “The entire staff, assisted by administrative employees, worked routinely 14-hour days, staying open from eight in the morning until 10 at night. They fielded over 3,200 calls. The center was open 24 hours on the day the town reopened.”

  • BAER Releases Fire Summary

    Officials with the Burned Area Emergency Response team released their initial assessments of the damage caused by the Las Conchas wildfire that took nearly a month to bring under control. While the fire was more destructive to some areas than others, the BAER team reports that overall damage is significant. Here is the initial assessment in full and unedited:

    The Las Conchas fire started June 26. The fire is located on portions of the Espanola, Coyote, Jemez Districts of the Santa Fe National Forest, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, and numerous private in holdings.

  • Flood fears subside in LA, WR

    Rainfall intensity and duration are two things county planners cannot control. However, Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman detailed what the county can and has controlled to route potential floodwaters away from the community.

    “We’re playing it very cautiously,” Zimmerman said Thursday afternoon. “In the townsite we’ve got one structure at risk – the ice rink – and we’ve armored it with a concrete barrier wall three layers tall to divert water toward the road and away from the structure.”

    Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor worked with Zimmerman and other county officials from the Emergency Operations Center during the week of the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.

  • Bomb tears through government HQ in Oslo; 2 dead--see video

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — A powerful bomb tore into the heart of Norway on Friday, killing at least two people and injuring 15 as it ripped open buildings including the prime minister's office. It was the deadliest bombing since World War II in Oslo, normally associated with the Nobel Peace Prize that is awarded there.

    Elsewhere, a gunman dressed in a police uniform opened fire at a Labor Party youth camp at Utoya, an island outside Oslo, on Friday, shooting several youths, party spokesman Per Gunnar Dahl told The Associated Press. He said unconfirmed reports said five people were hit as panicked youth tried to escape the island swimming.

  • Senate rejects House GOP budget-cutting plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Friday firmly rejected a House Republican bill to slash spending and require a balanced-budget amendment, leaving unresolved with just days to go the urgent issue of increasing the nation's borrowing powers.

    The 51-46 Senate vote against the tea party-backed measure — which had been expected in the Democratic-run chamber — came shortly after House Speaker John Boehner told reporters he and President Barack Obama had failed to reach a separate agreement to resolve the debt crisis.