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  • BAER Releases Fire Summary

    Officials with the Burned Area Emergency Response team released their initial assessments of the damage caused by the Las Conchas wildfire that took nearly a month to bring under control. While the fire was more destructive to some areas than others, the BAER team reports that overall damage is significant. Here is the initial assessment in full and unedited:

    The Las Conchas fire started June 26. The fire is located on portions of the Espanola, Coyote, Jemez Districts of the Santa Fe National Forest, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, and numerous private in holdings.

  • Flood fears subside in LA, WR

    Rainfall intensity and duration are two things county planners cannot control. However, Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman detailed what the county can and has controlled to route potential floodwaters away from the community.

    “We’re playing it very cautiously,” Zimmerman said Thursday afternoon. “In the townsite we’ve got one structure at risk – the ice rink – and we’ve armored it with a concrete barrier wall three layers tall to divert water toward the road and away from the structure.”

    Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor worked with Zimmerman and other county officials from the Emergency Operations Center during the week of the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.

  • Bomb tears through government HQ in Oslo; 2 dead--see video

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — A powerful bomb tore into the heart of Norway on Friday, killing at least two people and injuring 15 as it ripped open buildings including the prime minister's office. It was the deadliest bombing since World War II in Oslo, normally associated with the Nobel Peace Prize that is awarded there.

    Elsewhere, a gunman dressed in a police uniform opened fire at a Labor Party youth camp at Utoya, an island outside Oslo, on Friday, shooting several youths, party spokesman Per Gunnar Dahl told The Associated Press. He said unconfirmed reports said five people were hit as panicked youth tried to escape the island swimming.

  • Senate rejects House GOP budget-cutting plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Friday firmly rejected a House Republican bill to slash spending and require a balanced-budget amendment, leaving unresolved with just days to go the urgent issue of increasing the nation's borrowing powers.

    The 51-46 Senate vote against the tea party-backed measure — which had been expected in the Democratic-run chamber — came shortly after House Speaker John Boehner told reporters he and President Barack Obama had failed to reach a separate agreement to resolve the debt crisis.

  • Nation wilts as heat wave spreads eastward

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans withered under yet another day of searing sun Friday as a heat wave spread in earnest into the urban core of the Northeast, while warnings about excessive heat stretched from Kansas to Maine and the Carolinas.

    Temperatures were forecast near or into the triple digits Friday and into the weekend.

    The high temperatures and smothering humidity will force up the heat indexes. Boston's 99 degrees on Friday could feel like 105 degrees; Philadelphia's 102 degrees like 114 degrees and Washington, D.C.'s 103 degrees could seem like 116.

  • James Murdoch contradicted by his ex-legal manager

    LONDON (AP) — James Murdoch was under pressure Friday over claims he misled lawmakers about Britain's phone hacking scandal, as a lawmaker called for a police investigation and Prime Minister David Cameron insisted the media scion had "questions to answer" about what he knew and when he knew it.

  • Judge says he will be cleared of rape charge

    ALBUQUERQUE— The woman who accused Albuquerque’s top criminal judge of rape did not report the assault and might have been trying to extort the judge by videotaping one of their encounters, authorities said.
    Meantime, the state Judicial Standards Commission on Wednesday sought to suspend state District Judge Pat Murdoch, 57, without pay pending the outcome of the criminal prosecution and its own disciplinary investigation. A hearing is scheduled next Wednesday before the state Supreme Court.
    The lawyer representing Murdoch said he is confident the judge will be vindicated. Murdoch was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.

  • LANL's Pet Supply Drive underway

     When the Los Alamos National Laboratory reopened after the Las Conchas Fire earlier this month, director Charlie McMillan wanted to set up a social media approach for a volunteer program that would get the word about fire recovery.
    A Facebook page called “LANL Vecinos Volunteers Las Conchas Fire Recovery” was set up.
    One of the ideas born out of the Facebook page was a pet supply drive, to help the Santa Fe and Espanola shelter replenish after taking care of scores of pets that were displaced by the fire.
    “Shelters went above and beyond and it cost them a lot of money,” said Debbi Wersonick, a community giving specialist at LANL. “People wanted to know how they could help.

  • Update 07-21-11

    CIP oversight

    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a business meeting Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers.

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee will meet July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.  The CRC subcommittee will meet at 4:15 p.m. in the training room of the Community Building.

    Dem meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library meeting rooms to discuss upcoming events. 

    Dances of India

  • DPU opposes proposed Charter changes

    It was difficult to reconcile the group of serious men at the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) meeting with the imaginary board some members of the Charter Review Committee (CRC) envision when they pose worst-case scenarios to justify significant changes to the Charter. Those proposed changes were the main topic of discussion on Wednesday.
    The changes would allow the Los Alamos County Council to override any board decision regarding the manager and could remove the utilities manager by a 6-1 vote. At present, the council’s oversight consists of an up or down vote on board recommendations.