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  • Senior men's golf results

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association from Sandia Golf Course and Paa-Ko Ridge July 29-30.

    Sandia Golf Course, July 29

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 72.
    Second low gross: Brian Richards, Farmington, 73.
    First low net: Ron Trujillo, Las Vegas, 68.
    Second low net: Mike Barela, Santa Fe, 68.

    First flight

    First low gross: David Broyles, Alamosa, Colo., 78.
    Second low gross: David Wintermule, Albuquerque, 79.
    First low net: Phil Gursky, Los Alamos, 64.
    Second low net: Roger Betts, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 65.

    Second flight

    First low gross: Paul Turner, Sandia Park, 81.
    Second low gross: Dennis Melia, Santa Fe, 84.
    First low net: Phil Allen, Gallup, 64.
    Second low net: Bill Weast, Albuquerque, 67.

    Third flight

    First low gross: Ranza Boggess, Pagosa Springs. Colo., 84.
    Second low gross: Bill Allen, Santa Fe, 84.
    First low net: Gary Hall, Santa Fe, 59.
    Second low net: Jim Steedle, Los Alamos, 60.
    Third low net: Dom Pompeo, Los Alamos, 63.

    Fourth flight

  • County releases citizens' survey


    The Los Alamos County’s bi-annual citizen survey results were released and are available for the public to review.

    A complete copy of the survey can be found on LAMonitor.com.

    The firm under contract to conduct the county’s survey was Research & Polling, Inc. in Albuquerque. They randomly selected approximately 400 county residents to participate in a short phone survey.

    The survey included a variety of questions about county programs and services, community needs, quality of life and openness and transparency of government. The county has been regularly conducting citizen satisfaction surveys since 1996. County staff use the information gained from the survey to help guide the county’s goals for service and program improvements.

    According to the polling company, a sample size of 423 at a 95 percent confidence level provides a maximum margin of error of approximately 4.8 percent. In theory, in 95 out of 100 cases, the results based on a sample of 423 will differ by no more than 4.8 percentage points in either direction from what would have been obtained by interviewing all county residents.

    Here are some of the highlights.

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  • Pinon Elementary School playground vandalized -- Exclusive photos added

    Superintendent Gene Schmidt announced the school district has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for the vandalism to the Pinon playground.

     Police and the fire department responded to a call of a fire on the Pinon playground. At approximately 1:28 a.m. Wednesday, a report from a resident was called in to Fire Station 3. Police officers Corporal Sheldon Simpson, Detective Joey Robinson, and firefighters from Engine 10 responded and extinguished the fire within minutes. No structures were damaged; however, the recently installed “big toy” slide on the upper playground was badly damaged.
     Pinon Principal, Jill Gonzales, who arrived at the scene at around 2:30 a.m.expressed dismay that students would arrive for their first day at school and not be able to play on their new big toy. School Superintendent Gene Schmidt stated, “It saddens me this senseless, mean-spirited act disrupted the first day for students.”

  • LANL Foundation a beneficiary of an annuity

    Donald Rose, a retired longtime scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory named the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation and two other nonprofits as beneficiaries of a $700,800 annuity.
    Rose died in April at the age of 91. He came to LANL in 1956, joined the Weapons Subsystem Group (WX-5) in 1982 and was named Assistant to the Deputy Associate Director for Defense Construction Programs in 1984. He retired in 1990, returning as an associate and later guest scientist at LANL until 2000.
    His obituary said, “Don will always be remembered for his warmth, his smile and childlike curiosity of science, nature and people. He shaped many lives.”
    Susan Herrera, Chief Executive Officer of the LANL Foundation, said he will “continue to shape lives through his unrestricted gift, which the Foundation will use to support education in Northern New Mexico.
    “Mr. Rose’s generous gift shows how easy it is for people to make sure their good work lives on after them. The LANL Foundation welcomes simple bequests in a will, annuity, life insurance policy or charitable remainder trusts,” Herrera said. “People like this insure that we can continue to invest in education and human potential in perpetuity.”

  • Briefs 08-14-14

    WIPP worker sues over smoke inhalation
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A worker at the troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico is suing over smoke inhalation injuries from an underground fire in the storage facility.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that William Utter filed the lawsuit in May, three months after the Feb. 5 incident in which a salt-hauling truck caught fire below the surface at the now-shuttered Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
    Utter is a waste handler for Nuclear Waste Partnership. The contractor and its corporate parent are defendants in the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified compensation and punitive damages.
    NWP spokesman Donavan Mager said the company does not comment on pending litigation.
    In addition to the fire, the plant located in Carlsbad experienced a radiation leak on Feb. 14 that contaminated above-ground workers when a waste barrel burst.

  • NCRTD posts record ridership

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), known as the RTD and for its iconic Blue Buses, has posted an 8.7 percent increase in ridership in its fiscal year (FY) 2014, which ran from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, setting a record number of riders for the year.
    Ridership for all NCRTD operated routes totaled 209,750 in FY2014 over a total of 193,027 in FY2013. NCRTD provides service on 20 fixed routes throughout North Central New Mexico and two demand response (para-transit) routes.
    An analysis of all NCRTD funded routes for FY2014 shows a 7.8 percent increase in ridership with 498,096 in FY2014 over 462,173 in FY2013. “All NCRTD-funded routes” includes the NCRTD-operated routes as well as regional routes funded by the NCRTD and serviced by Santa Fe Trails, including its Santa Fe Pick-Up and shuttle services for special events such as Folk Art Market, Spanish Market, Indian Market and Zozobra; and Los Alamos Atomic City Transit.
    From the Gross Receipts Taxes (GRT) it collects each year, the NCRTD contributes to regional transportation services provided by other transit operators in its four-county north central New Mexico area.

  • New Pino Fire smolders in Jemez


    The Pino Fire was reported Wednesday on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District.  It is approximately one-half acre in size and located on a spur ridge.  The fire is smoldering and no significant growth is anticipated in the next 24 hours, according to a release from the State Forest Service.

     No action was taken on the Pino Fire Wednesday because a flash flood warning had been issued for that area and access to the site is limited.  As soon as fire managers are able to reach the fire area, they will determine an appropriate course of action.  The Pino Fire may be managed for resource benefit.

    The Forest Service did not release any more details including the exact location.