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  • Coalition extension

    After an hour and a half in closed session, Regional Coalition Vice Chair Alice Lucero (Mayor, City of Española) announced that the coalition would extend The MVM Group, LLC.’s contract to provide executive director services for 30 days, during which time the search for a new executive director would go out to bid. “The MVM Group has done an excellent job of providing executive director services,” Lucero said. “They have brought a higher level of professionalism to this organization, increased our profile and had a definite impact on our effectiveness in Washington, D.C.” Executive director DeAnza Sapien (above) said, “On behalf of The MVM Group, we will continue to support the mission and goals of the Regional Coalition in an unofficial capacity. We appreciate the opportunity and the relationships we’ve been able to make during this year. “We’re proud of the success of the coalition in the past year, especially in regards to developing professionalism and openness and transparency. We’ve created a presence in Washington that has helped move the money for cleanup.”
    The coalition will elect new officers at its next meeting, 9 a.m. Aug. 16 in the Taos Town Council Chambers. The coalition will also hear several updates on economic development in the region

  • Grammy winner Mirabal headlines Storytelling Jamboree at Valles

    The 2013 Preservation Act Celebration may sound like a dreary event, but add the Storytelling Jamboree to that–with a lineup of some of the area’s best storytellers–and you have a celebration that promises to be extremely entertaining.
    The event commemorates the 13th birthday of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. President Bill Clinton signed the Preservation Act on July 25, 2000.
    “It’s a birthday celebration, but we’re supplying the gifts,” said Public Affairs Specialist Terry McDermott.
    Two-time Grammy Award winner Robert Mirabal headlines the event. Mirabal’s powerful storytelling reached the world stage with his 2002 breakthrough PBS Special, “Music From a Painted Cave.”
    Among the scheduled storytellers are actors, cowgirls, Native Americans, a rabbi, a doctor, a librarian, and a 10-year old.
    Storyteller and librarian Steven Plá believes that “the magic of story helps people understand each other and the fascinating and diverse worldwide community.”
    In addition to the storytelling performances, there will be activities for kids and local vendors selling pottery, jewelry and food. The preserve’s gift shop will be offering a 10 percent discount on all clothing and hats in addition to items currently on sale.

  • News Briefs 07-26-13

    Fuller Lodge to close for renovation

    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.
    Questions? Call 662-1873 for additional information.

    LAFD responds to diesel spill

    The Los Alamos Fire Department Hazmat team responded to a minor diesel spill at Fairway and 43rd Street Thursday night.
    “It appears some (diesel) splashed over from the work being done over there,” LAPD deputy chief Justin Grider said. “(LAFD) crews micro-blazed and mitigated the area.”
    Grider estimated about five gallons spread around “as the truck or trailer (whatever it was) drove off and fuel splashed out.”
    According to last week’s county cone zone, 43rd Street remains closed to through traffic for continuing utility work, followed by concrete work.

    Beer Fiesta set for Saturday

  • Update 07-26-13

    Probate judge

    The deadline to apply for Probate Judge is quickly approaching. Submit a one or two-page letter of interest to the County Administrator (Suite 350, Municipal Building) by 5 p.m. Monday. The Council will interview applicants and make a selection at their Aug. 13 meeting.

    5K run

    Sage Cottage announces the first annual Cheri Host 5k Fun Run/Walk. Race time begins at 8 a.m., Saturday 90 Canyon Road. $25. Proceeds will go directly into improvements at Sage Cottage. Public is invited.

    DPU charter

    The DPU Charter Review Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building.

    Performance

    The Tortoise and the Hare. 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. Tickets are available at the door, starting at 6:30 p.m. $10 adults, $5 age 12 and under. For more information call 663-0477.

    Nature time

    Nature Playtime at PEEC. 10-11 a.m. Monday. Toddlers, preschoolers, and caregivers come to PEEC to explore their natural world. Each Playtime features a story and stations centered around a theme, as well as outside time. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or e-mail Programs@PajaritoEEC.org. 

  • Floods hit Bandelier; Frijoles Canyon reopens Saturday -- updated

    The staff at Bandelier National Monument has been through this before.

    A wall of water that observers said was between five and eight feet, late Thursday night cascaded down Frijoles Canyon, causing flooding.

    “Staff drove down into the canyon to make sure protection was in place including closing a gate that protects Bandelier’s Visitor Center from high water, “said Chief Ranger Tom Betts.

    By 12:30 a.m., water flowed into the canyon at a height between 5-8 feet and covered the parking lot.

     Park superintendent Jason Lott estimated that it was about three-fourths the size of the 2011 flood that closed Frijoles Canyon after the Las Conchas Fire.  In some areas, water reached high water marks from flooding two years ago.

    “We are just so much better prepared,” Lott said. “Our staff has been through these scenarios before and they implemented the plan to perfection.”

    Lott said park staff was notified of the impending water by text message.

    “We have an early warning system,” Lott said. “There is instrumentation in the upper canyon that is hooked to a satellite system. When there is a rain event, it feeds that information to our cellphones.”

    Park spokesperson Claudia Brookshire explained the flood plan.

  • Lightning show hits Los Alamos

    A spectacular lightning show was on display Thursday night in Los Alamos as a thunderstorm made its way through the area.
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  • Today in History for July 26th
  • Flash Flood Warning until 8:30 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... SOUTHERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 830 PM MDT

    * AT 522 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A THUNDERSTORM 12 MILES WEST OF FRIJOLES... OR ABOUT 12 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS. THOUGH INDIVIDUAL STORMS WERE DRIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST... NEW THUNDERSTORMS WERE DEVELOPING OVER THE SAME AREA. UP TO 1.5 INCHES OF RAIN MAY HAVE ALREADY FALLEN IN THE HEADWATERS OF COCHITI AND MEDIO CANYONS.

    THIS WILL IMPACT THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT... FRIJOLES CANYON... COCHITI CANYON... PERALTA CANYON... HIGHWAY 4 FROM STATE ROAD 501 JUNCTION TO LAS CONCHAS CAMPGROUND AND DOME WILDERNESS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    RUNOFF FROM RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED WATER LEVELS WITHIN VULNERABLE DRAINAGES IN AND DOWNSTREAM OF THE LAS CONCHAS FIRE BURN AREA.

    Stay with LAMonitor.com for the latest weather developments...

  • Santa Fe faces possible bond downgrade

    SANTA FE — The city of Santa Fe is facing a possible downgrade of its bond rating. But the city disputes the reasoning behind the potential action by Moody’s Investor Service.
    The city says that it is on list along with 29 other local governments and school districts for a possible downgrade by Moody’s. The city says a recent Moody’s news release inaccurately reported that the pension liability for the City of Santa Fe and other Public Employee Retirement Association participants don’t conform to requirements. But city finance directors Marco Tapia says the city makes its contributions to PERA in full on a regular basis, in accordance with all requirements.
    Santa Fe says it has an “AA+” rating by Fitch and “AA” by Standard & Poor’s.

  • Update 07-25-13

    History Day

    National History Day. Award-winning presentations. 4-6 p.m., today at the Historical Museum. Hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society. For more information call 695-5251.

    Author's Speak

     7 p.m. tonight at Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda. Stacia Lewandowski, Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe.

    APP board

    The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in room 110 at the Municipal Building.

    Group dog walk

     Group dog walk around the Creative District. 6-7 p.m. Friday. Meet at Pet Pangaea parking lot.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon Friday in council chambers in the Municipal Building.