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  • Homeowners brace for White Rock well drilling

    Approximately 20 Pajarito Acres residents attended a homeowner’s association meeting Tuesday to express concerns that some have about drilling the first well for the San Juan Chama Water Project on public lands next to the subdivision.

    Department of Public Utilities Senior Engineer Jack Richardson made efforts to alleviate those fears.

    “There was some passionate discussion about the loss of serenity for the park where the proposed well site 3 is located. There was some discussion about the need for the project in general but the discussion brought almost everyone around to the idea that this is a good and important project for the county as a whole,” Richardson said.

    “Not everyone was satisfied but everyone left understanding why the county continues to move forward — at least through the first exploratory test well phase before making the final go-no go decision.”

    Pajarito Acres Homeowners Association President Dick Foster believes that residents understand the need for the project and felt that Richardson adequately addressed their concerns.

  • A day at the Round House

    Los Alamos Girl Scouts represented both the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails and the First Lego League at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe Wednesday. Los Alamos Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard met with the girls and had the Speaker of the House introduce the Girl Scouts as her guests for the day. The girls also brought their Lego robot and shared the value of STEM education and activities for girls. First Lego League and the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails have a partnership that encourages girls to engage in STEM activities.

  • Bandelier pile burn

    The fire crew at Bandelier National Monument executed a pile burn Wednesday. The pile of wood debris was located in the park gravelyard, a fenced, cleared area near the park entrance along N.M. 4.

  • 1,100 injured by blasts as meteor falls in Russia--Video Extra


    MOSCOW (AP) — With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky Friday and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million.

    While NASA estimated the meteor was only about the size of a bus and weighed an estimated 7,000 tons, the fireball it produced was dramatic. Video shot by startled residents of the city of Chelyabinsk showed its streaming contrails as it arced toward the horizon just after sunrise, looking like something from a world-ending science-fiction movie.

    The largest recorded meteor strike in more than a century occurred hours before a 150-foot asteroid passed within about 17,000 miles (28,000 kilometers) of Earth. The European Space Agency said its experts had determined there was no connection between the asteroid and the Russian meteor — just cosmic coincidence.

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  • LAFD quickly responds to structure fire

    Call it a Valentine’s Day card for White Rock.

    Fire Department crews responded in short order Thursday to a structure fire in White Rock, putting the fire out within minutes.

    According to Deputy Chief Justin Grider of the Los Alamos Fire Department, crews responded to the fire at around 4:30 p.m. and put out the fire within four minutes.

  • Update 02-14-13

    Trash service

    In observation of Presidents’ Day there will be no trash or recycling collection on Monday.  If Monday is your normal pickup day, place your trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday for collection.


    Cathy Faber’s Swingin’ Country Band will play from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge. Cost is $15 per person, $25 per couple. For more information, call Carey at 412-7845.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

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    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. Feb. 19: Los Alamos County Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith, a member of Kiwanis, will update the club on the solar project at the landfill. 

  • House OKs gun-buyer background checks

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers waded into the national debate over gun violence Wednesday as the House approved legislation to require criminal background checks of more people who buy firearms at gun shows.
    If the measure becomes law, which is far from certain, New Mexico will join at least six other states in having background checks for all firearms purchased at gun shows from private sellers, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
    Federal law requires those checks for sales by licensed dealers in their stores or at gun shows, but it doesn’t cover private gun sales regardless of the location of the transaction.
    Supporters of the legislation said it was a step in trying to reduce gun violence.
    “Something needs to get done. We are at a point now where we are seeing these horrible things. And if this bill helps address the problems and I believe it will in a very significant way, then I am willing to support it,” said Rep. Nate Gentry, an Albuquerque Republican.
    The measure cleared the House on a 43-26 vote, with eight Republicans joining 35 Democrats in support. Only three Democrats opposed the bill.

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