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Today's News

  • Fires will burn until rainy season

    PHOENIX (AP) — Crews have made significant progress attacking three major wildfires in Arizona, but fire danger across the Southwest will remain for weeks to come until seasonal rains arrive.
    Storms that normally stop the fire threat in the Southwest aren’t expected to come until mid-July at the soonest. Officials say that means the large blazes churning across Arizona’s forestlands won’t be the last.
    The state has seen one of its most dangerous fire seasons in years, forestry officials said, with more than 1,500 fires burning 1,300 square miles so far. That total far exceeds 2010, when just 132 square miles burned across the state.

  • On the Docket 06-22-11

    blic information contained in Municipal, Magistrate and District Court records.

    June 14

    Jose Duran, 40, of Los Alamos appeared in Magistrate Court on charges of disorderly conduct. Duran pled nolo contendere and the court accepted the plea as an admission of guilt only for the purposes of that day’s court action. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Duran to 180 days in jail with 180 days suspended. Duran received robation and ordered to enter alcohol screening and treatment and/or anger management. Duran was found not guilty of battery per a plea agreement with the state and was ordered to pay $73 in court costs and a $25 per month probation fee.

  • Everybody knows it's windy

    David Griego of 935 Tewa Loop near Los Alamos County Airport stepped into his back yard Monday morning to feed his dog and discovered a large branch from his neighbor’s tree had fallen on his fence following Sunday night’s strong winds, which hit 59 miles per hour.

  • Update 06-22-11

    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.

    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.

    Labor board meets
    The Labor Management Relations Board meets at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Throne Room at Fuller Lodge.

  • El Rancho family slain with pickax

    The triple homicide last Sunday in a town located between Los Alamos and Santa Fe was committed by someone wielding a pickax.

    Law enforcement sources told media outlets Thursday that the wounds from the garden implement were so severe that the field representative from the Office of the Medical Investigator thought the victims had all been shot.

    The murder weapon was found Tuesday on the property of the El Rancho home where the bodies were discovered Sunday evening, about 15 miles east of Los Alamos. The pickax had blood on it, according to a report in the Albuquerque Journal.

  • Program aids with budgeting

    Many people have come to know the sticker shock of opening a utility bill in the dead of winter that is way beyond their budget.

    Consumers who want to avoid budget-busting winter heating bills can take advantage of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Budget Billing program.

    “For the people that we work with who struggle to pay their bills, we strongly encourage them to get on the budget plan in the summer, when their bills are lower,” said Cathy Crane, customer care supervisor. “It just makes it a little easier when the cold months roll around.”

  • Board OKs bond sale Tuesday

    Tuesday night the Los Alamos Public Schools Board met for the first time since the 2010-11 school year ended in May.

    The members discussed a mixed bag of topics, including high school, middle school and Aspen Elementary construction updates, a change in the schedule of fees for long-term rentals; a bond sale resolution, monthly status reports, a journal entry report for May, a first and second reading of policies and updates on the district’s new headquarters at 2075 Trinity Dr., as well as an update on the status of negotiations with the developer on the Trinity Site Development at 751 Trinity Dr.

  • Extreme fire danger prompts closures

    Los Alamos County and the majority of New Mexico are experiencing a severe drought, which is driving the highest escalation in fire restriction stages in years.

    “This drought has caused the fuel moistures in our community to reach dangerously low single digit numbers,” said Fire Marshal/Assistant Fire Chief Michael Thompson. “Right now, the ignition potential for the forest has been determined to be 100 percent, meaning that every ember reaching combustible material has the potential to start a fire.”

  • State Notes 06-22-11

    Aggies kicker Stampler is on CFPA watch list

    LAS CRUCES –­ New Mexico State University Placekicker Tyler Stampler has been named to the College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Placekicker Watch list.
    The  watch list selections were announced by the CFPA Monday afternoon.
    Stampler is one of 34 kickers that made the watch list and one of three placekickers from the Western Athletic Conference.
    Stampler, a native of Davie, Fla., played in all 12 games for the Aggies in 2010, handling all the field goal and PAT attempts as well as kickoff duties in three games. Stampler led the team in scoring in 2010 with 66 points after hitting 16-of-19 field goals on the season and 18-of-19 on PATs.

  • Tennis: Longest match sequel turns into dull affair

    WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Inevitably, the sequel didn’t live up to the original. Not even close.
    The replay of the longest match in tennis history turned out to be a ho-hum Part II, with John Isner beating Nicolas Mahut in straight sets in two hours in the first round at Wimbledon.
    It was a far cry from the 2010 epic, in which Isner triumphed 70-68 in the fifth set of a marathon that lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes and stretched over three days.
    “Nothing’s going to live up to that match,” the American said after winning Tuesday’s contest 7-6 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (6). “It wasn’t going to go that long.”