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  • Weekend activities abound at Bandelier

    At noon Saturday, Bandelier will be presenting the very special documentary, “Canes of Power,” in the theater at the park Visitor Center. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln presented silver-headed ebony canes to the governors of the 19 New Mexico pueblos to recognize their authority, sovereignty, and relationship with the federal government.
    Similar canes had been presented by the government of Spain in 1620 and that of Mexico in 1821. Narrated by actor Wes Studi, the Silver Bullet Productions film “Canes of Power” tells the story of the Lincoln Canes, and their importance to the Pueblo governors and people today. Several pueblo governors have been invited to attend, and the park curator, from San Ildefonso Pueblo, plans to introduce the film and provide a discussion afterward. Everyone is invited, and there is no extra charge for the film.

  • Update 07-19-13


    A charity breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Lodge to benefit Mica Andersen and his family. Andersen is in the hospital, critically injured from a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

    Free film

    Atomic Film Festival. Godzilla. 7 p.m. Wednesday Fuller Lodge. Free. Hosted by the National Historical Society.

    APP board

    The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. July 25 in the Mesa Public Library

    Field trip

    The July field trip for the Los Alamos Geological Society will be New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. We will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Sullivan Field parking lot. Carpooling to Albuquerque is recommended.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon July 26 in the municipal building.

    For the kids

    History Adventures at Fuller Lodge. 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesday. Free hands-on activities for kids.  

  • Manzanares keeps fighting

    It appears that Robert Manzanares’ daughter will not be coming home Saturday. Manzanares, in a short, emailed statement sent to the Los Alamos Monitor Friday morning, simply said “bad news! She is not coming. The family played a trick and coached her. This is devastating. I am sorry.”

    Later, Manzanares called the offices of the newspaper to say he is still having the party for her, and the public is still invited. It will be Saturday, July 20 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road, from 2 to 4 p.m. Manzanares said it was supposed to be a public party celebrating the homecoming of his 5-year-old daughter, but now it will serve as a rallying point and a reminder at just how tough his fight has been to get his custody rights back. If this latest cruel twist has done anything for his resolve, it’s only made it stronger.

    “As you can see, I’m dealing with some very hard people,” Manzanares said. “It appears I’m going to have to apply for full custody.”

    Manzanares, an employee of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, gained the attention of the national media several years ago when it picked up the story of his struggle to get his daughter back when she was put up for adoption by an ex-girlfriend.

  • BPU recommends gas rate change

    On Wednesday, the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities voted 5-0 to recommend a change in the way gas rates are billed.

    If council approves the new ordinance at its Aug. 13 meeting, customers will be billed for the actual cost of gas instead of at a fixed rate.

    The current fixed rate billing makes it difficult for the Department of Public Utilities to adjust to fluctuations in the market.

    Customers are charged at a higher rate than the estimated cost of gas in order to build in a cushion to cover unexpected price increases.

    Under the proposed change, customers would be billed a fixed rate per unit to cover operational costs plus the actual cost of gas. This could save customers money when rates are low, but higher gas rates would also be reflected in the billing.

    Two citizens spoke against the change.

    “What I object to mainly is the idea of the citizen not knowing month to month and having to look at differences all the time,” one citizen said.

    He suggested that even if it meant building in a larger cushion, DPU should keep the fixed rate, or alternately could contract with suppliers for two to four years or purchase gas on the futures market.

    Board member Chris Ortega, who has negotiated long-term contracts with suppliers, was opposed to that idea.

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  • Santa Fe National Forest lifts fire restrictions Friday

    Over the past few weeks, constant monsoon moisture has decreased fire danger from extreme to low. Effective Friday at 8 a.m., current Stage I fire restrictions blanketing the Forest will be lifted.

    Areas of the forest affected by the Tres Lagunas, Thompson Ridge and Jaroso fires will remain closed for public safety.

    Forest visitors are encouraged to be fire safe. When building a campfire be sure to keep safety in mind before, during, and after you've built it.

  • The iKnife Finds Cancer Cells While Cutting

    A surgical knife that can identify cancer cells may help surgeons more accurately cut through organs in the operating room. The device, called an 'iKnife', has been used to remove breast and bowel cancers and relies on smoke of all things.

  • Painting the lines

    Workers paint new lines in the parking lot of Sullivan Field earlier this week.

  • Council eyes probate vacancy

    The Los Alamos County Council is seeking applicants to fill the unexpired term of Probate Judge Ellen Hong, who resigned June 24. Under State law, any qualified person over the age of 18 who is a resident of Los Alamos County may serve as Probate Judge.
    Applicants are asked to submit a one or two-page letter indicating why they would be interested in serving as Probate Judge. The letter must be received no later than 5 p.m. July 29.
    Interested applicants are asked to mail or hand-deliver their letter to Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess in the new Municipal Building at 1000 Central, Suite 350 in Los Alamos.
    The council has placed discussion of this item and the letters received by the deadline on its Aug. 13 meeting agenda. Applicants must attend that meeting at 7 p.m. in council chambers (inside the Municipal Building in Los Alamos) and should be prepared to answer questions from the council about their letter of interest and qualifications.
    The unexpired term for the position ends Dec. 31, 2014.