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  • LAPS to get share of $4.5 million in grant money for solar project

    The Los Alamos Public Schools will be one of the districts chosen by Governor Bill Richardson to receive a grant for construction of a solar farm. The photovoltaic array is expected to be built near the middle school on North Mesa.

    LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt said the district is still awaiting the formal funding letter, but indicated that he expects the grant to be somewhere in the $250,000 to $300,000 range. Gov. Richardson announced the grants last Wednesday, and that the total $4.5 million in funding comes from federal stimulus money.

  • Firefighters battle three blazes in Santa Fe National Forest

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a wildfire in Santa Fe National Forest has spread across more than 5,000 acres.

    The South Fork Fire is one of three fires burning Monday on the northern New Mexico forest.

    Three helicopters dropped water for several hours Sunday to try to contain the 5,143-acre, lightning-caused blaze but it continued to spread. Firefighters closed off a large area surrounding the fire.

  • Cop is suspect in burglary

    Longtime Los Alamos Police Det. Shari (Sharon)  Mills, 53, is the prime suspect in an aggravated burglary case at the home of her former husband, Lt. Scott Mills, also a Los Alamos police officer.

    Officers took photographs and dusted for fingerprints at Lt. Mills’ home at 1415 41st St., Thursday evening.

    LAPD Chief Wayne Torpy called in New Mexico State Police to investigate the case after Det. Mills became a suspect.

  • Ceiling sprinkler dampens third floor at LAMC

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  • Sidewalk obstruction removal program explained

    In 2002, Los Alamos County instituted a sidewalk obstruction removal program to clear sidewalks adjacent to homes and businesses of overgrown vegetation.

    Clearing crews hired by the county removed overgrown vegetation along sidewalks in Los Alamos and White Rock, leaving clear pathways for pedestrian use. The program proved a success because:

    •The county sidewalks were reclaimed for their intended use;

    •It enhanced the appearance of our community; and

  • Ribbon cutting set for June 26

    The Los Alamos County Council invites the public to the grand opening of the Pajarito Cliffs Site (formerly known as the Airport Basin Site) at 10 a.m. on June 26.

    The Pajarito Cliffs Site is the home of the following county and school district facilities: warehouse, parks, purchasing, risk management, shop, traffic, transit, fleet, utilities, pavement and facilities operations.

  • The Voice of the Hilltoppers

    The “Voice of the Hilltoppers” is now a voice for the ages.

    Longtime KRSN sports announcer Gene Mortensen, who has been calling sporting events over the airwaves since the mid-1980s, was inducted into the New Mexico Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in a ceremony Saturday in Albuquerque.

    Mortensen, who is perhaps best known for his broadcasts of Los Alamos Hilltopper football and basketball games, was inducted into the Hall of Fame along with veteran University of New Mexico announcer Mike Roberts.

  • May retail sales point to shaky underpinnings in economic recovery

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A big drop in May retail sales has raised new concerns about the durability of the economic recovery.

    Retail sales plunged 1.2 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Friday. It was the largest decline in eight months.

    Americans slashed spending on everything from cars to clothing to building materials. Auto sales fell 1.7 percent. Excluding autos, sales fell 1.1 percent.

  • POWER OUTAGE MAY RESULT IN SPOTTY NEWSPAPER DELIVERY DELAYS

    Depending on the area in which you live, the newspaper may be a bit later than usual. Publisher Keven Todd said that the newsroom was able to make up for some of the lost time, but there are some processes in putting out a paper where you just can't shave any time.

    "We regret any inconvenience to our readers, and we're making every effort to get the newspaper out as promptly as possible," Todd said. "It's unusual to have a power outage last as long as this one did."

  • Local police detective under investigation

    Longtime Los Alamos Police Det. Shari Mills is the prime suspect in two ongoing investigations into the burglary and theft of property from the home of her former husband, Lt. Scott Mills, also a Los Alamos police officer.

    Officers took photographs and dusted for prints at Lt. Mills' home at 1415 41st St., Thursday evening.

    LAPD Chief Wayne Torpy called in New Mexico State Police to investigate the case after Det. Mills became a suspect.