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Today's News

  • Senators open options for Valles Caldera

    New Mexico’s two U.S. Senators are exploring new options for administering the Valles Caldera National Preserve. They have also made known their recommendations for three open board positions on the governing Valles Caldera Trust.

    Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, both Democrats, announced last week that they had written to the Acting Director of the Park Service, Daniel Wenk, asking that agency to “assess the potential for including the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the National Park System.”

  • Crews working to catch up on Diamond Drive Phase 3

    In an effort to get back on schedule, RMCI Inc. crews working on the Diamond Drive Phase 3 project will be out seven days a week, instead of the regular five days that they have been working.

    For the past few weeks, the contractor has been about two weeks behind schedule on the project. As a result, crews have begun working from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday in an effort to get the project back on track.

  • Geocaching the environment

    When my daughter Heather Burke and I joined the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, we created a geocache with environmental flavor at PEEC to celebrate the nature center. It was named “Hide and Go Peek.” The hope was for searchers to experience PEEC, with its native plant and water conservation areas.  

    Avid geocachers ourselves, we chose to make a two-stage cache that would be just a little bit puzzling to find.

    During the year, the results and comments from geocachers have been a pleasure and an education.

  • Golf: Atomic City Invite opens with qualifying round

    Lee Sanchez returns to defend his title in for the 2009 Atomic City Invitational tournament.

    The ACI, which is hosted by Los Alamos Golf Course, will open Wednesday with its championship flight qualifying round. The tournament, which continues through Sunday, is the oldest match-play competition in New Mexico.

    Qualifying starts at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Police Beat through June 23, 2009

  • Council receives report on radio and fiber study

    Emergency services, such as those offered by the fire department and police department, are often taken for granted.

    People never really question what they’d do without them because most assume they’re services that will always be there.

    But suppose for a minute that the police and fire departments lost radio service and were no longer able to communicate with one another.

    What would happen then?

  • FRIED LIGHT: The tale of the tape

    FRIED LIGHT: The tale of the tape

    I recently finished listening to a 48-tape history of the Roman Republic and Empire.

    Since I spend a good part of my day reading news and documents, non-fiction for some reason is harder for me to read as a recreational pursuit, unless I become obsessed with a whole subject for a time, in which case I dive into several books at once.

    When the recession/depression struck, I was inexplicably compelled to read about the Renaissance, maybe because subconsciously I was trying to get a tip on a happy ending.

  • Survivors illuminate Ashley Pond with hope

    The strong and healthy presence of hundreds of cancer survivors at this weekend’s Relay For Life event provided inspiration and hope to many battling the disease.

    “I had thyroid cancer in 2001 and survived,” Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados said. “My husband Jeff is a survivor of prostrate cancer, which he had in 2007.”

    Former County Councilor Jim West is undergoing cancer treatment in Texas. He is the honorary chair of this year’s Relay For Life and also an inspiration to many.

  • Gaps remain as document retrieval project winds down

    POJOAQUE  – The project was not yet over before the push began to extend it.

    Project leaders prepared this week to put the finishing touches on a decade-long search for health-related historical records at Los Alamos National Laboratory, naming a panel of experts to participate in a final review of a draft report.

    But immediately, the composition of the panel was criticized and gaps were found, some of them catalogued by the report itself.

  • The end of reason

    Friday night at the ski hill was another in the series of summer concerts put on by the county and various businesses in the community.

    People gather to relax, meet with friends and listen to some great music. Friday night was no different.

    The night air at Pajarito was cool and crisp and the music rocking.  All was well.

    Until the state police decided to make an appearance and clearly demonstrate that we have lost our collective minds.