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  • Weeks tops Tuesday's pace race as top predictor

    Bob Weeks was only 3 seconds off his prediction at Tuesday’s pace race.
    There were many good predictions in the weekly Tuesday pace race in Pajarito Acres.  There were 28 people who competed.  The course was a fairly-flat 1-mile paved-loop mainly on Estante Way.
    One could run any number of loops but with a requested predicted time of 45 minutes or less.  All distances from 1 to 5 miles were done.  Most did 1 or 3 miles.
    The fastest for 1 mile were Duncan Fuehne (6:49), Sue Kinkead and Lynn Kluegel (both 13:43).  The faster 3-mile runners were Roxana Candia (23:47) and Zach Media (23:48). Nikol Strother and Ted Romero both did 5 miles in 37:13.
    The differences between predicted and actual times were adjusted by distance to 3 miles.  The better predictors (with their distances and adjusted delta times, in seconds) were Bob Weeks (1 mi, 9 s), Zach Media (3, 12), Karen Thorn (4, 16), Roxana Candia (3,17), Inez Ross (1, 24), James Clifford (3, 26), Roy Cope (1, 30), Duncan Fuehne (1, 33), and David Kratzer (5, 37).
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start near 4710 Quemazon off North Road.  For more information, please call 672-1639.

  • Natural gas outage affects 1,000 at North Mesa -- updated

    More than 1,000 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers on North Mesa lost natural gas just before noon Wednesday.

    Gas construction work in the Kwage Mesa area, specifically a pipeline tie-in, unexpectedly depressurized the gas line feeding the North Mesa neighborhood.

    Efforts to restore gas service began Wednesday afternoon.  DPU employees went door-to-door to shut off gas valves to each and every North Mesa customer, pressurize the gas lines, and then revisit each home to turn gas back on and relight appliances.  As of Thursday morning, gas was restored to half of the affected homes. 

    Door tags are being left for customers that are not home when crews attempt to turn natural gas back on.    Those customers are encouraged to call the 311 Customer Care Center at 662-8333 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  After 5 p.m. customers should call Police Dispatch at 662-8222.

    DPU Officials advise that employees are responding to customers as quickly as possible.  However, due to the volume of residences affected, DPU personnel are not able to provide a definitive time of arrival. 

  • Raw Video: 7.6 Quake Reported in Costa Rica

    A powerful, magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica and a wide swath of Central America on Wednesday. There were no immediate accounts of injuries, but communications were down in many areas.

  • Powerful earthquake rocks Costa Rica

    NOSARA, Costa Rica (AP) — A powerful, magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica and a wide swath of Central America on Wednesday, collapsing some houses, blocking highways and causing panic, but officials said there were no reports of deaths.

    The USGS said the 8:42 a.m. (10:42 a.m. EDT; 1442 GMT) quake struck about 38 miles (60 kilometers) from the town of Liberia. It was centered about 25 miles (41 kilometers) below the surface. The magnitude initially was estimated at 7.9.

    In the town of Hojancha a few miles (kilometers) from the epicenter, city official Kenia Campos said the quake knocked down some houses and landslides blocked several roads.

    "So far, we don't have victims," she said. "People were really scared ... We have had moderate quakes but an earthquake (this strong) hadn't happened in more than 50 years."

  • Urgent Care founder indicted on drug, prostitution charges -- updated

    A Santa Fe physician, also the founder and medical director of New Mexico MedWorks, Urgent Care Santa Fe, Los Alamos Urgent Care and Valley First Care in Española, is facing additional charges as the result of his arrest last May.

    Richard Lieberman, 63, was indicted last month with a second-degree felony drug-trafficking count as well as the misdemeanor charge of patronizing a prostitute, according to his attorney Peter Schoenburg.

    The attorney said the added charge had been a possibility since the beginning.

    When asked about the trafficking charge, Schoenburg said all that is required in the statute is that there is a transfer of the drug between two people.

    “If you smoke something and hand it to somebody else, it’s considered trafficking,” Schoenberg said. “It’s the broadest interpretation of the law.

    Schoenburg said Tuesday that Lieberman will enter a not guilty plea. He said Lieberman enrolled in an out-of-state residential treatment facility weeks after his arrest in May and has another two months left as part of the rehabilitation program.

  • Today in History for September 5th
  • First lady's message: Obama is just like you

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michelle Obama's message: President Barack Obama is just like you.

    "Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it," the first lady told the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday in an address intended to reassure voters that her husband share their values — hard work, perseverance and optimism — while also drawing a contrast between him and Mitt Romney.

    Mrs. Obama never mentioned the president's Republican challenger, who grew up in a world of privilege and wealth.

    But the point was clear as she weaved a tapestry of their early years together, when money was tight and times were tough, when they were "so in love, and so in debt." She reminisced about the man who now occupies the Oval Office pulling his favorite coffee table out of the trash and wearing dress shoes that were a size too small. And she told stories about a president who still takes time to eat dinner with his daughters nearly every night, answering their questions about the news and strategizing about middle-school friendships.

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