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  • Update 08-04-11

    Workshop

    Bicycle Commuting Workshop geared to riders ages 16 and up, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Justice Center parking lot. Visit www.pajaritoeec.org/programs/calendar.php#bike

    Bandelier walk

    Bandelier National Monument is offering a free Tsankawi evening walk at 6:30 p.m. today Reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517.

    Bulk item pickup

    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    T-board meeting

    The Transportation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today. Agenda items include reviews of the MIG modeling for the Trinity Drive project and a discussion about Atomic City Transit Electrification.

  • Rock slide temporarily closes West Jemez Rd.

    A thunderstorm rolling through the area caused a brief flash flood  Wednesday afternoon on West Jemez (N.M. 501) at Water Canyon.
    The fast moving water carried debris including mud and rocks onto the roadway road, causing authorities to close it for a couple of hours in both directions near the 501 intersection and create a detour.
    The roadway is the back gate to the Los Alamos National Laboratory and also heads to and from the Jemez Mountains.
    “It was a minor mud and rock slide,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy said. “We set up a detour while the lab cleared away the debris.”

  • Council approves sewage rate increase

    The second major item on Tuesday night’s council agenda was a request from the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for a 10 percent increase in the sewage service rate schedule.

    Utility Manager John Arrowsmith explained that rate increases were necessary to repay the loan on the new sewage treatment plant and for maintenance on the 50- to 60-year-old infrastructure.

    Arrowsmith anticipated objections to the above average rates Los Alamos residents pay, explaining that the terrain requires high-cost infrastructure, including 27 pump stations. He cited a request to extend the system to DP Road as an example.

  • Daring Helicopter Rescue During Wildfire

    Dangling from a rope attached to a hovering helicopter, an emergency medical technician was lowered to the ground in jagged terrain to rescue a Hot Shot firefighter injured while battling the Las Conchas Fire last month.

    Bree Myers, 24, with the National Park Service, is assigned to a helitack crew normally stationed on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

    She and her helitack crew came to Los Alamos last month to help battle the largest wildfire in New Mexico history. They were managing a dip site when the accident occurred.

    The firefighter Myers rescued was injured while working with other firefighters to prepare lines for a burnout.

  • Los Alamos Middle School teacher charged in sex case

    Police arrested a Los Alamos Middle School teacher today following an investigation into inappropriate behavior with a female student.  


    Peter Bowman, 47, a resident of El Rancho, has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.
LAPD Detective Division Supervisor Sgt. Oliver Morris obtained a search warrant Monday for incoming and outgoing text and telephone messages between Bowman and a 14-year-old female LAMS student.


    The verbiage between the two, from July 22-29, corroborates the girl’s testimony. The conversations were sexual in content and depicted a personal relationship, according to court documents.

  • Flash Flood Warning for LA County until 3:15 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQURQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... NORTHERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTH CENTRAL RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHEASTERN SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 315 PM MDT

    * AT 115 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A THUNDERSTORM 6 MILES NORTH OF LOS ALAMOS. THE STORM PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN WAS DRIFTING NORTHEAST. UP TO AN INCH OF RAIN MAY HAVE ALREADY FALLEN ON THE EXTREME NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. UP TO ONE HALF INCH MAY HAVE ALREADY FALLEN ON THE UPPER REACHES OF SANTA CLARA CANYON.

  • Stocks plunge as economic, Europe worries continue

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is in the midst of its biggest retreat since the financial crisis.

    The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as many as 400 points Thursday afternoon. It is now down more than 1,200 points since July 21. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is down 3 percent, bringing it nearly 11 percent below its recent high of 1,363 reached on April 29. A decline of 10 percent or more is considered to be a market correction.

    The Vix, a measure of investor fear, shot up nearly 25 percent. It is up 77 percent for the quarter, which began July 1.

  • Unemployment aid applications tick down to 400K

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dipped last week, a sign the job market may be improving slowly.

    Weekly applications for unemployment benefits edged down 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 400,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest level in four months. The previous week's figure was revised upward from 398,000 to 401,000.

    The four-week average, a less volatile figure, dropped for the fifth straight week to 407,750. That suggests there is a downward trend in layoffs.

  • Out and about 08-04-11

    Art openings

    An opening reception for Michael Schultheis’s “Spherical Triangles of Menelaus,” will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at David Richard Contemporary, 130 Lincoln Ave., Suite D, Santa Fe.

    An opening reception for Peggy McGivern’s 2nd Annual Exhibition, “Legends and Myths,” will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Act I Gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. For more information, visit www.ActOneGallery.com or call 575-758-7831.

  • LA Happenings 08-04-11

    Music
    Enjoy the music of Albania, Turkey, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Greece with Rumelia at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Pyramid Café. A suggested donation of $7-$10 is requested.

    Lads of Enchantment, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, invites the public to join them in song.  Besides the enjoyment of singing in harmony, our barbershop chorus and quartets experience the thrill of performing in the community. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the United Church of Los Alamos, Graves Hall. Attendees will find their chapter meetings are well planned, musically satisfying and fun. Visitors are welcome.