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  • Pinon Elementary School playground vandalized -- Exclusive photos added

    Superintendent Gene Schmidt announced the school district has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for the vandalism to the Pinon playground.

     Police and the fire department responded to a call of a fire on the Pinon playground. At approximately 1:28 a.m. Wednesday, a report from a resident was called in to Fire Station 3. Police officers Corporal Sheldon Simpson, Detective Joey Robinson, and firefighters from Engine 10 responded and extinguished the fire within minutes. No structures were damaged; however, the recently installed “big toy” slide on the upper playground was badly damaged.
     Pinon Principal, Jill Gonzales, who arrived at the scene at around 2:30 a.m.expressed dismay that students would arrive for their first day at school and not be able to play on their new big toy. School Superintendent Gene Schmidt stated, “It saddens me this senseless, mean-spirited act disrupted the first day for students.”

  • LANL Foundation a beneficiary of an annuity

    Donald Rose, a retired longtime scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory named the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation and two other nonprofits as beneficiaries of a $700,800 annuity.
    Rose died in April at the age of 91. He came to LANL in 1956, joined the Weapons Subsystem Group (WX-5) in 1982 and was named Assistant to the Deputy Associate Director for Defense Construction Programs in 1984. He retired in 1990, returning as an associate and later guest scientist at LANL until 2000.
    His obituary said, “Don will always be remembered for his warmth, his smile and childlike curiosity of science, nature and people. He shaped many lives.”
    Susan Herrera, Chief Executive Officer of the LANL Foundation, said he will “continue to shape lives through his unrestricted gift, which the Foundation will use to support education in Northern New Mexico.
    “Mr. Rose’s generous gift shows how easy it is for people to make sure their good work lives on after them. The LANL Foundation welcomes simple bequests in a will, annuity, life insurance policy or charitable remainder trusts,” Herrera said. “People like this insure that we can continue to invest in education and human potential in perpetuity.”

  • Briefs 08-14-14

    WIPP worker sues over smoke inhalation
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A worker at the troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico is suing over smoke inhalation injuries from an underground fire in the storage facility.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that William Utter filed the lawsuit in May, three months after the Feb. 5 incident in which a salt-hauling truck caught fire below the surface at the now-shuttered Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
    Utter is a waste handler for Nuclear Waste Partnership. The contractor and its corporate parent are defendants in the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified compensation and punitive damages.
    NWP spokesman Donavan Mager said the company does not comment on pending litigation.
    In addition to the fire, the plant located in Carlsbad experienced a radiation leak on Feb. 14 that contaminated above-ground workers when a waste barrel burst.

  • NCRTD posts record ridership

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), known as the RTD and for its iconic Blue Buses, has posted an 8.7 percent increase in ridership in its fiscal year (FY) 2014, which ran from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, setting a record number of riders for the year.
    Ridership for all NCRTD operated routes totaled 209,750 in FY2014 over a total of 193,027 in FY2013. NCRTD provides service on 20 fixed routes throughout North Central New Mexico and two demand response (para-transit) routes.
    An analysis of all NCRTD funded routes for FY2014 shows a 7.8 percent increase in ridership with 498,096 in FY2014 over 462,173 in FY2013. “All NCRTD-funded routes” includes the NCRTD-operated routes as well as regional routes funded by the NCRTD and serviced by Santa Fe Trails, including its Santa Fe Pick-Up and shuttle services for special events such as Folk Art Market, Spanish Market, Indian Market and Zozobra; and Los Alamos Atomic City Transit.
    From the Gross Receipts Taxes (GRT) it collects each year, the NCRTD contributes to regional transportation services provided by other transit operators in its four-county north central New Mexico area.

  • New Pino Fire smolders in Jemez

     

    The Pino Fire was reported Wednesday on Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District.  It is approximately one-half acre in size and located on a spur ridge.  The fire is smoldering and no significant growth is anticipated in the next 24 hours, according to a release from the State Forest Service.

     No action was taken on the Pino Fire Wednesday because a flash flood warning had been issued for that area and access to the site is limited.  As soon as fire managers are able to reach the fire area, they will determine an appropriate course of action.  The Pino Fire may be managed for resource benefit.

    The Forest Service did not release any more details including the exact location.

  • On The Docket 08-14-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal Court:

    James Stein pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Taylor Thoren pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Emily Phillips pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Steven Jones pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Paul Graham pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Lia Wentz pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Daniel Kathos pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Ian Maes pleaded guilty of speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. Was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

    Bryan Spaulding was found guilty of displaying of current valid registration plate. The sentence was deferred and he was ordered to pay $65 in court fees.

  • Arts, culture have big impact on state

    A study being released by state officials shows the arts and culture industries have a $5.6 billion economic impact in New Mexico.
    The Cultural Affairs Department released the report Wednesday during an event at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
    Aside from detailing the dollars behind the state’s arts and cultural attractions, the report says there are shortfalls that need to be addressed if the state wants to realize even more of the sector’s economic potential.
    The report challenges businesses, government agencies and nonprofit groups to find more ways to take advantage of the state’s strengths.
    Researchers say the cultural and creative industries are changing thanks to technology, but New Mexico needs to do more to adapt.
    The study was done by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of New Mexico.
    Key data from the report include:
    • The arts and cultural sector contributes $5.6 billion to New Mexico’s economy each year.
    • Arts and cultural industries provide primary employment for 76,756 New Mexicans (9.8 percent of employment -- one of out of every 10 jobs).
    • Arts and cultural industries contribute $2.2 billion in wages and salaries annually.