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Settlement Reached with Sierra Club Regarding San Juan Generating Station

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PNM, BHP Billiton’s San Juan Coal Company and the Sierra Club have filed a settlement that would result in an additional, larger groundwater recovery system adjacent to the San Juan Generating Station and the San Juan Coal Mine near Waterflow, N.M.

Filed today with the United States District Court for New Mexico, the settlement needs court approval for the system to be constructed.

Los Alamos owns 2 percent of the San Juan Generating Station (or 7.2 percent of Unit 4) and thus will bear 2 percent of the cost, estimated to be about $200,000.

Under the agreement, a new groundwater


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Community Water Tank to be Repainted

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County News:

Drainage, lead abatement, repairs and repainting of the community water tank above 47th Street and Trinity Drive begins Thursday, according to officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.

Following drainage of the community water tank, which serves the southern portion of the downtown area, the “Twin” tank located a few hundred feet northward will be put into service for the downtown area between and around Oppenheimer, 9th Street and Central Avenue southward past Trinity Drive.

Businesses and residents of these areas may notice a slight decrease


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Hilltopper Softball Beats Santa Fe 17-5 in 6 innings!

Krista Salazar makes a catch in Center Field during the game held in Santa Fe. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk hits a home run. Photo by Alan Kirk

Monica Teter pitching her third District win. Photo by Alan Kirk

Kristen Christiansen gets a hit. Photo by Alan Kirk

 


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‘CodeRED’ Emergency Notification System to Ring Local Phones Thursday

County News:

Los Alamos County will conduct a test of its CodeRED emergency notification system at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday  March 29.

The County contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution in November of last year.

The CodeRED system provides County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire County.

Philmont Taylor

“We ‘sort of’ tested the system last week for the HAZMAT incident on DP Road,” said Phil Taylor, Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Specialist, “but that


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Council Supports State Implementation Plan for San Juan Plant

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By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County Council voted 5-2 to approve a resolution supporting New Mexico’s proposed State Implementation Plan in lieu of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Implementation Plan for reducing regional haze from the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.

The federal plan requires Selective Catalytic Reduction Technology to be installed at all four of the plant’s coal-fired electric generating units at what PNM’s consulting engineer estimates a cost of $750,000,000.

Los Alamos County owns a 7.2 percent share of unit 4, which meets


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Homestead Tour Dedication

The dedication of the Los Alamos Homestead Tour, May 18th, 2012, 2 PM at the Romero Cabin, Fuller Lodge North Lawn. Reception and Tour to Follow.


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Prevention Today for a Healthier Tomorrow

FAMILY YMCA News



The Family YMCA is offering free Diabetes Prevention Classes. The class is on Tuesdays from April 3rd through May 8th from 11:00 to 11:45 am. Pre-registration at the Family YMCA is required at least 48 hours prior to the session. Classes will be held at the Y’s Administrative offices located behind the Urgent Care Center on 15th and Trinity


The following topics will be covered:



  • What is Type 2 diabetes?

  • Signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

  • What does having pre-diabetes mean?

  • What are the risk factors?

  • How you can reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

  • Making lifestyle changes

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Local Woman Honored as Hospice Director of the Year

Sarah Rochester

LAVNS News:

Executive Director Sarah Rochester of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service has been selected as Hospice Director of the Year by the Texas New Mexico Hospice Organization.

Rochester obtained Hospice certification for Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service December 1994. 

LAVNS is the only not-for-profit, free standing Hospice service in Northern New Mexico.

LAVNS will break ground on the only Hospice House in Northern New Mexico in the near future.

Call 662-2525 to learn more.


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Los Alamos Public Schools Citizens Review Committee Formed

LOS ALAMOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS News

A Citizens Review Committee was formed to review the status of the school referendum and bond projects.  This committee met for the first time on March 21, 2012. As part of their work, the committee will verify whether the school district accomplished what it set out to accomplish in its plans that were presented to the public.

The committee, which serves in an advisory role, will report periodically to the Los Alamos Public Schools Board. The committee will also be asked to provide feedback on completed projects as well as help to determine which future projects


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DPU’s Abiquiu Hydroelectric Facility Earns Engineering Excellence Award

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES News

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities Abiquiu Hydroelectric Facility received another award for the low flow turbine project.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New Mexico awarded the Engineering Excellence Award in the “Energy” category to AECOM for its engineering design work on the low flow project.

