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Today's News

  • Flash flood watch, fire update issued

    A flash flood watch has been issued for areas impacted by the Los Conchas Fire until 10 tonight.
    The National Weather Service, which issued a flash flood warning Wednesday, said thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and tonight and they have the potential to produce heavy rainfall. Rainfall rates from one-half inch to an inch are possible from stronger storms.
    The NWS said flash flooding and debris flows will be a particular threat with high rainfall rates on recent burn scars.
    Workers at Bandelier National Monument and Santa Clara Pueblo have prepared for a potential flood by placing sandbags in certain areas.
    Close to a month after it began, meanwhile, crews issued the final Las Conchas update this morning.

  • Air search launched for missing man

    A search helicopter was granted clearance to fly in the air space above Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday in search of a retired laboratory engineer. Michael Cannon, 66, of White Rock was last seen June 25 near Rover Park.

    “The National Guard provided a Blackhawk Helicopter, two pilots, including former LAPD officer Daniel Purcell, and two spotter/medics for the search,” said Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster. Foster and LAPD Det. Ron Binion headed the search.

    “We scanned the area from the Blackhawk above the Rio Grande Canyon rim down to the river, all around Overlook and we surveyed some of the steeper canyons including Frijoles and Ancho looking for Mr. Cannon,” Foster said.

  • Lab cited for RACER violation

    The New Mexico Environment Department sent the Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC a notice of violation of the June 14, 2007 settlement agreement.
    In a letter dated June 3, 2011, the violation occurred when the respondents failed to enter environmental data, such as soil, rock and pore gas, from the Los Alamos National Laboratory every week into the Risk Analysis, Communication, Evaluation and Reduction (RACER).

  • Fix fireworks issue

    Were you outraged, around July 4, that there was no statewide ban on the sale of fireworks?
    You’re not alone.  
    So was almost everybody else, including several newspaper editorial writers.  
    Some legislators have tried to change the New Mexico law; while several bills in favor of public safety died in committee, the law has been amended more than once in favor of the fireworks industry.
    The dangerous conditions are not the fault of the fireworks industry, and nobody is alleging otherwise.
    In matters of this nature, special interests tend to turn the argument upside down, implying that they are being scapegoated for conditions they did not cause.
    So let’s be clear that the public is not confused about this.

  • NFL players don’t vote on deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest twist in the touch-and-go efforts to end the NFL lockout: Players didn’t vote Wednesday on a full proposal to settle the labor dispute.
    The league, however, said the sides would work through the night to try to have a final agreement ready for ratification Thursday.
    A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press there was agreement among player representatives from all 32 clubs on what items needed to be resolved before any offer would be accepted. A second person, also speaking on condition of anonymity because the talks are supposed to be secret, said those players gave what was termed “conditional approval” of the proposal — as it stood Wednesday.

  • White Rock bounced from tourney

    Two big innings by the Silver City All-Stars were enough to knock White Rock out of the state tournament Wednesday in Taos.

    Silver City scored five runs in the top of the third and three more in the fourth. White Rock only managed a pair of single tallies, falling 9-2 and ending its run in the tournament.

    In the third inning, Silver City's Meah McDonald and Leslie Calvillo came through with back-to-back doubles to help their team take control of the game.

    White Rock had a chance to get back into the game in the bottom of the third. Elizabeth Anaya singled in Rebecca Luster early in the inning, but after loading the bases with just one out, couldn't push another run across.

  • Sr. men's golf tourney results

    Here are the results from last week’s Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments:

    Cattails Golf Course, July 12

    First flight
    First low gross
    Larry Minarsich, Bernalillo, 78.

    Second low gross
    Buzz Burke, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 80.

    First low net
    Robert Frank, Santa Fe, 67.

    Second flight

    First low gross
    Terry Maznio, Las Vegas, 74.

    Second low gross
    Ralph Hey, Westcliffe, Colo., 83.

    First low net
    Carl Liddel, Alamosa, Colo., 68.

    Third flight

    First low gross
    LG Lauxman, Rociada, 90.

    Second low gross

  • Sports Update 07-21-11

    LAHS football workouts start Aug. 1

    Mandatory workouts for the Los Alamos High School football program start Aug. 1 at the school’s practice field.
    Participation in football is open for players in grades 9-12.
    All physical examinations and paperwork must be completed and turned in before athletes are allowed to participate. Forms are available at the school’s athletics website, www.laschools.net/athletics/site/default.asp.
    Those interested in playing for the 2011 season should plan to attend an equipment handout and paperwork check Monday (juniors and seniors) or Tuesday (freshmen and sophomores) in the LAHS weight room. Both meetings will be at 8 a.m.
    For more information, visit www.topperfootball.com.

  • Boehner: House will compromise on debt limit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans controlling the chamber are willing to compromise on legislation increasing the government's borrowing authority.

    "Frankly, I think it would be irresponsible on behalf of the Congress and the president not to be looking at back-up strategies for how to solve this problem," Boehner said. "At the end of the day, we have a responsibility to act."

    Asked whether GOP lawmakers supporting the House "cut, cap and balance" debt limit measure would be unwilling to ultimately compromise, Boehner said, "I'm sure we've got some members who believe that, but I do not believe that would be anywhere close to the majority.

  • Flash Flood Watch Remains In Effect Until 10 p.m.

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR