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  • Cause of fire still unknown -- updated

    Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes was near the parking lot of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church when he looked into the distance.

    “That’s not good,” he said.

    Hughes was looking into the distance at the Jemez Mountains and the gathering storm clouds had generated two big bolts of lightning that went straight to the ground. But Hughes did not seem all that worried.

  • County eases fire restrictions

    Los Alamos County Fire Department has eased the fire restrictions as of noon Friday and will switch back to Stage 1.

    According to a release from the county, the relaxation of fire restrictions is based upon local weather improvement.

    •  Recent regular rainfall

    • The local (seven) day forecast that reflects the apparent onset of the monsoon season

    • Rising humidity values in the weather

    • Fuel condition improvements, including:

    • Reduction in Fire Danger Level, from Extreme to High

    • Reduction in Ignition Potential, from 100 percent to 70 percent

    • Increase in the Dead Fuel Moistures to double-digit levels.

  • Arrest in College Student Disappearance
  • Today in History for July 6th
  • Head banger lands in hoosegow

    A White Rock man – who was arrested Thursday morning for aggravated assault and battery - was transported to the hospital after he became combative in the police car that was taking him to jail.

    Los Alamos Police Officer David Boe said Andrew Ortega, 42, began bashing his head against the cage in the police car during transport. He said the transporting officer, Jordan Redmond, drove Ortega to Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

  • Officials: Colo. Wildfire Nearly Contained
  • Power outage reported Wednesday

    Businesses and some residences in the Los Alamos downtown area lost power for more than three hours Wednesday night.  The outage, bounded by 20th Street to East Road and Central to Trinity, was caused when a cable termination failed, according to Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials.
    While electric lineman began receiving reports of the outage at midnight, other indicators suggest that the outage began just after 11 p.m. July 4.  Crews were dispatched, isolated the fault and repaired the cable termination.  Power was restored by 2:30 a.m.

  • Monsoons bring flood potential

    SANTA FE — As the first major event of the Monsoon Season begins, the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management continues its efforts to coordinate the distribution of resources throughout the state to areas with increased flood potential.
    These actions were put in place by Gov. Susana Martinez’s signing of Executive Order 2012-018 June 19. DHSEM is also asking individuals to remain aware and ready for possible flooding.

  • Seen @ The Scene: Independence Day

    The Fourth of July Celebration did not have fireworks, but those attending were treated to a performance by the Community Winds Orchestra and a skydiving exhibition at Overlook Park in White Rock. Heavy rain, however, canceled the rest of the scheduled activities.

  • Romney’s wife says woman being eyed for ticket

    WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney’s wife has disclosed a tantalizing detail about her husband’s intensely secret vice presidential search: He’s considering choosing a woman.
    “We’ve been looking at that, and I love that option as well,” Ann Romney told CBS News in an interview broadcast Thursday. She added: “There’s a lot of people that Mitt is considering right now.”
    She also argued that Obama and his Democrats will “do everything they can to destroy Mitt.”
    “Early on we heard what their strategy was. It was kill Romney,” she said, adding a message to Obama: “Not when I’m next to him you better not.”