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  • Arson ruled out in New Beginnings Church blaze

    There have been a lot of theories about the cause of the fire that heavily damaged New Beginnings Church July 4.

    Was it electrical? Was it arson?

    Tuesday, New Beginnings Church pastor Shawn Amburgey finally found out the cause.

    It was electrical.

    Amburgey had just met with Sammy Anaya from the investigations unit of the State Fire Marshal’s office when the investigator's findings were released.

    When asked what Anaya said, Amburgey said “the test results came back negative for accelerants and that it was an accidental incident by electrical failure.”

    Los Alamos fire chief Troy Hughes also talked to Anaya and confirmed the findings.

    “It apparently started in an outlet near the stage area,” Hughes said.  

    It has been nearly six weeks since the fire and investigators pored through a mountain of burn evidence.

    "It just took a while to get the results back," Hughes said. "Usually with a flammable liquid, that can be found out rather quickly. But with this, they used microscopes and x-rays and all of that takes time. The investigators did a tremendous job and everybody wanted an answer quickly. I know I was getting a little impatient waiting to find out the results."

  • LA Rodeo provides thrills, spills for all ages

     Los Alamos County's cowboys and cowgirls went out to show their stuff at the 2012 Rodeo, held Saturday and Sunday at Brewer Arena. The rodeo is an annual event open to anyone willing to try their luck in one of several events. One of the more popular events is bull riding, but those too young to take on a bull can try to top a sheep, like 4-year-old Bradley Bond did Saturday.     

  • Inmate slightly injured in fight at detention center

    Charles Burnett, 22, an inmate at the Los Alamos Detention Center, was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center as a precaution this morning after a fight at the detention center. According to  LAPD Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera, Burnett sustained a minor laceration to his right eye when another inmate, Anthony Chavez, 31, punched him in the face.

    According to reports, the fight started when Burnett refused to obey the orders of a detention guard. Burnett’s refusal to obey orders irritated Chavez, and a fight between the two inmates ensued, according to reports.

    Burnett was then taken to the hospital, where he was treated. According to Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera, Burnett’s injury was not serious.

    “He was only at the hospital for a short time, was looked at, and returned to the detention center” he said.

    According to  Herrera, Burnett is not going to press charges. Chavez was originally in jail for a probation violation.

    Burnett was in jail for being picked up on two warrants, as well as three new counts of allegedly contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting arrest. Charges in the warrants included violating conditions of release, breaking and entering, battery on a household member, and the felony charge of possession of controlled substance.

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  • Indian leaders express frustrations about sacred sites

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With less than 90 days until the election, the Obama administration on Monday began reaching out to Native American political and spiritual leaders to address concerns over the protection of sacred sites on federal land.

    Tribal leaders said they're frustrated. Some feel consultation between the federal government and tribes has become just a formality despite promises by the administration to improve discussions.

    About four dozen tribal leaders from New Mexico, Arizona and elsewhere packed a meeting room in Albuquerque for the first of a few listening sessions planned by the U.S. Interior Department.

    Pointing to the importance of sacred sites to religious and cultural practices, the department is aiming to develop some kind of uniform policy for addressing the protection of such sites. That could mean a consultation policy specific to sacred sites or changes in law that would allow for greater protections, officials said.

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  • Shooting Near Texas A&M Kills Officer, Civilian

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Police say at least one law enforcement officer and one civilian have been killed in a shooting near Texas A&M University's campus.

    Assistant Chief Scott McCollum says the gunman also was shot Monday before being taken into custody.

    McCollum say the officer killed was a constable with Brazos County.

     He says a College Station police officer and another woman also were injured in the shooting.    

  • Commission picks moderators for October debates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in two decades, a woman has been tapped to moderate a presidential debate.

    CNN's Candy Crowley will moderate one of three October debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday. Jim Lehrer of PBS and Bob Schieffer of CBS News will moderate the other two debates.

    Lehrer will question the candidates during the first debate on Oct. 3 at the University of Denver, focused on domestic topics.

    Crowley's Oct. 16 debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., will use a town hall format, allowing undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization to directly question the candidates. Foreign and domestic policy questions will both be fair game.

    Another female journalist, Martha Raddatz of ABC News, will moderate an Oct. 11 debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

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