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  • Bubba Watson wins second Masters


    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Watson's second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago.

    The only daring shot Watson hit was one he really didn't need. The wild swing in momentum came on the front nine, not the back nine of Augusta National. And the sweetest difference of all Sunday was seeing his 2-year-old son walk toward him on the edge of the 18th green after his three-shot victory over Jordan Spieth.

    Watson turned in another masterpiece and joined an elusive group as the 17th player to win the Masters more than once.

  • Kansas shooter identified


    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

    Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Aurora, Mo., was booked into Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after the attacks Sunday in Overland Park.

  • Missing juvenile hiker found

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A teenager who was lost while out hiking near Los Alamos has been located.

    Los Alamos County spokeswoman Julie Habiger said rescue crews helped the 15-year-old girl out of White Rock Canyon, just a few hours after she had been reported missing.

    Habiger says the girl suffered a minor injury.

    She says the teen was found on the Red Dot Trail through a rescue effort coordinated by the Los Alamos police and fire departments.

    Habiger says the 1-mile trail descends at a steep rate into the canyon and is known for loose rocks.

  • Utilities manager appointment fulfills lifelong dream for Glasco


    Pending council approval, the Tim Glasco, the Deputy Utility Manager for Gas, Water and Sewer Services for the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will become the next DPU manager for the county. 

    BPU Vice-Chair Chris Ortega, who made the announcement about the board’s choice Thursday, remarked on the quality of all five candidates that were interviewed. 

    “They all brought different skill sets to the table and had very, very good experience in certain areas,” Ortega said, then noted some of things that weighed in Glasco’s favor. 

    “He has broad experience. He’s been in the utilities business most of his career. I hired him in 1995 to help us acquire the water production system,” Ortega said. 

    “Tim has got an extremely good background in dealing with federal agencies, as well, like NNSA, EPA. And I think we need that in the future. He’s also got a good perspective on alternative energy, which we’ll be looking at in the future.

    “So I think all those things combined made him the top candidate. I think Tim will do really, really well. He’s really versatile, and he’s got a lot of background. He’s excellent at delving into matters and solving problems. So I think it will all work out.”

  • County updates hazard mitigation strategy


     Los Alamos County is halfway done with its update of its original Hazard Mitigation Plan, a plan originally created in 2006 in response to the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. The county is updating the plan to keep it eligible for federal mitigation funds but to asses the recent changes in Los Alamos since 2006. 

    According to Phil Taylor, emergency management coordinator for the county, no plan is invulnerable, but another point to making a plan is to reduce future losses to life and property.

    “You can’t absolutely guarantee we’re never going to have a fire here, we’re never going to have an earthquake here, but what we can do is mitigate the impact of those events,” Taylor said. “ We can practice defensible space, we can have a good evacuation plan, we can have a robust way of notifying the community when bad things happen and give them good solid direction and information on what to do.” 

  • Smoke signals

    By Alexandra Hehlen and Owen Bradbury Aranda

    Teen Pulse Staff Writers

    From what teenagers see on the big screen and in the media, cigarettes have often been presented as an alluring product for young adults.

    In many ways, the stigma associated with smoking has lead many young people to try their first cigarette as an act of rebellion or because it seems the “cool” thing to do. Smoking is addictive because of the high nicotine content produced by burning tobacco.

    Even more, “Nicotine improves alertness, helps you concentrate, reduces anxiety, it boosts your mood, it can even relieve minor depression a little bit, can be a little bit euphoric and it suppresses your appetite. Sounds like a fantastic drug, right? Wrong,” said Dr. Eric Bernstein during his presentation for the March 19 Kick Butts Day at Los Alamos High School.

    Bernadette Lauritzen, the Prevention Specialist at LAHS, brought in Bernstein and organized the day to spread the word about the dangers of teenage smoking.

  • Free paper shredding offered April 19


    Want to celebrate Earth Day while actually doing something to help the Earth?

    RE/MAX of Los Alamos will host a free paper shredding event Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its office, located at 116 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, the company announced in a new release.

    All shredded materials will be recycled, according to the release.

    Along with celebrating Earth Day, the event is also an opportunity to tackle spring cleaning projects and destroy documents that, if they fell into the wrong hands, could result in identity theft.

    A large Shred-It truck will be at the location. Up to five boxes of paper will be accepted, including stapled paper.

  • Today in history April 12
  • Kirk declares for NBA Draft -- updated


    Even before the 2013-14 college basketball season, there had been speculation as to what the immediate future might bring for one of the premier athletes ever to come out of Los Alamos.

    Now, he’s made it official.

    Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos High School star and member of the University of New Mexico Lobos, has officially declared himself eligible for the NBA draft. UNM made the announcement Friday afternoon.

    Kirk, a 7-foot center who joined the Lobos immediately after graduating from LAHS in 2010, had a year of eligibility left to play college basketball, but decided to forgo that final year and enter his name in the draft.

  • Update 04-11-14


    Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series: History Frontiers. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. Mining Frontiers: “History of Turquoise,” with Patricia McGraw.


    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 17 in a special session in council chambers.


    The annual Phi Beta Kappa Los Alamos chapter banquet featuring guest speaker Dr. Doug Dunston and honoring the outstanding 2014 LA High School graduates will be 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Fuller Lodge. There is a deadline for the members who did not receive an invitation as of April 16 call 672-0249 or 667-8927 if they would like to attend.

    Board openings

    The deadline is quickly approaching for those interested in volunteering time to represent Los Alamos County on two economic development boards that have current openings on their Board of Directors. Both the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) and the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (NMNMEDD) have vacancies and have asked the County Council to forward recommendations to them. To be considered, submit a one-page letter of interest to County Administrator Harry Burgess no later than 5 p.m. Monday. For details, visit the News and Alerts page at