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Today's News

  • Church heavily damaged in July 4th blaze

    It took close to three hours Wednesday but the Los Alamos Fire Department extinguished a major fire at New Beginnings Fellowship Assembly of God Church at 112 East Road.

    Deputy fire chief Justin Grider confirmed the fire was out around 1 p.m. It looked as if the fire was out earlier but LAFD was contending with hotspots in the rafters of the chapel.

    Grider said the chapel is a total loss. The main church received smoke damage. There also was an area in the back of the church that burned and received significant smoke damage.

    “We think the fire started in the chapel,” Grider said. “But we don't know for sure. It is still under investigation.”

  • NM museum director leaving to take Calif. position

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Shelby Tisdale, the director of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, is leaving her post.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Autry National Center in Los Angeles recently announced Tisdale has been appointed to the center's newly created position of vice president of curatorial and exhibitions.

    Tisdale will be working at the Autry with Rick West, the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., who was named president and CEO of the Autry just last month.

  • State Notes 07-04-12

    Lobos, Isotopes join forces to help Red Cross with fire relief

    ALBUQUERQUE  — The University of New Mexico football team and Albuquerque Isotopes baseball team are joining forces for the New Mexico Fire Relief campaign, a two-day drive to collect donations for The American Red Cross in New Mexico.
    Members of both the UNM football team and the Isotopes will greet donors during a two-day event Friday and Saturday. The Lobos, the Red Cross and Cumulus Media volunteers will be on hand for a drive-through collection in the north parking lot of the Pit on Cesar Chavez Boulevard.

  • Sports Update 07-04-12

    Indoor soccer tourney hosted by Y

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is hosting an indoor soccer tournament July 21-22.
    Teams of four will face off in one of several divisions, adult men, adult women, coed, high school coed and youth.
    Price for participation is $15 per player.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Golf tourney is July 21

  • LAHS 2012-2013 sports passes on sale

    The Los Alamos Public Schools athletic office announced its price for athletic tickets and passes for the 2012-13 school year.
    Passes may be purchased by calling the LAPS athletic office at 663-2531 or visiting the athletic office at Los Alamos High School.
    Price for an all-sports family pass, good for two adults and two students for admittance to all regular season LAHS athletic events, is $100.
    Individual passes may be purchased for $50 for adults and $30 for students and senior citizens.
    Additional student and senior citizen all-sports passes can be purchased for a reduced price.

  • Phelps bows out of 200 butterfly

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Eight was enough for Michael Phelps in Beijing.
    The world’s greatest swimmer dropped one of his eight Olympic events on Monday, leaving him with seven at the London Games. That means the 14-time gold medalist won’t equal the record eight golds he won four years ago.
    And Phelps is just fine with that.
    “Four years ago, we were trying to literally do everything,” he told The Associated Press in an interview Monday. “That was what we wanted to do but at this point, it’s let’s go out, let’s have some fun, let’s relax a little bit.”
    Phelps’ coach, Bob Bowman, announced Monday on the final day of the U.S. trials that Phelps was scratching the 200-meter freestyle.

  • Range Rovers

    Golfers hang out at the driving range prior to the start of the Ed Griggs Strong Kids Memorial Golf Tournament last month. Los Alamos Golf Course will host the Alternate ACI, which started today in place of the Atomic City Invitational, which will not be played this year.

  • District pay raise vote lacked transparency

    The Los Alamos Public School District Board of Education may have violated the state’s Open Meetings Act when it voted for employee pay raises during a special meeting last month.

    The public notice of the board’s May 24 special meeting had no mention of pay raises for certified and non-certified negotiated school employees nor did the agenda presented before the meeting.

    But despite the lack of public notice that the board would formally take up the issues of employee pay raises, and also that question being asked of the board by Board President Kevin Honnell and the Los Alamos Monitor, the board voted in favor of a 3-percent pay raise.

  • WR Visitor Center nears completion

    Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) volunteers and staff got their first glimpse of the new White Rock Visitor Center last week. The group took in features of the contemporary structure that will showcase Los Alamos County to visitors from around the world.

    Project manager Victor Martinez led the tour of the 3,281-square-foot facility. Few of the interior design elements have been completed, but Martinez helped the group envision the final product.

    The building is designed to underscore White Rock’s natural attractions. The entire front wall is two-stories of glass with views of the landscape and New Mexico’s skies. Every side of the building has windows and doors providing glimpses of the scenery.

  • Fourth of July event still on at Overlook Park

    Los Alamos County is hosting a Fourth of July Celebration at Overlook Park today but there will not be a fireworks display for the second consecutive year.

    Los Alamos County also passed a resolution in June, outlawing the use of fireworks.

    According to a press release from the Kiwanis Club, the decision was made in consultation with the Los Alamos Fire Department. They cited the dangerously dry conditions embracing Northern New Mexico.

    All other activities, including Atomic City Transit to the park, will go on as planned. There will be music by the Nomads and Community Winds, a display by the Habanero Skydivers at both 50 and 8:15, food vendors, and “Ton O Fun” Bouncy Toys.

    Festivities get underway at 2 p.m.