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Today's News

  • Beware of traveling teeth-whiteners

    A woman walked into the Los Alamos County Community Development Department recently to find out if she was required to be licensed to open a traveling teeth whitening business.
    Her intent was to go door-to-door to homes in Los Alamos and White Rock to administer chemicals into people’s mouths to whiten their teeth.
    “I contacted the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department and found out that the woman not only needed to be licensed, but she also needed to be a dentist,” said Steve Bruegger, the acting director of the CDD.
    Dr. Rick Posada of  Posada Dental Works at 152 Central Park Square has been practicing dentistry for 15 years and his services include teeth whitening.

  • Hoping for June showers

    Local resident Alison Walters gives the plants at Mesa Public Library a little boost to survive between waterings. It has not rained in Los Alamos for a while. But the county is not eligible for assistance yet. Earlier this week, The U.S. Department of Agriculture had designated 15 counties in New Mexico as natural disaster areas because of drought, making them eligible for federal assistance to deal with drought, high winds and wildfires.
    The counties under the declaration are Chaves, Catron, Curry, DeBaca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Luna, Otero, Quay, Roosevelt, Sierra, and Socorro.

  • Arizona wildfire zeroes in on NM--video extra

    Residents in the Catron County community of Luna mowed their grass, tossed away debris and watered down lawns in preparation for a possible visit by the Wallow wildfire.

    KOB-TV says many Luna residents have chosen to stay instead of leave and that the edge of the blaze was about a half mile from the New Mexico town.

    Luna residents were told at a community meeting Wednesday that crews have been using bulldozers and setting backfires to remove fuel in an attempt to keep the fire away from Luna.

    The Arizona wildfire has burned 389,000 acres.

    Federal officials released an updated size of the blaze based on better mapping. The fire has scorched 525 square miles, mostly in ponderosa pine forest, down from 607 square miles reported Wednesday.

  • Gibson’s ex-girlfriend files appeal against lawyer

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend has asked an appeals court to disqualify the Oscar winner’s attorneys handling a bitter custody dispute because she consulted with one of their partners in a paternity dispute with another actor.
    Attorneys for Oksana Grigorieva asked the California 2nd District Court of Appeal to intervene in the case on Monday. They sought to either disqualify Gibson’s attorneys or require a judge hearing the case to review records of the Russian musician’s dealings with the firm.
    Grigorieva met with a partner in the firm of Kolodny and Anteau in 2008 at Gibson’s suggestion, while she was dealing with custody issues involving her son with British actor Timothy Dalton, according to court filings.

  • Bon Jovi’s ‘listening tour’ stops in N.J.

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi took a break from his worldwide concerts to engage in a different kind of tour — listening to the concerns of young people across the United States.
    The rocker visited a youth services center in New Jersey’s largest city on Monday as the final stop on a “listening tour with disengaged youth,” which previously made stops in New Orleans, Atlanta and Houston.
    The initiative is part of the New Jersey native’s role as a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, which is looking at successful youth programs that can be replicated.
    “I’m a big believer in the youth,” Bon Jovi said. “And this was an opportunity to be heard, while I was listening.”

  • Out and about 06-09-11

    Art openings

    Weaving Exhibit for Andrea Ortiz at Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, 325 Paseo de Oñate, Española, now through June 30.

    Colette Campbell-Jones will display, “Stories From Underground,” visual reconstructions of oral histories from the coal miners in South Wales. The exhibit will run through July 30 at photo-eye Gallery, 376-A Garcia St., Santa Fe.

    Talks

  • LA Happenings 06-09-11

    Music

    Lads of Enchantment, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, invites the public to join them in song.  Besides the enjoyment of singing in harmony, barbershop chorus and quartets experience the thrill of performing in the community. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the United Church of Los Alamos, Graves Hall. Attendees will find their chapter meetings are well planned, musically satisfying and fun. Visitors are welcome.
     
    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites all interested musicians to join its upcoming concerts. No audition is necessary, but proficiency on a wind or percussion instrument is required. The LACW rehearses from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. www.lacw.org.

  • Billboard Top 10 Singles 06-09-11

    1.  Rolling in the Deep, Adele

    2. Give Me Everything, Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack and Nayer

    3.  E.T., Katy Perry featuring Kanye West

    4. On The Floor, Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull

    5. Just Can’t Get Enough, Black Eyed Peas

    6.   The Lazy Song, Bruno Mars

    7.  Till the World Ends, Britney Spears

    8.  The Edge of Glory, Lady Gaga
    9.  Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO
    10.  I’m On One, DJ Khaled

  • NBC secures Olympic TV rights through 2020

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Bob Costas made the pitch and NBC met the price.
    The peacock network outbid Fox and ESPN by almost a billion dollars Tuesday to win U.S. television rights to four more Olympics and keep the games through 2020.
    The result: a $4.38 billion knockout for NBC.
    Despite a recent change in ownership, the sudden departure of longtime Olympic chief Dick Ebersol and an uncertain economy, NBC and its parent company, Comcast, defied speculation that its grip on the Olympics was coming to an end.
    “I can say the Olympics are really in their DNA,” International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said. “We’ve been together with them for so many games with great success.”

  • Pattinson sinks teeth into MTV Movie Awards

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — The MTV Movie Awards was more like “The Team Edward Show.”
    “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson sucked up the spotlight — and some popcorn-shaped trophies — at Sunday’s shenanigan-packed ceremony. Among the goofy actor’s moments: winning three different awards, unexpectedly kissing co-star Taylor Lautner, and slipping the F-word past censors when presenting Reese Witherspoon with the special MTV Generation Award.
    “It’s not always a bad thing to have sexual chemistry with your mother,” joked Pattinson, who played the son of Witherspoon’s character in “Vanity Fair” and her love interest in “Water for Elephants.”