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  • Raw: Hundreds Turnout for NYC Building Implosion

    New York City officials have blown up a vacant building on Governors Island to make way for a new park. Hundreds turned out to see the 11-story brick apartment building, formerly housing Coast Guard families, implode.

  • Nadal wins eighth French Open

    PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal's final shot at the French Open was a typically ferocious fallaway forehand, and when it landed for a winner, his momentum and emotions sent him splaying backward onto the clay he loves.

    The champion quickly bounded to his feet and headed for the net at a trot. It was time to collect his latest Roland Garros trophy.

    Nadal became the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam tournament when he beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in Sunday's final, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. The King of Clay broke the men's record for match wins at Roland Garros, where he improved to 59-1, with his lone defeat against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.

  • Today in History for June 9th
  • Film crews work around wildfires

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve is considered one of the natural jewels of northern New Mexico, with its expansive meadows, mountain vistas and famous elk herds. It draws thousands of visitors each year and serves as the backdrop for the opening scene of A&E Network’s television series “Longmire.”

    Now, hundreds of firefighters have replaced the film crews.

    They’re trying to slow a wildfire that has charred more than 28 square miles of the picturesque property in just one week.

    The Thompson Ridge Fire, sparked by a downed power line on May 30, has blackened the western side of the 89,000-acre preserve and came close to the preserve’s historic cabins and barns. Crews saved the buildings.

    On the other side of the Santa Fe National Forest, crews were battling the Tres Lagunas Fire, which was burned more than 15 square miles north of Pecos.

    Both fires have blanketed northern New Mexico in smoke for the past week. Fire officials said Friday evening that crews made progress during the day on both fires as they prepared for unfavorable weather — more hot, dry and windy conditions — to arrive over the weekend. They said both blazes were now 40 percent contained and evacuations for both remained in effect.

  • Update 06-09-13


    The Los Alamos County meeting for the NCRTD will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. The transit district is looking for feedback and service enhancement suggestions from its riders.

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    LANB week

    The Los Alamos National Bank has plans for its 50th anniversary with a week of activities next week at all its branches.
    Activities for the week include:
    Monday: sweepstakes for iPod Nano at all locations
    Tuesday: sweepstakes for iPod Touch at all locations
    Wednesday: free gift and refreshments at all locations
    Thursday: sweepstakes for iPad Mini at all locations
    Friday: sweepstakes for iPad at all locations.


    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday. The Tuesday meeting will be at Kelly Hall, Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Kiwanis Treasurer Cindy Eaton will share experiences and photos from her recent trip to China.


  • County staff moves to new headquarters

    County Administrator Harry Burgess was upbeat in his assessment of the move to the new municipal building.

    “All I’ve seen so far are smiles and positive comments, so I think everybody’s really excited about the fact that we’re back together,” Burgess said.

    Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan described the new digs as “homey.”
    Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols is looking forward to lightning shows out her window with its view of a tower on DP Road.

    County Attorney Rebecca Ehler is glad to be out of the basement of the community building and loves the “gorgeous views,” but she does have one regret.

    “I have to admit that I miss being able to look across the street and see all the people who stop and get their pictures taken at the Oppenheimer and Groves statues every day. That was always interesting,” Ehler said.

    The move is complete, and the county is definitely open for business in its new headquarters on Central Avenue.

    It’s been a while in the making since the old muni building on a site near Ashley Pond was torn down in 2007 after it was declared unsafe for employees or the public.

    The budget for the new building was set at $25 million, but it came in $1.7 million under that figure.

  • 2,000 firefighters continue to fight NM wildfires

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 2,000 firefighters pressed forward Saturday in battling two large northern New Mexico wildfires as smaller blazes popped up throughout the drought-stricken state, stretching resources and prompting more warnings.

    Officials said both the 29-square-miles Thompson Ridge Fire and the 15-square-mile Tres Lagunas Blaze remained 40 percent contained. The infernos were burning on opposite ends of the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico sending smoke to nearby communities, including Santa Fe.

    Smoke from the wind Thompson Ridge Fire is expected to bring smoke as far south as Albuquerque late Saturday and early Sunday by Solid Savings">thank to winds between the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Albuquerque, city environmental officials said.

    An evacuation order remains in effect for Thompson Ridge, Rancho de la Cueva and Elk Valley.

  • Serena Williams top Sharapova for French Open title


    PARIS (AP) -- Serena Williams won her 16th Grand Slam title and her first French Open championship since 2002 when she beat familiar foil Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.

    The victory completed the No. 1-ranked Williams' rebound from a shocking loss to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano in the first round at Roland Garros a year ago. Since that defeat she's 74-3, including titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the London Olympics and the season-ending WTA Championships.

    Williams whacked 10 aces, including three in the final game, to extend her career-best winning streak to 31 matches. She improved to 14-2 against Sharapova, with victories in their past 13 meetings and four of the wins this year.

    At 31, Williams became the oldest woman to win a major title since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1990 at age 33. Her 11-year gap between Roland Garros titles is the longest for any woman.

    Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam by winning Roland Garros last year.

    In an all-Spanish final Sunday, Rafael Nadal will try to become the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam event when he plays first-time major finalist David Ferrer.

  • Ducks dodge displacement

    The fence around Ashley Pond has gone up, the pond is being drained and RMCI is gearing up to begin improvements on the pond and park, but the ducks are balking at relocation.

    “They just haven’t been able to catch them,” said Parks Division Senior Office Specialist Roxie Mascarenas in response to concerns that the ducks are still in the pond. An optimistic Friday press release from Los Alamos County erroneously said the ducks had already been relocated.

    Despite seven attempts, Duck Buddies has managed to relocate only two ducks and the pond’s resident pair of geese to an enclosure built especially for them at the Parks Division offices.

    “Sallye (Sibbitt of Duck Buddies) has put two kiddy pools in there for them, and they’re very happy. They’re just having a ball playing in the water. So they’re doing fine,” Mascarenas said.

    The rest of the recalcitrant ducks are on the lam.

  • Today In History For June 8th