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  • Man rescued from burning car--Updated

    A man was pulled from a burning vehicle on N.M. 4 near the White Rock split just before the Silver Ford Edge he was driving became engulfed in flames Tuesday afternoon.

    How he was rescued was a story in itself.

    According to the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department, the man was identified as B.R. Sanders, 84, of Los Alamos. Maj. Ken Johnson of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department said Sanders apparently dozed off while driving and ran off the road. The weeds underneath the car caught on fire and as a result, the vehicle caught fire as well. Johnson added drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the cause of the crash.

    Steve Yanicak and Don Carlson, who work for the Department of Energy NMED Oversight Bureau, were driving a government vehicle heading westbound on N.M. 4 after collecting storm water samples.

    They noticed a white car about 70 yards off the road with orange flames coming out of it.

    They pulled over and were instrumental along with three other people in pulling a man from the burning vehicle.

    “We noticed there were people in the white car and one of them was trying to yank somebody out of the silver car,” Yanicak said. “Obviously, the car was on fire. We abruptly stopped. It happened so fast.”
    Carlson was in the passenger seat of the government vehicle.

  • Border Patrol agent shot, killed on patrol in Ariz

    BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — A Border Patrol agent was shot to death Tuesday in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico line, the first fatal shooting of an agent since a deadly 2010 firefight with Mexican bandits that spawned congressional probes of a botched government gun-smuggling investigation.

    The agent, Nicolas Ivie, 30, and a colleague were on patrol in the desert near Naco, Ariz., about 100 miles from Tucson, when shooting broke out shortly before 2 a.m., the Border Patrol said. The second agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks, and was airlifted to a hospital.

    Authorities have not identified the agents, nor did they say whether any weapons were seized at the site of the shooting.

    The last Border Patrol agent fatally shot on duty was Brian Terry, who died in a shootout with bandits near the border in December 2010. The Border Patrol station in Naco, where the two agents shot Tuesday were stationed, was recently named after Terry.

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  • Can science unravel civics?

    “Complex” comes from the Latin “complecti” meaning to weave or entwine. In a broad sense, complexity occurs in systems that comprise a wide array of related parts and their individual dynamics. 

    Examples of complex systems are the global economy, a brain, a computer, the electric grid, a city, and an ecosystem, whether working in nature or in human societies. A growing and far-reaching science seeks to find consistent patterns, if they exist, that occur in complex systems evolved by nature and by civilization. 

    These are days when all news runs to elections. Elections, as in far-off Greece or this fall in the U.S., have ties to the study of complexity. A pencil sketch of affairs is a good start.  

  • It's all about checks and balances

    “Checks and balances” is the phrase that describes the web of interactions among the branches of a government that provides for limiting governmental excess by the separation of powers into legislative, executive, and judicial sectors.  For example in the first instance, the federal government, the legislature passes laws but those laws can only be enforced by the executive and interpreted by the judicial, the legislature can remove judges or presidents and controls their budgets but is itself greatly constrained by being bifurcated.  And so on.  In the extreme these checks and balances can and do produce gridlock so moderation is necessary.

  • Bears roll past Cowboys

        ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Lance Briggs plucked the ball out of the air and started rumbling down the field. As the Chicago linebacker approached the end zone, he fully extended his left arm over his head with the ball in his hand.

    Briggs and the rest of those 30-something Bears defenders showed Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys how much they can still play.

    Charles Tillman, another of the five defensive starters in their 30s, also returned an interception for a touchdown in the Bears’ 34-18 victory Monday night.

  • Hilltoppers open district play

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will open District 2-4A play Wednesday night against a tough customer.

    Los Alamos, the defending district champion, will face off against the Bernalillo Spartans at home to start its district season.

    The two teams opened the 2011 district season against each other as well. The Hilltoppers swept all eight of their district matches but one of the toughest was against the Spartans.

    The Spartans, who had one of the best seasons in the history of their volleyball program in 2011, gave the Hilltoppers all kinds of trouble. Although the Hilltoppers prevailed in four sets, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21, the Spartans led in each set and seemed to be well in control in the decisive third set before the Hilltoppers’ rally.

  • Police arrest trespassers

    During a routine house check in the 3200 block of Villa Street Sept. 21, police were surprised to see a group of people inside the house. 

    Upon further investigation, police discovered that the son of the homeowners, Nathan Mann, 47, of Los Alamos, did not have permission to be there while his parents were away on vacation. Four people, including Mann, were then arrested for simple trespass. All of the trespassers were from Los Alamos. 

  • Police beat 10-2-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.


    Sept. 20


    12:33 a.m. –– A 38-year-old Los Alamos woman told police her house had been burglarized in the 700 block of 43rd Street.


    Sept. 21

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