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Today's News

  • Rancher: Fire could have been averted

    The state’s largest wildfire might have been averted if the caretaker of a private ranch had been around the day a dead tree was blown onto a power line, igniting the blaze that went on to threaten the nation’s premier nuclear facility and thousands of homes.

    “If there had been someone to attend to it when the power line got hit, there would have been no fire,” Albuquerque real estate agent Roger Cox, who owns a ranch that straddles the ignition zone, told the Santa Fe New Mexican. “It would have been a small burn, but there wouldn’t be a big fire.”

  • Manhattan Project Park under consideration

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is recommending that Congress establish a national historical park to commemorate the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb.

    Salazar says the development of the atomic bomb in multiple locations across the United States is an important story.

    Salazar said, “The secret development of the atomic bomb in multiple locations across the United States is an important story and one of the most transformative events in our nation’s history.”  

    The National Park Service conducted a special resource study on several Manhattan Project sites for possible inclusion in the National Park System.

    The study was released to Congress this week.

  • Serving comfort to callers

    Thousands of telephone calls were involved in the interaction between Los Alamos County’s 311 Customer Care Center and community members during the Las Conchas Fire evacuation and repopulation.

    “Collectively, we fielded 3,253 calls and put in more than 500 hours between Monday, June 27, and Monday, July 4,” said Business Operation Manager Karen Kendall of the Department of Public Utilities, which is responsible for the Call Center.

    Kendall and other DPU officials stepped in to help field the record number of calls.

  • Permitting process streamlined

    The Los Alamos County Council has made streamlining and simplifying the commercial building permit process a priority. Community Development Department (CDD) staff has been working on this goal since May. Steve Brugger, acting community development director and Chris Williams, building safety division manager presented the first 60-day progress report to council at Tuesday’s meeting.

    Three major components have been instituted so far.

    The CDD has created application packages for commercial permits that include descriptions of the eight basic steps – including a flowchart of those steps – along with detailed documentation and inspection requirements, required forms, a schedule of permit fees and contact numbers.

  • Sports Update 07-14-11

    Hoops camp starts Monday

    A basketball skills camp is scheduled from July 18-21 at Chamisa Elementary School.
    The camp will be run by Justin Black. It is for players in grades 3-8 and will be held during the afternoon hours.
    Price for participation is $45. Proceeds will benefit Chamisa and Aspen Schools’ physical education programs.
    For more information, contact Black at 505-716-1149 or j.black@laschools.net.

  • Baseball: MLB limps back to work after break

    From Derek Jeter to Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer, you could put together an All-Star team just from the guys who have been stuck on the disabled list this season.
    If 2010 was the Year of the Pitcher, 2011 might just be the Year of the Injury. David Wright, Buster Posey and Zack Greinke have missed big chunks of time as well, and the rash of injured stars may be one of the biggest reasons that all six division races are so close heading into the unofficial second half of the season.
    With so many teams playing short-handed, no one has been able to break away from the pack yet and take command of the pennant race, setting up a 2½ month sprint to the finish.

  • Community: Sports getting back on track after fire

    Rarely is a wildfire good for grass, but in the case of the Los Alamos Golf Course, the Las Conchas Fire could’ve hardly been more beneficial.
    The fire, which prompted an evacuation of the town two weeks ago when it threatened to get into the townsite, was just what the doctor ordered for the LAGC vegetation, which was struggling to get into its normal summer condition.
    “We were being faced with the worst drought, with the worst wind and with the worst winter. You talk about three strikes,” said LAGC head professional Donnie Torres.
    However, because the course’s normal foot traffic was absent, course crews were able to water just about as much as they wanted to and the holes, particularly the greens, healed up quite well.

  • Community: Sports getting back on track after fire

    Rarely is a wildfire good for grass, but in the case of the Los Alamos Golf Course, the Las Conchas Fire could’ve hardly been more beneficial.
    The fire, which prompted an evacuation of the town two weeks ago when it threatened to get into the townsite, was just what the doctor ordered for the LAGC vegetation, which was struggling to get into its normal summer condition.
    “We were being faced with the worst drought, with the worst wind and with the worst winter. You talk about three strikes,” said LAGC head professional Donnie Torres.
    However, because the course’s normal foot traffic was absent, course crews were able to water just about as much as they wanted to and the holes, particularly the greens, healed up quite well.

  • Judge declares mistrial in Clemens case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The judge declared a mistrial Thursday in baseball star Roger Clemens' perjury trial after prosecutors showed jurors evidence that the judge had ruled out of bounds.

    U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said Clemens could not be assured a fair trial after prosecutors showed jurors evidence against his orders in the second day of testimony.

    Walton scheduled a Sept. 2 hearing to determine whether to hold a new trial. He told jurors he was sorry to have wasted their time and spent so much taxpayer money, only to call off the case.

  • NM man indicted for handing out semen-tainted yogurt

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a New Mexico man on charges he handed out semen-tainted yogurt samples at a grocery store.

    Thirty-two-year-old Anthony Garcia was indicted Wednesday on charges of adulterating food and making false statements to federal investigators. He was arrested Wednesday afternoon and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

    Garcia is accused of handing out tainted yogurt samples at a Sunflower Market in Albuquerque in January.

    Officers responded to the store after a woman called to report an employee had given her what she was told was a yogurt sample. The woman told police she believed it was actually a bodily fluid.