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  • Could LeBron return to the Cavs?

    CLEVELAND (AP) — There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation. The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter.
    But now, as James considers a return to the team he abandoned four years ago with an entire region breathlessly awaiting a homecoming it couldn’t imagine in its wildest dreams, it appears there has been some healing between the NBA superstar and his former boss.
    Once aligned as basketball partners, James and Gilbert could barely stand the sight of each other during Miami’s games in Cleveland the past four years.
    Time may have fixed their fractured relationship. Most of the rest of the city has already forgiven James.
    Cleveland, without a major sports championship to celebrate in almost 50 years, is praying for a reunion. On Sunday, Cavs fans flocked to social media to feverishly track one of Gilbert’s private jets as it flew to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where the plane’s occupants dodged reporters and TV cameras.
    It’s not known if Gilbert was on the jet, but that didn’t douse the free-agency firestorm. As James’ decision nears, there’s a renewed hope the prodigal son will come home.
    But in the backdrop looms the James-Gilbert relationship.

  • Firefighter injured in Jemez Mountains

     

    LA CUEVA (AP) — Authorities say a firefighter from California who was helping with fire prevention and other duties on the Santa Fe National Forest has been injured.

    The Sandoval County Sheriff's Department says the firefighter either kicked or stepped on something that exploded Monday near an intersection east of Fenton Lake State Park.

    Federal authorities are now investigating.

    Santa Fe forest spokeswoman Donna Nemeth says the firefighter's injuries are non-life-threatening and he's reported to be in good spirits.

    The firefighter's name was not immediately released. The employee is stationed on the Six Rivers National Forest in California but was assigned to northern New Mexico's Jemez Ranger District to help since fire danger has been high.

    Over the weekend, Santa Fe forest personnel responded to 14 small lightning-sparked fires and one abandoned campfire.

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  • School lunch going up by 25 cents

    During a recent special session, the school board opted to raise the price of hot lunch by 25 cents, from $3.75 to an even $4.

    Though the board was toying with the idea for a few weeks, it was all but forced to do so once it received new information about the hot lunch program’s financials at the special session.

    During the session, it was revealed that the program actually lost money this year.

    According to figures presented by the district’s CFO John Wolfe and business service specialist Regina Mertz, the district finished the program $3,426 in the red. The board weighed this sobering news with other factors, which included an aging dishwasher and heating equipment that apparently is in need of repair.

    What prompted the price discussion in the first place was that the district’s hot lunch provider, Summit, recently announced that it was raising its production costs from $3.71 to 3.79. Summit creates the hot lunches off campus and delivers them to the kitchen at the Los Alamos Middle School. From there, they are distributed to the other schools.

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  • Betts wins top Ranger award

     

    Tom Betts, Bandelier National Monument’s chief ranger and a 32-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been named the 2013 recipient of the Harry Yount National Park Ranger Award. The honor, bestowed at a ceremony June 25 in Washington, D.C., is the NPS’s highest accolade for excellence in the art and science of rangering.

    Betts, who grew up in national parks as a park ranger’s son, became chief ranger at Bandelier in 2009 after serving at some of the Park Service’s “crown jewel” parks from Alaska to Wyoming to Arizona.

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