An award banquet is set to take place at the Sandia Hotel and Casino April 6.

Workers install a 3 mw turbine in a blue spiral case in the power house at the Abiquiu Hydroelectric Facility owned and operated by the Los Alamos


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Council Recognizes Los Alamos Police Department

Police Chief Wayne Torpy, center, and Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun accept on behalf of the Los Alamos Police Department the Department of Defense recognition as a “Patriotic Employer” award presented by County Councilor Michael Wismer at tonight’s County Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 


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Council Unanimously Approves Annual County Assessor Property Valuation and Maintenance Plan

Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez presented the department’s annual Property Valuation and Maintenance Plan to councilors at tonight’s county council meeting currently underway in Council Chambers. Council unanimously approved the plan. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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County Council Passes Substitute Motion Supporting State’s Plan Regarding San Juan Power Generation Plant

Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith presented information to the Los Alamos County Council a few moments ago. Council heard public comment before passing a substitute motion supporting the state’s implementation plan asking EPA for a stay of inforcement regarding the San Juan Power Generation Plant. Check back for more details on tonight’s county council meeting taking place now in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Sheriff Locates Unregistered Sex Offender

Eugene Louis Calabaza

By Carol A. Clark

A citizen informed authorities that a convicted sex offender was working on the N.M. 4 state road crew in White Rock, but had not registered with the local Sheriff’s Office.

“A call came in through the Crime Stoppers Tip Line on March 14 of a possible sex offender working in White Rock and we passed the information along to the Sheriff’s Office,” said Capt. Randy Foster of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Sheriff Marco Lucero and Deputy Eric Ringquist drove to White Rock and spotted convicted sex offender Eugene Louis Calabaza driving


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County Animal Shelter Offers 2 for 1 Cat Deal

Allie the cat is up for adoption at the local animal shelter. Courtesy Photo

County Animal Shelter News:

All cats are on sale – “two for the price of one” – at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, so if you can’t make up your mind, don’t worry, take them both home.

Most cats love having a playmate.

This week’s featured pet is a short-haired feline named Allie whose primary color is calico.

Allie, 10, is house-trained, declawed, spayed and up-to date with all her routine shots.

She was given up for adoption when her owner left for college.

Allie seems especially partial to women and older, gentle children,


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Prescribed Burn Begins Today

Forestry crews use a back torch to ignite a prescribed burn. Courtesy Photo

A 144-acre prescribed burn is planned in the Santa Fe National Forest, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District beginning today if conditions are favorable.

Fire managers plan to treat 50 to 100 acres per day within a two day period.

The name of the project is the Southwest Barbero prescribed burn.

The treatment is expected to take place 12 miles south of the Rowe/Glorieta Mesa near Forest Road 124, and 12 miles south of Pecos.

Treatment will be by hand ignitions.

The purpose of the prescribed burn is to reduce the risk of future high


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Diabetes Alert Day

THE FAMILY YMCA News

Tuesday, March 27 is Diabetes Alert Day, and the Family YMCA wants residents of Los Alamos and the surrouding areas to be aware of their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and the preventative steps they can take today to reduce that risk. Currently, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and a staggering 79 million people have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.

While the nation’s struggle with obesity and type 2 diabetes is well chronicled, the amount of people with prediabetes is a growing


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Sci-fi Brown Bag Set for April 4

LOS ALAMOS ARTS COUNCIL News:
LAAC Brown Bag Series is always free, always entertaining.
Take a lunch break at the Brown Bag Performance series in Fuller Lodge. 
Presenting a wide range of programs, from Beethoven to ballet, opera to jazz, chamber music to bagpipes, these concerts have been entertaining Los Alamos music lovers on their midday breaks since 1973. 
Brown Bag Performances connect performers to the community. 
Performances are held at 12 p.m. usually on the first Wednesday of each month but dates may vary.
For the April 4 Brown Bag LAAC Presents:

Petra and


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Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14!

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News

Bound Under the Influence:  Book Arts by Suzanne Vilmain
Including:  BOOKS, EDITIONS, LETTERPRESS, WORKS on PAPER & SOUVENIRS
40 years of making & collecting books

Mesa Public Library Art Gallery
April 2 through 30
Public Reception
Saturday, April 7  2:00-4:00 PM

Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here. Courtesy Photo

Suzanne Vilmain has devoted much of her life to words, first as an English teacher and always as an artist who uses words and text both as the symbols they are and as design elements. In Vilmain’s words:

“I’ve been under the influence


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