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Today's News

  • Suspect allowed to view child porn in Wash. jail--video extra

    SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Washington state say they're outraged that a former pilot who's already admitted molesting young boys is being allowed to watch videos he made of the abuse while he sits in jail awaiting trial.

    "The whole thing is just dirty," said Pierce County Sheriff's Detective Ed Troyer on Wednesday. "Now that victims know he's going to be watching this, they're going to feel victimized again. This is our call to action to get the law changed."

  • PEEC offers soap-making class Sunday

    For those tired of smelling smoke, relief is right around the corner. From noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a chance to learn how to distill lavender and make all-natural soap at the Second Bloom Farm in White Rock.

  • Historical Society and PEEC team up for book signing

    Seeing a forest fire up close and being forced to evacuate their homes can cause confusion and concern among children. The Los Alamos Historical Society is teaming with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to help children and adults come to a better understanding of forest fires and recovery with a reading, book signing and hands-on activities, as well as a fire recovery talk for adults from 2-4 p.m. July 30 at PEEC.
    After the Cerro Grande fire devastated Los Alamos in 2000, the Historical Society worked with local ecologist Terry Foxx to publish a children’s book, “ The Forest and the Fire.” This illustrated book, written in poetic verse, allows children to see that fire is a natural part of forest ecology.

  • Be There 07-13-11

    Thursday
    A poetry gathering will be at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library.

    Talk on Climate Change by Chick Keller at 7 p.m. at PEEC, 3540 Orange St. Free and open to the public.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold a barbecue at 6 p.m. at the home of Dr. Ann Wadstrom, 253 San Juan.  Members and potential new members are invited. Hamburgers and drinks will be supplied. Members, please bring a salad or dessert. Spouses, friends and family are welcome. For more information call Donna MacDonald at 662-4001 or Wadstrom at 662-7578.

    Friday

  • Blair awarded Kiwanis scholarship

    The Kiwanis recently awarded former Los Alamos High School student Shannon Blair, a scholarship. Blair graduated in May and plans to attend Whitman College and was active in Los Alamos Youth Leadership and was selected as the recipient of the Clendenen Student Athlete of the Year award.
    Pictured left to right, Blair’s parents, Steve and Barbara Blair;  Blair, President of Kiwanis Fran Berting; and Kiwanis Key Club Mentor Morrie Pongratz.

     

  • County continues mitigation efforts

     The county’s pavement crews continue to work this week in Los Alamos Canyon to install barriers around the Los Alamos Ice Rink. Their efforts are all part of post-wildfire emergency actions being taken immediately to protect the facility, should rainfall expected from the onset of monsoons endanger the canyon because of the severely burned watershed as a result of the Las Conchas wildfire.
    At this time, Los Alamos Canyon is the primary canyon of concern for the County, because the watershed above the canyon was so severely damaged.

  • BAER teams assess fire damage

    On Tuesday, watershed specialists and a Dam Safety Specialist visited Santa Clara Canyon to assess the stability of Santa Clara’s most western dam. Initial assessments indicate there could be a dam failure due to the hardening coat being removed and not replaced after damage from previous wildfires.
    Five fence lines were cut and removed at creek crossings to allow debris to flow freely without causing additional damages to streambeds. All concrete barriers at the Santa Clara Pueblo have been placed, and by Friday, all sandbagging efforts should be completed. Historic debris flows have been examined to understand potential flow patterns. Today the watershed group will be in Rio Del Oso canyon collecting data.

  • Update 07-13-11

    Advisory Board
    The Fuller Lodge/Historic District Advisory Board will meet at 5 tonight at Fuller Lodge.

    Missing pets?
    Residents whose pets may have gotten lost during the fire and evacuation are being asked to contact Animal Control through the Police Dispatch Center at 662-8222.

    P&Z meeting
    The Planning and Zoning Committee will meet at 5:30 today in Council Chambers.

    APP Board meeting
    The Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 today at the Mesa Public Library.

    Broadband
    John Jones presents an overview of the Community Broadband Network project  at 1:30 p.m. Thursday  for local business owners; 4 p.m. for all residents at Fuller Lodge.

  • Valles staging area to open Wednesday

    The Valle Grande Staging Area on the Valles Caldera National Preserve will reopen today.
    The staging area, located in the Valle Grande, off NM 4 near mile marker 39, has been closed due to the Las Conchas fire since June 26, when staff and visitors were forced to evacuate.

    The area remained closed to the public during fire operations as crews and equipment used the road to access the fire and to stop its westward spread.

    The staging area offers people a spectacular view of the Valle Grande. At this time visitors can see firsthand the aftermath of the Las Conchas fire safely and legally (areas off NM 4 are still closed due to high fire danger). Visitors can also get up to date information on the fire as well as area closures and restrictions.

  • LAHS catch-up work gains funding

    The Las Conchas Fire scorched more than 149,250 acres and threatened Los Alamos National Laboratory property as well as the Los Alamos town site on June 26 and is still not fully contained.
    Not only were Los Alamos residents displaced for a week because of the
    mandatory evacuation ordered because of the raging fire, but business in Los Alamos came to a screeching halt and a major headache was also created for the Los Alamos High School construction project. The project was stopped because of the evacuation and is now approximately a week behind schedule.
    As a result, the district has opted to use $86,000 from their contingency fund of approximately $300,000 in the hope of having the E Wing and the Instructional Media Center ready for move-in on Aug. 22.