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  • Frijoles Canyon reopens after floods

    Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument reopened to the public Thursday.

    Bandelier staff began flood cleanup over the weekend and continued early this week to clear debris off the Main Loop Trail and the visitor parking lot after three different flood events. The public should expect a few changes in visitor services due to flooding.

  • Bigfoot Adventures Blend Legend With Reality

    Of course you don’t believe in Bigfoot. Why should you? You’re probably reading this article on a computer or from a newspaper in a well-lit room. You’re probably looking around your civilized, comfortable surroundings and having a good chuckle. To think that some people actually believe that there’s a nine-foot tall, half man, half ape like creature walking around out there in the woods that may or not tear your head off if you encounter it.

    “Reeeeeeeally now,” you say to yourself….

    OK, let’s change things up a bit. Step outside into your backyard. Better yet, go someplace really wild, like the middle of the Valles Caldera in the Jemez Mountains. Walk down one of the many lonesome dirt roads out there, say around midnight. Even better, make it around 1 a.m. on a moonless night.

    Now, have Dave Warner, leader of the “Bigfoot Tours” sponsored by the Valles Caldera, loudly knock two pieces of wood together.

    Quiver in your boots when you hear, somewhere out there in the vast, silent, dark, primal wilderness of the Caldera, something knock back.

    How’s your belief system now?

  • Disaster declaration paves way for funds

    Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess issued a disaster emergency declaration Thursday afternoon in the wake of last week’s storm events, which delivered more than seven inches of rainfall to the area — surpassing storm specifications for 100-year flood events.

    “In the week following the major storms that impacted Los Alamos County — especially storms that came through Los Alamos the morning of Friday, Sept. 13 — our crews have had the opportunity to sweep through the community and our surrounding canyons to check for damage to infrastructure. The effects of the storm have proven to be more extensive than first realized, which is the reason for issuance of the declaration a week after the storms have passed. We have infrastructure that will require significant and costly repairs,” Burgess said.

    On Tuesday afternoon, county officials submitted reports to FEMA and the State of New Mexico with descriptions and photos that outlined visible damage to canyon-bottom utility lines, retaining walls, retention ponds, fencing, culverts and roadway storm drain inlets. In addition, the Los Alamos Reservoir located above western Los Alamos received massive storm-water run-off containing large logs and debris.

    Estimates at the time for repairs to flood damage were more than $5 million.

  • Raw: 13 Injured in Chicago Park Shooting

    Thirteen people have been shot at a park on Chicago's southwest side, including a 3-year-old boy who was in critical condition, authorities said.

  • Today in History for September 20th
  • County disaster declaration issued

    Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess issued a disaster emergency declaration Thursday afternoon in the wake of last week’s storm events, which delivered more than seven inches of rainfall to the county – surpassing storm specifications for 100-year flood events.

    “In the week following the major storms that impacted Los Alamos County - especially storms that came through Los Alamos the morning of Friday, Sept. 13 - our crews have had the opportunity to sweep through the community and our surrounding canyons to check for damage to infrastructure. The effects of the storm have proven to be more extensive than first realized, which is the reason for issuance of the declaration a week after the storms have passed. We have infrastructure that will require significant and costly repairs,” Burgess said.

    On Tuesday afternoon, the county submitted reports to FEMA and the State of New Mexico with descriptions and photos that outlined visible damage to canyon-bottom utility lines, retaining walls, retention ponds, fencing, culverts and roadway storm drain inlets. In addition, the Los Alamos Reservoir located above western Los Alamos received massive storm-water run-off containing large logs and debris.

  • Raw: Fire, Explosions at Oklahoma Chemical Plant

    No injuries were reported after a massive fire broke out at a rural Oklahoma chemical plant. Authorities say several explosions followed the fire late Wednesday at the Danlin Industries plant near Thomas.

  • Pole safety inspections underway

    The Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) is conducting its scheduled electric pole safety audit with the help of contractor, Osmose, Inc.
    “The good condition of each electric pole in the local distribution network is essential to improving reliability and preventing failures.” said Deputy Utilities Manager for Electric Distribution Rafael del La Torre.
    The DPU’s contractor, Osmose, Inc., will be seen beginning the week of Sept. 23 in the Barranca Mesa neighborhood of Los Alamos.
    Inspection work will continue for the next six weeks or so as the team works their way through the town site and then White Rock.
    Several of the network’s electric poles are on utility easements located in residential backyards.
    Contractors will wear plainly visible ID badges. 

  • Update 09-19-13

    Dem meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have the monthly meeting, 7 p.m. tonight at UNM-LA, building 2. There will be a celebration of the recent marriage equality decision in Los Alamos. Discussion with speakers and refreshments will be available. All Democrats are welcome to attend.

    Environment

    Come learn about county efforts to increase environmental sustainability and create a stronger and healthier community. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today in the BCC Conference Room in the Municipal Building.

    GOP meeting

    All interested members of the Republican Party are invited to attend the September business meeting of the county Central Committee 7 p.m. today in Room 610 on the UNM-LA campus. Business will be conducted by Robert Gibson.

    Book signing

    Book signing with Marina von Neumann Whitman, daughter of famed scientist John von Neuman. Whitman will sign her memoir, “The Martian’s Daughter.” 5 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Historical Society, 1050 Bathtub Row.
     

  • County flood damage tab mounts

    Late Wednesday, Los Alamos County added one more request to FEMA and the state for flood damage assistance.

    The county is asking for another $50,000 to repair Rendija Canyon Road, Estimates are it will take $27,000 for road repair and reconstruction and another $23,000 for a culvert installation.

    According to a memo from the county, “the road to the Guaje Canyon well field has washed out in several locations, and access to Guaje Canyon from the east end of Rendija Canyon Road (San Ildefonso) allows for a more economical means of mobilizing equipment to the well field. The east end of the Rendija Canyon road has been damaged in several locations including two areas of particular concern requiring the installation of culverts.”

    Earlier Wednesday, the county released preliminary flood damage cost estimates from public works and utilities and the price tag could be more than $5 million, according to the memos released Wednesday.

    “Keep in mind that these are very rough cost estimates at this point,” county Public Information Officer Julie Habiger said in an email.

    Habiger said the county qualifies for both FEMA and state assistance.