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  • LACDC makes three appointments

    The Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) today announced the appointment of Stephanie Garcia Richard, Emma Canlas and Tom Netuschil to the LACDC board of directors.
    The board also unanimously approved the reappointment of Jim Hall, Denise Lane and Johnnie Martinez.
    The LACDC board of directors is comprised of 15 individuals from the Los Alamos community and functions to direct the company in its initiative to promote sustainable economic progress in Los Alamos and the region.
    The new appointees are expected to bring insight to the board based on their unique professional backgrounds and community involvement.
    Stephanie Garcia Richard is a lifelong educator who has worked both locally and abroad. She currently serves as the State Representative from New Mexico House District 43.
    Emma Canlas is the Chief Financial Officer at the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    Tom Netuschil is the owner of the Netuschil Development Corporation and the former developer of Central Park Square, the retail and office complex located in downtown Los Alamos.

  • Update 06-11-13


    The Los Alamos County meeting for the NCRTD will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. The transit district is looking for feedback and service enhancement suggestions from its riders.

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    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold their regularly monthy meeting at 5:30 p.m. June 19 in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    APP board

    The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Mesa Public Library


    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 20 in the Community Training Room.

    DPU charter

    The DPU Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 17 at Fuller Lodge. 

  • WR residents optimistic about well-drilling hiatus

    No one knows the ultimate outcome of a decision to put test well drilling in White Rock on hold indefinitely, but the hiatus has given some concerned residents a reason to hope.
    “I am certainly glad that the council seems to be open-minded and trying to reach what I consider to be a more satisfactory closure than what we had,” said Milt Gillespie, whose home is within the radius that will be affected by the drilling. “I look forward to whatever discussions go forward and I certainly expect to let my opinions be made known.”
    Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and Utilities Board Vice Chair Tim Neal jointly announced the decision last Friday. A statement issued by the county reads:
    “This hiatus will allow councilors time to better understand issues surrounding the San Juan/Chama water rights, determine appropriate policy steps, and provide direction to the Board of Public Utilities.”
    Drilling at least one test well is the first step in a project to utilize the county’s 1,200 acre-feet San Juan-Chama water allotment and secure the county’s water rights. An independent legal review several years ago recommended that the county take steps to secure the water rights in order to avoid possibly losing them in the future.

  • County to begin fish removal

    The county’s contractor, RMCI, will begin moving on to Ashley Pond this week after placing construction site and security fencing around the pond last week.
    The project superintendent will be moving onto the site with a construction trailer this week. Residents will notice that the water level in Ashley Pond continues to drop, as the contractor works to lower and empty the pond for the renovation work to get underway. A tentative date for initial excavation is June 18.
    The county previously announced that the local Duck Buddies had rounded up the ducks and geese for safe housing during the project; however, some ducks are proving to be elusive to catch and still reside at the pond. Efforts to catch the ducks will continue.
    The geese and two ducks captured last week are residing at the county’s Pajarito Cliffs Site, and will be cared for by Duck Buddies this summer. Irrigation heads on the pond’s perimeter have been removed and all salvageable plants have been transplanted to sites around town.

  • IG faults payments to ex-Rep. Wilson

    Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson collected nearly half a million dollars in questionable payments from four federally funded nuclear labs after she left office, the Energy Department's inspector general says in a new report.

    Wilson failed to provide documentation for the work she did to earn $20,000 a month from the Los Alamos and Sandia national labs in New Mexico from January 2009 to March 2011, the report said. Officials at the Nevada Test Site and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee acknowledged there "were no deliverables" associated with $30,000 the two labs paid Wilson. Sandia had Wilson lobby for more defense dollars, an apparent violation of her contract, the report said.

    In total, nearly $450,000 in questionable payments were identified, the bulk from Los Alamos and Sandia.

    In a statement, LANL defended Wilson and her work.

    “LANS, LLC has reimbursed the government approximately $195,000 in potentially unallowable costs related to the consulting arrangement with Heather Wilson,” the statement said.

  • Lawmakers told that NM drought likely to persist

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State water officials say the prospects are bleak that seasonal rains will provide much relief from the drought gripping New Mexico.

    Legislators were told Monday by the State Engineers Office that the precipitation outlook for June to August is likely below normal for the eastern two-thirds of New Mexico and the odds favor above normal temperatures for most of New Mexico.

    That's based on the latest long-term forecast from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center, which says drought is expected to continue or intensify in New Mexico through the end of August.

    The State Engineers Office said precipitation was 47 percent of normal statewide from January to April.

    The water management agency made the report to the interim legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee.

  • Today in History June 11
  • Fire officials report more progress on Thompson Ridge

    The late Friday update from the Central West Zone Incident Management Team indicates firefighers continue to make slow, but steady progress in containing the Thompson Ridge wildfire.

    Very minimal fire activity was observed from the air and the ground today due to higher humidity, some rain on the northeast side of the fire, and cloudy skies overall. Firefighters continue to address hotspots on the south flank of the fire, patrol the perimeter of the fire, and mop-up further into the interior. Cleanup efforts began today with the removal of hoses, chipping of felled trees and cutting of snags.

    Both lanes of Highway 4 are back open as the chipping and removal of vegetation is complete.

    The pre-evacuation advisory of the Bennett Road subdivision has been lifted.

    Here's an overview of the fire and resources currently committed:

    Acres: 24,032

    Start date: May 31, 2013

    Cause: Downed powerline

    Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM

    Containment: 75 percent

    Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine

    Terrain: Steep, rugged

    Resources: 13 crews, 29 engines, 29 water tenders, 3 dozers

    Total personnel: 763 Available air support: 5 helicopters

  • Today in History for June 10th
  • Crews continue to battle Thompson Ridge Fire

    Residents attending Saturday afternoon’s update of the Thompson Ridge Fire also got a little show as a new plume of smoke flared up into the sky. The La Cueva Volunteer Fire Station offered a good view of the flare up, though no one thought much of it at the time.

    They are giving it a lot of thought today, though. According to Fire Information Officer Peter D’Aquanni, that new plume was the original source of a spot fire that, as of 11 a.m. today, is heading toward N.M. 4. This morning, fire officials said crews have secured a perimeter around the perimeter and N.M. 4 was reopened.

    "It had a mind of it’s own at that point,” D’Aquanni said. “We dropped some (incendiary devices) ahead of it to try and slow it down, but it was so hot, it just burned right over them.”

    The spot fire is near South Mountain, which is southeast of Redondo Peak.

    Firefighters battled the blaze all night, and it forced firefighters to redraw their containment line for the Thompson Ridge Fire, making N.M. 4 the new line.