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  • Manhattan Project Park stays alive

    Passage of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act (H.R. 1208) in the U.S. House of Representatives last week was a major hurdle en route to the park’s fruition.
    A companion bill in the Senate (S. 507) has also passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
    Similar bills introduced last year were unable to get out of committee in either chamber of Congress.
    “We’re further along than we’ve ever been, so we’re excited about that,” said Heather McClenahan, Los Alamos Historical Society executive director and the county’s point person for the MPNHP project.
    According to McClenahan, the question now is how to get S. 507 through the full Senate.
    Attaching it to the National Defense Authorization Act passed the bill passed in the House. The most unlikely possibility is that the Senate will take up the House version and pass it, since the Senate has already passed its own rendition of the defense spending bill.
    Supporters are hoping to attach S. 507 to the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which should assure its passage.

  • Fireworks show on at Overlook Park

    The Los Alamos July 4 Celebration Firework Show apparently is on for now, according to a press release from the Kiwanis Club.
    Officials with Kiwanis said that Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes has given the go-ahead for the fireworks display. The Kiwanis Club members worked with experts from LANL to provide detailed technical analysis of the display coverage zone.
    This information along with thorough review of the Overlook Park area and the detailed event response planning assembled by LAFD provided the necessary confidence that the Kiwanis Firework Show can be conducted with utmost safety.
    The celebration was canceled two years ago due to the Las Conchas fire. Last year, the fireworks display was canceled just days before the event due to drought and weather conditions.

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  • Officials shutter Santa Fe National Forest

    With the July 4th holiday just days away, officials have decided to make efforts to eliminate the possibility of human-caused forest fires by barring access to a popular tourist attraction beginning Monday.

    The entire Santa Fe National Forest will be closed to public entry effective Monday at 8 a.m. The only exception to the closure is the Rio Chama Scenic River corridor which will remain open to the public, with Stage II fire restrictions. The accessible area along the Rio Chama includes 100-feet from both sides of the river starting at the north end of the river at the Coyote and Cuba Ranger District Boundary downstream to the southeastern boundary near Forest Service Road 151.

  • Heat win NBA Championship

    LeBron James and the Miami Heat remain atop the NBA, and not even a proud push from the San Antonio Spurs could knock them down.

    James led the Heat to their second straight NBA title, scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 95-88 victory Thursday night in a tense Game 7 of the NBA Finals that lived up to its billing.

    Winning the title they needed to validate the best season in franchise history — and perhaps the three-superstar system they used to build it — the Heat won the second straight thriller in the NBA's first championship series to go the distance since 2010.

  • Update 06-20-13

    Bridge club

     Members of the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club are offering free bridge lessons for students in grades fourth-12th. Classes are from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center downstairs conference room.

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    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilites will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building.


    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the community building training room.

    No fireworks

    The Fire Marshal has recommended that the fireworks restrictions continue another 30 days, due to continued extremely dry conditions in Los Alamos County. The extension of the proclamation that would extend from June 24 through July 25 will go to council at their meeting on June 25. 

  • Excavation Underway At Ashley Pond

    The County’s contractor, RMCI, began excavation of Ashley Pond this week. Last week, all remaining ducks were gathered and transported to facilities at the county’s Pajarito Cliffs Site, where they will remain until the project is completed. Care of the ducks is being provided by the Duck Buddies, a local group. The pond was drained and fish removed by the end of the day on Saturday. Approximately 60 fish, some 24inches long, were removed and taken to the Eco-Station. The county announced last week that the pond would not be re-stocked in November; however, this is incorrect. The pond will be restocked using a special “fish recipe” to safely re-introduce aquatic life into the pond that is beneficial to its operation, as well as providing an attraction. The types of fish include sunfish, catfish, bass and trout. Some of the fish will be stocked this fall, with others being added in the spring, as conditions for cold and warm water ponds and the type of fish that can be introduced may vary from season to season.

  • More homes evacuated in Western wildfires

    EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters attacked dozens of blazes in Western states where hot and windy conditions persisted Thursday, including two blazes that forced hundreds of people out of their homes in Colorado.

    Air and ground crews resumed work against a 500-acre fire in the Rocky Mountain foothills about 30 miles southwest of Denver that impacted more than 100 people. The Lime Gulch Fire, possibly triggered by lightning, threatened no structures in Pike National Forest.

    In southern Colorado, a 300-acre fire in Huerfano County forced at least 175 people to stay at a Red Cross shelter at a high school.

    In Arizona, firefighters braced for more hot, windy weather Thursday as they battled a wildfire in Prescott National Forest that scorched nearly 12 square miles. The blaze erupted Tuesday afternoon and led to the evacuation of 460 homes.

    To the north, smoke from another fire that broke out Wednesday was visible from Grand Canyon National Park. No structures were immediately threatened.

    A blaze in southern New Mexico's Gila National Forest grew to 47 square miles.

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