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New State Settlement Proposal for San Juan Generating Station Could Lay Foundation for "Third Alternative" Agreement

on October 4, 2012 - 7:24am

San Juan Generating Station. Courtesy Photo

PNM News:

PNM Resources' New Mexico utility, PNM, acknowledges that a state settlement proposal released today to address regional haze at San Juan Generating Station appears to be an important step toward an alternative to the current federal plan.

The proposed settlement agreement announced by the state would require several additional actions before moving forward. The first of those actions would be an agreement in principle by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and PNM to support the proposal.

The proposal then would require

Udall: Nearly $18 Million for Wireless in Rural Areas

on October 4, 2012 - 6:46am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Wednesday that three telecommunications companies will receive nearly $18 million to provide advanced mobile service to rural areas in Central and Southeastern New Mexico that currently lack 3G or 4G wireless access.
 
As part of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Mobility Fund auction, Plateau Telecommunications Incorporated in Clovis, NM; Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative in Dexter, NM and T-Mobile West will build new infrastructure to provide 3G or 4G mobile service, with projects completed in three years.
 
“In today’s society,
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NB3 Foundation Gets $$$ for Childhood Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

on October 2, 2012 - 9:18am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
WASHINGTONU.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Monday that New Mexico-based Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation will receive the first of two $293,513 grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes at San Felipe Pueblo.
 
The NB3 Foundation will use the funding for San Felipe Pueblo: Turning the Tide Against Childhood Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, a community-based program that will address the many factors involved in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
 
This will include community engagement, mobilization and leadership
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Espanola Ranger District to Start Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn

on October 2, 2012 - 7:06am

ESPANOLA RANGER DISTRICT News

The Espanola Ranger District anticipates initiating a prescribed burn Tuesday, Oct. 2 approximately three miles east of Santa Fe. Total acreage to be treated over two days is 207 acres and will occur as conditions permit. Smoke will likely be seen from Santa Fe, Pecos, Jemez, Tesuque, Los Alamos, Bernalillo, Albuquerque, and Espanola.  The treatments are being implemented to help protect the municipal water supply by reducing hazardous fuels, as well as help sustain watershed, forest and wildlife health.

Smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some

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CONE ZONE: Week of Oct. 1

on October 1, 2012 - 6:24am

NMDOT Mill & Overlay on NM502 Starts Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 2, NM502 (Main Hill Road) to Los Alamos will be closed weekdays and Saturdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. while the NMDOT conducts a milling and overlay pavement rehabilitation project. Work will occur from east of East Gate Drive to the Bayo Canyon access road. Access to the East Gate Industrial Park will be maintained from the townsite.

On Monday, Oct. 8, the roadway will be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weather permitting, the project should be complete by Oct.

Bandelier Shuttle Moves to the New Visitor Center!

on September 26, 2012 - 10:42pm

ATOMIC CITY TRANSIT News

Effective Saturday, Sept. 29, the free Atomic City Transit shuttle service to Bandelier National Monument pick up/drop off location is moving from the corner of N.M. 4/Rover Boulevard to the new White Rock Visitor Center Complex at 115 N.M. 4. Just follow the Bandelier Shuttle signs to the new location. For additional information, contact Atomic City Transit at 505-661-RIDE (7433) Courtesy/LAC

N.M. 502 to Los Alamos Closing for Maintenance Beginning Oct. 2

on September 26, 2012 - 5:16pm

NMDOT News:

N.M. 502 to Los Alamos will close beginning Oct. 2 for road work.

The affected highway extends from Mile Marker 4 to Mile Marker 6 down the hill.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) advises all motorists to take the Truck Route to Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory while road work is in progress.

Crews will be milling out two and a half inches of existing pavement and repaving the road with new asphalt material to help rehabilitate the roadway.

The road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day from Tuesday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct.

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Rancho de San Juan Closing

on September 26, 2012 - 3:58pm

Courtesy photo

Staff report

This morning the Los Alamos Daily Post received word that Rancho de San Juan Resort and Restaurant on the road to the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs, is closing its doors Oct. 12.

Letter informing of the closure:

To: Our close and good friends,

We would really like to tell you this news in person, but as we are all in different places it makes that impossible ( thus the e-mail).

We have recently had to make a very hard decision and have decided to retire from the inn and restaurant business.

