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  • A chance to recoup losses

    Victims who suffered property or other loss as a result of last summer’s Las Conchas Fire can attend a conference at no charge Saturday at the Los Alamos Holiday Inn Express to discuss potential claims and possible recovery.

    The Branch Law Firm is representing individuals who were affected by damages resulting from the fire, which began June 26 and burned more than 150,000 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest.  

    Kenneth Roye, an attorney in Chico, Calif., specializes in wildfires caused by utility lines and is working on the Las Conchas Fire court case with the Branch Law Firm.

  • Stover sticks up for Los Alamos

    The Defense Nuclear Safety Board was in Santa Fe Thursday and almost all of the people during the public comment session were critical of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Sticking up for Los Alamos, however, was council chair Sharon Stover, who raced through her presentation in the allotted five minutes as she talked about the relationship between the county and the lab.

    Here are some of the highlights of what Stover talked about:

  • McMillan: PF-4 safer than home

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan tried his best to be in two places at once Thursday.

    McMillan was in Santa Fe in the early afternoon to testify in front of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, which was in town to quiz lab and NNSA officials about a variety of subjects.

    McMillan, though, had to duck out early because he had to race back to Los Alamos for a meeting with Admiral James A. Winnefield, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Winnefield is a four-star Navy Admiral, and as Vice Chairman is the second highest-ranking U.S. military officer.

    McMillan, who has been on the job less than a year, testified in front of the board that safety is his top priority.

  • Top NM official 'shocked' after running over body

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran's car was one of several that struck a man's body on a highway near Santa Fe shortly after the pedestrian had been hit and killed by another vehicle, police said Friday.

    Because the pedestrian was in a lane of traffic, no drivers are facing charges, according to Santa Fe police Capt. Aric Wheeler.

    In a statement, Duran expressed her "thoughts and prayers" to the family of the victim, a 46-year-old man whose identity has not been released.

  • Toppers open their season at Academy’s Barney Relays

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams head into the pool Saturday morning for their 2011-12 season opener.
    The Hilltoppers will travel to their traditional jumping-off point, the Barney Relays at Albuquerque Academy.
    Los Alamos will go into the season with plenty of new faces in the pool and only a few returners with state meet experience. The Barney Relays, which usually includes the top-finishing teams from the previous year’s state meet, should provide Los Alamos with a chance to see where it stacks up heading into the early part of its schedule.
    In the 2010-11 state title meet, the Hilltopper girls finished sixth overall, picking up 139.5 points, while the Hilltopper boys were 14th overall, earning 48 points.

  • Jammed lavatory door on flight sparks terror scare--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pilot accidentally locked himself in the bathroom aboard a flight to New York City and touched off a brief hijacking terror scare that underscored the fears about air travel that still linger more than a decade after 9/11.

    The captain of Delta Flight 6132 got stuck in the lavatory Wednesday during the flight from Asheville, N.C., to La Guardia Airport.

    When a passenger with an accent tried to alert the co-pilot in the cockpit, the co-pilot became alarmed and notified air traffic controllers, according to a recording of the radio exchange from the website LiveATC.net.

  • Dog that survived death chamber finds new home in New Jersey

    NUTLEY, N.J. (AP) — The dog that survived an Alabama dog pound’s gas chamber has found a permanent home in New Jersey.

    Daniel, a beagle mix named by animal control workers in Alabama after the biblical figure who survived the lion’s den, joined four other rescued dogs last Thursday at the home of Joe Dwyer and his family in Nutley, about 10 miles west of New York City.

    “He’s in extremely good shape, especially in light of what he went through,” Dwyer said Wednesday after returning from a trip to the veterinarian. “His attitude is just incredible.”

  • Update 11-17-11

    Public Forum

    The Environmental Services division will host a public forum at 5:30 p.m. today at UNM-LA Bldg. 5, Room 505, to begin discussions about a “pay as you throw” (PAYT) change in rate structure for trash pick up.


    The Los Alamos County Council will host a reception to welcome new County Administrator Harry Burgess, along with new Fire Chief Troy Hughes, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. The public is invited to attend.

    Court Closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

  • Pint-Sized Shoppers

    Classmates Maia Wells, 23 months, and Drew Bacrania, 2, shop at the Los Alamos Co-operative Market during Wednesday night’s FAN Club sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

  • ESB will mull pay as you throw

    The Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) hosts a forum on whether the county should consider a “pay as you throw” (PAYT) option for trash pick up this evening.  

    “This is an information gathering session,” said Brian Bosshardt, assistant to the county administrator. “We’ll explain the generalities of what it means and try to determine if the public wants us to pursue this.”

    The Los Alamos County Council has identified environmental sustainability as one of its key strategic goals. Reducing waste is one step toward achieving that goal. ESB is looking to raise awareness and get residents thinking about how they can decrease their own refuse, whether or not this system is implemented.