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Today's News

  • Firecracker still has some bang left

    Local runner Viki Saga was the last person to sign up for Saturday’s 5K race, but she was the first woman to finish.
    Saga outdistanced Adrienne Larson in the women’s race of Saturday’s Firecracker 5K, finishing the race in 19 minutes, 8 seconds to win.
    The Firecracker 5K, which is sponsored by the Family YMCA of Los Alamos, attracted 154 runners this year. The race, which has become something of an Independence Day tradition in Los Alamos, was postponed this year due to the effects of the Las Conchas Fire in late June.
    That postponement actually worked out well for Albuquerque’s Ryan Fenton, who was the top overall finisher Saturday. Fenton turned in a blazing time of 15 minutes, 14.44 seconds, cruising to the win.

  • Governor keeping state government lean

    Gov. Susana Martinez has pleased almost everyone with her trimming of political appointees in state government. The only people not happy are a few politicos who hoped for jobs.
    The target number for Martinez originally was to cut appointees from over 500, which former Gov. Bill Richardson had during most of his administration, to the 320 former Gov. Gary Johnson had before he left office.
    But focus by Republicans on Richardson’s appointees, beginning over a year ago, caused Richardson to start cutting his appointees back so it wouldn’t be a campaign issue and wouldn’t tarnish his legacy.

  • Understanding fire dynamics

    There is a personal irony associated with the Las Conchas and Cerro Grande fires.
    Meanwhile, the jury is out on forest recovery and what the future holds for unburned parts of our beloved Jemez Mountains, especially if prolonged drought, a return to drier norms or, as many fear, global warming, continue the wildfire legacy begun with the 1996 Dome Fire.
    Las Conchas also begs the question of when mountain homeowners will “get it,” that they must realize that that proliferation of often sick, stunted trees snuggled near their homes is dangerous — and unnatural.  
    Too, there is the dangerous trend in many subdivisions of narrow, winding roads bordered by heavy timber.

  • Construction Zone 08-07-11

    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
    Traffic control will remain as is with two northbound and two southbound lanes, with work occurring in the center of Diamond. Traffic will be split around the work area. During non-peak hours, there will be occasional left lane closures throughout the work zone.
    The next hurdle will be the tie-in of the project between West Road and Los Alamos Canyon Bridge. This work is expected to occur on the weekends of Aug 13 and Aug 20 when traffic volumes are reduced. The traffic control will include dropping traffic to one lane in each direction on the bridge to approximately West Road.

  • Update 08-07-11

    Public meeting

    LANL will hold a public meeting to discuss the Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Modification at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Parish picnic

     Immaculate Heart of Mary will hold their annual parish picnic at 1 p.m. today on the parish grounds, 3700 Canyon Road.

    Presentation

    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory board will sponsor a free presentation by author Consuelo Kickbusch, from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. 

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Session canceled

  • Daughter Talks of Horrors of War

    Mitzi Kraft was one of five protesters arrested for criminal trespassing at Los Alamos National Laboratory on Father’s Day. She spent time in the Los Alamos County Detention Center and is scheduled to be arraigned in Magistrate Court Aug. 16.

    The 67-year-old Albuquerque woman discussed her motivation for speaking out against the laboratory. She explained that she was damaged by a war she experienced only second-hand.

  • Trail volunteer meeting covers work and warnings

    More than 40 volunteers eager to help restore trails impacted by the Las Conchas fire attended a meeting sponsored by the Española Ranger District Recreation Team this week.

    Lynn Bjorklund, the District’s recreation team leader, said, “The questions on everyone’s mind are, ‘What happened to our trails and when do we start?’” Bjorklund’s Power Point presentation addressed those questions and more.

    The subtext of the meeting was geared toward a crowd of avid hikers and cyclists who might be tempted to ignore trail closures.

  • Lost but not forgotten

    When Patty Caldwell opened up a nondescript box at Forget-Me-Not charity thrift shop in Jackson Hole, Wyo.,  Tuesday, she found a decoratively printed cardboard box that held two plastic bags full of crushed gray material.

    “I thought it was oyster shells,” Caldwell said. Upon further inspection, she and her sister, Millie Parks, co-executive directors of the shop on Pearl Avenue, found a label on the box’s bottom: “This package contains the cremated human remains of: George Edward Challenger, cremated June 5, 1991,” and “Eleanor Margaret Challenger, Aug. 12, 1995.”

    The outer box had been shoved underneath a skirted table, Parks said, and could have been there up to two years.

  • NCRTD reviews top three picks

    Los Alamos Councilor Mike Wismer walked out of the Santa Fe County Commission Chambers and shook his head.

    Wismer had just spent the last three hours Friday at the North Central Region Transit District August board meeting. The meeting still was going on, but Wismer had to go back to Los Alamos because he had to go to work at the lab.

    It was the first hour of the meeting that left Wismer a little stressed.

    “I wasn’t expecting that,” Wismer said.

    The first hour was spent on the executive director search. And some thought it might be a slam dunk that the transit board would rubber stamp the search committee’s choice of Tony Mortillaro as the permanent executive director.

    Not so fast.

  • Flood Advisory until 4:30 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME SOUTH CENTRAL RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 430 PM MDT

    * AT 1236 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. AREAS IMPACTED WILL INCLUDING BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT... FRIJOLES CANYON... COCHITI CANYON... PERALTA CANYON... HIGHWAY 4 FROM STATE ROAD 501 JUNCTION TO LAS CONCHAS CAMPGROUND AND DOME WILDERNESS.