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  • Victim injured in explosion, fire at Los Alamos apartment complex

    Los Alamos emergency officials were allowing residents return to the Caballo Peak Apartments Monday night, following an investigation into an explosion and fire that injured one man early Monday morning. About 100 residents were evacuated to allow law enforcement and fire officials access to the building.

    The Red Cross had set up a shelter for any of the residents from Caballo Peak Apartments at the Karen McLaughlin Hall on Central Avenue.

    At 4 p.m. Monday, no one had shown up to use the shelter.

    At 4:30 p.m., county officials allowed residents to return to the apartments and are breaking down the shelter, as it was no longer needed. The apartment where the explosion happened remains secured and under investigation.

    Police have identified the only injured person in the incident as a male. His condition still remains unknown.

    Los Alamos Police Department spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew said the criminal investigation they opened up this morning is continuing.

    “This case remains active and we are following up positive leads,” he said.

    Police and county officials had evacuated all residents from Caballo Peak Apartments and had closed off the complex to everyone except those who have official authorization to be on the property. The decision was made about noon.

  • Today in history May 10
  • Three more days to register for primaries

    Citizens have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to register to vote, and to add or switch a party affiliation for the primary election.  
    New Mexico is a closed primary, so only registered Democrats or Republicans can participate in primary elections. Those registered as independent, decline to state or other party affiliations will be unable to vote. Someone registered with one of the two major parties cannot vote for candidates in the other party.
    For the first time, 17-year-olds can vote in the primary, provided they are a registered voter and will be 18 by the time of the general election. The bill authorizing this change, HB 157, was sponsored by Rep. Jeff Steinborn (D-District 35) and passed during the 2016 legislative session.
    With the exception of those 17-year-olds, absentee and early voting begins on Tuesday. HB 157 goes into effect May 18, at which time 17-year-olds can also vote.
    From May 10 – May 20, in person early voting is from 8 a.m.−5 p.m. Monday−Friday in council chambers at the Municipal Building.
    On May 21, hours extend to 8 a.m.−6 p.m. Monday−Saturday and an early voting station opens at the White Rock Library. There is no early voting Sundays or Memorial Day, May 30.
    Absentee/Early Voting ends at all locations June 4.

  • LANS gets contract extension

    The company that oversees the Los Alamos National Laboratory has received a one-year extension on its management contract, taking it through fiscal year 2018, according to officials.
    “NNSA has determined to grant Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS) one additional award term, extending the period of performance through fiscal year 2018,” said Francie M. Israeli, spokeswoman for the National Nuclear Security Administration.
    She also said that the NNSA granted the extension in order to give LANS and the Environmental Management field office there more time to manage and carry out the clean-up operations now happening at the facility.
    “NNSA offered to grant LANS an additional term in order to facilitate the environmental cleanup programmatic changes at LANL directed by the secretary, (Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz) an orderly transition to the contract the DOE EM (Department of Energy Environmental Management) is competing for legacy waste cleanup at LANL and to allow NNSA to plan and re-compete the follow-on management and operations contract for LANL,” Israeli said in a written statement.
    Last December, the National Nuclear Security Administration that the company, Los Alamos National Security, would not get an extension on its contract. The contract would be put out to bid sometime after 2017.

  • Memorial for Greg Fisher Tuesday

    The family of Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher invites the community to attend an open house held in commemoration of Fisher on Tuesday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge.

    Community members are welcome to stop by anytime from 4:30-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, however, bring your own beverage (BYOB) is requested.

    Tuesday’s memorial will be in lieu of any funeral service in Los Alamos, and instead of flowers, the family has requested donations in Fisher's name as follows:
    Greg R. Fisher Memorial Account
    Los Alamos National Bank
    Account # 0184656601
    The purpose of the account is to establish a college savings fund for his 11-year old daughter, Maya.
     

  • Law enforcement, residents discuss crime

    Local law enforcement and the district attorney held a forum Thursday night at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos to speak about how to deal with crime in the county.
    Only two residents showed up.
    The panel discussion was chaired by First Judicial District Attorney Jennifer Padgett.
    Padgett, who was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the position in December, told the audience that when she took office, it was important for her to reach out to the community. The First Judicial District encompasses Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.
    “Upon taking office, it was very evident and very clear to me that throughout the district that communities wanted more opportunities to engage,” Padgett said. “They wanted the opportunity to engage with local leaders and local law enforcement to talk about some of the issues that we are aware, and that we are moving forward in a comprehensive and collective manner.”
    Besides Padgett, panelists included Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge and former Los Alamos Police Chief Alan Kirk, State Rep. Jennifer Garcia Richard (D-43), Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Undersheriff John Horne.

  • Motorcycle awareness month
  • Former gov. Johnson leaning anti-Trump

    New Mexico is in the spotlight with three high-profile campaign visits, but another big day looms. The Libertarian Party will choose its candidate for president at the end of May. Gary Johnson is getting national attention from the left and the right - especially from the right - as the anti-Trump. Some pundits speculate that Johnson could even draw disgruntled Bernie supporters.
    Last week our former governor notched 10 percent support in a Fox News poll. Compare that with the 1 percent Johnson polled in 2012.
    It’s within striking distance of the 15 percent he needs to be part of televised debates. He sweetened his ticket with former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld as vice president. Weld is a Republican who was popular in a blue state.
    The Libertarians will probably be the only non-mainstream party to appear on the ballot in all 50 states. Which is why their Florida convention – and Gary Johnson – will draw unprecedented scrutiny.
    All this and he looks way better without a shirt than Vladimir Putin, said blogger Emily Zanotti.

  • Seven, eight ... nine brothers in WWII

    Back during Memorial Day 2014, I wrote a piece on five brothers who served in World War II.
    I was blown-away impressed by the Bailey boys, from my neck of the woods in Western Pennsylvania, and still am. Imagine my surprise when a reader responded with a package of clippings informing me of his family, which had seven brothers in the war.
    Yes, seven.
    His name is Ted, and his parents were Stella and Walter Pietkiewicz, Polish immigrants in Pittsburgh.
    I wrote up that story, thinking no family could out-do the Pietkiewicz crew. I soon learned I was wrong. 
    That article led to a bunch of mail composed by computers and typewriters alike. One was sent by Stanley Freedman reporting the seven sons of Fanny Greco. They lived in Providence, Rhode Island.
    All served in World War II.
    Another came from Tina Link of Delphos, Ohio, who told me of her maternal grandmother, “Mrs. John Bohnlein,” as the attached September 1945 newspaper clip identified this selfless mother, who likewise lent seven sons to the cause.
    Then followed an email from Shayne Ghere informing me of Roy and Lillie Ghere.
    They parented 17 children in tiny Arcola, Ill. Seven of their boys served in World War II.

  • Fishing fair around NM

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, tubes, minnows, and bottom bouncer night crawler rigs for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, craws, jerk baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing for brown trout was slow but there were a few caught by anglers trolling crank baits.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 2,720 cfs.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait, worms under a bobber and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing was fair trolling jointed Rapalas for tiger musky. Fishing for catfish was slow. The surface water temp was in the high 50s.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 1,520 cfs and 1,170 cfs respectively. Trout fishing was slow.
    Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Panther Martin spinners, Arnie’s and Platte River specials for rainbow trout and kokanee. Fishing was fair using worms for perch.
    El Vado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
    Fenton Lake: Fishing through this past Saturday was rated as excellent but tapered off some on Sunday. Anglers did very well using black wooly buggers, olive Pistol Petes, Kastmasters, small Tennessee shad crank baits, PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout.