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  • Crews complete burnout operations at Bear Springs Fire

    Fire crews apparently made some inroads into containing the Bear Springs Fire today, located about 30 miles west of Los Alamos.

    In the latest release from the State Forest Service, the Incident Commander has just reported that today’s low intensity burnout operation was successfully completed and the fire is doing well.

     “Successful execution of this operation will be a great stride toward containing the fire,” said Incident Commander Paul Delmerico.

  • Today in History for June 4th
  • Police: Bank robber had to be cut from air duct

    OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — A wig-wearing man broke into a suburban Chicago bank vault and nearly made off with $100,000 but got stuck in an air duct and had to be cut out hours later, authorities said Sunday.

    Charles Estell, 38, was found early Sunday hiding in an air duct in an office next to the bank, according to Oak Lawn police spokesman Michael Kaufmann.

    The Chicago man had allegedly robbed the suburban bank Saturday afternoon, and pointed a gun at bank employees who confronted him in the vault, according to the FBI.

  • Today In History For June 3rd
  • Phoenix police say stoned mom forgets baby on car roof

    PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police have arrested a woman who allegedly drove off after forgetting that her 5-week-old baby was in a car seat on the roof of her vehicle.

    Officer James Holmes said officers were called out early Saturday after witnesses found a child strapped in a safety seat in the middle of an intersection.

    The boy wasn't hurt. He's now in the custody of Arizona Child Protective Services.

  • NCRTD board approves $9.7M budget

    After a lack of attendance delayed budget talks for the North Central Regional Transit District, board members Friday approved the district’s next fiscal year budget.

    The $9.7 million budget is $2 million shy of current year spending, but Executive Director Tony Mortillaro said, despite the shortfall, the district will be in good shape.

    Mortillaro attributed part of shortfall to the fact that Los Alamos County’s five-year $5 million contribution has run dry.

    The county will provide the District with $500,000 in FY13.

    And in its effort to pass a balanced budget, Mortillaro said the district will not attempt to fill the budget gap, but rather will curb spending.

  • Special Council meeting scheduled for noon Monday

    County Council

    A special county council meeting will be held at noon Monday at council chambers. The wrong time was inadvertently listed in the bottom of Sunday's newspaper.

    ChamberFest

     ChamberFest is an annual event that showcases chamber members and this year’s event will be June 9. Located in the downtown area, businesses display their products and services to the public. There is also a Car Show and Kids Activity Area with a sand pile.

    Election night

  • Cone Zone 06-03-12

    Public Works Projects
    For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us, 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
    Canyon Road between East Road (N.M. 502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic. Residential access to this area will be maintained; however, residents who park on Canyon Road are asked to park off-street or on a nearby side street. Residents can expect flagging operations on Canyon Road during the day time, and two-way traffic at night. Minor delays may be experienced. Pedestrians must use the provided pedestrian detours. All through traffic must seek alternate routes.

  • Officials renew focus on sidewalks

    In 2002, Los Alamos County instituted a sidewalk obstruction removal program to clear sidewalks adjacent to homes and businesses of overgrown vegetation.  Clearing crews hired by the county removed overgrown vegetation along sidewalks in Los Alamos and White Rock, leaving clear pathways for pedestrian use.

  • Firefighters race to corral Gila blaze

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A wall of smoke advances across a vast swath of rugged country in southwestern New Mexico where the nation's wilderness movement was born nearly a century ago.

    From the air, the smoke stretches as far as the eye can see. On the ground, firefighters talk about the steep canyons that keep them from directly attacking what has become the largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history and the largest currently burning in the country.

    Sure, things might look bad. But to land managers and scientists, the record-setting blaze represents a true test of decades of work aimed at returning fire to its natural role on the landscape — a test that comes as many Western states grapple with overgrown forests, worsening drought and a growing prospect for more megafires.