Valles Caldera Prescribed Burn Continues

on September 26, 2012 - 7:09am

VALLES CALDERA TRUST News:

Jemez Springs – The Valles Caldera Trust Tuesday continued a prescribed burn project on 360 acres south of New Mexico Highway 4 near Mile Marker 30. 

The project began with 70 acres burned Monday and will continue through Wednesday. Smoke from the burn periodically drifts across the highway and reduces visibility.

To ensure the safety of the public, fire managers are using pilot cars to escort vehicles through the burn area when conditions warrant.

Motorists may experience short delays when driving through the burn area.

The burn is the final stage of a

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First New Mexican Tapped to Lead EPA Regional Office

on September 22, 2012 - 10:00am
Photo: Ron Curry
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement on the appointment of Ron Curry to be the Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator for the South Central Region 6, which includes the State of New Mexico.
 
"For more than three decades, the State of New Mexico has entrusted Ron to be a custodian of our natural resources," Udall said. "Today, I applaud the Environmental Protection Agency for entrusting him with the responsibilities and challenges that come with leading this important regional office.
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Valles Caldera Prescribed Burn Planned for Monday

on September 21, 2012 - 6:48am

VALLES CALDERA News:

The Valles Caldera Trust will implement a prescribed burn project that will begin Monday, Sept. 24 and possibly run through Wednesday, Sept. 26 if weather and associated conditions permit. 

The prescribed burn will be on the Valles Caldera National Preserve, south of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30. 

Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area.

The burn is the final stage of a project to reduce fire hazard and improve forest health. 

The area has been thinned and most of the wood

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Visitors Suffer Heat Related Illness at Bandelier

on September 20, 2012 - 9:51pm

Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Today at approximately 2:45 p.m., Bandelier National Monument rangers responded to a report of two visitors from England suffering from what appeared to be heat exhaustion at the top of Alcove House located on the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon.

Bandelier staff called the Los Alamos Fire Department Technical Rescue Team from Station 5 to assist in evacuating the couple from the top of the steep trail.

The severity of the couple’s heat related illness was lessened by two visitors, one a physician from Taos and the other a nurse, who provided medical

Valles Caldera Expands Rabbit Mountain Access

on September 20, 2012 - 6:57am

Valles Caldera Trust News:

The Valles Caldera Trust has expanded public access and use to the Rabbit Mountain area of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.  

Free  hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing will now be available on all existing logging roads and trails including Coyote Call trail.

Rabbit Mountain is bordered by New Mexico Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, and the Santa Fe National Forest. 

Access to the expanded area is possible from Forest Roads 289, 268 and 36. Overnight camping, the use of motorized vehicles, or any other outdoor recreation activity except

Public Invited to Comment on Future of Transportation to Bandelier

on September 20, 2012 - 6:29am
 
Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott with sign on N.M. 4. Photo by Rod Torrez 
 
BANDELIER News:
 
The National Park Service (NPS) at Bandelier National Monument is developing a Transportation Plan/ Environmental Assessment to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument. 
 
The public and interested agencies are encouraged to attend one of two open house workshops Monday or Tuesday to learn about the Plan/EA and comment early in the planning process.
 
Attendees will learn about the current status of this effort and park staff will be there to answer

Volunteers needed for VCNP Fish Study

on September 20, 2012 - 5:11am

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera News:

A study of the movements of trout in the Valles Caldera National Preserve will be conducted from about 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 23 and 24. 

Dave Menicucci of the University of New Mexico is conducting the study as principal investigator. 

Colleen Caldwell of New Mexico State University is an expert on fisheries and co-principal investigator and technical advisor on the project.

Members of the public interested in participating in the project should contact Volunteer Coordinator Jim Counce of Los Amigos de Valles Caldera at jcounce1111@gmail.com or

International Dignitaries Tour NEDO Smart House

on September 18, 2012 - 1:46pm

Dignitaries from Japan join officials from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County, Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in Monday's NEDO Smart House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., Los Alamos County Council Chair Stover, NEDO Chairman Kazuo Furukawa and other dignitaries tour the NEDO Smart House Monday. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Local, state, national and international officials tour the NEDO Smart House including this garage area.

Roundabout Under Construction Near Cities of Gold

on September 15, 2012 - 1:18pm

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District Five began construction Friday of a new roundabout at the intersection of West Gutierrez Street and Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque. 

The project includes installation of a new sidewalk with curb and gutter, improved drainage and new lighting.

Universal Constructors, Inc. of Albuquerque is the contractor for the project, which is expected to be completed in December.

