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Today's News

  • Lujan pledges support for first responders

    Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has joined with several other members of the House to introduce bipartisan legislation to provide support to firefighters and other first responders, a news release said.
    The bill, HR 2269, dubbed the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act, renews programs to assist first responders.
    “As a number of fires continue to bur throughout New Mexico, it is critical that we provide our firefighters with the resources they need to successfully do their job,” Lujan said in the release. “Their bravery and service to your community is unparalleled as they fight on multiple fronts to protect New Mexico’s families, homes and land.”

  • Crews have one AZ wildfire under control

    PHOENIX (AP) — Firefighters nearly have one of three major wildfires in Arizona under control, but mostly because the blaze has already burned through an entire forest, officials said.
    The 348-square-mile blaze has churned through the forest atop southeastern Arizona’s Chiricahua mountains, said Mary Christensen, a spokeswoman for the team that has battled the huge fire since it broke out May 8. The Chiricahua in the Coronado National Forest is one of the state’s so-called “sky island” mountain ranges, which rise from the surrounding desert and grasslands and aren’t connected to other ranges.

  • Pacheco fire spreads to 5,500 acres

    More personnel has been added to fight the Pacheco Canyon Fire burning just north of Santa Fe’s ski basin.
    The fire, which started Saturday, has spread to 5,500 acres. As of late Wednesday night, the fire was 10 percent contained.
    Currently, 625 people are battling the blaze, up from 533 Tuesday night. So far, firefighters from Los Alamos haven’t been called in to fight the fire.
    The fire started near Aspen Ranch around the area of the Borrego Trail in the Santa Fe National Forest. Forest officials are requesting anyone who was in that area Friday or Saturday to call 505-438-5372.
    The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

  • Wednesday in the Park

    A moviegoer has some fun prior to Wednesday’s Movie in the Park. Wednesday’s movie, “Harry and the Hendersons,” was screened at East Park. The Movies in the Park is a weekly event during the summer and is hosted by the county’s Parks and Recreation department. Next week’s movie will be at Ashley Pond starting at dusk.

  • Update 06-23-11

    LAPS is on TV
    Mountain Elementary School will be featured at 5 a.m. Monday on the Discovery Channel in a special edition half hour show called The Profiles Series.

    Applications accepted
    Applications are being accepted through July 15 for the 2011-2012 Leadership Los Alamos program. Visit http://leadershiplosalamos.memberlodge.com/

    Work session set
    A school board work session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pajarito Ciffs. The work session is open to the public.

    CIP meeting set
    Los Alamos County’s Capital Improvement Projects Evaluation and Oversight Committee meets at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers.

    Fire update

  • LANL scientists earn R&D 100 Awards

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Wednesday applauded its laboratories and production sites for receiving 10 of R&D Magazine’s 2011 R&D 100 Awards. NNSA-funded research also led to two additional R&D 100 Awards.

    “I want to congratulate this year’s R&D 100 award winners,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “The Department of Energy’s national laboratories and sites are at the forefront of innovation, and it is gratifying to see their work recognized once again. The cutting-edge research and development done in our national labs and facilities is helping to meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security and enhance our economic competitiveness.”

  • NM Boys' State fosters citizenship

    In a 2008 study conducted by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 71 percent of Americans failed a civic literacy test, with an overall average score of 49 percent. Fewer than half of all Americans could name all three branches of government. Even more disturbing is the fact that elected officials scored lower than the general public, with an average score of 44 percent.

    This lack of civic literacy may be the result of a lax educational system. Most states do not require middle school students to take classes in civics and government. It may also be that civics, like history, is one of those classes filled with dry facts and figures that evaporate soon after the course is over.

  • False alarm

    A fire alarm created some excitement at Starbucks and Ruby K’s near Central Avenue and 20th Street, Wednesday afternoon. Battalion Chief Glenn Trehern said there was no apparent cause.

  • Los Alamos' Most Wanted

    The Los Alamos Police Department’s Investigations Division is searching for Raymond Behringer and Amanda Burns in connection with a number of local burglaries. Anyone with information about the couple is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 662-8282. Callers can remain anonymous.

    Raymond “Ray” G. Behringer has a warrant for his arrest for the following charges: burglary, receiving and possessing stolen property and larceny.
    Age: 36 years old
    Height: 5’10”
    Weight: 160 lbs.
    Eyes: Blue
    Scars/Marks: Spider web tattoo on the back of his head and  spider tattoo on his neck

    Amanda Burns has a warrant for her arrest for the following charges: burglary and larceny.

  • Burglary binge spurs police action

    Becky Cortesy was at work the morning burglars knocked on the door of her 47th Street home. They broke in and stole her extensive jewelry collection, which spanned 25 years, during that June 2 burglary.

    “We lost our big screen TV but that doesn’t have any value … it’s the items with sentimental value that are priceless … no price can be put on my mother’s rings … it’s that kind of emotional damage that occurs that they could care less about,” Cortesy said.