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  • Bread from another world

    Vince Roe, the booth manager for the Intergalactic Bread Company of Santa Fe, shows off his merchandise at the Farmers Market in Los Alamos this morning.

  • Bear food drive underway

    ESPANOLA — Authorities rescued a young female bear in Los Alamos recently seen struggling along on her elbows because her paws were severely burned in last month’s Las Conchas Fire.

    The bear is healing well under the care of personnel at The Wildlife Center in Espanola.

    “We’ve named her Bernadette,” said Executive Director Katherine Eagleston. “She’s one of 29 bears we’ve gotten in since January and 90 percent of those bears have come in just since the fire.”

    Two bears had to be euthanized and five were released back into the wild, Eagleston said.

    The Wildlife Center also received four new bears Wednesday including one from Chimayo, two from Cloudcroft and one from Nambe.

  • Federal charges filed in Arizona Wallow Fire

    PHOENIX (AP) — Federal charges have been filed against two cousins accused of accidentally causing the largest forest fire in Arizona's history by leaving a campfire unattended.

    The U.S. attorney's office on Wednesday announced the charges against Caleb Joshua Malboeuf, 26, of Benson and David Wayne Malboeuf, 24, of Tucson.

    The U.S. Forest Service said its investigators determined the men were camping in the Bear Wallow Wilderness in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest beginning May 29 near the site where the fire began.

    The men are facing a total of five counts, including leaving a fire unattended and failing to maintain control of a fire that damaged a National Forest System.

  • Power Outage

    The Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) reported a brief power outage of approximately 15 minutes on Tuesday in the early evening, affecting 1,448 residents in the North Community. A raven flew into and shorted the lines at a pole structure that  feeds Circuit 15, near the Chapel Apartments. DPU’s electric linemen were nearby working on another job when the event occurred and quickly restored power to the area.

  • Search for damage after earthquake


    MINERAL, Va. (AP) — Office buildings, schools and iconic American landmarks were being inspected Wednesday for possible structural flaws caused by a rare East Coast earthquake while those near the epicenter nervously waited out aftershocks.
    Public schools and a handful of federal government buildings in Washington remained closed for further assessment, and engineers were taking a closer look at cracks in the Washington Monument and broken capstones at the National Cathedral. Some residents of D.C. suburbs were staying in shelters because of structural concerns at their apartment buildings.

  • State Briefs 08-24-11

    Lujan calls allegations ‘ridiculous’

    ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan was beside himself Tuesday after learning his name was dropped during testimony about an undercover cocaine investigation in the case of a former Santa Fe police detective.
    Jimmy Vigil testified that he was contacted by the FBI to work undercover on an investigation that may have involved Lujan and the Santa Fe city manager, Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reported.
    Vigil was fired after he was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk. The alleged FBI operation was set to begin just before the arrest.

  • Update 08-24-11

    Movie night

     The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will show “The Social Network” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1.

    Fuller Lodge

     The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    Thank you event

     The county council, LANL and NNSA are hosting an event to thank all of those who helped the community through the fire from 4-6 p.m.Thursday at Ashley Pond.

    Book talk

    Shelby Tisdale, Director of Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, will give a talk on her book Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library Rotunda.

    County council

  • Flash flood conditions predictable to an extent

    There may have been bigger floods that have stormed through Frijoles Canyon and Bandelier National Monument.

    But they didn’t keep records back then.

    At Ponderosa Campground Sunday, 2.7 inches fell in a couple of hours. That was more than enough for a wall of water to whip down Frijoles Canyon.

    Barbara Judy, the chief of resources for Bandelier, said according to calculations, the water was flowing at 4,500 cubic feet per second. In 1978, a year after the La Mesa Fire, a flood was registered at 3,030 cfs, which was the previous high.

    Judy said creek beds average five to seven feet in depth and the water easily overflowed its banks, putting the Visitor Center in peril.

  • Rep. Lujan outraged over claims made at NM hearing

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan was beside himself Tuesday after learning his name was dropped during testimony about an undercover cocaine investigation in the case of a former Santa Fe police detective.

    Jimmy Vigil testified that he was contacted by the FBI to work undercover on an investigation that may have involved Lujan and the Santa Fe city manager, Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reported.

    Vigil was fired after he was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk. The alleged FBI operation was set to begin just before the arrest.

  • Council set to hear Trinity Site update

    The county council is scheduled to hear several briefings, including a staff
    update on negotiations between Los Alamos County, the North American
    Development Group (NADG) and Smith¹s/Kroger for the Trinity Site
    Revitalization Project.
    During a phone interview, Acting County Administrator Randy Autio said,
    ³Generally, progress continues to be made to get leases finalized. It is not
    as quick as we¹d like it, but when you¹re dealing with two national
    corporations in a time that¹s very risky they¹re going to make sure they¹re
    comfortable with it.² Autio stressed that both parties were still committed
    to the original scope of the project.