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  • Security clearances impact LAFD

    Firefighter Brandon Gore has abruptly resigned from the Los Alamos Fire Department and Capt. Jacob (Jake) Olivas, who lost his job Feb. 7 over a random drug test irregularity, has appealed his termination.

    “Brandon has resigned for personal reasons,” Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said, adding that he cannot comment further on a personnel issue.   

    Gore, 25, lives in Edgewood and on Nov. 28, he was arrested and charged with indecent exposure. He told a Bernalillo County sheriff that he was a little drunk and was walking to clear his head. As he approached a pedestrian bridge, he had to urinate, did not see anyone and relieved himself.

  • Charges fly after LA jail melee

    A jailhouse video that aired on a local television station Wednesday night showed a brawl at the Los Alamos County Detention Center last July that has resulted in criminal charges against the inmates and a lawsuit being filed against the county.

    Los Alamos resident Fidel Naranjo Jr., the father of inmates Fidel Naranjo III, and Nick Naranjo, who were involved in the altercation with authorities, released the video.  

    “We can’t comment because both civil and criminal court cases are pending,” said Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster during an interview this morning.

    Attempts to reach Fidel Naranjo Jr., this morning were unsuccessful.

  • Influenza activity slowing down in NM

    Santa Fe – New Mexico Department of Health’s tracking of influenza shows a continuing decline from the peak in mid-February.  
    Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres said, “Our rates of influenza-like illness seen in clinics across the state have declined from a peak of 6 percent seen in mid- February to 3.9 percent reported last week.”  
    She indicated that there are three types of influenza circulating this year in New Mexico and the United States which include H3N2, H1N1, and B. Torres added that the surveillance system has seen no increase along the border in the last few weeks.

  • New Mexico State Auditor speaks to local Democratic party

    New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas recently spoke to the Los Alamos Democratic Party at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel. He rallied the local party for the next election.

  • Gates: No ground troops in Libya while 'I am in this job'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. debates its future role in the Libyan conflict, Defense officials slammed the brakes on any broad participation Thursday, with Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying there will be no American ground troops in Libya "as long as I am in this job."

    Under withering congressional probing and criticism of an ill-defined mission to aid a rebel force that officials know little about, Gates and Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mike Mullen sketched out a largely limited role for the U.S. military going forward, with Gates saying some other country could train the rebels trying to oust strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

  • Radioactivity 10,000 times standard at Japan plant

    TOKYO (AP) — Officials with the company that operates Japan's tsunami-stricken nuclear plant say radioactive contamination in groundwater underneath a reactor has been measured at 10,000 times the government health standard.

    A spokesman for plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. says the company doesn't believe any drinking water supply is affected.

    Contaminated water has been pooling at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power complex since it was damaged by the devastating earthquake and tsunami. It has already leaked into the ocean.

  • Low levels of radiation found in West Coast milk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Low levels of radiation have turned up in milk samples from two West Coast states.

    Traces of radioactive Iodine-131 were found in milk in California and Washington, according to federal and state authorities who are monitoring for contamination as the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan. But the officials say the levels are still 5,000 times below levels of concern.

    The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that radiation was found in a March 25 milk sample from Spokane, Wash. The California Department of Public Health said on its website that a similar result was found March 28 in San Luis Obispo County.

  • 110 mph winds damage homes in Mississippi--see video

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Winds that reached estimated speeds of 110 miles per hour in central Mississippi damaged more than 40 homes as severe storms dumped large hail and heavy rain flooded roads, officials said Wednesday. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

    A line of severe thunderstorms was sweeping across the Southeast, and there was a report of a tornado and several suspected twisters in Florida, but there was no damage or injuries.

    Daniel Lamb, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, said officials went to Simpson County to determine if it was a tornado that hit the area. Three homes there were destroyed and 40 others were damaged, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.

  • UN: High radiation outside Japan's exclusion zone

    VIENNA (AP) — Recent radiation readings outside the exclusion zone around Japan's nuclear disaster show radiation substantially higher than levels at which the U.N. nuclear agency would recommend evacuations, agency officials said Wednesday.

    The comments could add to the debate over how far people need to stay away from Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, which was crippled in the country's March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    Elena Buglova, an official from the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the reading was 2 megabecquerels per square meter at the village of Iitate, adding that "as a ratio it was about two times higher" than levels at which the agency recommends evacuations.

  • Hunting lottery ends April 6

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    The lottery system offers everyone a fair and affordable chance at this unforgettable experience:
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