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  • Today in History for August 6th
  • Curiosity lands safely on Mars--Video Extra

    In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet's past.

  • Lightning strike at NASCAR race kills one, injures nine

    LONG POND, Pa. — A lightning strike in the parking lot at Pocono Raceway after a rain-shortened NASCAR race Sunday killed one person and injured nine others, racetrack officials said.

    It wasn't immediately clear if all 10 people were actually struck by lightning in the parking lot behind the grandstands, nor was it known whether one or multiple strikes occurred during the thunderstorm.

  • Officials ID shooter at Sikh Temple--Video Extras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An ex-Army man who was reduced in rank before his discharge, Wade Michael Page, carried out the shootings at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin that claimed six lives, a federal official said Monday.

    The shooter also died in the incident.

    The U.S. official declined to be named publicly, noting that he was not authorized to speak while the investigation is still ongoing. Page was described as being 40 years old.

  • People chilled out, and spoke out at anti-nuclear event

    Ashley Pond was the scene of a day-long anti-nuclear rally Sunday, as speaker after speaker came to the podium to speak out against the Los Alamos National Laboratory as well as nuclear warfare in general. The event was sponsored by Nuke Free Now.

    Activist Robert Chavez told the crowd why it was important to teach youth about nuclear disarmament.

    “The kids, that are growing up now, today, they are going to be the leaders of this community” he said. “They  have to be informed now, no matter how old they are, even if they are just little kids.”

  • Today in History for August 5th
  • Selvage resignation rocks county council

    Los Alamos County Council members who could be reached for comment seemed shell-shocked by Vice Chair Ron Selvage’s resignation.

    Selvage submitted his letter of resignation to Council Chair Sharon Stover Thursday evening, shortly after information surfaced regarding an indiscretion with a woman during a trip to Sarov, Russia, as part of the Los Alamos Sarov Sister City Initiative last September. Selvage was representing the county on that visit.

  • County unruffled by nuke protests

    The ranks of those protesting the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings are expected to swell this year, as (un) Occupy Albuquerque urges those on its social network to converge on Los Alamos today and Monday. The U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, 1945.

    Ashley Pond will be the center of activities on Sunday, with teach-ins, concerts, rallies, speeches and the “Sackcloth and Ashes” peace march. Protesters also plan to launch 3,000 “peace lanterns” onto Ashley Pond Sunday night, around the same time a similar event takes place in Hiroshima.

    Nonviolent demonstrations near Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will take place Monday.

  • Officials on alert for livestock disease outbreak

    When the Los Alamos “Bad Bull Series” Rodeo kicks off Saturday, there will be at least one guest that won’t be welcome.

    County recreation officials are currently on the lookout for any livestock suffering from “vesicular stomatitis.” Outward signs of the disease include severe drooling and blister-like lesions forming on the inner surfaces animal’s lips, nostrils, coronary band, prepuce, vulva and teats.

    Though animals infected with the disease won’t necessarily die from it, there is no cure, and it can still cause serious deterioration in the animal’s health, according a press release issued by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

  • LAFD Battalion Chief on administrative leave after DUI arrest

    Los Alamos Fire Department Battalion Chief Kelly Sterna has been placed on administrative leave following a report on Saturday morning that he had been arrested in Albuquerque for suspected drunk driving. Sterna was not on duty at the time.

    "The Los Alamos Fire Department upholds the highest standards and code of conduct for its officers. We understand that the public places their trust in us to behave in a professional, law-abiding manner, both on and off duty," said Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes this afternoon. "Following our investigation into the situation, we will take appropriate action as needed."

    Records indicate Sterna, 36, was arrested at 12:40 a.m. Saturday at a sobriety checkpoint on Eubank Boulevard.