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  • Raising funds for Arizona firefighters

    The Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 recently hosted a Pay Day Café to raise money for the families of the 19 Arizona Granite Mountain Firefighters killed while battling a wild land fire in Arizona. The Lodge raised $838 for the families from dinners served and donations. The dinner was hosted by Exalted Ruler Mark Sandoval who is a retired Los Alamos Fire Department Assistant Chief. Pictured are Samara and Parker Fellows and Leading Knight Bill Gregory.

  • Update 08-01-13

    Fuller Lodge

    The main portion of Fuller Lodge will be closed to the general public from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 to allow for extensive work to occur in, under and above the Pajarito Room. The North Wing (Historical Society) and South Wing (Art Center and classes) and the 1st floor of the West Wing will remain open. Entry will be allowed into the main lobby of Fuller Lodge and the North Wing. The Pajarito Room and all of the 2nd floor meeting rooms in the main lodge (Throne and Zia Rooms) will be closed during this time.

    Concert series

    7 p.m. Friday. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Del Norte Credit Union, 1000 Trinity Drive: Guy Forsyth; Texas country-rock-jazz-blues.

    Free film

    Mesa Public Library Free Film Series. The Spanish Prisoner, written and directed by David Mamet. 6:30 p.m. tonight at the upstairs meeting room.

    Performance

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at White Rock Baptist Church.  

  • LA Fire Department eases fire restrictions

    Los Alamos County Fire Department relaxed its fire restrictions in Los Alamos County effective this morning.
    The relaxation of fire restrictions is based upon:
    Local weather improvement, including:
    • Seasonal Monsoon pattern with recent regular rainfall
    • Rising humidity values in the weather
    Fuel condition improvements, including:
    • Reduction in Fire Danger Level, from Extreme to Moderate and Low for several weeks
    • Reduction in Ignition Potential
    • Steady increase in the Dead Fuel Moistures to double-digit levels.

  • Tesuque firehouse gets solar power

    TESUQUE, N.M. (AP) — A solar installation project at the Tesuque Fire and Rescue Station is complete.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Tesuque-area residents, volunteer firefighters, and Santa Fe County officials celebrated Wednesday the project's completion. Officials say it's the first county firehouse with solar power.

    Powered entirely by energy from the solar panels during the day, the Tesuque firehouse will send excess power back into the Public Service Company of New Mexico grid during the day, and take power from the grid at night.

    The $18,900, 6.1-kilowatt solar panel system, a project began in May.

    Currently, the Judge Steve Herrera Judicial Complex in Santa Fe County has a 113-kilowatt solar power system.

  • Today in History for August 1st
  • Update 07-31-13

    Fuller Lodge

    The main portion of Fuller Lodge will be closed to the general public from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 to allow for extensive work to occur in, under and above the Pajarito Room. The North Wing (Historical Society) and South Wing (Art Center and classes) and the 1st floor of the West Wing will remain open. Entry will be allowed into the main lobby of Fuller Lodge and the North Wing. The Pajarito Room and all of the 2nd floor meeting rooms in the main lodge (Throne and Zia Rooms) will be closed during this time.

    DWI meeting

    Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council Meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at 2500 Trinity Drive, Suite A.

    Free film

    Mesa Public Library Free Film Series. The Spanish Prisoner, written and directed by David Mamet. 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the upstairs meeting room.

    Performance

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at White Rock Baptist Church.  

  • Protecting The Historic District

    Burned Area Emergency Response teams were on the move last week in Valles Caldera National Monument to remediate flooding from the Thompson Ridge fire. The preserve’s historic district got much of the attention.

    “Everything we’re doing here is pretty much aimed at protecting the structures, and the whole area within this historic district,” said Cultural Resources Coordinator Ana Steffen.

    “It isn’t that this is a particularly risky flood area or prone to flooding, it’s that we’re going to get flooding and debris flows all over the place from this fire and we can only protect a few places. And this is where the trust has chosen to concentrate its efforts.”

    The historic structures, some nearly 100 years old, are especially vulnerable because they have no foundations. Even as little as two feet of water could knock the buildings over.

    Steffen pointed out two debris floes from the Las Conchas fire across the valley and said, “There are huge boulders, full sized trees and each one is a kilometer long and a kilometer wide.

  • Today in History July 31
  • Udall has $1.5M for NM Senate re-election race

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The latest fundraising disclosures show that Democratic Sen. Tom Udall has stockpiled $1.5 million so far for his re-election campaign next year.

    Udall raised nearly $875,000 from April through June, and spent almost $264,000.

    No Republican challenger has announced plans so far to run against Udall.

    Udall's campaign cash balance of $1.5 million is the largest of any member of New Mexico's congressional delegation.

    Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports show Republican Rep. Steve Pearce with cash-on-hand of $758,000 in his re-election account at the end of June, Democrat Ben Ray Lujan had about $473,000 and first-term Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham had a campaign balance of nearly $201,000.

    Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich, who won election last year, reported a balance of $156,000 in his campaign account.

  • Update 07-30-13

    Fuller Lodge

    The main portion of Fuller Lodge will be closed to the general public from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 to allow for extensive work to occur in, under and above the Pajarito Room. The North Wing (Historical Society) and South Wing (Art Center and classes) and the 1st floor of the West Wing will remain open. Entry will be allowed into the main lobby of Fuller Lodge and the North Wing. The Pajarito Room and all of the 2nd floor meeting rooms in the main lodge (Throne and Zia Rooms) will be closed during this time.

    DWI meeting

    Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council Meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at 2500 Trinity Drive, Suite A.

    Probate judge update

    The deadline for those interested in filling the unexpired term of Probate Judge Ellen Hong to submit letters of interest was Monday. Two candidates applied for the position: Christine Chandler and Sharon Marinuzzi. The Los Alamos County Council will make its determination at its Aug. 13 meeting.

    Gardening

    Kids Summer Gardening. Plant a garden, do art, investigate, explore and play. Led by Laural Hardin. For children entering kindergarten through third grade. 9-10:30 a.m.Wednesday at PEEC.