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  • 10 things to know for Monday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):


    The justices return Monday with rulings ahead on affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights.


    Obama says it's Romney, who he calls "a good debater," as both candidates prepare for Wednesday's face-off.


    The suicide attack targeted a joint patrol of Afghan and international forces; among those killed were three NATO service members and their translator.


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  • Cone Zone 09-30-12

    NMDOT mill and overlay on N.M. 502 starts Tuesday

    Starting Tuesday, N.M.502 (Main Hill Road) to Los Alamos will be closed weekdays and Saturdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. while the NMDOT conducts a milling and overlay pavement rehabilitation project.
    Work will occur from east of East Gate Drive to the Bayo Canyon access road. Access to the East Gate Industrial Park will be maintained from the townsite. On Oct. 8, the roadway will be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
    Weather permitting, the project should be complete by Oct. 14. Motorists should use N.M. 4/East Jemez Road truck route.
    Contact Kenny Gallegos, NMDOT District 5 Area maintenance supervisor at 660-7866.

    Trinity and Oppenheimer four-way stop Tuesday
    Traffic crews will replace the traffic control cabinet at Trinity and Oppenheimer Tuesday. Work will begin at 8:30 a.m. and be completed by 1 p.m.
    During the replacement, the intersection will be “dark” and will function as a 4-way stop until the new cabinet is energized. Expect minor delays.

    Eastern Area 2 concrete, paving and utility project — phase 1
    Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon remains closed.

  • The road keeps calling his name

    Seventeen years ago, Jim Jaillet sold his house, jettisoned nearly all his possessions, bought an RV and hit the road.

    This week, the retired engineer’s curiosity got the better of him and he decided to see what Los Alamos was all about.

    “I love history, and being an ex-engineer I’m a very technical person,” Jaillet said, adding that the Bradbury Museum was a big reason why he decided to take his 26-foot Class A Fleetwood Terra RV (with Ford Bronco in tow) up “the Hill” to see what it was all about.

    “I really enjoyed the museum,” he said noting he enjoyed reading about all the details of the Manhattan Project. Jaillet also visited the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Valdes Caldera, where he said he really lucked out.

    “I had the tour bus driver all to myself and we spent three hours driving around the Caldera,” Jaillet said. He snapped a lot of pictures while he was at Bradbury and the Caldera, and you can view them on his blogs at blog.seattlepi.com/ramblinman/ and otrwjam.wordpress.com/.

    All in all he said, Los Alamos is a pretty neat town.

  • County moves on San Juan Chama water project

    The San Juan Chama Project was developed to convey 96,200 acre-feet of water from southern Colorado to New Mexico. As one of the entities that contributed to building the project’s infrastructure, Los Alamos County has a contract for 1,200 acre-feet of water. However, the county has lacked the infrastructure to make use of that resource.

    The Department of Public Utilities is now ready to move forward with building that infrastructure as part of its 40-year plan.

    A number of the county’s existing wells are at the end of their service life. Utilizing the San Juan Chama water is a viable alternative to replacing those wells, and creates additional water resources to meet future demands when the groundwater right is maximized and becomes limiting to development.

    Moving forward with the project also removes the risk of the county losing its water rights for not demonstrating use or to entities claiming senior water rights. The county’s legal counsel does not deem that risk as being large.

    The county conducted a feasibility study in 2004, but as other jurisdictions such as the City and County of Santa Fe began developing their allotments, the possibility of shared resources presented itself. DPU initiated another study in 2010, conducted by CDM Smith, to explore those alternatives.

  • Interns reach out to communities

    One of the key elements of Bandelier National Monument’s Fall Fiesta involved outreach, especially to Hispanic communities that tend to have low visitation. The effort is part of the National Park Service’s recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 ­ through Oct. 15.

    “In a lot of ways, Fall Fiesta is a way for us to bring people who normally don’t use this park, to kind of introduce them to this place. And maybe they’ll want to come back, start making it part of something they do,” Public Information Officer Rod Torrez said.

    “The more people we can reach, the more communities we can reach that’s so essential to making this park a valued piece of the landscape for people who live here.”

    Angela Lorena Velarde Quintanilla and María Pía Floria have led that effort for the past three months.
    Quintanilla hails from Arequipa, Peru and Floria is from Esquel in central Patagonia.

    The women are here under a program called International Volunteers in Parks, an offshoot of Park Flight Migratory Bird Program.

    The program selects professional candidates who can share the knowledge gained here with colleagues in their home countries.

  • Update 09-30-12

    Bulk item pickup

    At 8 a.m. Monday, brush and bulk item collection begins for town site residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service. Items placed out late will not be collected. For more information, visit losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

    Garden Club

    The Summit Garden Club will meet to tour the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens Wetlands, then have lunch in Santa Fe Monday. Visitors welcome. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call Freda McCormick at 662-7943.

    Elk festival

    The Valles Caldera will hold its annual event Oct. 6-14 with the headquarters at the Visitor Center. Daily festival activities will include elk viewing, elk education booths and various demonstration booths. This event is free and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

    Candidate forums

    The League of Women Voters will have a candidates’ forum for the county council and county clerk candidates as well as the Charter amendments on Oct. 4. The forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fuller Lodge, with refreshments at 6:30.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

  • New Visitor Center opens in White Rock

    The White Rock Visitor Center held its grand opening Friday as dignitaries pose by the sign.