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Today's News

  • Fire 99 percent contained

    New Mexico’s largest wildfire is almost out.
    Officials declared the Las Conchas Fire that started June 26 and threatened Los Alamos and the national laboratory to be 99 percent contained.
    The blaze charred more than 244 square miles and destroyed 63 homes in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The spread of the fire was stopped days ago, and crews have been focused on mopping up hot spots and patrolling the perimeter. The fire has been divided into four branches and crews from the ranger districts, Bandelier National Monument, and Valles Caldera National Preserve are tending to the mopup duty.
    The long road to recovery began a few weeks ago and it will continue for a while.

  • Firefighter tribute

    This scarecrow tribute to honor the firefighters who saved the town during the Las Conchas Fire stands proudly in front of the demo garden on Central Avenue near Oppenheimer.

  • Police protect property 24/7

    Nearly every home and business in town was vacant during the eight-day evacuation sparked by the Las Conchas Fire – yet every returning resident found their property intact.
    Los Alamos police kept a constant eye on the community during the evacuation, Chief Wayne Torpy said. The officers worked around the clock patrolling neighborhoods, street by street, questioning anyone they encountered. He was stopped a couple of times when driving his personal vehicle.
    During an interview on the Safety and Security Matters program broadcast July 20 on KRSN, Torpy spoke about his department’s crime control efforts during the fire.

  • McNabb, others move on busy day for NFL

    Donovan McNabb’s time in Washington is over after only a year.
    The Minnesota Vikings acquired the veteran quarterback from the Redskins on Wednesday night in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.
    The deal gives the Vikings a six-time Pro Bowler who will play until first-round draft choice Christian Ponder is ready to take over. The deal also includes a conditional sixth-round pick in 2013.
    Ponder tweeted that he welcomes McNabb to the team and looks forward to learning from him. But he also says he still plans on fighting for the starting job in Week 1.
    McNabb will have to restructure the five-year, $78 million deal he signed with the Redskins because the Vikings don’t have enough room to fit him in their salary cap.

  • Sports Update 07-28-11

    Football workouts at LAHS start Monday

  • Sports Briefs 07-28-11

    Johnson, Mangs to play on state team

    Local baseball players Brian Johnson and Connor Mang, along with 16 other New Mexicans, have been selected to represent New Mexico in the National Team Identification Series for the 2012 USA 13-and-under baseball team.
    Another local player, Jared Mang, was selected to represent New Mexico in the 15-and-under division.
    All three players will be traveling to Utah in August to compete with other players from around the southwest. They will have to compete against approximately 180 other individuals from the southwest to have the honor of representing the region in the finals, which will be held in North Carolina.

    Ealey appears in Sports Illustrated

  • Bodybuilding competition returns Aug. 6

    The 8th Annual Southern Rockies Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Competition is scheduled for Aug. 6 at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    The competition, which is hosted by Los Alamos Fitness Center, attracts competitors from New Mexico and around the country. The bodybuilding competition is expected to have entries in several different categories — men’s bodybuilding, women’s bodybuilding, women’s figure, female fitness model and, new this year, women’s bikini model.

  • BAER update 7-29

    The Las Conchas fire is now 98% contained, but some suppression work remains. Suppression of active fire in the Chicoma Mountain area continues. Chipping of brush and trees, and restoration of hand lines and dozer lines is still in progress. The Las Conchas Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Implementation Team continues treatments in the Las Conchas fire area within the Santa Fe National Forest, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and Bandelier National Monument.

  • House GOP sets vote on revamped debt-limit bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pressing ahead with a vote on a newly modified plan to stave off an unprecedented government default next week even though the legislation faces a White House veto threat and unanimous opposition among Senate Democrats.

    As the House prepared to vote Thursday, investor worries that a dysfunctional Congress might remain gridlocked sent stocks plunging. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped almost 200 points Wednesday, on top of a 92-point drop the day before.

  • Special ops chief warns of al-Qaida 2.0

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The top commander of U.S. special operations forces said Wednesday that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida is bloodied and "nearing its end," but he warned the next generation of militants could keep special operations fighting for a decade to come.

    Navy SEAL Adm. Eric T. Olson described the killing of bin Laden by a special operations raid on May 2 as a near-killing blow for what he called "al-Qaida 1.0," as created by bin Laden and led from his hideout in Pakistan.

    Olson said the group had already lost steam because of the revolts of the Arab Spring, which proved the Muslim world did not need al-Qaida to bring down governments, from Tunisia to Egypt.