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  • Today in History for March 5th
  • Raw: HS Hoops Player Sinks 55-Foot Buzzer Beater

    This buzzer beater is going to be tough to beat just three days into March. Khalil Edney grabbed a loose ball and made a 55-footer as time expired to give New Rochelle a 61-60 win over rival Mt. Vernon in a New York sectional final on Sunday.

  • Obama nominates MIT scientist as DOE Secretary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signaled his willingness to tackle climate change with his pick of Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, one of three major appointments he announced Monday.

    A 25-year veteran of environmental policy and politics, McCarthy has worked for Republicans and Democrats, including Obama's presidential rival, Mitt Romney, who tapped her to help draft state plans for curbing the pollution linked to global warming. Along with McCarthy, Obama nominated MIT nuclear physicist Ernie Moniz to lead the Energy Department and Wal-Mart's Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the budget office.

    McCarthy, 58, a Boston native, has led the EPA's air pollution division since 2009, ushering in a host of new rules targeting air pollution from power plants, automobiles, and oil and gas production.

  • Today in History for March 4th
  • Four Texans killed in Angel Fire plane crash

    ANGEL FIRE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say four people from Texas were killed when their single-engine airplane crashed during takeoff at an airport in northern New Mexico.

    It happened Sunday 150 miles northeast of Albuquerque in the community of Angel Fire.

    New Mexico State Police identify the pilot as 33-year-old John Phillip Verhalen III, his 41-year-old sister, Sara Verhalen, and her 13-year-old daughter, Chloe Marie Jameson.

    The fourth victim is identified as the pilot's girlfriend, 26-year-old Jennifer Woodward.

    A spokesman says he doesn't have information on where the victims lived, but the FAA says the plane was owned by a company in Scottsville, Texas, which is about 150 miles east of Dallas.

    The cause of the crash is under investigation.

  • Raw: Demolition of Fla. Home Over Sinkhole
  • Today in History March 3rd
  • A fresh start for New Beginnings Church

    For close to eight months, the burned out hulk of a chapel at the New Beginnings Church on East Road just sat there.

    It served as a stark reminder of a blaze that erupted July 4, enveloping the chapel and causing significant smoke damage to the other parts of the property on East Road.

    On Friday, crews from Parker Construction of Los Alamos leveled the chapel and one of the back buildings.

    Pastor Shawn Amburgey could not have been happier.

    “It’s exciting to me that we are finally seeing some progress,” Amburgey said before construction crews began their demolition work. “The community and people who drive by this every day had to be wondering why nothing was happening with the church.”

    As it turned out, there was plenty going on behind the scenes.

    Amburgey was dealing with his insurance claim, hiring contractors and trying to handle a mountain of paperwork, which also entailed getting county approval for planning and zoning purposes.

    “People don’t see that work was going on and how much work is being put into it,” Amburgey said. “We were all working very diligently and all of this takes time.”

    And before the demolition could begin, there was the matter of asbestos abatement.

  • Scouting museum idea gets backing

    Besides being the site of one of the most famous laboratories in the world, Los Alamos is known for being closely associated with something else on a large scale too — scouting.

    For almost 100 years, the history of scouting in Los Alamos has been closely woven into the cultural fabric of the town.

    No matter where you turn, somewhere in town, an Eagle Scout Project helped build something; a scout-sponsored fundraiser helped someone or some organization that really needed it — and in turn aided that person or organization in returning the favor back to the community at some point.

    Also through the years, there have been numerous camping trips, camporees, dinners and other scouting events that have contributed to the history and collective memory of Los Alamos.

    A person who’s been a big part of that is Vernon Kerr, who started out as a Cub Scout in Gallup. He was one of the initial organizers of Cub Scout Pack 326 in White Rock in 1963, was an assistant scoutmaster in Troop 326 and was also a post advisor for Explorer Post 326.

    He readily admits he did not make Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting, but he had a good excuse. “I never made it to Eagle; I only made it to Life, which is the second highest. That was because the war (World War II) came along,” he said.

  • Update 03-03-13

    Library meeting

    The Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at White Rock Branch Library.

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    The Los Alamos Monitor published its first edition March 7, 1963. Look for the special 50th Anniversary retrospective magazine in your newspaper this Thursday.
    Also, mark your calendars for the Los Alamos Monitor’s 50th Anniversary Festival Saturday afternoon, May 18 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. More details coming soon!

    Garden club

    The Summit Garden Club will meet Monday for a workshop on basic floral design. Visitors welcome. For more information, call Betsy Comly at 672-1574.

    Council meeting

    Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Photo show

    The Los Alamos Photography Club (LAPC) will be hosting its annual photography show for 2013 at the Mesa Public Library from March 4 through March 29.