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  • Marine reservist in custody after Pentagon scare--video

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A Marine Corps reservist carrying a backpack containing what authorities said were suspicious materials briefly fled police Friday before he was detained in the middle of the night near the Pentagon.

    Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, Va., was discovered after 1 a.m. Friday inside Arlington National Cemetery, hours after it had closed. He was detained for trespassing after becoming uncooperative, authorities said, though he has not yet been charged with anything. Authorities believe Melaku acted alone.

  • Small fire contained at TA-39

    A fire at Technical Area 39 was confined Wednesday to a 3-3.5-acre area in a previously burned area.

    There were no active flames and the fire was not expected to grow. Crews on the ground monitored the fire r through the Wednesday night and a helicopter dropped water until sunset.

    No injuries have resulted and no structures have been damaged from the fire.

  • Ruidoso fire prompts evacuation

    RUIDOSO — The Ruidoso Police Department says residents are being evacuated from the Pine Cliff area because of a fire.

    The fire was sparked in a wooded residential neighborhood on the southeastern edge of Ruidoso on Thursday afternoon. Crews from Ruidoso, nearby Ruidoso Downs, Lincoln County and the State Forestry Division were responding.

    Evacuees were being directed to a church in Ruidoso.

    Authorities could not immediately say how many residents live in the area or provide details on the size of the fire.

    Strong afternoon winds that were hampering firefighting efforts in other parts of the state were also affecting the Ruidoso area.

  • Los Alamos County Capital Projects update

    • New White Rock Visitor Center: design drawings have been reviewed and returned to the architects with a goal to procure construction services this summer.
    • Justice Center; the county received an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to install solar hot water at both this facility and the new animal shelter. Work should get underway later in July.
    • New Golf Course Community Building; demolition of the old clubhouse begins this week.
    • Golf Course improvements: the RFP for a golf course consultant to help with the study closes in early June and work on the study will get underway later this summer.

  • Heat, winds threaten wildfire lines

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — Smoke from a wildfire lifted and the stress of summertime travel eased Thursday with the reopening of Interstate 25 between Colorado and New Mexico, while high winds were expected to challenge crews trying to contain several other fires in the West, including the largest in Arizona recorded history.

  • State Briefs 06-16-11

    Report says some grads didn’t earn diplomas

    ALBUQUERQUE — An audit of New Mexico schools says 12 percent of the seniors who graduated last year didn’t deserve their diplomas.
    The report from the Legislative Finance Committee also showed that 25 percent of Native American males graduated without fulfilling state-mandated math requirements.
    The numbers are based on a sample of about 3,000 graduates from 10 high schools.

  • Anniversary at the council meeting

    Residents Belle and Carl Thornton celebrated their 47th anniversary by attending Tuesday night’s council meeting.

  • Update 06-16-11

    Democrat meeting
    From 7-8:30 p.m. today  the Democratic Party of Los Alamos will meet at Mesa Public Library in Room. 3.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 20 has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 27. The venue is yet to be determined.

    WR Family Film Series
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “The North Avenue Irregulars,” at 7 p.m. today in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Skate park closed
    The White Rock Skate Park will be undergoing maintenance repairs and minor renovations by the Parks Division and will be closed June 14 through the expected completion date of June 23.

    Girls circle canceled

  • Smart House site plan scores approval--see attachment

    A project designed to forever change the way power is managed around the world cleared a major hurdle Wednesday evening. The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a site plan on which to construct a “Smart House” at 1925 Trinity Drive, behind the county’s public works modular buildings.

    Planning and Zoning Commission approval was needed to ensure the project met the criteria for site plan approval, said Acting Community Development Department Director Steve Brugger.

    “This demonstration project went through a well structured and rigorous approval process and we’re excited to get underway,” Brugger said.

  • Feds arrest local man for making death threats

    The FBI, New Mexico State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service traveled to Los Alamos Wednesday to arrest a man suspected of sending threatening e-mails to U.S. District Judge John Conway. The e-mails included death threats, according to the FBI.

    The law enforcement officers arrested Brian Stacy, 30, at his place of employment at a local retail store.
    Stacy was transported to Albuquerque where he appeared in U.S. District Court this morning.

    “The agencies notified us of the joint operation that they would be conducting and let us know that they had sufficient resources to arrest Mr. Stacy,” Los Alamos Police Lt. Preston Ballew said during an interview this morning.