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  • Opening Day

    Alex Kirk, the starting center for the New Mexico Lobos, hangs out with his buddy Homer at the Los Alamos Little League opening day ceremonies Saturday. Kirk threw out the first pitch at the opening day ceremony in Los Alamos. Kirk was a busy man Saturday as he also threw out the first pitch for the White Rock Little League. 

  • Boston suspect read jihadist sites

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an ardent reader of jihadist websites and extremist propaganda, U.S. officials said Tuesday, adding another piece to the body of evidence they say suggests the two brothers were motivated by an anti-American, radical version of Islam.
    As he lay in his hospital bed with a gunshot wound to the throat, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was charged on Monday with carrying out the bombing with his older brother, who died last week in a gunbattle. Tsarnaev could get the death penalty.
    Interrogators questioned him at the hospital, letting him write down his replies, and his answers led them to believe he and his brother were motivated by religious extremism but appeared to have no major terrorist group connections, said U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
    However, the written communication precluded back-and-forth exchanges often crucial to establishing key facts, officials said. They warned that they were still trying to verify what Tsarnaev told them and were poring over his telephone and online communications.

  • Update 04-23-13

    School board

    The Board has scheduled a Special School Board Meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pinon Elementary School. The board will look at a lease and third grade curriculum. A work session will follow at 6 p.m.

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    P and Z

    Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    Park week

    Celebrate America’s national treasures by visiting your national parks. A variety of activities and events will be offered throughout the week. Visit Bandelier between April 22-26 for fee free days.

    Drug takeback

    The Los Alamos Police Department will host their annual “Prescription Drug Take Back Day” between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday at LAMC parking lot. 

  • Hooked On Flying

    At first, all Allene Lindstrom wanted to be was the copilot to her husband Ivar.

    “I wanted to learn to take over and land an airplane safely just in case something happened to him,” Lindstrom said.

    The year was 1970 and Lindstrom was in her late 30s. From there, Lindstrom was hooked. She went on to earn private and commercial licenses in single- and multi-engine “Airplane, Single Engine, Land,” both instrument and pilot, as well as glider. She also was active in the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol and was also the chief check pilot for the entire New Mexico Civil Air Patrol Wing at one point.

    Forty-three years later, she’s still active, having kept her instructor’s certificate for landing a single engine airplane.

    “Flying can be addictive,” she said. “It’s something that’s very satisfying. It’s very quiet up there and you are in control of the entire situation, and I found that to be very pleasant.”

    As for being an instructor, Lindstrom likes that part of the job too. “Being an instructor means you never stop learning,” she said, adding anyone can learn something new by watching how someone else fly an aircraft.

  • Coalition looking for more cleanup dollars

    President Barack Obama’s proposed budget took center stage at the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting Friday.

    The administration is requesting $1.96 billion for Los Alamos National Laboratory this year, an increase of $135 million. However, only $$219 million of that amount is for environmental cleanup, down from $235 million in FY2013.

    The Department of Energy has made a similar request, asking for a total environmental management (EM) budget of $5.622 billion, with only $220 million earmarked for LANL.

    Coalition Chair David Coss, also the Santa Fe mayor, pointed out that the administration’s budget increases spending for the nuclear weapons program but decreases expenditures for science, nonproliferation and environmental remediation.

    “The Environmental Department convinced me two years ago that we shouldn’t fine, we shouldn’t sue, we should work with people in good faith,” Coss said. “We’re not getting anywhere. We need to go to Washington in June and push for what to the federal government is a trivial amount of money.”

  • Espanola police: Man kills ex-girlfriend, himself

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Espanola police say a man and his ex-girlfriend are dead after a homicide-suicide after the man stopped her while both were driving in the northern New Mexico city.

    According to police, 36-year-old Sergio Gandara shot and killed 33-year-old Janeth Bojorquez after using his vehicle to stop hers and then removed her from her car at gunpoint.

    Police say they got 911 calls about a man pointing a gun at a woman just before Gandara shot Bojorquez and then himself.

    Both died at a nearby hospital.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that court records indicate that Bojorquez and Gandara were involved in a custody battle over a child.

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