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  • United Church of LA undergoing renovations

    The United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, is undergoing renovations that will cost $2.4 million. 

    Work is being done to most of the campus, including the Christian Education Building, sanctuary, thrift shop and parking lots. Currently, the education building is having an elevator and atrium installed.

    “We had a successful campaign earlier this year that has allowed us to proceed with this renovation project ($2.4 million project),” said David Elton of the United Church of Los Alamos. “This began with a visioning group that met in 2009. It was determined that The United Church needed to improve accessibility to our buildings. However, it grew into a larger project to also enhance facilities and unify the entire campus. The theme for the project is “Building A Way for Everyone.” Along with providing improved accessibility for members and friends, we wanted to also improve our facilities for the many groups and organizations who meet here each week, including Canyoncito Montessori.”

    Elton said schedules are being juggled but there should be no disruption to weekly services, children and youth programs, classes and other meetings.

  • Heavy storms expected today

    The National Weather Service said a strong weather system is expected to bring heavy thunderstorms to western New Mexico and flash flooding is possible.

    The system is moving into the state after hammering much of Arizona early Thursday. It is expected to reach the state Thursday afternoon and bring the heaviest rain to western parts of the state. Up to three inches of rain could fall per hour from some of the heaviest storm cells.

    A flash flood watch has been issued for most areas west of the Rio Grande Valley and the mountains of Lincoln County. Such warnings mean flooding is possible but not imminent. Los Alamos County and the Jemez Mountains are under such a warning.

    Areas below forests burned in recent fires are most prone to major flooding. Drivers should avoid washes and arroyos when storms are nearby.


  • Rodney King death ruled accidental

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The death of Rodney King earlier this year was ruled an accidental drowning and there were multiple illegal drugs in his system, police said Thursday.

    Rialto police said the county medical examiner's report showed King had drugs such as PCP, cocaine and marijuana in his system when he died in June, the San Bernardino Sun (bit.ly/OXVE3I) reported.

    The autopsy report is due to be released later Thursday.

    "There's going to be no surprises. His death was ruled an accidental drowning," said Rialto police Capt. Randy DeAnda.

    King also had a blood-alcohol level of .06 percent.

    "The investigation is now completed and basically the autopsy and toxicology reinforces our conclusions," DeAnda said.

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    A woman battled a 12-foot, 1,000 lb marlin during a fishing tournament in Hawaii. She won't get credit for a world-record catch because she wound up needing help getting it on her boat.

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  • Tapia's wife: Boxer died from heart problems

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The wife of the late Johnny Tapia says the six-time world boxing champion's death was related to heart problems and not because of a drug overdose.

    Teresa Tapia said Wednesday that an autopsy report showed that Tapia died from heart disease and hypertension, and that no traces of illegal drugs were found in his system.

    Tapia shared the newly released autopsy report with reporters at a press conference at the later boxer's Albuquerque gym.

    Investigators found one Hydrocodone tablet, a painkiller, on the floor beside his body. They said there were no indicators of an overdose or alcohol use, but that he likely developed medical complications from past illegal drug use.

    Tapia says her husband was taking medication for his bipolar disorder.

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  • School, construction officials reassess accident prevention procedures

    School officials met with construction contractors at the Los Alamos Middle School Wednesday to reassess their accident prevention and communication procedures.

    School officials attending included Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt, Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn and Education Board Member Dawn Venhaus.

    The meeting was in response to Monday’s accidental natural gas leak that occurred when construction crews working on the school’s renovation inadvertently damaged a gas pipe that supplied the school’s cafeteria and some of the school’s hot water systems.

    Though the meeting was not open to the public, Schmidt commented on what they hope to get from the meeting.

    “We take safety very seriously and we will hold McCarthy very closely to the plans they are developing so we don’t have a repeat of this accident,” said Schmidt.

    Ron Zucher, a project manager for McCarthy, the contractor in charge of the school’s renovation provided an update.

    “Right now we are testing the entire system that we recently installed,” Zucher said.

    We did a safety stand down yesterday to discuss what’s happened in the past few days so that we learn from our lesson and we don’t keep repeating the same problem.”

  • Contest aims to cut energy usage

    While the Los Alamos Fire Department’s number one mission has always been to safeguard the lives and property of the people of Los Alamos, the department recently added to its mission another thing it would like to save and protect: energy.
    For the next six months, crews at LAFD stations three, four and six will compete with each other on who can save the most electricity and gas.
    The winning station gets a gourmet meal cooked by County Administrator Harry Burgess and deputy administrators Steven Lynne and Brian Bosshardt. Members of the county’s “Green Team,” headed up by Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki will assist.
    Nagawiecki said if the meetings with the stations leading up to the competition were any indication, the competition should be pretty lively.
    “There was definitely some enthusiasm and competition that came out during the launch meetings, which means we should be in for a great competition,” Nagawiecki said in a written statement about the event.
    Nagawiecki also said this was the first time the county is trying the program, an idea they came up with during a brainstorming session on how to reduce the energy usage of county government.

  • Passing the buck

    Local photographer Isaac Chamberlin, 13, captured this image of a young buck, left, near TA-3 last week. A couple of deer were also spotted in the same area.