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  • Flash flood watch, fire update issued

    A flash flood watch has been issued for areas impacted by the Los Conchas Fire until 10 tonight.
    The National Weather Service, which issued a flash flood warning Wednesday, said thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and tonight and they have the potential to produce heavy rainfall. Rainfall rates from one-half inch to an inch are possible from stronger storms.
    The NWS said flash flooding and debris flows will be a particular threat with high rainfall rates on recent burn scars.
    Workers at Bandelier National Monument and Santa Clara Pueblo have prepared for a potential flood by placing sandbags in certain areas.
    Close to a month after it began, meanwhile, crews issued the final Las Conchas update this morning.

  • Last space shuttle comes home, ends 30-year era--video extra

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Atlantis and four astronauts returned from the International Space Station in triumph Thursday, bringing an end to NASA's 30-year shuttle journey with one last, rousing touchdown that drew cheers and tears.

    A record crowd of 2,000 gathered near the landing strip, thousands more packed the space center and countless others watched history unfold from afar as NASA's longest-running spaceflight program came to a close.

    "After serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle's earned its place in history. And it's come to a final stop," radioed commander Christopher Ferguson.

    "Job well done, America," replied Mission Control.

  • Seen at the Scene: Rockin' the House

    Los Alamos National Bank CEO Bill Enloe, right, and Summer Concert Series Coordinator Russ Gordon greet at “LANB Night” Friday evening where hundreds of residents filled the bank’s parking lot to listen and dance to the Uncle Lucius band. Children bounced around on Jolly Jumpers and food vendors sold everything from ice cream to chicken legs.


  • Top NMED official abruptly resigns

    SANTA FE (AP) - The head of the resource protection division at the New Mexico Environment Department has resigned, but the agency isn’t offering any details.
    Department spokesman Jim Winchester confirmed Jim Davis’ resignation was effective Tuesday morning.
    Winchester also confirmed that the department restructured some operations Monday and that included removing the state’s hazardous waste bureau from Davis’ division.
    The bureau is responsible for oversight and technical guidance related to the generation of hazardous waste as well as its storage and disposal.
    This includes work at Sandia and Los Alamos laboratories and the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico.

  • Update 07-20-11

    CIP oversight
    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a business meeting Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers.

    BAER meeting
    A community meeting will be held at Mountain Elementary School at 6 tonight to discuss the BAER’s initial assessments from the fire.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers. 

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utiliies will meet at 5:30 tonight in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    Dem meeting

  • Trail Network reopens Thursday

    With the Las Conchas Fire under control and firefighters performing mopup duties in different areas, things are returning to normal.

    Craig Martin, the county’s open space specialist and who is working with BAER officials, announced this morning that all trails on the Los Alamos County Trail Network on county land are open as of 6 a.m.

    At Bandelier National Monument, the Tsankawi area. the Overlook Trail at Juniper Campground, and the Burnt Mesa Trail are open. All other trails are closed.

  • Business guru coming to Los Alamos

    From office procedures to customer care,  national business expert Jon Schallert, who specializes in transforming local companies into irresistible destinations will present his “How to Create a Destination Business” workshop Aug. 10.

    Schallert’s seminar focuses on tools that independent local businesses can use to build their sales and customer traffic.

    A group of Los Alamos business owners attended his two-and-a-half-day Destination Business Boot Camp in Longmont, Colo., last month.  

  • Power outages impact Los Alamos residents

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ electric line crew spent the evening and early morning troubleshooting two underground power outages, one that began late Tuesday evening and the other early Wednesday morning.
     Tuesday evening’s power outage began around 10 p.m. and affected 40 to 50 customers at the Loma Vista Apartments and a small section of Oppenheimer. Crews restored power at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday by running a temporary line above ground to the area.  Linemen are still investigating the root cause so that permanent repairs may be conducted and the temporary line removed.

  • Jailed Palestinian leader asks millions to protest

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An imprisoned Palestinian uprising leader held by Israel called Wednesday for "millions" of people to take to the streets in support of a Palestinian independence bid this fall — a scenario that Israeli officials warn could spin into a new wave of violence.

    With peace talks stalled since 2008, the Palestinians have said they will instead ask the United Nations to recognize their state during the General Assembly session in September.

  • Mixed reaction to 'Gang of 6' budget plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat in the House reacted positively to a new bipartisan budget plan emerging in the Senate, even as a top House GOP military hawk said it would cut defense way too much.

    Asked about the budget unveiled Tuesday by the Senate's "Gang of Six" at a brief appearance with reporters Wednesday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, "It has some good principles in it."