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  • Fire restrictions eased throughout state

    Effective this morning the Santa Fe National Forest moved from Stage 2 Fire Restrictions to no fire restrictions forest-wide, to include the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Current monsoon rains and favorable weather forecasts are allowing for the complete lifting of fire restrictions.
    “We’ve experienced some of the driest conditions this forest has seen in many years,” said Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor, Maria T. Garcia. “The monsoon rains are a very welcome relief, and I’m glad to see conditions improve enough to lift fire restrictions throughout the forest.”
    Forest visitors are still encouraged to use caution with campfires and other sources of ignition.

  • Update 07-12-12

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed July 18-20 for staff to attend training.  Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.  The court will re-open at 8 a.m., July 23.

    LANL meeting

    A public meeting for the LANL Individual Permit For Storm Water will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 24 in council chambers.

    Coalition meeting

  • Park passes first hurdle in Congress

    The House Natural Resources Committee today approved by unanimous consent H.R. 5987, a bipartisan bill introduced by Natural Resources Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Ben Lujan (D-N.M.) to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that will include facilities at Hanford, Wash., Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Los Alamos.

    The Manhattan Project was an unprecedented top-secret program to produce an atomic bomb before Nazi Germany. The action by the committee makes the bill eligible for consideration by the full House.

  • Broadband study gets council OK

    The Community Broadband Network project moved one step closer to completion Tuesday when the county council approved a request from Information Technology (IT) staff to include questions regarding debt financing for the project in the final market research study.

    During the FY2013 budget hearings, council was adamant that Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects should move forward without new taxes and without debt. However, staff concluded that the $48 to $60 million project–which would bring fiber infrastructure to every county residence–is not feasible without some form of debt financing.

    Staff has identified federal grants and loans that could help finance the project, but most federal funds require some type of match from the recipient.

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  • Rains create havoc in county

     State Road 501 between Los Alamos National Laboratory and State Road 4 was reopened this morning after radar indicated 1.5 inches of rain had fallen nearby.

    LAPD captain Randy Foster said police had to close West Jemez Road, Camp May Road and West Road because of the rains.

    Foster said West Jemez Road was closed for a couple of hours as crews removed large amounts of debris. Camp May Road had debris over it and West Road had a fair amount of flooding, Foster said.

    Resident Craig Martin said there was a minor flood in Pajarito Canyon.

    Los Alamos County Public Works reported that the storm resulted in about a foot of water flowing through LA Canyon and the Ice Rink parking lot.

  • Wilson visits LA

    Heather Wilson, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat, was in town for a private fundraiser tonight. Wilson visited the Los Alamos Monitor offices before the fundraiser. Pick up Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor to read about Wilson's thoughts on the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Two Workers Rescued High Above Manhattan

    New York City firefighters rescued two workers who were stuck outside a Manhattan high-rise, dozens of floors above street level. The two were hospitalized in stable condition.

  • Raccoons chase, attack Washington state woman

    LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state woman says she was attacked and bitten by raccoons after her dog chased several of the animals up a tree.

    Michaela Lee had just finished jogging in Lakewood's Fort Steilacoom Park on Monday when her dog got loose. When she went to grab the dog's leash, several other raccoons started to scratch her legs, chased her for about 75 feet, knocked her down and bit her.