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  • Heavy smoke damages Orange St. duplex

    Fire officials said it all started when duplex owner Maria Mojica heard a “popping sound” downstairs.

    “She went down to investigate and she saw smoke and flames coming from the side of the dishwasher,” said Los Alamos Fire Department Capt. Jason Lopez.

    Los Alamos Fire Department crews were dispatched around 1 p.m. Friday to respond to a call in the 3000 block of Orange Street.

    “We made entry into the house at about 1:12 p.m.,” said Battalion Chief Justin Cassel.

    No one was hurt during the fire, though the kitchen sustained heavy fire damage. The entire house also received a lot of smoke damage.

    “The whole house was full of smoke when we arrived and flames were rolling out of the kitchen by the time we made entry,” Lopez said.

    Deputy Chief Justin Grider said the situation was under control by 1:20 p.m.

    Grider said the heavy smoke affected two families and the homeowner was the one who made the 911 call. Mojica was outside the duplex when fire crews arrived on the scene, and no one was injured in the fire.

    Lopez said electrical fires are pretty rare.

  • Update 11-30-12

    Arts and Crafts

    The Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Knights of Columbus Hall on DP Road. The event runs until 3 p.m.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Dec. 4, Linda Deck, director of the Bradbury Science Museum, will speak on the current displays at the museum.

    Sponsor a family

    The Family YMCA is sponsoring four families for the holidays and welcomes the community to participate by taking part in the Giving Tree. For more information call the Y at 662-3100.

    DWI council

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

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  • DOE hosts Native American celebration

    November is Native American Heritage Month, but every day is an opportunity to learn more about the ethnic and cultural groups with roots that date back thousands of years here in this land that became the United States.
    As President Barack Obama said in a November 2012 proclamation:

    “As the first people to live on the land we all cherish, American Indians and Alaska Natives have profoundly shaped our country’s character and our cultural heritage.”

    This week, DOE held a celebratory event recognizing contributions Native Americans have made to this country and to DOE’s mission. The keynote speaker was Patty Talahongva, a veteran journalist and member of the Hopi tribe.

    Talahongva is a founding member of the Hopi Education Endowment Fund and past president of the Native American Journalists Association.

    Also during the event, Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga spoke about EM’s ongoing relationships with tribal groups across the country. EM has cooperative agreements with more than a dozen tribes throughout the U.S. near various EM field sites. Huizenga emphasized his personal commitment to visit with the tribes on their lands and in their communities to better understand their values, cultures and concerns.

  • Housing Manager Brings Experience

    After nearly 20 years of living and working in the Denver metropolitan area, Paul Andrus and his wife Rebecca (Becky) decided they were “open to finding a new adventure.” So when a position as housing and special projects manager with the Community and Economic Development Department opened up, Andrus decided to investigate it.

    “It really promised a change of scale of community. It brought us more into the real outdoors, the mountains,” Andrus said. “And through the process of researching the position, the community of itself was very intriguing to me. And as I progressed through the interview process, it became more and more evident that this really was the place that we wanted to be.

    “I really enjoy the concept of living and working in a walkable community, being just minutes away from the school, able to walk to the school where my kids are going to go or riding my bike to work, perhaps.”

    Andrus is originally from western New York. He earned his master’s degree in urban and regional planning, with an emphasis in economic development, from the University of Colorado, Denver.

  • Police close to catching vehicle break-in suspect(s)

    Police said they are close to finding out who is behind a rash of car break ins that occurred earlier this month.

    The thief or the thieves’ method has been to commit eight or more car break ins within an hour then disappear for a week.

    The latest round of break-ins occurred a couple of weeks ago, where the would be thieves hit four or five cars on Nov. 15 then did the same thing Nov. 20.

    The Nov. 20 break-ins occurred within a three-block area of Oppenheimer Drive, and the Nov. 15 break-ins occurred within a three-block area of Camino Medio.

    Both crime sprees occurred within  an hour time period.

    Capt. Randy Foster thinks these latest sprees are connected to the ones that happened earlier in the month.

    “We’ve been following up on some leads and we’re hoping to make some arrests real soon,”  Foster said. “We believe they are all being committed by the same people.”

     if you have any information, call the Los Alamos Police Department at 662-8226. Anonymity will be respected.    

  • Powerball Winner: 'Is That the Right Numbers?!'

    A 52-year-old Missouri mechanic and his wife claimed their share Friday of the record $588 million Powerball jackpot. Mark and Cindy Hill held one of two winning tickets for the nation's biggest Powerball jackpot.

  • How to make a $295 hamburger

    New York is home to the Guinness World Record holder for the most expensive commercially available burger in the world. The Le Burger Extravagant, at Serendipity 3 in Manhattan's Upper East Side will cost you $295.

  • Today in History for November 30th
  • Raw: Secret Santa Gives Out $100 Bills in NJ, NY

    A man known as Secret Santa II, who didn't want his face shown on camera, is giving out $100 bills in storm-stricken Staten Island and in Elizabeth, N.J.

  • Mo. Powerball winner verified; Ariz.'s a mystery

    DEARBORN, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Lottery officials on Thursday verified one of two tickets that matched all six numbers to split a record $588 million Powerball jackpot, but that ticket holder — and another in Arizona — remained a mystery, even as neighbors and co-workers lamented their losses and gossiped about who may have won.

    The tickets were sold at a convenience store in suburban Phoenix and a gas station in Dearborn, Mo., just off Interstate 29, the highway linking Kansas City to the Canadian border.

    Missouri lottery officials said they verified a ticket that was presented to them Thursday and set a news conference for 11 a.m. CST Friday at North Platte High School, near where the ticket was bought.

    Lottery Chief Operations Officer Gary Gonder couldn't provide any details, including whether the ticket was bought by someone from Missouri.

    Speculation had many of Dearborn's 500 residents buzzing about who had won.