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  • United Way kicks off annual campaign

    The United Way is kicking off the Investing in Community Campaign at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the White Rock Tourist Information Center.
    The event is in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce FAN Club.
    United Way officials will reveal the Community Action Fund goal for this year.
    There also will be a chance to meet local non-profits who are benefitting from the Community Action Funds raised last year.
    Los Alamos National Bank is a sponsor of this year’s kickoff event.
    Catering will be done courtesy of Tasty Creations by Jarda.
    On Sunday, the United Way will feature the Dinner Over Diamond from 4-7 p.m. on the overpass on Diamond Drive by the high school.
    The dinner will feature specialty pizzas and salad from Home Run Pizza and dessert from the Los Alamos Co-op Market.
    Tickets are 10 for students and $15 for adults. Children under four are free.
    Contact United Way for more information at 662-0800 or unitedwaynnm.org.

  • Flash flooding threat diminishes

    Forecasters say flash flooding is less likely in much of northern and central New Mexico but that continued rain still keeps that threat alive in some areas, particularly on the eastern plains south of Interstate 40.
    The National Weather Service says scattered showers and some heavy rainfall are expected to continue through Tuesday and later into the week.
    Meanwhile, the American Red Cross says it has opened a new shelter in Crownpoint in northwestern New Mexico.
    That shelter at Crownpoint High School is being used by Navajo Technical University students. They’d been in a temporary shelter because of storm damage to the university campus last week.
    Gov. Susana Martinez has approved an emergency airlift of food, water and other supplies to a tiny community in southwestern New Mexico that was cut off after flooding washed out the only paved road leading to it.
    Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said Monday that supplies will be flown into the former mining town of Mogollon on Tuesday.
    The community became isolated after weekend flooding damaged state Route 159. Roughly 16 residents permanently live in the town nestled in the mountains in Catron County. A creek paralleling the road surged from its banks after heavy rains.

  • Update 09-17-13

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilties will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 110 of the Municipal Building. The main topic will be a public hearing on the proposed gas rate ordinance. If approved, it will be introduced to county council at a regular meeting at a later date, after which a council public hearing will be scheduled. Interested residents are encouraged to attend this public hearing.

    Election results

    Members of the public awaiting final election results from theclerk’s office regarding the UNM-LA special mail out election are invited to gather in the lobby and council chambers of the new Municipal Building starting at 7 p.m., today. Results will be posted in the east and west entrance windows of the building as well. Election results also will be made available on LAMonitor.com.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Brown Bag

    Brown Bag Lecture. Explosives at LANL with Cary Skidmore and Dan Hooks. Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. To highlight the laboratory’s work in the field of explosives, the museum will host an exhibit that begins at 4 p.m.

  • Next Big Idea Festival

    The soggy ground from the week’s rain storms did not stop the public from enjoying The Next Big Idea Festival, complete with face painting and a dunk tank and a number of other

  • Bandelier plans to reopen Thursday

    Thursday, unless there is another flood in the meantime, the Frijoles Canyon area of Bandelier National Monument will re-open after being closed for a week. Visitors will be able to once again catch the shuttle bus in White Rock and see the results of the recent record-breaking rains.

    On Monday, the Bandelier staff had their first chance to deal with what happened during flooding over the weekend. It quickly became apparent that it would be some days before it would be safe to welcome visitors into the canyon, the park’s main visitor area.

    Cleanup of mud and debris began, but assessment showed that there would also be long-term effects of the three episodes of high water that had passed through.

    High water had come down the canyon on Thursday evening, Friday morning, and again on Saturday night. Frijoles Creek generally runs about 10 cubic feet per second (cfs), but during the Friday event, the largest of the three, it is estimated that the flow reached between 7,500-9,500 cfs. For comparison, on Sunday the Rio Grande near San Ildefonso Pueblo was carrying between 1,250 and 2,500 cfs.

  • Police chief search enters next phase

    County Administrator Harry Burgess admits the quality of the finalists vying to replace Police Chief Wayne Torpy has made his choice both easier and harder. “Overall, I was very impressed with everybody,” Burgess said. “I think we have a hard decision to make. I think any of them have the skills to be our next police chief. We just have to make the right choice on who that person is.”

    The five candidates who stood out from a field of 26 applicants who met minimum qualifications were Roy Melnick, Donnie Perry, Bill Press, Dino Sgambellone and Philip Smith. The candidates were in Los Alamos for interviews Thursday and Friday of last week.

    “They all came very well prepared and presented themselves well. That was one consistent thing I heard, even from all the various groups that interviewed,” Burgess said.

    Torpy led the candidates on an informal tour of the police department and county facilities on Thursday, followed by a private reception for the county’s police officers. Officers were able to ask the candidates questions during the reception and submit comments on their top choice.

    Members of the public were invited to meet the candidates at a reception Thursday evening.

  • Airlift canceled for NM town isolated by flooding

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An emergency ground delivery of food, water and other supplies was planned Tuesday for a tiny western New Mexico community that remained isolated after weekend flooding damaged the only paved road leading to it.

    New Mexico Department of Homeland Security spokesman Estevan Lujan said state authorities and the National Guard planned to deliver ready-made meals and other supplies by foot to residents of the privately run ghost town of Mogollon.

    Lujan said the original planned airlift was canceled after officials determined there was not enough space to land a helicopter.

    Officials said a creek paralleling the one paved road into town — state Route 159 — surged from its banks after heavy rains and made the road inaccessible from a mile outside the community.

    A spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez said the governor was scheduled to tour part of the Gila later Tuesday and attempt to visit Mogollon.

    "She will visit as close to Mogollon as she can, likely the spot on the road that is washed out," spokesman Enrique C. Knell said.

    Roughly 15 residents live year-round in Mogollon, a former mining town nestled in the mountains.

  • Raw: Time-Lapse Shows Concordia Operation

    Time-lapse footage shot by an Associated Press photographer shows the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship being pulled completely upright during a complicated, 19-hour operation.

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