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  • Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project meeting set for Friday


    The Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (SWJMCFLRP) will present a monitoring project update Friday, April 12 at Santa Fe Community College. A complete day of presentations is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall auditorium, Room 216.

    In 2009 Congress established the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program to fund and encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes. In 2010 The Southwest Jemez Mountains Project was among the first selected to participate in the program.

    Collaboration was a key component in developing the monitoring plan and continues to be essential in implementing the various monitoring activities. The monitoring provides data which is used to determine whether the project is meeting its goals or to adjust treatments to achieve the best results. The objectives are to reduce risk of wildfire, enrich wildlife habitat and strengthen watershed condition.

    Participating members of the SWJMCFLRP will present results of monitoring that took place in 2012. Presentations will also illustrate how critical ecosystems are monitored and will include discussions about anthropological, social and economic factors.


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  • Ga. firefighters relieved hostage ordeal is over


    SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) — It's a call that firefighters routinely respond to — a report of a medical emergency.

    But when five firefighters answered one in a neighborhood north of Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said, they encountered an armed man who demanded that his cable and power be turned back on at the house, which was in foreclosure.

    The firefighters were held for hours, with one firefighter allowed to leave to move a fire truck. But with police later fearing the remaining firefighters were in immediate danger, SWAT teams set off a stun blast and stormed the house, and the gunman was shot dead during an exchange of gunfire, authorities said.

    One SWAT team member was shot in the hand or arm but was OK afterward, and firefighters suffered only minor injuries, authorities said.

    Gwinnett County police on Wednesday night didn't immediately release the name of the dead man or discuss details of the operation. However, the firefighters and a wounded police officer were treated at a nearby hospital and in good condition. Some had already gone home.

  • County announces move-in schedule for Muni Building


    The new Municipal Building is nearly completed.

    The County expects building occupancy permits within the week. The move schedule has been finalized for staff to start moving into the new building in May.

    County staff are working hard as they prepare to move to minimize disruptions to customer service and keep services up and running. Below is the move schedule by department. Please note that the staff may have limited phone and computer services on the actual day of the physical move and the day after the physical move. The County Clerk and the County Assessor will have a temporary office with limited services the day of their move, located in the new municipal building in the Boards and Commissions Room (Room 110) on the first floor, next to the new Council Chambers.

  • Post Office retreats on Saturday mail

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The financially beleaguered Postal Service backpedaled on its plan to end Saturday mail delivery, conceding Wednesday that its gamble to compel congressional approval had failed.

    With limited options for saving money, the governing board said the agency should reopen negotiations with unions to lower labor costs and consider raising mail prices.

  • Deputy secretary discusses DOE budget -- NNSA budget attached


    WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman detailed President Barack Obama’s $28.4 billion Fiscal Year 2014 budget request for the Energy Department.  Poneman emphasized the President’s continued commitment to an all-of-the-above energy strategy that prioritizes investments in innovation, clean energy technologies, and national security.  The Department’s budget request is part of the Administration-wide effort to strengthen the American economy with energy that is cleaner, cheaper and creates sustainable jobs.  The FY 2014 budget request represents tough choices aimed at focusing taxpayer resources on areas that will yield the greatest benefit over time.

    “The United States faces one of the greatest challenges ahead, the opportunity to lead the global clean energy race.  We must continue to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world to meet this challenge,” said Deputy Secretary Poneman.  “This budget reflects strong commitments to fiscal responsibility and shared sacrifice, while embracing the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy which expands both oil and gas production and investments in new clean energy technologies, while advancing our national security.”

  • Living Treasures to be honored April 21


    It is once again time to invite northern New Mexicans to celebrate the contributions of those who have so greatly enhanced life on the Hill. Living Treasures of Los Alamos will honor Lee A. Builta, Rosmarie H. Frederickson and Craig Martin at 2 p.m. April 21 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.  The public is invited to attend the ceremony and reception, sponsored by the Los Alamos National Bank.

    Profiles will be published in the Los Alamos Monitor, beginning Thursday.


    Lee A. Builta

    Everyone who has enjoyed the roses at the Los Alamos Memorial Rose Garden, the Los Alamos Demonstration Garden or the LDS Church in White Rock owes a debt of thanks to Lee A. Builta. He tends and prunes the roses in all three locations. He cares for hundreds of rose bushes in the three locations, 500 at the Memorial garden alone.

    Builta began gardening at a young age on his family’s farm in south central Kansas. Builta is one of 11 siblings, seven boys and four girls. Lee is the fourth youngest.

     The family raised wheat and had dairy cattle. The farm work was done with horses and until the family moved to an 80 acre farm in Missouri when Lee was 12, they had no electricity.

  • Update 04-10-13

    BPU meeting

    The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 17 in the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

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    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold budget hearings beginning at 7 p.m. April 15 in council chambers.

    Run For Her Life

    3rd Annual Run For Her Life Fight Breast Cancer 5K or 10K Run or Walk $25 (first 100 get a T-shirt) $30 after today and on race day) All donations and race proceeds will go to Hadassah for breast cancer research, education and treatment. Race begins at 9 a.m. Sunday at East Park.

    LANL lecture

    Colonel Paul Tibbets, IV, grandson of the Enola Gay’s pilot, will share personal reminisces of his grandfather’s military career. The lecture will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the Bradbury Museum. 

  • Fire preparedness workshop set for La Cueva

    A fire preparedness workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Jemez Mountain Baptist Church in La Cueva.
    The church is located on highway 126, a mile north of the intersection of N.M. 4 and 126
    According to organizers, the Laboratory Emergency Management (EO-EM), Bradbury Science Museum, and IWSST are participating in the workshop.
    The workshop will provide the public with tips they can use to reduce the risk of fire around their homes.
    “We will have a variety of presenters such as La Cueva Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Wise Communities, American Red Cross, Sandoval County Sheriff, Santa Fe National Forest Service Jemez District, Animal Amigos, NM Disaster Relief and many more,” according to a press release put together by the organizers.
    At the workshop, the public can:
    • View a demonstration of Santa Fe National forest SimTable, three-dimensional model for wildfire and emergency response training
    • Learn how to create defensible space areas around homes in the event of a fire
    • See a display from LANL’s Bradbury Science Museum about its “Living With Wildfire” exhibit, share stories of evacuation, response, fear, loss or recovery and sign up to share stories

  • Moniz begins Energy head hearings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Energy Department pledged to increase use of natural gas Tuesday as a way to combat climate change even as the nation seeks to boost domestic energy production.
    Ernest Moniz, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said “a stunning increase” in production of domestic natural gas in recent years was nothing less than a “revolution” that has led to reduced emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that cause global warming.
    The natural gas boom also has led to a dramatic expansion of manufacturing and job creation, Moniz told the Senate Energy Committee.
    Even so, Moniz stopped short of endorsing widespread exports of natural gas, saying he wanted to study the issue further.
    A recent study commissioned by the Energy Department concluded that exporting natural gas would benefit the U.S. economy even if it led to higher domestic prices for the fuel.
    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., chairman of the Senate energy panel, called the DOE study flawed and said it relied on old data and unrealistic market assumptions.
    Moniz said he is open to reviewing the study to ensure that officials have the best possible data before making any decisions.