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  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. ARREST IN NYC FEDERAL RESERVE PLOT

    The car bomb was phony, but authorities say Quazi Nafis' admiration of Osama bin Laden and aspirations for martyrdom were not.

    2. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PLAY POLITICS FOR LAUGHS

    Obama and Romney quiet the hostilities to deliver some lighthearted fare at a white-tie gala in New York City, at 7:55 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively. Obama also tapes an appearance on "The Daily Show" at 3:30 p.m.

    3. U.S. COLLEGE DEBT UP 5 PERCENT THIS YEAR

    Two-thirds of the class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing $26,600 on average.

    4. HERE COMES THE ROYAL BRIDE

  • Today in History for October 18th
  • Coach quits in Maine Zumba prostitution scandal

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — A long-time high school hockey coach whose name appeared on a list of men accused of paying a local Zumba fitness instructor for sex has stepped down, the first known job loss associated with the scandal.

    Kennebunk High School coach Donald Hill told school officials he wouldn't seek to renew his contract for next season after 14 years as head coach, school Superintendent Andrew Dolloff said Wednesday. The coach cited personal reasons, Dolloff said.

    Police on Tuesday released the names, ages and addresses of 21 men to receive summonses after being accused of engaging a prostitute, and many more names will be released in the coming weeks. A lawyer who's seen the list said more than 150 people are suspected of being johns.

    Hill, 52, was listed alongside a former mayor and several businessmen in southern Maine. Men from Massachusetts and New Hampshire also are on the list.

  • Prescribed burn set for today

    Beginning Wednesday, if conditions are favorable, fire managers plan to begin the 7,300-acre San Juan prescribed burn, located three to five miles northeast of Jemez Springs.
    Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day. Prescribed burning is the managed application of fire to wild land fuels (woody material) under specified conditions, within predetermined boundaries in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community protection and restore forest health.
    • The burn area is located three to five miles northeast of the Jemez Springs and four to eight miles northwest of the community of Ponderosa.
    • During the three to five-day burning period, 7,300 acres of hazardous fuels will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions. Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day.
    • Larger blocks will be treated over a five day period, which will increase daily smoke volume, but will decrease the number of days smoke is in the air.
    • Ignitions will not exceed more than five days. After ignitions are complete, residual smoke will be visible for a few days.

  • Update 10-17-12

    Council forum

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a county council candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Building 5 Lecture Hall. The forum will focus on business and economic development issues facing LA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

    Trail dedication

    Residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new Satch Cowan Trail at 11 a.m. Monday at the trailhead near the existing Quemazon Trail in Western Area. 

    CRC committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    LDRD Day

    LANL will host its annual Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Day at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

  • Los Alamos County hires attorney and planner

    Two staff members joined the county Monday.

    Kathryn (Katie) Thwaits was hired to fill a new junior attorney position and Daniel Osborn joined the Community and Economic Development Department as an associate planner.

    Thwaits has a law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Calif. She has worked with the New Mexico State Personnel Office since 2009, where she provided legal counsel to the director’s office and other cabinet level executive staff.

    Thwaits spent three years prior to that as deputy district attorney for the First Judicial District Attorney’s office. Her position included managing both personnel and the office caseload in addition to her own caseload averaging 175 felony cases at any given time.

    While serving in the Española District Attorney’s office, Thwaits volunteered with the Rio Arriba DWI program, the DWI Planning Council and the DWI Task Force. She also helped develop and launch Española’s first post-prom party.

    Thwaits husband James, also works for the county with the Los Alamos Fire Department.

  • Rowan gets five years in double stabbing case

    It’s been a long time coming, but Daniel Rowan finally had his day in Los Alamos District Court Oct. 10. Rowan, 35, was sentenced to five years at the Los Lunas Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison.

    Rowan was arrested in July 2011 for stabbing two people during an altercation at a Los Alamos apartment complex.

    According to Rowan’s ex-girlfriend, Alysia Dahlby, who met him through a friend while he was still in jail for the July incident, Rowan walked into an ambush at the apartment complex and was trying to defend himself against 10 people who she said were attacking him.

    Apparently, the court did not agree.

    The charges were two counts of aggravated bodily harm; one count of aggravated assault; and one count of tampering with evidence. Two of those charges, the count of aggravated assault and tampering with evidence were dismissed.

    According to earlier reports, Rowan wounded two people during the melee. Another ex-girlfriend of Rowan’s, Britney Gutierrez, 28, was slashed across three knuckles on one of her hands and an Ian Cornelius, 25, was stabbed numerous times and had to be airlifted to a hospital in Santa Fe.

    Dahlby said Rowan indicated to her he is OK with his sentence and just wants to do his time without causing any waves.

  • Planes sustain hail damage

    The planes sitting out at the airport in the pleasant Los Alamos sunshine may look nice, but looks can be deceiving.

    Many are damaged beyond repair due to last week’s hail storm, according to some of their owners. Though the hail last week didn’t shatter any windows or cave in any roofs at the airport, many of the planes’ thin metal surfaces suffered hundreds of dings and divots, making many of the aircraft a risk to fly.

    “Every plane was damaged, one way or another,” Los Alamos Airport Manager Peter Soderquist said.

    Soderquist said 17 or 18 airplanes were damaged in the storm that was so strong out by the airport, there were particular spots where the hail, measured to be about an inch in diameter that accumulated in two-foot drifts.

    “It was pretty intense,” he said.

    Dan Gabel, the press secretary for the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol, estimated his Piper “Cherokee D” airplane sustained at least $18,000 worth of damage during the storm.

    “I’m sure it’s going to be more than that because this time, the damage is far worse,” Gabel said, noting Los Alamos endured a similar hail storm about three years ago.

  • VIDEO: County Council candidates come out for League of Women voters forum

    County Council candidates come out for League of Women voters forum.

  • VIDEO: Charter Amendments Viewpoints

    County Charter Review Committee Chairman John Hopkins and Robert Pelak give their viewpoint on the charter amendments.