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  • Deputy fire chief retires

    Acting Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sandoval retired Thursday following a career that spanned 21-1/2 years at the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    “I’ve been very impressed with Mark,” said new Fire Chief Troy Hughes. “He was one of the people who took me around and showed me the fire department and one of the reasons I decided to come to Los Alamos. I would have loved for him to stay on longer but I understand … he’s had a great career, quietly accomplishing many things for the department behind Chief Mac (Doug MacDonald) and Chief Tucker.”

    Former Fire Chief Doug MacDonald worked with Sandoval for many years.

  • Hay shortage stresses shelters

    Bitter winter temperatures, drought and fire have hammered hay growers throughout the Southwest. The shortfall has horse owners and cattle ranchers searching for new supply sources and most are struggling to cope with high prices.

    “Fortunately, I have a good hay source who has been able to keep us stocked and kept his prices low,” said resident Nancy Ambrosiano. “But I’ve heard of it selling for $14 a bale; 15 years ago, it would have been $5.” There are reports of the livestock feed selling for as much as $20 a bale in Silver City.

  • NM man talks of ordeal in Arizona mountains

    GLOBE, Ariz. (AP) — Dana and Elizabeth Davis had spent nearly five grueling days stranded in their car in the rugged Arizona mountains during a snowstorm when they finally realized they needed to venture out for help.

    The car had run out of gas, and their rations of sandwiches, cookies, chocolate bars and juice were depleted. Dana, 86, bundled in multiple layers of clothing, put socks on his hands for warmth as he and 82-year-old Elizabeth started walking.

  • Seen @ The Scene: Randy Autio Farewell Reception

    Council hosted a farewell reception for Randy Autio on Tuesday. The outgoing county attorney has accepted a similar post with Bernalillo County.

  • Food Drive

    Volunteers assemble food packages for the needy during an event at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church on North Road Thursday.

  • Update 12-09-11

    Road closure

    Northbound 15th Street between Central Avenue and Iris Street will be closed for utility work for the new municipal building. Detour signs are posted. For more information, call 662-8112.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis noon-1 p.m. meetings Tuesday at Jewish Center on Sage Street: Dec. 13-Steve Watts, general manager, on progress made by the new Los Alamos Co-operative Market. Dec. 20-Jessamy Phillips will speak briefly about her experience in a nursing program in Africa.

    Benefit dinner

  • Hive opening showcases entrepreneurs

    Entrepreneurs entertained, educated and at times amazed the people who attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at The Hive in White Rock Thursday night.

    Seven businesses were featured in presentations that included Mel Prueitt of SolTerrah, August and Skyler Swanson of DarklingX, John Battles of Mountain Storm Instruments, Amalio Madueno of Los Alamos Solar Energy, Ralph Chapman of New Mexico Virtualization, Andy Andrews of AEAndrews.com and Rohan Loveland of Physicality.

  • Debate pits tees against trails

    Parks and Recreation Board meetings are usually quiet affairs.

    Not so Thursday night, when about 150 people showed up to debate proposed improvements to the golf course developed by Andy Staples with the Golf Resource Group, a noted golf course consulting firm specializing in sustainable golf courses.

    The discussion lasted nearly two and half hours.

    At issue were two options that would impact hiking trails along the course. Plan A, with an estimated cost of $6,235,000 and a reduced sustainability plan would address safety issues for the driving range but not the rest of the course. It would impact trails along the perimeter but not as much as Plan B.

  • Cat with 26 toes helps Milwaukee shelter

    Daniel the cat has 26 toes, nearly a world record, and each one is being used to help a Milwaukee shelter gain donations.

  • VIDEO: Va. Tech: Police Officer, 1 Other Killed

    Virginia Tech officials said a police officer and another person were shot and killed on the school's campus Thursday and the university locked down the campus, where 33 people died in 2007.