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  • Wednesday in the Park

    A moviegoer has some fun prior to Wednesday’s Movie in the Park. Wednesday’s movie, “Harry and the Hendersons,” was screened at East Park. The Movies in the Park is a weekly event during the summer and is hosted by the county’s Parks and Recreation department. Next week’s movie will be at Ashley Pond starting at dusk.

  • Update 06-23-11

    LAPS is on TV
    Mountain Elementary School will be featured at 5 a.m. Monday on the Discovery Channel in a special edition half hour show called The Profiles Series.

    Applications accepted
    Applications are being accepted through July 15 for the 2011-2012 Leadership Los Alamos program. Visit http://leadershiplosalamos.memberlodge.com/

    Work session set
    A school board work session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pajarito Ciffs. The work session is open to the public.

    CIP meeting set
    Los Alamos County’s Capital Improvement Projects Evaluation and Oversight Committee meets at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers.

    Fire update

  • NM Boys' State fosters citizenship

    In a 2008 study conducted by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 71 percent of Americans failed a civic literacy test, with an overall average score of 49 percent. Fewer than half of all Americans could name all three branches of government. Even more disturbing is the fact that elected officials scored lower than the general public, with an average score of 44 percent.

    This lack of civic literacy may be the result of a lax educational system. Most states do not require middle school students to take classes in civics and government. It may also be that civics, like history, is one of those classes filled with dry facts and figures that evaporate soon after the course is over.

  • Top Republican Cantor exits budget talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Thursday that Democratic demands for tax increases have brought budget negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden to an impasse and that he's pulling out of the talks.

    The Virginia Republican said in a statement that the Republican-dominated House simply won't support tax increases and that he won't be participating in a meeting scheduled for Thursday. Cantor said that it's time for President Barack Obama to weigh in directly on the budget because Democrats insist on pairing at least some tax increases with the spending cuts.

  • Feds snare Whitey Bulger after 16 year manhunt--video extra

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was captured near Los Angeles 16 years after his run from the law sparked an international manhunt and served as a major embarrassment to the FBI as their onetime informant eluded authorities.

    The FBI finally caught the 81-year-old Bulger at a residence in Santa Monica along with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig on Wednesday, just days after the government launched a publicity campaign to locate the fugitive mobster, said Steven Martinez, FBI's assistant director in charge in Los Angeles. The arrest was based on a tip from the campaign, he said.

  • Storms damage barns, chapel at Churchill Downs--video extra

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A few barns partially collapsed and horses ran loose for a time Wednesday at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, after a powerful storm that spawned tornadoes blew through Louisville.

    Officials have no immediate reports of serious injuries to humans or horses at the track on the southwestern side of Louisville. A mayor's spokesman said a couple people may have been trapped in their cars in high water on the east side of the city.

  • Maniatis named NM Film Office director

     New Mexico Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary-designate Jon Barela announced that Nick Maniatis has been named director of the New Mexico Film Office.
    Maniatis previously served as the executive director of the New Mexico Independent Power Producers. He has worked on many films in New Mexico and was an appointed board member of the New Mexico Film and Media Advisory Board from 2002-09. He also was a board member of the Digital Film Institute from 2003-10.
    “Nick has deep knowledge of the film landscape in New Mexico and with his leadership, we’re looking forward to the film industry continuing to be an important part of the state’s economy,” said Secretary-designate Barela.

  • BLM announces wild horse and burro gather

    The Bureau of Land Management announced its tentative summer schedule for gathering wild horses and burros from overpopulated herds on Western public rangelands.
    The gathers are needed to bring herd sizes into balance with other rangeland resources and uses, as required by Federal law and approved land-use plans.
    “With the new gather season starting in July, we must carry out these gathers in a fully transparent manner,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey.
    “That includes taking full ownership of what we do and by sharing both the positive and negative news with our various publics, whatever criticism may come our way.”  

  • Roof Damage

    About half of the roof of the 400 wing at Barranca Mesa Elementary School was blown off by Sunday night’s high winds.

  • Fires will burn until rainy season

    PHOENIX (AP) — Crews have made significant progress attacking three major wildfires in Arizona, but fire danger across the Southwest will remain for weeks to come until seasonal rains arrive.
    Storms that normally stop the fire threat in the Southwest aren’t expected to come until mid-July at the soonest. Officials say that means the large blazes churning across Arizona’s forestlands won’t be the last.
    The state has seen one of its most dangerous fire seasons in years, forestry officials said, with more than 1,500 fires burning 1,300 square miles so far. That total far exceeds 2010, when just 132 square miles burned across the state.