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Today's News

  • Mother Nature helps firefighters battle Calif fire

    TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) — Calm, cool weather Thursday morning dampened a wildfire that destroyed 25 buildings north of Los Angeles, but crews were prepared for afternoon winds that could kick up the flames again, a fire spokesman said.

    The blaze had burned about 2¼ square miles and still threatened about 150 homes, but it was 25 percent contained. If the weather cooperates, the fire should be fully surrounded by Friday, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman John Buchanan.

  • Football: Haynesworth getting no breaks from Redskins

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Albert Haynesworth finally showed up for work — and quickly learned the Washington Redskins won't be cutting him any slack.

    On the eve of the first day of training camp, Haynesworth ended his months-long boycott of the team by meeting Wednesday morning with coach Mike Shanahan. Hardly sympathetic to the plight of a player who recently received a $21 million bonus, the coach wasn't about to let bygones by bygones.

  • As many as 6,600 Arlington National Cemetery graves mixed up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Estimates of the number of graves potentially affected by mix-ups at Arlington National Cemetery grew to as many as 6,600 on Thursday, as the cemetery's former superintendent blamed his staff and a lack of resources for the scandal that forced his ouster.

    John Metzler, who ran the famous military burial ground for 19 years, said he accepts "full responsibility" for the problems.

  • Golf: City Championship opens Saturday

    While the fairways at Los Alamos Golf Course are usually busy on weekends, this weekend they’ll be jam-packed.

    LAGC will be hosting the 63rd Los Alamos City Championship. The City Championship, which is hosted by Los Alamos Golf Association and Los Alamos Women’s Golf Association, is a stroke-play contest that will be held Saturday and Sunday.

    This year’s City tournament is shaping up to be the biggest in history.

  • LAPD passes 217 standards for accreditation

    “For me, as a professional, this is probably one of my proudest accomplishments,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy told County Councilors during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

    Although it is not official yet, the police department completed the New Mexico Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.

  • Teams fight Hazmat challenges

    The trailer smelled like danger.

    The air buzzed with an ominous droning and telltale signs that foul play was afoot were scattered everywhere.

    Snapshots of birds with blistered-looking beaks were tacked to the walls, a text book about influenza was open on a table and in a back room plastic cages held chickens and ducks.

    The scenario described a disgruntled university student diabolically working on a scheme to spread a disease through poultry. It was a group of firefighters’ job to respond to this scene.

  • Disaster plans essential for small businesses

    Summer is prime disaster season in New Mexico, whether the disaster is a wildfire, flood or tornado. Two years ago saw the Manzano Fire in Estancia, tornadoes in Clovis and flooding in Ruidoso. Three years ago, floods hit Doña Ana County.

    For a small business, closing for just one day due to an unforeseen disaster can often mean huge financial losses — especially at a time when small businesses are investing time and money into creating jobs to lead America’s economic recovery.

  • Building bust

    The daughter of a friend got a great deal on a house recently, buying on a short sale. My friend is happy – her daughter, a single mom, can stretch her budget farther.

    These transactions are good for the buyer but not the seller or the bank and say something about real estate in general. In June, about 25 percent of home sales in the state were of distressed properties – foreclosures and short sales (lender and borrower selling a home for less than the balance owed).

  • Basketball: All-Star game to be streamed live

    The North-South Class 4A-5A All-Star boys basketball game will be streamed live on the Internet tonight.

    The game, which will be played at Valley High School in Albuquerque, will feature former Los Alamos Hilltopper standout Alex Kirk.

    The game will be streamed live at proviewnetworks.com. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

  • TCU picked to repeat in Mountain West

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — TCU is still on top in the Mountain West Conference.

    The Horned Frogs received all 31 first-place votes in the league's preseason media poll, released Tuesday.

    "Probably what that means is that we have good talent. Now we have to live up to it," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "I think that's the whole thing. It doesn't matter what people say about them in August. Preseason goes off of what happened last year."