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Today's News

  • Permitting process streamlined

    The Los Alamos County Council has made streamlining and simplifying the commercial building permit process a priority. Community Development Department (CDD) staff has been working on this goal since May. Steve Brugger, acting community development director and Chris Williams, building safety division manager presented the first 60-day progress report to council at Tuesday’s meeting.

    Three major components have been instituted so far.

    The CDD has created application packages for commercial permits that include descriptions of the eight basic steps – including a flowchart of those steps – along with detailed documentation and inspection requirements, required forms, a schedule of permit fees and contact numbers.

  • Sports Update 07-14-11

    Hoops camp starts Monday

    A basketball skills camp is scheduled from July 18-21 at Chamisa Elementary School.
    The camp will be run by Justin Black. It is for players in grades 3-8 and will be held during the afternoon hours.
    Price for participation is $45. Proceeds will benefit Chamisa and Aspen Schools’ physical education programs.
    For more information, contact Black at 505-716-1149 or j.black@laschools.net.

  • Baseball: MLB limps back to work after break

    From Derek Jeter to Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer, you could put together an All-Star team just from the guys who have been stuck on the disabled list this season.
    If 2010 was the Year of the Pitcher, 2011 might just be the Year of the Injury. David Wright, Buster Posey and Zack Greinke have missed big chunks of time as well, and the rash of injured stars may be one of the biggest reasons that all six division races are so close heading into the unofficial second half of the season.
    With so many teams playing short-handed, no one has been able to break away from the pack yet and take command of the pennant race, setting up a 2½ month sprint to the finish.

  • Community: Sports getting back on track after fire

    Rarely is a wildfire good for grass, but in the case of the Los Alamos Golf Course, the Las Conchas Fire could’ve hardly been more beneficial.
    The fire, which prompted an evacuation of the town two weeks ago when it threatened to get into the townsite, was just what the doctor ordered for the LAGC vegetation, which was struggling to get into its normal summer condition.
    “We were being faced with the worst drought, with the worst wind and with the worst winter. You talk about three strikes,” said LAGC head professional Donnie Torres.
    However, because the course’s normal foot traffic was absent, course crews were able to water just about as much as they wanted to and the holes, particularly the greens, healed up quite well.

  • Community: Sports getting back on track after fire

    Rarely is a wildfire good for grass, but in the case of the Los Alamos Golf Course, the Las Conchas Fire could’ve hardly been more beneficial.
    The fire, which prompted an evacuation of the town two weeks ago when it threatened to get into the townsite, was just what the doctor ordered for the LAGC vegetation, which was struggling to get into its normal summer condition.
    “We were being faced with the worst drought, with the worst wind and with the worst winter. You talk about three strikes,” said LAGC head professional Donnie Torres.
    However, because the course’s normal foot traffic was absent, course crews were able to water just about as much as they wanted to and the holes, particularly the greens, healed up quite well.

  • Judge declares mistrial in Clemens case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The judge declared a mistrial Thursday in baseball star Roger Clemens' perjury trial after prosecutors showed jurors evidence that the judge had ruled out of bounds.

    U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said Clemens could not be assured a fair trial after prosecutors showed jurors evidence against his orders in the second day of testimony.

    Walton scheduled a Sept. 2 hearing to determine whether to hold a new trial. He told jurors he was sorry to have wasted their time and spent so much taxpayer money, only to call off the case.

  • NM man indicted for handing out semen-tainted yogurt

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a New Mexico man on charges he handed out semen-tainted yogurt samples at a grocery store.

    Thirty-two-year-old Anthony Garcia was indicted Wednesday on charges of adulterating food and making false statements to federal investigators. He was arrested Wednesday afternoon and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

    Garcia is accused of handing out tainted yogurt samples at a Sunflower Market in Albuquerque in January.

    Officers responded to the store after a woman called to report an employee had given her what she was told was a yogurt sample. The woman told police she believed it was actually a bodily fluid.

  • Wambach lifts US to final in 3-1 win over France--video extra

    MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) — Somehow, the Americans seem to find a way to win.

    And more often than not, Abby Wambach has something to do with it.

    With time running out and France giving the United States all it could handle and then some, Wambach's winner in the 79th minute put her teammates at ease and set off celebrations on two continents. The 3-1 victory Wednesday night has the Americans in the World Cup final for the first time since 1999, which also just happens to be the last time the United States won soccer's biggest prize.

  • Suspect allowed to view child porn in Wash. jail--video extra

    SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Washington state say they're outraged that a former pilot who's already admitted molesting young boys is being allowed to watch videos he made of the abuse while he sits in jail awaiting trial.

    "The whole thing is just dirty," said Pierce County Sheriff's Detective Ed Troyer on Wednesday. "Now that victims know he's going to be watching this, they're going to feel victimized again. This is our call to action to get the law changed."

  • PEEC offers soap-making class Sunday

    For those tired of smelling smoke, relief is right around the corner. From noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a chance to learn how to distill lavender and make all-natural soap at the Second Bloom Farm in White Rock.