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  • Rancor bubbles to surface

    Los Alamos County residents seem to pride themselves on maintaining a civil tone during the most heated debates about critical issues. That has not been the case in the last two meetings regarding a plan from by Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities to drill one to three wells in White Rock in order to secure the county’s 1,200 acre-feet San Juan-Chama water allotment.

    Residents have heckled and yelled down DPU employees and Board of Public Utilities members as they tried to answer questions, passed out their own information sheets and gone so far as to pull stakes out of proposed drilling sites.

    Last Thursday’s meeting began with a tour of two of the proposed well sites and two existing pumps which did little to quell many residents’ fears.

    Despite being shown a relatively silent submersible pump that is the preferred option for the wells, and discussions about how building design can mitigate sound from a line shaft turbine if the submersible pump proved to be unfeasible, outcries about how the wells would destroy property values overpowered the discussion.

  • Raw: Flood Waters Crash Through College Campus

    A northern Illinois community college hopes to be open for its summer session after it suffered flooding. Heavy rains flooded parts of Carl Sandburg College's campus in Galesburg on Tuesday.

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  • LA teen driver faces charges after wild ride

    Kyleigh Foster, 18, of Los Alamos and some acquaintances were returning from a camping trip and driving through the Jemez Mountains on N.M. 4 about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Foster allegedly was driving when the vehicle left the roadway on N.M. 4 and ended up in a ravine.

    Foster admitted to officers she fell asleep at the wheel after smoking some marijuana, according to the police report. 

    Tuesday, Foster was arraigned in magistrate court by Judge Pat Casados and was charged with providing alcoholic beverages to minors, aggravated DWI, open container possession of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia and careless driving.

    A witness, who was following the Dodge Durango in a silver Jeep, said the maroon Dodge went off the roadway without braking and it came to rest approximately 200 meters off the roadway. The witness in the Jeep then called 911.

  • Hall appointed to commission

    Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed former Republican state legislator James Hall of Los Alamos to a commission that oversees state planning of computer systems.
    Hall was named to the 15-member Information Technology Commission, which reviews and approves information technology plans and initiatives for the state.
    Hall ran the state Information Technology Management Office during former Gov. Gary Johnson’s administration. As chief information officer from 1996 to 2000, Hall helped direct computer software changes throughout state government to prevent glitches related to Y2K.
    Martinez appointed Hall to the state House of Representatives in 2011, filling a vacancy caused by the death of Republican Jeannette Wallace. He lost in the November general election to Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard.
    Hall also currently serves as president of the Los Alamos Board of Education.
     

  • Update 05-29-13

    Camp May closed

    Due to construction, Camp May is closed to overnight camping and picnicking until further notice. Construction is estimated to be completed by mid-July. Access to the Santa Fe National Forest remains open from the Ski Hill parking lot.

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    County Council

    Los Alamos County
    Council will meet in a regular session at 7 p.m. June 4 in council chambers.

    Arts board

    The Arts in Public Places Board has just discovered technical difficulties with the email address associated with its “Open Call for Art.” (ArtProposals@lacnm.us). All proposals must be resent and the deadline has been extended to June 7.

    Kiwanis

    Effective June 4, Kiwanis will meet at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church at 3990 Trinity Drive. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday from noon until 1 p.m. On June, 4, Dennis Gill, a past president of Los Alamos Kiwanis, will brief new members-and bring older members up to date-on the history, goals, and statistics of Kiwanis International and its affiliates. 

  • Well site tour fails to quell debate

    A Department of Public Utilities tour of proposed well sites in White Rock was delayed a half hour while a second bus was called in to accommodate approximately 50 residents impatient to discuss the impact on their neighborhoods.

    The proposed wells would allow the county to utilize its 1,200 acre-feet San Juan-Chama water allotment and secure the county’s water rights.

    The tour included well sites 2 and 3, the two most likely to produce the needed water and also have the greatest impact on nearby residents. It ended with stops at two working wells, one a line shaft turbine and the other a submersible pump.

    The first stop was at well site 3, located in county open space south of Pajarito Acres. This site is expected to produce the greatest yield and would be the first site tested.

    The proposed well site is situated away from the canyon rim and behind a hill that would shield most residents. However, six homes are within 1,000 feet of the site, the closest approximately 500 feet away. An access road would be built along a trail between two home sites. That section of trail will have to be rerouted but the site does not affect White Rock Canyon rim trail.

  • Beaver Attack Claims Fisherman's Life

    A booming beaver population has led to string of attacks on people in Belarus, with a 60-year-old fisherman believed to be the first victim to die.

  • Police: NM driver drove drunk while having sex

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man faces multiple charges after police say he was having sex with a woman while driving drunk and crashed, ejecting the woman from the vehicle.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports 25-year-old Luis Briones was found with one shoe on and his shorts on inside-out Monday night after he wrecked his Ford Explorer in Albuquerque.

    Police say Briones' female passenger was found naked outside the SUV after being ejected. She had deep cuts to her face and head.

    Authorities allege Briones tried to drive away after the crash and leave his passenger behind, but a witness grabbed his keys from the ignition. He also allegedly tried to hide from responding officers behind a cactus.

    Briones is charged with aggravated DWI, reckless driving and evading police.

    No attorney was listed for him.