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  • BANDELIER Some place: Tsankawi

    Tsankawi is an ancient Native American site containing unexcavated ruins dating from the 1400s. Within its scruffy surrounding landscape, there are immense views, foot-worn trails, cave-dwellings and petroglyphs.

    Located several miles north of the entrance to the main reaches of Bandelier National Monument, Tsankawi is a remote and detached section of the monument, easily missed on a first or second visit to the area.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Making of the fourth edition

    In late 2005, an e-mail arrived from Sharon Snider, chair of the Los Alamos Historical Society Publications Committee. On its subject line was the message, “Make my day.” The third edition of my book, “A Guide to Bandelier National Monument,” was almost out of stock. Would I please supply the computer file so they could reprint it?

    No computer file existed. I had pasted-up all three previous editions by hand, the old-fashioned way. More importantly, Bandelier had changed so much that the book was no longer relevant.

  • Proposed weapons cuts opposed

    New Mexico’s senior senator criticized passage on Wednesday of a House spending bill, and the state’s only representative on the House appropriations committee was also the only member of the committee to vote against the proposed bill.

    Speaking of a provision to terminate pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the energy and water appropriation proposal, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said the measure would leave the nation without capacity to respond to evolving security and technical challenges.

  • Minimizing outages priority for utilities

    Over the next four years, Los Alamos County will be fitted for a new electrical backbone.

    In an effort to reduce the impact of power outages and replace aging equipment, the department of public utilities conducted a condition assessment of the electric distribution system in 2006, from which a prioritization scheme was developed to begin renewing the electrical infrastructure in Los Alamos.

  • Airport Basin OK'd for lift off

    An amendment to Los Alamos County’s Airport Basin services agreement with Hensel Phelps Construction New Mexico, LLC was approved unanimously by County Council Tuesday evening. The amendment authorizes Hensel Phelps to move forward with the site work associated with the project.

    Prior to the vote, Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman presented council with an executive summary, comparison spreadsheet, budget and cost comparisons for the $14 million Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP).

  • Council stands alone - so far

    Los Alamos County Council adopted an ordinance unanimously Tuesday for a County Regional Transit gross receipts tax and another for an election to allow voters to decide that tax.

    “I just got back from Canada where gas is $6 a gallon,” Councilor Nona Bowman said. “So I think more people here will need public transportation if we are to be successful at all in our state.”

  • House panel hears weapons proposal

    House appropriators were expected to adopt a subcommittee report that dealt several zeros to Los Alamos National Laboratory in next year’s budget.

    The House Appropriation Committee this morning considered a proposed energy and water bill that added $2.4 billion to the current budget and $2.1 to the president’s budget request for energy and water, while prescribing significant reductions in nuclear weapons programs.

  • Correction

    A clerical error at the Rio Arriba Magistrate Court led to an error in Friday’s Police Beat, which reported that Justin Chavez, 22, of Chimay was arrested June 10 near 15th Street on a Magistrate Court warrant for failure to appear in court. While Chavez was arrested, the court has since admitted the bench warrant should have been issued to Justin Chavez of Hernandez. The court apologized for the error and for causing Justin Chavez – of Chimay – to be held for more than three hours by the police.

  • Plug in: New class will offer electric alternatives

    Thinking about removing gas expenses from your budget and plugging into a new future?

    If you’re considering kicking the internal combustion habit and going electric, Tony Tomei has the class for you.

    “There is no class like this that I know of offered in New Mexico,” Tomei said. “We want people to know what’s available to them, what options they have – in a price range that they can afford.”

  • Four governors together make history

    ALBUQUERQUE — Govs. Bill Richardson, Bruce King, Toney Anaya and Jerry Apodaca made history Tuesday when they got together for a Democratic Party unity event.

    “Democrats are coming together like never before,” said New Mexico Democratic Party Chairman Brian Colon. “This is the first time all four governors are together and it’s because they all agree it’s time for Democrats to come together. They represent nearly three decades of New Mexico governors and represent almost 30 percent of all of our governors.”