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Today's News

  • Bodybuilding competition returns Aug. 6

    The 8th Annual Southern Rockies Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Competition is scheduled for Aug. 6 at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    The competition, which is hosted by Los Alamos Fitness Center, attracts competitors from New Mexico and around the country. The bodybuilding competition is expected to have entries in several different categories — men’s bodybuilding, women’s bodybuilding, women’s figure, female fitness model and, new this year, women’s bikini model.

  • BAER update 7-29

    The Las Conchas fire is now 98% contained, but some suppression work remains. Suppression of active fire in the Chicoma Mountain area continues. Chipping of brush and trees, and restoration of hand lines and dozer lines is still in progress. The Las Conchas Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Implementation Team continues treatments in the Las Conchas fire area within the Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Bandelier National Monument.

  • House GOP sets vote on revamped debt-limit bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pressing ahead with a vote on a newly modified plan to stave off an unprecedented government default next week even though the legislation faces a White House veto threat and unanimous opposition among Senate Democrats.

    As the House prepared to vote Thursday, investor worries that a dysfunctional Congress might remain gridlocked sent stocks plunging. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped almost 200 points Wednesday, on top of a 92-point drop the day before.

  • Special ops chief warns of al-Qaida 2.0

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The top commander of U.S. special operations forces said Wednesday that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida is bloodied and "nearing its end," but he warned the next generation of militants could keep special operations fighting for a decade to come.

    Navy SEAL Adm. Eric T. Olson described the killing of bin Laden by a special operations raid on May 2 as a near-killing blow for what he called "al-Qaida 1.0," as created by bin Laden and led from his hideout in Pakistan.

    Olson said the group had already lost steam because of the revolts of the Arab Spring, which proved the Muslim world did not need al-Qaida to bring down governments, from Tunisia to Egypt.

  • Flash flood watch for Jemez Mountains

    ... FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

    * FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

    * SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING WITHIN A MOIST AND UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT. RAINFALL RATES OF ONE HALF TO ONE AND A HALF INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE FROM THE STRONGER STORMS. THE SLOW STORM MOTION WILL INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING.

  • Las Conchas Fire 95 percent contained

    New Mexico's largest wildfire is nearly contained, and officials are looking for contractors to help with seeding and mulching efforts on the massive burn scar.

    Contracts for the work have been posted for bids, and officials expect aerial seeding on 5,200 acres of severely burned land to begin in less than two weeks.

    Mulching on more than 1,100 acres will follow.

    Fire managers reported containment on the Las Conchas fire at 95 percent Wednesday.

    The blaze charred more than 244 square miles and destroyed 63 homes in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The spread of the fire was stopped days ago, and crews have been focused on mopping up hot spots and patrolling the perimeter.

    The fire started June 26 when a tree fell on a power line.

    Date Started: June 26, 2011

  • Looking for a snack

    A mother bear and her cub paid a visit to Ken Johnson’s house on El Viento last week. The cub climbed a tree in Johnson’s yard, while the mother who is not shown, tried to knock down one of the chile ristras visible at right. The bears ran off when Johnson’s dog noticed them and began barking.

  • Community announcements 07-27-11

    Drivers needed
    Los Alamos Lions Club provides important services to the community. One activity is the HELP program, which started 30 years ago. The program provides free transportation for medical treatment and appointments outside the county.  Patients are transported to Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  If you would like to be a volunteer driver call Barbara Croley at 672-3618 or Lee Sullivan at 661-8037.

    Photos sought
    Blue Star Mothers is seeking photos of area military men and women serving in the armed forces.  Photos will be displayed on the organization’s  “Wall of Heroes.” Call call Marilyn at  927-4341  or Lena at 927-2687 for more information.

  • Be There 07-27-11

    Today
    Bird Banding talk at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. at 7 p.m. July 27.  The fee is $10 or $8 for members. The fee will be refunded to volunteers for Park Flight field trips.

    GeekOut Game Night!  From 5:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda. Bring your own games, play ours, bring friends, meet new friends.

    Thursday
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Rango” at
    7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

  • Pedestrian hit on Trinity still in hospital

    A 16-year-old Los Alamos girl driving a pick up collided with an 82-year-old Los Alamos woman walking across the intersection of Trinity Drive and Oppenheimer Tuesday morning.
    The driver was southbound on Oppenheimer turning left on to Trinity Drive when her truck struck Lois Coffin who was in the east crosswalk heading north, according to police.
    The Los Alamos Fire Department transported Lois Coffin to Los Alamos Medical Center.
    Officials were awaiting results from the Emergency Room but said that the woman suffered “some injuries.”
    Coffin was still in the hospital as of this morning.
    Police said the driver will be cited.