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Today's News

  • Rio Grande water restored to ABQ customers

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Albuquerque’s water utility has resumed delivery of Rio Grande water to metro area customers.
    That’s after tests showed the utility’s treatment plant was successful at removing ash from flooded fire areas upstream.
    The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority had temporarily switched to using groundwater due to concern over the amount of ash in the river water.
    Thunderstorms over the area burned by the Las Conchas wildfire have sent debris flows and ash into the Rio Grande.
    The Water Utility Authority concluded after a Thursday test run that its water treatment plant was having no difficulty removing the small amount of ash now in the river.

  • Motorcyclist in critical condition

    Robert Sinclair of Santa Fe County remains in critical condition in a Santa Fe Hospital after he lost control of his motorcycle Thursday afternoon in front of Pojoaque High School.
    Lieutenant Joe McLaughlin of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday morning that he remained hospitalized. McLaughlin said their office received a call at 4:24 p.m. Thursday and he reported Sinclair was traveling east on NM 502 and attempted to make a left-hand turn onto County Road 101 East.
    “For reasons unknown, he lost control of his bike and the bike went down and he was ejected from the seat,” McLaughlin said. “He sustained some pretty extensive head injuries. He was transported to St. Vincent’s (in Santa Fe) and admitted to the ICU.”

  • Forty Years of Service

    Los Alamos National Bank hosted a surprise reception for its CEO Bill Enloe Monday to  celebrate his 40th anniversary with LANB.

  • Obama signs debt-limit bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26.
    Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later.
    Tuesday’s vote capped an extraordinarily difficult Washington battle pitting tea party Republican forces in the House against Obama and Democrats controlling the Senate. The resulting compromise paired an essential increase in the government’s borrowing cap with promises of more than $2 trillion of budget cuts over the next decade.

  • Update 08-02-11

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council convenes in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 in council chambers at the Community Building. 

    Utilities Board

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities will meet in special session Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. Board meetings are conducted in the DPU Conference room located at 170 Central Park Square.

    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

  • Lightning blows hole in runway

    A lightning strike hit the runway at Los Alamos County Airport – blowing two holes in its surface Saturday afternoon.
    Observers reported seeing flames rise briefly from the holes, which measured more than three inches deep.
    The ensuing explosion propelled debris across the highway on the southern side of the runway, said Los Alamos pilot Chuck Mansfield.
    “The lightning struck about 700 feet from the west end of the runway,” Mansfield said.
    No damage has been reported to any of the aircraft parked along side the runway.
    “For some unknown reason, the lightning hit the runway rather than something higher,” said Donna Brewer-Houlton, assistant to the airport manager Monday.

  • Volunteers throw their backs into trail repair

    Despite the threat of rain, a dozen volunteers showed up at the parking lot of the former Pajarito School Monday night to help alleviate damage that the Perimeter Trail incurred during the Las Conchas Fire.
    After Craig Martin (wearing his volunteer task force project manager hat) and Lynn Bjorklund, Española Ranger District recreation team leader, gave a short talk about safety, volunteers donned hard hats, grabbed shovels, McLoeds and Pulaskis and headed down the trail.
    One person created a shallow indent with a shovel, tossing loose dirt over the bar for someone with a McCloed to tamp down. When the team encountered caliche (rock hard soil) or stone, a volunteer with a Pulaski loosened the soil.

  • Las Conchas Fire fully contained

    After 36 days, firefighters have fully contained the Las Conchas Fire, the largest wildland fire in New Mexico’s recorded history.

    Ignited June 26, the Las Conchas Fire burned over 156,593 acres, primarily on the Santa Fe National Forest and parts of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument, Pueblos of Jemez, Santa Clara, Cochiti and Santo Domingo, and private lands. Numerous communities were threatened during the incident.

  • Give reforms a chance

    Should we be more concerned that 87 percent of our public schools didn’t make Adequate Yearly Progress or that Democrats are still nitpicking Secretary of Education-designate Hanna Skandera?
    I’d say the AYP scores are the least of our worries. It’s apparent by now that this yardstick of the federal No Child Left Behind Act is inherently unfair and unhelpful.
    We also know that half our kids can’t read and 60 percent struggle with math. That’s why Gov. Susana Martinez plucked a veteran of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s education team to replicate Florida’s success here.

  • Paying for cheaters

    The Social Security expert was among friends and in a mood to be candid.
    People who are disabled and unable to work, or who believe they are, can apply for Social Security disability benefits of lifetime income and medical coverage through Medicare.
    Typically, applicants are turned down on their first try, so they hire a lawyer and go to a hearing.
    That’s why you see so many ads on TV for Social Security lawyers.
    Social Security judges hear those cases. The claimant, says this expert, usually has an attorney, but there is no opposing counsel for the government.
    There is — no lawyer to advance any argument for why this person is not entitled to disability benefits.