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  • Today In History, July 18
  • Ukraine: 295 on Malaysia plane shot down over east

     HRABOVO, Ukraine (AP) — A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.

    As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of Hrabovo, an Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the wreckage site 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border.

    The Boeing 777-200ER plane, traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, appeared to have broken up before impact and the burning wreckage — which included body parts and the belongings of passengers — was scattered over a wide area.

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the downing an act of terrorism and called for an international investigation into the crash. He insisted that his forces did not shoot down the plane.

    President Barack Obama called the crash a "terrible tragedy" and talked about it on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    The village of Grabovo is currently under the control of pro-Russia separatists and the area has seen severe fighting between the two sides in recent days.

  • Reaching the Goal

    Celebrating a record $592,849 raised for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) are (left to right) Tony Fox, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Scholarship Program Officer, Debra Wersonick, Community Giving Specialist for LANL’s Community Programs Office and Jeff Mousseau, LAESF campaign chair and LANL Director of Environmental Programs. Lab employees pledged a record $325,246 — up almost 7 percent over last year — and other donors brought total donations to $342,849. Los Alamos National Security, LLC matched employee giving with $250,000. “Our employees know first-hand that education can unlock opportunity for talented students who hold the promise to be future leaders in government, industry or the non-profit sector,” Mousseau, said. The number of LANL donors also increased by 5 percent over 2014. Funds raised this year will be used by the LANL Foundation to award scholarships to students in seven Northern New Mexico counties in 2015.

  • Friday Night Tunes

    The Eric McFadden Band rocked Ashley Pond last weekend as part of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Friday’s show will feature Raul Midon, with opening act Tiho Dimitrov Band. It will be at the new Smith’s Marketplace.

  • Update 07-17-14

    Benefit breakfast

    Benefit breakfast for the American Cancer Society. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Lodge, 15th Street and Canyon Road. $7 for adults and $3 for children.

    APP meeting

    The Arts in Public Places Advisory Board will meet July 24. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.


    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Raul Midon, with opening act Tiho Dimitrov Band. 7-10 p.m. Friday at Smith’s Marketplace.

    Council canceled

    The scheduled Los Alamos County Council work session, orginally set for Tuesday night in White Rock, has been canceled.

    Fly fishing clinic

    A youth fly fishing clinic is set for 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in Jemez Springs. Price for participation is $15. Call 866-382-5537 to register. 

  • Clerk reviews digital election reporting system

    It looks as though the mad frenzy of candidates and reporters scrambling to read election results off grocery tapes on election night is a thing of the past.
    During the June 3 primary election, Los Alamos County tested a method of reporting results electronically. The feedback received so far has been positive, and county staff is now reviewing what worked, what did not and how the system can be improved.
    “The idea was, how can we bring this process into a more modern, digital, easy-access for all demographics that is updated regularly,” said Visual Information Specialist Leslie Bucklin. “Because we’re not Albuquerque, and we don’t have four news channels to get us all the results. So for us, it was how can we provide the same kind of service that a Channel 4 or Channel 7 would without having them?”
    County Clerk Sharon Stover instigated the change.

  • Contractor drops out of project

    Officials were hoping the new golf course community building would be finished by now.
    Not so fast.
    Harry Burgess, the county administrator, released a statement Wednesday, saying the contract with the contractor, Gerald A. Martin, has been formally terminated.
    Construction activities have been suspended.
    “At the request of the contractor, the county will enter into public works mediation to address the situation later this month,” a press release stated, announcing the termination of the contract. “The county moved to end the contract after the project manager became concerned about an apparent lack of progress being made on the building. The contractor vacated the work site approximately three weeks ago.
    The county noted an outstanding construction item involving exterior building lighting as well as an ADA compliance issue with one of the restrooms. As such, the county was unable to obtain a certificate of occupancy.

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