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Today's News

  • Today in History for August 15th
  • NM firefighter hurt battling Ore. blaze

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Residents of about 30 rural homes outside Lakeview were urged to evacuate Tuesday as a lightning-sparked wildfire continued to spread through timber and rangeland, crossing the border into California.

    Some residents of the mix of vacation and year-round homes around Drews Reservoir have chosen to stay, complicating the job of firefighters, said fire spokeswoman Renee Snyder. Flames were within hundreds of yards of some homes, where structural fire teams were stationed to protect them.

    Residents of a dozen homes on the west side of Goose Lake near the California border were also advised to leave, she said.

    Started by lightning, the Barry Point fire has burned 48 square miles of national forest and private lands, and has now moved south into California on the Modoc National Forest. It was 25 percent contained, and firefighters hoped to have it fully contained by Aug. 23.

  • NMAA head stepping down

    The New Mexico Activities Association announced Tuesday that longtime executive director Gary Tripp will resign effective Friday.

    Tripp has been the NMAA's top man since 2004, taking the place of Dan Salzwedel. In a press release issued by the NMAA, Tripp said he is going to move to Zia Pueblo Day School, where he will be principal.

    Read Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more details on this story.

  • Ron Palillo of 'Welcome Back Kotter' Dies at 63
  • Kintzer gains spot on governing board

    Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), has named Donald J. Kintzer as an Independent Governor on the LLNS and LANS Boards of Governors. The LLCs manage Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. and Los Alamos National Laboratory, respectively, for the U.S. Department of Energy. The appointments take effect Sept. 1. Kintzer assumes the positions previously held by Nicholas G. Moore who is stepping down effective Aug. 31.

    Kintzer also has been appointed chair of the LANS/LLNS Boards of Governors’ Ethics and Audit Committee effective Sept. 1. The Ethics and Audit Committee serves in an advisory role to the boards on the integrity of financial reporting, policy compliance, and ethical business practices.

  • LAPS welcomes new teachers
  • Police beat 8/14/12

        Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in the Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

     

    Aug. 4

     

    11 p.m. — Phillip McFerrine, 22, of Los Alamos, was charged with criminal trespass at the Mesa Meadow Pool.

     

  • Obama congratulates Mars Curiosity scientists

    Hailing NASA’s “mind-boggling” Mars landing of the Curiosity rover, President Barack Obama urged the scientists operating the craft on Monday to phone home immediately if they find any extra-terrestrials.

    “If in fact you do make contact with Martians, please let me know right away,” Obama told controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “I’ve got a lot of other things on my plate, but I suspect that that will go to the top of the list. Even if they’re just microbes, it will be pretty exciting.”

    Obama spoke by phone from Air Force One as he flew to a campaign stop in Iowa eight days after the car-sized rover landed on the Martian surface. The touchdown followed a complex series of maneuvers involving intricately timed rocket firings, a huge parachute and cables lowering the craft to the Mars surface.

  • Sikhs in Espanola feel kinship with Wisconsin

    Sunday was a sad day at Hacienda de Guru Ram Das, the Sikh gurdwara (place of worship) that sits off a quiet road in Española. This was the day many members of Española’s Sikh community chose to pray with their fellow Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wis.  

    On Aug. 5, Wade Michael Page, 40, walked into the Oak Creek gurdwara during services and opened fire on the sangat (congregation), killing six and wounding four others. After being wounded by a police officer, Page killed himself before he could be taken into custody. 

    This Sunday in Española, Hacienda de Guru Ram Das member Daya Singh Khalsa gave a 20-minute sermon that included remembrance of the killed and wounded. 

    “Our community here feels so much solidarity, sympathy and gratitude for the community in Wisconsin,” Singh said.

  • Los Alamos honors Senator

    Members of both political parties greeted Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) warmly during a ceremony at the Los Alamos Historical Museum Monday. In February of 2011, Bingaman announced his retirement when his term expires at the end of this year. 

    The Los Alamos County council designated Aug. 13 “Senator Jeff Bingaman Day” to honor his 30 years of service. 

    Council’s resolution included a long list of Bingaman’s accomplishments and contributions to the county, including support of the North Central Regional Transit District and funding for Atomic City Transit, his commitment to youth programs such as the YMCA’s YES Corps and the transfer of Department of Energy (DOE) lands to Los Alamos County.