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Today's News

  • Casey Anthony acquitted of killing daughter--see video

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was acquitted Tuesday of murdering her 2-year-old daughter in a case that became a national sensation on cable TV, with its CSI-style testimony about duct-tape marks on the child's face and the smell of death inside a car trunk.

    After a trial of a month and a half, the jury took less than 11 hours to find Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse.

    She was convicted only of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators who were looking into the June 2008 disappearance of her daughter, Caylee.

  • AAUW hosts ‘Let’s Read Math Family Night’

    The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women, in conjunction with Library Family Night, will present “Spaghetti and Meatballs for All” at 7 p.m. July 18 at Mesa Public Library.
    Dr. Claire Passantino at the Makefield, Penn. AAUW branch in 2004, initiated the “Let’s Read Math” program. Passantino has many years of teaching experience in grades K-8. The object of the program is to help alleviate the anxiety that many children, especially girls, have about mathematics, and to make math fun.

  • Janice Muir is taking an artistic leap of faith

    Janice Parker Muir’s oil, pastel and acrylic paintings will be displayed in a solo exhibit titled, “Fields and Scapes,” July 7-Aug. 12 at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery.  The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
    After shoulder surgery Muir realized there was an opportunity to launch a new artistic direction. Since she could no longer sustain her normal easel position, she began using an easel that can lay flat, which allows her to paint comfortably.
    “In my mind this is a pre- and post-surgery show,” Muir said. “Most of the pastels will be the ‘pre’ with the acrylics being the ‘post.’ ”

  • Janice Muir is taking an artistic leap of faith

    Janice Parker Muir’s oil, pastel and acrylic paintings will be displayed in a solo exhibit titled, “Fields and Scapes,” July 7-Aug. 12 at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery.  The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
    After shoulder surgery Muir realized there was an opportunity to launch a new artistic direction. Since she could no longer sustain her normal easel position, she began using an easel that can lay flat, which allows her to paint comfortably.
    “In my mind this is a pre- and post-surgery show,” Muir said. “Most of the pastels will be the ‘pre’ with the acrylics being the ‘post.’ ”

  • Governor says air monitoring OK

    Governor Susana Martinez announced today, as residents return to Los Alamos, that air quality monitoring throughout the week by the Environmental Protection Agency’s ASPECT aircraft flights continue to show radiation numbers to be well within normal standards for the Los Alamos area and on par with radiation levels observed under normal environmental circumstances across New Mexico. Results of flights from June 29, June 30, July 1, and July 2 are posted in the form of color-aided graphical maps on the New Mexico Environment Department website.

  • More NM dogs sent to Colo. following wildfire

    DENVER (AP) — More shelter dogs are coming to Colorado because of the wildfire near Los Alamos, N.M.

    The Santa Fe Animal Shelter had to free up room for pets displaced by the Las Conchas fire so it's sending about 25 adoptable dogs to a Denver shelter. The dogs are set to arrive at the Dumb Friends League on Tuesday. Some are expected to be available for adoption later this week.

    Another Denver-area shelter received 11 adoptable dogs from another New Mexico shelter on Friday.

    The lab and town of Los Alamos were evacuated on June 27 because of the fire. Residents were allowed back home on Sunday.


     

  • Joey Chestnut chows down 5th hot dog contest win--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joey Chestnut scarfed down 62 hot dogs to win his fifth consecutive Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island — the equivalent of about 20,000 calories in 10 minutes.

    It wasn't a personal best for the 27-year-old nicknamed Jaws, but it was enough to out-eat second-place finisher Patrick Bertoletti by nine wieners. Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., won $10,000 and the coveted mustard-yellow belt.

    "I feel great!" he said after the contest, adding that he was going to drink a lot of water and avoid hot dogs for a few days.

  • Former hotshot's perspective on Las Conchas Fire

    As a former hotshot, I just wanted to give a little perspective and credit to some people that often get overlooked. This is no way meant to take credit away from anyone. Bless the efforts of the entire town in our second run in with fire. This is a very brief summary.

    One of last, true, dirty, gritty, gun-slinging job in the United States is that of a wildland firefighter. These firefighters slip into the community as a shadow, relatively unnoticed and unconcerned with the spotlight eyes of the media. During fires such as the one we have witnessed, these wildland firefighters set up an entire “tent” city in the midst of disaster for command and control.  

  • Investigators find cause of Las Conchas wildfire

    Los Alamos fire chief Doug Tucker said earlier this week that he thought the Las Conchas Fire was started by a downed power line.

    Tucker was right.

    An interagency investigative team led by New Mexico State Forestry has determined that the Las Conchas Fire was caused by a fallen tree that caught fire after coming into contact with nearby power lines, according to New Mexico State Forester Tony Delfin.

    Investigators from New Mexico State Forestry, the USDA Forest Service, New Mexico State Police and Sandoval County conducted the investigation and were on scene shortly after the fire started on Sunday, June 26. Since then, the fire has burned more than 121,248 acres.

  • Officials warn residents not to put trash out until pickup day

    The Los Alamos Fire Department has issued a request that citizens not put spoiled food in their trash can until their normal trash collection day because of a high level of bear activity in the area.

    Deputy fire chief Mark Sandoval explained that his crews went door to door throughtout the western area and Denver steels picking up trash from people's yards that bears had knocked over trash cans in search of food. They also secured any lawn equipment and other personal property found on front lawns close to homes for safety measures.

    For more information, contact the county's 311 call center.