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  • Woman rescued in rubble 5 days after Nepal quake

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A long-absent noise — cheers — rang out in Nepal’s capital Thursday as rescuers pulled a teenager alive from the earthquake rubble he had been trapped in for five days. A woman was rescued hours later. The joy interrupted a dreary and still fearful day in which thousands worried about aftershocks lined up to board free buses to their rural hometowns.
    Hundreds cheered as the 15-year-old, Pemba Tamang, was pulled out of the wreckage, dazed and dusty, and carried away on a stretcher. He had been trapped under the collapsed debris of a seven-story building in Kathmandu since Saturday, when the magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck.
    Nepalese rescuers, supported by an American disaster response team, had been working for hours to free him. L.B. Basnet, one of the police officers who helped rescue Tamang, said he was surprisingly responsive.
    “He thanked me when I first approached him,” said Basnet. “He told me his name, his address, and I gave him some water. I assured him we were near to him.”
    When Tamang was lifted out, his face was covered in dust, and medics had put an IV drip into his arm. A blue brace had been placed around his neck. He appeared stunned, and his eyes blinked in the sunlight as workers hurriedly carried him away.

  • None Shall Pass

    Hilltopper pitcher Lane Saunders threw a 5-inning no-hitter for Los Alamos Wednesday against Bernalillo.

  • CEDD comes under fire during budget hearings

    The road to approval of Los Alamos County’s FY2016 budget was a long and often contentious one.
    The Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) in particular came under attack from several councilors.
    Councilor Rick Reiss spent 20 minutes questioning CEDD Director Anne Laurent about her job duties, later commenting on her “ability to do 15 things and do what most mothers do, manage several things at the same time.”
    Reiss noted that 85 percent of the CEDD budget is spent on county facilities and economic development, with only seven percent dedicated to housing, building safety and planning.
    “Making the permitting system work is not receiving the priority that it needs,” Reiss said.
    Laurent acknowledged that the permitting process does sometimes take too long, and that staff investigates and attempts to correct those situations.
    But Laurent argued that most applications do not encounter delays, and those that do are often held up because the county is waiting for required information from the applicant.
    Several departments, including Public Works and the fire department, also must review permits.

  • Today in history April 30
  • Update 4-29-15

    Grand Opening

    The Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building and the Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant will have a grand opening ceremony Thursday. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

    Closed session

    There will be a close session of the Board of Public Utilities at 9 a.m. Friday. Part of the meeting may include members of the Los Alamos County Council. The meeting will be at the municipal building.

    Star Wars

    Mesa Public Library will host Star Wars Day Sunday. “Star Wars” fans of all ages are invited to attend a showing of the original 1977 film from 1-3 p.m. and play “Star Wars” games from 3-5 p.m.

    "Avenue Q"

    The Los Alamos Little Theater is presenting “Avenue Q,” along with the Dixon Community Players. Performances start 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets $14, $12 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at lalt.org or at CB Fox, and at the door.

    Performance

    The opening night performance of “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids” is scheduled for Friday night at Mountain Elementary School. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

    Future Energy

  • Sheehan: things are better

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — More than two decades after taking over in the wake of sexual abuse scandals, retiring Santa Fe Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he believes he’s leaving the archdiocese a better place and that there’s more accountability in addressing allegations of abuse.
    The archdiocese now has a zero-tolerance policy, and New Mexico is more open and transparent regarding abuse investigations, Sheehan said Monday.
    “There were problems. Yes. Lots of them,” said Sheehan, 75, who is retiring in June as head of New Mexico’s largest diocese because of age requirements. “But we have zero tolerance for any of that stuff now.”
    Pope Francis has appointed Salt Lake City bishop and immigration-reform advocate John Wester as Sheehan’s replacement.
    Sheehan was installed at the 11th Archbishop of Santa Fe in 1993 following the resignation of Archbishop Robert Sanchez, who stepped down right before “60 Minutes” was to broadcast a story naming several women who say they had sex with him.
    Sanchez, the first Latino archbishop appointed in the United States, also came under scrutiny for failing to prevent and investigate allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests.

  • Dog Days of Spring

    Plenty of dogs and their owners hit the road for the annual Dog Jog competition Saturday in White Rock. The event was a fundraiser for the Friends of the Shelter program.

  • Park officials to meet with public

    The Intermountain Region of the National Park Service (NPS) in Denver announced it will hold three public listening sessions in northern New Mexico next month to discuss the transition in management of Valles Caldera National Preserve from the Valles Caldera Trust to the NPS.
    The meetings are scheduled for May 11-13, in Albuquerque, Jemez Springs and Los Alamos. Each meeting runs from 6-8:30 p.m.
    “This is an opportunity for the National Park Service to get to know the communities around the Valles Caldera, and for us to begin to establish the kind of strong working relationships that are at the heart of effectively managing the preserve,” said Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica.
    In December, Congress designated the preserve as a new unit of the National Park System. The legislation requires that the Valles Caldera Trust be terminated and the management of the area be turned over to the National Park Service.
    The listening sessions will include a brief presentation with a time for questions, followed by multiple small group discussion circles, each assisted by a Park Service facilitator.
    Circle participants may include partners of NPS and the Trust as well as members of the general public and various stakeholders, from local governments and businesses to recreation and conservation interests.

  • Underground line in Western Area fails

    A bad underground cable left approximately 1,000 local customers were without power for about 30 minutes Tuesday.
    Los Alamos County’s Department of Public Utilities announced Tuesday that linemen discovered a faulty cable at 39th Street was the culprit of the outage.
    The outage affected residents in Western Area. It occurred at approximately 11:20 a.m. Crews had power restored before noon.
    The county said its crews completed repairs at about 3:30 p.m. and that the distribution system was scheduled to be placed to its original configuration today.
    DPU can be reached by calling 662-8333 or by emailing DPU@lacnm.us.

  • Summary of Budget Amendments

    The approved FY2016 budget is $336,400 higher than the budget proposed by staff. The amendments made to the original proposal are: