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Letter to the Editor: Bury Power Lines Through or Near Forests

on July 11, 2013 - 8:36am
By Jody Jones and Dan Cather
White Rock

This is in response to a column by Sherry Robinson that ran July 3, 2013 in the LA Monitor entitled, "Cut hundreds of trees or lose them to fire."

A third, and more effective option is never mentioned. Bury all power lines through or near the forests. This is a proven method of providing utility service, and its use in forests is long overdue. All the discussions about clearing vegetation, purchasing wider easements and interagency cooperation are fruitless.

Even with 150-foot easements, a downed power line can ignite weeds and fire can run

Two Die in Early Morning Collision with Flatbed

on July 10, 2013 - 4:34pm


A man and woman died early this morning after their vehicle collided with a flatbed on N.M. 68.

Authorities identified the victims as Marissa Martinez, 19, and her boyfriend Eric Romero, 21, both from Alcalde.

Martinez was driving and according to Española Public Safety Director Eric Garcia, her vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed along N.M. 68 about 8:15 a.m. when the flatbed carrying a backhoe entered the roadway on the north side of Española.

Garcia reported that the vehicle carrying Martinez and Romero may have ricocheted off another car before it slammed into

DWI Planning Council Meeting Moved to Aug. 1

on July 10, 2013 - 9:58am
The upcoming Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meeting has been rescheduled to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1.
The meeting will be held in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. A  in Los Alamos.
Meeting topics include:

Coordinator’s Report

  • a. Final Report for FY 13
  • b. Status of Contracts for FY 14
  • c. FY 14 Financials - Budget spreadsheet; allocations of monies by category
  • d. Other Business

Chairperson’s Report

  • a. Update on DWI Planning Council, discussion on meeting with Kim Gabaldon and Charlie Kalogeros-Chatton
  • b.

Thompson Ridge Burn Scar Experiences Monsoon Events

on July 10, 2013 - 8:07am

Sulfur Creek Burned Area. Courtesy/NPS

Thompson Ridge BAER Assessment Update:

JEMEZ SPRINGSFor the past few days, the Thompson Ridge burn scar has experienced some monsoon rain events.

The Forest Services Jemez Springs Ranger Station and the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) shared these recent observations:

  • Saturday afternoon, July 6, there was some minor sheet flow flooding along the VC02 road in the lower Redondo Canyon (near the west gate), but no flooding was reported in the upper Redondo watershed (Union building and up-canyon) area.
  • Monday afternoon, July 8, Sulphur Creek

Letter to the Editor: Beware of Considerate Behavior

on July 10, 2013 - 7:36am
Los Alamos

One of the nice things about living in Los Alamos is that we have so many considerate drivers. 

However, this can also cause problems. My understanding is that you yield for pedestrians in crosswalks, but you don't yield for golf carts. Yet I don't know how many times I have seen automobiles stop at the crosswalk at the western end of the golf course and wave golf carts out into the middle of Diamond Drive. 

Sooner or later one of these good Samaritans is going to lure a golf cart out into Diamond Drive where they will be T-boned by a car doing 40 (or more)