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  • FBI releases photo in New Mexico sex torture case--video extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities released Friday a photo of a woman who they believe was another victim of convicted sex torturer and suspected serial killer David Parker Ray.

    The photo from a fake ID was found in Ray's possession and FBI officials believe the unknown woman might have been one of many of Ray's victims.

    "We have a suspicion that this woman may have had contact with him," said FBI spokesman Frank Fisher at a press conference in Albuquerque. "And we would really like to know what her name was, and if we could talk to her."

  • Council ponders future of facilities

    The condition assessments of all but the newest county-owned buildings — undertaken to prioritize the Major Facility Maintenance (MFM) program — reveal that maintenance may come too late or be too costly for some structures, including the Community Building and the Ice Rink. Acting Assistant County Administrator Anne Laurent presented the findings at Tuesday’s council meeting.

    In addition to assessing infrastructure needs, consultants documented every piece of equipment and researched its expected useful life. Energy audits were also conducted. The studies identified $2 million–$3 million in MFM work annually over the next 20 years.

  • Update 11-18-11

    Adopt a Pet

    Friends of the Shelter is sponsoring a kitten/cat adoption event Saturday at the LADOC Building, 246 East Road, next to the Los Alamos Shelter, from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 470-6973 for information.

    Reception

    The Los Alamos County Council will host a reception to welcome new County Administrator Harry Burgess, along with new Fire Chief Troy Hughes, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. The public is invited to attend.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

  • A chance to recoup losses

    Victims who suffered property or other loss as a result of last summer’s Las Conchas Fire can attend a conference at no charge Saturday at the Los Alamos Holiday Inn Express to discuss potential claims and possible recovery.

    The Branch Law Firm is representing individuals who were affected by damages resulting from the fire, which began June 26 and burned more than 150,000 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest.  

    Kenneth Roye, an attorney in Chico, Calif., specializes in wildfires caused by utility lines and is working on the Las Conchas Fire court case with the Branch Law Firm.

  • Stover sticks up for Los Alamos

    The Defense Nuclear Safety Board was in Santa Fe Thursday and almost all of the people during the public comment session were critical of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Sticking up for Los Alamos, however, was council chair Sharon Stover, who raced through her presentation in the allotted five minutes as she talked about the relationship between the county and the lab.

    Here are some of the highlights of what Stover talked about:

  • McMillan: PF-4 safer than home

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan tried his best to be in two places at once Thursday.

    McMillan was in Santa Fe in the early afternoon to testify in front of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, which was in town to quiz lab and NNSA officials about a variety of subjects.

    McMillan, though, had to duck out early because he had to race back to Los Alamos for a meeting with Admiral James A. Winnefield, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Winnefield is a four-star Navy Admiral, and as Vice Chairman is the second highest-ranking U.S. military officer.

    McMillan, who has been on the job less than a year, testified in front of the board that safety is his top priority.

  • Top NM official 'shocked' after running over body

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran's car was one of several that struck a man's body on a highway near Santa Fe shortly after the pedestrian had been hit and killed by another vehicle, police said Friday.

    Because the pedestrian was in a lane of traffic, no drivers are facing charges, according to Santa Fe police Capt. Aric Wheeler.

    In a statement, Duran expressed her "thoughts and prayers" to the family of the victim, a 46-year-old man whose identity has not been released.

  • Toppers open their season at Academy’s Barney Relays

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams head into the pool Saturday morning for their 2011-12 season opener.
    The Hilltoppers will travel to their traditional jumping-off point, the Barney Relays at Albuquerque Academy.
    Los Alamos will go into the season with plenty of new faces in the pool and only a few returners with state meet experience. The Barney Relays, which usually includes the top-finishing teams from the previous year’s state meet, should provide Los Alamos with a chance to see where it stacks up heading into the early part of its schedule.
    In the 2010-11 state title meet, the Hilltopper girls finished sixth overall, picking up 139.5 points, while the Hilltopper boys were 14th overall, earning 48 points.

  • Jammed lavatory door on flight sparks terror scare--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pilot accidentally locked himself in the bathroom aboard a flight to New York City and touched off a brief hijacking terror scare that underscored the fears about air travel that still linger more than a decade after 9/11.

    The captain of Delta Flight 6132 got stuck in the lavatory Wednesday during the flight from Asheville, N.C., to La Guardia Airport.

    When a passenger with an accent tried to alert the co-pilot in the cockpit, the co-pilot became alarmed and notified air traffic controllers, according to a recording of the radio exchange from the website LiveATC.net.

  • Dog that survived death chamber finds new home in New Jersey

    NUTLEY, N.J. (AP) — The dog that survived an Alabama dog pound’s gas chamber has found a permanent home in New Jersey.

    Daniel, a beagle mix named by animal control workers in Alabama after the biblical figure who survived the lion’s den, joined four other rescued dogs last Thursday at the home of Joe Dwyer and his family in Nutley, about 10 miles west of New York City.

    “He’s in extremely good shape, especially in light of what he went through,” Dwyer said Wednesday after returning from a trip to the veterinarian. “His attitude is just incredible.”