The intersection of West Gutierrez Street and Cities of Gold Road will remain closed while work is in progress.

Motorists traveling northbound and

East Road Gas Line Tunneling Underway

on September 15, 2012 - 12:53pm
The gas line tunneling project near the Crossroads Church on East Road involves placing both a 6 inch and an 8 inch line in separate tunnels. It is cheaper to dig a tunnel for the new gas lines with a $350,000 machine than to do it the old fashioned way by digging a trench. Tunneling doesn't wreck driveways and sidewalks. This strange machine in the photo bores a tunnel underground for placing the new gas lines. One crew member operates the machine with a support three or four person support team.

Rep. Jim Hall Meets Property Owners

on September 15, 2012 - 11:01am

By Dist. 43 Rep. Jim Hall

I attended two Sierra Los Pinos meetings Sept. 8. 

The first meeting discussed upgrades to the Sierra Los Pinos water system.  

The Association is proposing an upgrade to the system to meter individual properties (now unmetered) and a special assessment to defray the cost. 

There were numerous questions from the audience about the installation process, short and long term costs, and expected benefits. 

Meeting participants seemed favorable, but approval will require a two thirds “yes” vote with at least 60 percent of the owners voting. 

The SLPPOA annual meeting was

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Luján Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 15, 2012 - 9:42am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today:

“Hispanic Heritage Month represents an opportunity to reflect on the enduring contributions of a community that has strengthened the fabric of a nation whose diversity is a source of strength and pride.

Udall Introduces VOW to Hire Heroes Extension

on September 14, 2012 - 10:06am
Bill Would Simplify Hiring Of Unemployed Vets
 
WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has joined Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in introducing the bipartisan VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act of 2012 (S. 3536), a bill that simplifies the hiring of unemployed and disabled veterans.
 
Senators Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Jim Webb, D-Va. and Dean Heller, D-Nev., are also original cosponsors of the legislation.
 
"New Mexico has 180,000 veterans who risked their lives to defend our freedom, often at a physical or emotional cost to themselves," Udall said. "In

Powering Up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

on September 11, 2012 - 11:20pm

Let the Demo Begin!  Powering up the Los Alamos Smart Grid & Smart House

By Greg Kendall

  • First international project in the U.S. to demonstrate how to provide a significant proportion of renewable power on the electric grid to meet a community’s residential needs.


A $52 million state‐of‐the‐art, international smart grid project will power up at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at 1925‐D Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos, a high desert residential community of scientists, engineers and their families.

At the event, the New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan,

Local "Tower of Magic" Performs at Santa Fe Playhouse

on September 10, 2012 - 9:52pm

SANTA FE PLAYHOUSE News:

The community is invited to a staged reading of "Tower of Magic," a comedy by Los Alamos playwright, Tess Light, directed by Mish Schneider, and featuring an all-star cast of local film and Broadway actors. 

This quirky, award-winning comedy follows the ordinary Felix as he tries to fit in with an obsessive ornithologist, a compulsive mezzo soprano, a murderous chef, an occasionally-mute savant and a dual-personality linguist. 

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 East DeVargas Street in Santa Fe.  

Storytelling Jamboree in Jemez Springs

on September 10, 2012 - 9:36pm

STORYTELLING JAMBOREE News:

Scenic Jemez Springs is the scene for the Storytelling Jamboree at Jemez Springs Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Hear stories, play games, eat, and support vendors.

Storytellers are fine-tuning their yarns and will be coming from:

Corrales - Liz Mangual and Bob Kanegis;

Albuquerque - Elaine Maury and Steven Pla;

Santa Fe - Cynthia Dobson;

White Rock/Los Alamos - Terry Foxx;

Jemez Springs - Shefa Gold; and

Edgewood - Sarah Malone.

There will be a great mix of food vendors and a super group of arts and crafts people and several

County Line Highlights Fall Hours for Shuttle

on September 9, 2012 - 2:47pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:

Events

County Council Meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers)

What's on the agenda? It may be a fairly short meeting, with two public hearings on the schedule: one for a liquor license for the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill, and one for designating a lead agency for efforts related to the Manhattan Project National Historic Park. The only business item relates to adoption of property tax rates for calendar year 2012.

Download the agenda here: http://www.losalamosnm.us/gov/council/Pages/default.aspx

Grand Re-Opening of the Little Theater 11:30 a.m. Friday

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