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  • July 4 church fire still under investigation

    The July 4 fire that destroyed the chapel at the New Beginnings Church still is under investigation.

    That’s the latest from the Los Alamos County Fire Department, New Mexico State Fire Marshal Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

    All three organizations are still in the process of conducting an investigation into the origin and cause of the fire located at 112 East Rd at the New Beginnings Church.

    According to a LAFD press release, the fire is still classified as under investigation and information is still being gathered and processed.

  • Governor names new leader for National Guard

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday named an Air Force National Guard colonel with more than 30 years of military experience to lead New Mexico’s Guard forces.
    Col. Andrew Salas will serve as the state’s adjutant general, succeeding Maj. Gen. Kenny Montoya, who resigned earlier this year to allow the Republican governor to select her own leader.
    Martinez described Salas as a diverse and well-rounded leader.

  • Shuffling at wildlife agency triggers concerns

    ALBUQUERQUE  (AP) — Environmentalists are concerned that reorganizing the New Mexico Game and Fish Department could spell trouble for the state’s nongame animals and programs aimed at conserving threatened and endangered species.
    Not so, the agency says.
    A lightning rod for controversy, the department is again sitting at the center of a longstanding debate over its mission and how it balances conservation and the interests of hunters and anglers whose license fees pay for much of the department’s work.

  • Update 07-25-12

    Presentation

    Presentations on recovery efforts in Haiti will be given at 7 p.m. today at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. A free-will offering will be taken to support the 2012 Carter Work Project and continued rebuilding in Haiti.  Refreshments will be provided.

    P&Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m.  today  in council chambers.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in Council Chambers.

    Film series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Spy Kids 4” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Science talk

  • LAPD makes profiling policy more accessible

    It’s amazing what one phone call can do.

    The Los Alamos Police Department found this out recently when it received a “B” grade in a racial profiling survey published by two New Mexico-based civil rights groups: Somos Un Pueblo Unido and the New Mexico State Conference NAACP.

    The survey, titled “Biased Based Policing at a Glance,” surveyed law enforcement agencies across New Mexico to see whether or not they even had policies that guarded against racial profiling. If they did, then they were further graded on how accessible those policies were to the public.

  • Council debates size of sewer rate hikes

    Replacing Los Alamos County’s aging sewage infrastructure is unavoidable, which means rate hikes are inevitable. How much those hikes will be and how they will be implemented was the topic of discussion during the county council’s work session Tuesday.

    Council approved a 10 percent rate increase in 2011 to help reduce the funding deficit for capital improvements and operating costs.

    At that time, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) projected a 20 percent increase in FY2013 to replace aging infrastructure, pay annual operating expenses and pay off the loan for the Los Alamos Waste Water Treatment Plant (LAWWTP). At the time, councilors urged DPU officials to look for alternatives to the rate increase.

  • Larry the Lobster off the menu

    WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man purchased a 17-pound lobster at a Waterford restaurant, then released the crustacean back into Long Island Sound.

    Don MacKenzie of Niantic tells The Day of New London he knew the lobster, nicknamed "Lucky Larry" by local children, would have to be about 80-years-old to reach his current size and felt it deserved to live.

    MacKenzie won't say how much he paid The Dock restaurant to take Larry off the menu.

    He took the lobster back to sea Tuesday, releasing it in a secret location.

  • Today in History for July 25th
  • Alleged shooter was surrounded by brain experts

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes spent a year in a small neuroscience doctoral program, surrounded by scientists and roughly three dozen classmates delving into the inner workings of the brain.

    The University of Colorado, Denver, isn't saying if they had any warning signs.

    Experts say, however, the intimacy of the program and its focus on the brain may not have been enough for staff and students to detect that Holmes was on a course that police say ended with a deadly rampage at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie.

  • CDC: More Teens Using Condoms