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  • Raw Video: Huge Fish Caught, Record Just Missed

    A woman battled a 12-foot, 1,000 lb marlin during a fishing tournament in Hawaii. She won't get credit for a world-record catch because she wound up needing help getting it on her boat.

  • Today in History for August 23rd
  • Tapia's wife: Boxer died from heart problems

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The wife of the late Johnny Tapia says the six-time world boxing champion's death was related to heart problems and not because of a drug overdose.

    Teresa Tapia said Wednesday that an autopsy report showed that Tapia died from heart disease and hypertension, and that no traces of illegal drugs were found in his system.

    Tapia shared the newly released autopsy report with reporters at a press conference at the later boxer's Albuquerque gym.

    Investigators found one Hydrocodone tablet, a painkiller, on the floor beside his body. They said there were no indicators of an overdose or alcohol use, but that he likely developed medical complications from past illegal drug use.

    Tapia says her husband was taking medication for his bipolar disorder.

  • NASA Rover Curiosity Makes First Mars Trip
  • School, construction officials reassess accident prevention procedures

    School officials met with construction contractors at the Los Alamos Middle School Wednesday to reassess their accident prevention and communication procedures.

    School officials attending included Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt, Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn and Education Board Member Dawn Venhaus.

    The meeting was in response to Monday’s accidental natural gas leak that occurred when construction crews working on the school’s renovation inadvertently damaged a gas pipe that supplied the school’s cafeteria and some of the school’s hot water systems.

    Though the meeting was not open to the public, Schmidt commented on what they hope to get from the meeting.

    “We take safety very seriously and we will hold McCarthy very closely to the plans they are developing so we don’t have a repeat of this accident,” said Schmidt.

    Ron Zucher, a project manager for McCarthy, the contractor in charge of the school’s renovation provided an update.

    “Right now we are testing the entire system that we recently installed,” Zucher said.

    We did a safety stand down yesterday to discuss what’s happened in the past few days so that we learn from our lesson and we don’t keep repeating the same problem.”

  • Contest aims to cut energy usage

    While the Los Alamos Fire Department’s number one mission has always been to safeguard the lives and property of the people of Los Alamos, the department recently added to its mission another thing it would like to save and protect: energy.
    For the next six months, crews at LAFD stations three, four and six will compete with each other on who can save the most electricity and gas.
    The winning station gets a gourmet meal cooked by County Administrator Harry Burgess and deputy administrators Steven Lynne and Brian Bosshardt. Members of the county’s “Green Team,” headed up by Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki will assist.
    Nagawiecki said if the meetings with the stations leading up to the competition were any indication, the competition should be pretty lively.
    “There was definitely some enthusiasm and competition that came out during the launch meetings, which means we should be in for a great competition,” Nagawiecki said in a written statement about the event.
    Nagawiecki also said this was the first time the county is trying the program, an idea they came up with during a brainstorming session on how to reduce the energy usage of county government.

  • Passing the buck

    Local photographer Isaac Chamberlin, 13, captured this image of a young buck, left, near TA-3 last week. A couple of deer were also spotted in the same area.

  • Update 08-22-12

    Gun Show

    The 14th annual Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club Gun Show will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pueblo Gym.

    Authors Speak

    Author Vaunda Nelson will discuss her award-winning book “Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Library.

    Groundbreaking

    The public is invited to join the county council for the groundbreaking event for the new Golf Course Community Building at 11:30 a.m. Friday, at the building site. Refreshments will be served.

    Hike event

    Terry Foxx and Chris Judson will lead an exploratory hike from Bandelier National Monument Ponderosa Campground area on Saturday. People should meet at Ponderosa campground at 8:30 a.m.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in council chambers.

  • DOE land transfers move forward

    National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Site Office Manager Kevin Smith updated the Los Alamos County Council on the status of land transfers from the Department of Energy (DOE) to the county, Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) and the Pueblo of San Ildefonso.

    The Lands Conveyance and Transfer Project went into effect in 1997 and is set to expire in 2022. Initial analysis identified approximately 4,500 acres of land to be transferred.

    Nineteen of 32 tracts have already been conveyed, with 15 of those going to the county, two to LAPS and two to San Ildefonso.

    One tract of 320 acres has been withdrawn to create a protective boundary for DOE facilities. Nine tracts containing 1,733 acres remains to be transferred, one each for LAPS and San Ildefonso and the rest earmarked for the county.

    “It’s a very meticulous, very defined process of ensuring that we have the property completely in a safe and stable and appropriate condition to be transferred,” Smith said. “If things continue as they are today, we’re hopeful we’ll be able to transfer 1,400 acres this year.”

  • Council OKs LACDC deal

    Nearly two months after it was due for renewal, council approved a contract with the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) for operating the visitor centers by a 6-0 vote.

    The contract was originally delayed by a crowded council schedule. Then on July 10, Los Alamos County Councilor Mike Wismer challenged the contract, insisting that it should require more outreach to high altitude sports events and other groups visiting Los Alamos. The contract adhered to the Request for Proposals (RFP) the county issued and was similar to previous contracts.

    Council directed staff to re-draft the contract “to further clarify contract expectations and performance regarding partnership activities associated with recreational and formal competitive events held in Los Alamos” and later approved a two-month interim contract with LACDC.

    The contract was rewritten to put greater emphasis on duties that “leverage partnerships to promote extended visitor stays,” with specific attention paid to event marketing. The new contract includes specifics about LACDC’s outreach to event coordinators and participants, what will be included on the web page and makes distributing welcome signs for an event one of its duties.