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  • Popular painter Thomas Kinkade dies at age 54--Video Extra

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Artist Thomas Kinkade once said that he had something in common with Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell: He wanted to make people happy.

    And he won success with brushwork paintings that focused on idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches — highly popular works that became big sellers for dealers across the United States.

    The self-described "Painter of Light," who died Friday at age 54, produced sentimental scenes of country gardens and pastoral landscapes in dewy morning light that were beloved by many but criticized by the art establishment.

  • VIDEO: Today in History: Saturday, April 7
  • Navy jet crashes in Virginia; Two pilots eject--Video Extra

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Emergency crews searched the charred remains of a Virginia Beach apartment complex Friday after a fighter jet crashed into it just after takeoff in what Navy officials called a "catastrophic mechanical malfunction."

    Two Navy pilots — a student and an instructor from nearby Naval Air Station Oceana — ejected just before the jet careened into the apartment complex, demolishing sections of some buildings and engulfing others in flames. Some 40 apartment units were damaged or destroyed in the crash, but hours later no fatalities had been reported.

  • Getting Tanked

    Kwik Lube Service Center, located at 2155 Trinity Drive, will remain open despite a huge hole on its property. Business  owner Fidel Naranjo said gas tanks are being pulled in front and in back of his business. “We are trying to stay open and that is why we are doing this during spring break. This used to be a gas station and the state has wanted me to get those tanks out of here,” Naranjo said.

  • Update 04-06-12

    Easter closure
           
    In observance of Easter, the Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center will be closed on Sunday.
     
    LWV luncheon

    The League of Women Voters will have County Clerk Janet Foster and Election Manager Gloria Maestas as speakers at 11:45 a.m. Thursday for Lunch with a Leader.  The luncheon will be at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    School calendar

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will have a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

    TV appearance

  • Four residents become newest Living Treasures

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series.
    On April 15, Edward Macmann, Rosemary O’Connor and John and Nancy Bartlit will be recognized and honored as the newest members of Living Treasures of Los Alamos. The ceremony and reception, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, is at 2 p.m. in the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The public is invited to attend.
    The annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of individuals who have enhanced life on the Hill. Friends, family and co-workers are encouraged to participate in the ceremony by sharing stories and remembrances about each new Treasure.

  • NNSA releases evaluation reports

    In the face of impending litigation, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) released the Performance Evaluation Reports for its eight nuclear weapons sites including Los Alamos Wednesday.

    On March 28, Nuclear Watch New Mexico filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in federal court in Albuquerque.

    “These reports are the government’s scorecard for awarding tens of millions of dollars to nuclear weapons contractors, and were previously available to the public until 2009,” Nuclear Watch New Mexico’s Jay Coghlan said. “However, since that time the NNSA has withheld them in a general move toward less contractor accountability. We sought to help reverse that wrong direction through our litigation.”

  • WR businesses weather construction on N.M. 4

    With improvements on N.M. 4 well underway, orange barrels, heavy equipment and torn up pavement form an intimidating barrier between prospective customers and a number of White Rock businesses. Despite the inhospitable environment, however, White Rock businesses are holding their own.

    A few have even reaped unexpected rewards from the construction activity.

    “It’s going as well as can be expected. All the businesses throughout a community suffer from any construction,” said Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos. “But specific problems are being addressed on a weekly basis.”

  • Local doctor faces charges

    A Los Alamos doctor faces criminal charges after a series of events Wednesday night landed him behind bars.

    Pavel Mourachov, 40, a urologist who works at Los Alamos Medical Center, is charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, one count of driving under the influence of drugs, and one count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer – all misdemeanor charges.

    Five Los Alamos police officers were dispatched to Mourachov’s Los Alamos residence after receiving a call that he was potentially suicidal.

    The police report and supplemental notes filed by Cpl. Adam Jung, Officers Robert Stephens, Oliver McCartney, Jeremy Duran and Lt. Oliver Morris tell the following story:

  • Racket Man

    Stephen Townsley of Los Alamos goes for an overhead volley for the Hilltoppers during a match against Cleveland. The Los Alamos boys and girls tennis teams will face Albuquerque Academy Saturday.