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Today's News

  • Running: Wood qualifies for 2012 Olympic Trials

    Heather Wood of Los Alamos finished 21st in the 2011 Grandma’s Marathon Saturday women’s race and in doing so qualified for the national Olympic Trials.
    Wood, 24, finished the marathon, held in Duluth, Minn., in 2 hours, 43 minutes, 53 seconds, a little over a minute better than the ‘B’ qualifying standard for the Olympic Trials.
    Wood was a former standout cross country and track and field runner at Los Alamos High School.
    She is the second former LAHS athlete to make a qualifying time in the past six weeks. Magdalena Sandoval-Donahue also qualified for the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., May 1.
    Wood’s father, Blake, finished one second ahead of her at the race.

  • Baseball: Dodgers pick up late win

    The two top-seeded teams in the county’s Class AAA Little League tournament took each other on in the championship game with the Dodgers pulling out a late victory Wednesday night.
    The Giants led by as many as five runs in Wednesday’s game, played at Lou Caveglia Field on North Mesa, but the Dodgers scored six unanswered runs in the final two innings for the win.
    Logan Bishop’s sixth inning hit with the bases loaded gave the Dodgers a 8-7 come-from-behind victory over the Giants. Just an inning before, Jason Manzanares hit a bases-clearing triple to push three runs across and get the Dodgers back into the ballgame.

  • Lujan pledges support for first responders

    Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has joined with several other members of the House to introduce bipartisan legislation to provide support to firefighters and other first responders, a news release said.
    The bill, HR 2269, dubbed the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act, renews programs to assist first responders.
    “As a number of fires continue to bur throughout New Mexico, it is critical that we provide our firefighters with the resources they need to successfully do their job,” Lujan said in the release. “Their bravery and service to your community is unparalleled as they fight on multiple fronts to protect New Mexico’s families, homes and land.”

  • Crews have one AZ wildfire under control

    PHOENIX (AP) — Firefighters nearly have one of three major wildfires in Arizona under control, but mostly because the blaze has already burned through an entire forest, officials said.
    The 348-square-mile blaze has churned through the forest atop southeastern Arizona’s Chiricahua mountains, said Mary Christensen, a spokeswoman for the team that has battled the huge fire since it broke out May 8. The Chiricahua in the Coronado National Forest is one of the state’s so-called “sky island” mountain ranges, which rise from the surrounding desert and grasslands and aren’t connected to other ranges.

  • Pacheco fire spreads to 5,500 acres

    More personnel has been added to fight the Pacheco Canyon Fire burning just north of Santa Fe’s ski basin.
    The fire, which started Saturday, has spread to 5,500 acres. As of late Wednesday night, the fire was 10 percent contained.
    Currently, 625 people are battling the blaze, up from 533 Tuesday night. So far, firefighters from Los Alamos haven’t been called in to fight the fire.
    The fire started near Aspen Ranch around the area of the Borrego Trail in the Santa Fe National Forest. Forest officials are requesting anyone who was in that area Friday or Saturday to call 505-438-5372.
    The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

  • Wednesday in the Park

    A moviegoer has some fun prior to Wednesday’s Movie in the Park. Wednesday’s movie, “Harry and the Hendersons,” was screened at East Park. The Movies in the Park is a weekly event during the summer and is hosted by the county’s Parks and Recreation department. Next week’s movie will be at Ashley Pond starting at dusk.

  • Update 06-23-11

    LAPS is on TV
    Mountain Elementary School will be featured at 5 a.m. Monday on the Discovery Channel in a special edition half hour show called The Profiles Series.

    Applications accepted
    Applications are being accepted through July 15 for the 2011-2012 Leadership Los Alamos program. Visit http://leadershiplosalamos.memberlodge.com/

    Work session set
    A school board work session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pajarito Ciffs. The work session is open to the public.

    CIP meeting set
    Los Alamos County’s Capital Improvement Projects Evaluation and Oversight Committee meets at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers.

    Fire update

  • LANL scientists earn R&D 100 Awards

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Wednesday applauded its laboratories and production sites for receiving 10 of R&D Magazine’s 2011 R&D 100 Awards. NNSA-funded research also led to two additional R&D 100 Awards.

    “I want to congratulate this year’s R&D 100 award winners,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “The Department of Energy’s national laboratories and sites are at the forefront of innovation, and it is gratifying to see their work recognized once again. The cutting-edge research and development done in our national labs and facilities is helping to meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security and enhance our economic competitiveness.”

  • NM Boys' State fosters citizenship

    In a 2008 study conducted by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 71 percent of Americans failed a civic literacy test, with an overall average score of 49 percent. Fewer than half of all Americans could name all three branches of government. Even more disturbing is the fact that elected officials scored lower than the general public, with an average score of 44 percent.

    This lack of civic literacy may be the result of a lax educational system. Most states do not require middle school students to take classes in civics and government. It may also be that civics, like history, is one of those classes filled with dry facts and figures that evaporate soon after the course is over.

  • False alarm

    A fire alarm created some excitement at Starbucks and Ruby K’s near Central Avenue and 20th Street, Wednesday afternoon. Battalion Chief Glenn Trehern said there was no apparent cause.