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Today's News

  • Park takes center stage

    An event at the Los Alamos Historical Museum featuring Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) centered on the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Bingaman sponsored the Senate legislation that would establish the park. 

    The bill is stalled in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is chaired by Bingaman. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (I-Alaska) and the Republican contingent that votes with her are blocking any bills sponsored by Democrats until a controversial bill Murkowski has sponsored is moved to the Senate floor. 

  • 08-14-12 Be There

    Wednesday

    The Los Alamos School Retirees Not-Back-to-School Breakfast will be from 9:30-11 a.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s Kelly Hall. The fully catered breakfast will cost $9. Call Judy Crocker at 662-9117, email drummer@rt66.com, or contact Emily Engel at 662-3846 or lars@ieee.org.

     

    This month’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting will be at 6 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Committees will meet at 6 p.m., the meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 661-4097.

     

    Thursday

  • Assets in Action: Saluting a local youth

    This week, my column salutes local youth Clay Adams.

    Adams is a sophomore this year and last school year, ignited a spark that changed his orbit.

    In Asset language, a spark is a hobby or passion, the thing that makes your life worth living and brings you joy.

    Last winter another local youth, Trae Randolph, taught Adams how to ride bulls — and so it began.

    Adams traveled to rodeos with Randolph, riding when he could and spending time in Jal, N.M. with his father James, indulging in bull riding whenever he had the chance.

  • Hoard talks about the Valles Caldera

    Some think the Valles Caldera deserves a trail around its rim. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fuller Lodge, Dorothy Hoard will tell of her 12-year still unfinished odyssey to make the dream a reality. 

    The resurgent dome of the Valles Caldera is, geologically speaking, very young. Its structure is largely intact. It is also a small caldera, 13-15 miles in diameter, so its bowl-shape depression can be easily seen atop a mountain. These attributes led a small group of dedicated hikers to the conclusion that a caldera of this caliber deserved a trail around its rim.  

    Hoard will discuss the effort to convince land managers of the value of such a trail, the current status of the trail concept and the results of a three-year reconnaissance effort to determine the feasibility of such a trail. She will also describe the effects of the Las Conchas Fire, which burned large sections of the caldera rim in 2011. The question becomes whether the concept of a rim trail is still viable.  

  • Arson ruled out in New Beginnings Church blaze

    There have been a lot of theories about the cause of the fire that heavily damaged New Beginnings Church July 4.

    Was it electrical? Was it arson?

    Tuesday, New Beginnings Church pastor Shawn Amburgey finally found out the cause.

    It was electrical.

    Amburgey had just met with Sammy Anaya from the investigations unit of the State Fire Marshal’s office when the investigator's findings were released.

    When asked what Anaya said, Amburgey said “the test results came back negative for accelerants and that it was an accidental incident by electrical failure.”

    Los Alamos fire chief Troy Hughes also talked to Anaya and confirmed the findings.

    “It apparently started in an outlet near the stage area,” Hughes said.  

    It has been nearly six weeks since the fire and investigators pored through a mountain of burn evidence.

    "It just took a while to get the results back," Hughes said. "Usually with a flammable liquid, that can be found out rather quickly. But with this, they used microscopes and x-rays and all of that takes time. The investigators did a tremendous job and everybody wanted an answer quickly. I know I was getting a little impatient waiting to find out the results."

  • Boerigter awarded scholarship

    Kiwanis awarded Michelle Boerigter the Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship on Aug. 7. Wallace was a longtime Kiwanian and former state representative. Boerigter will attend Hope College in Holland, Mich. and will study biochemistry and religion/theology. Pictured from left to right: Key Club Members, Morrie Pongratz, Kristy Ortega (president) and Don Casperson; Terry Wallace, son of Jeannette Wallace; Michelle Boerigter; and parents Cathy and Steve Boerigter. 

  • LA Rodeo provides thrills, spills for all ages

     Los Alamos County's cowboys and cowgirls went out to show their stuff at the 2012 Rodeo, held Saturday and Sunday at Brewer Arena. The rodeo is an annual event open to anyone willing to try their luck in one of several events. One of the more popular events is bull riding, but those too young to take on a bull can try to top a sheep, like 4-year-old Bradley Bond did Saturday.     

  • Inmate slightly injured in fight at detention center

    Charles Burnett, 22, an inmate at the Los Alamos Detention Center, was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center as a precaution this morning after a fight at the detention center. According to  LAPD Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera, Burnett sustained a minor laceration to his right eye when another inmate, Anthony Chavez, 31, punched him in the face.

    According to reports, the fight started when Burnett refused to obey the orders of a detention guard. Burnett’s refusal to obey orders irritated Chavez, and a fight between the two inmates ensued, according to reports.

    Burnett was then taken to the hospital, where he was treated. According to Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera, Burnett’s injury was not serious.

    “He was only at the hospital for a short time, was looked at, and returned to the detention center” he said.

    According to  Herrera, Burnett is not going to press charges. Chavez was originally in jail for a probation violation.

    Burnett was in jail for being picked up on two warrants, as well as three new counts of allegedly contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting arrest. Charges in the warrants included violating conditions of release, breaking and entering, battery on a household member, and the felony charge of possession of controlled substance.

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