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  • Fair winners named

    Exhibits ranging from finely sewn quilts to fruits and vegetables were exhibited during the County Fair.

    This year, four individuals were awarded the “Best of the Best” award — a handcrafted plate created by local artist, Barbara Yarnell. Laniece Miller, received the “Fiber Arts — Best of the Best Award for her harhanger cross a counted thread needlework technique. Joyce Anderson, received the “Culinary Arts — Best of the Best Award” for her yeast crescent rolls. Rachel Frankle, age 13, received the “Creative Arts Best of the Best Award” for her modern art acrylic painting. Louis Macinnes, 11, received the “Horticulture Best of the Best Award” for his broccoli.

    The following individuals were recognized for their Grand and Reserve Grand Champion awards:

    Clothing — Youth Grand Champion – Chelsea Lovato (cosmetic bag); Youth Reserved Grand Champion, Shawnee English (child’s apron); Adult Grand Champion –Theresa Threadgill, (denim bag from recycled jeans and old purse); Adult Reserve Grand Champion -- Nancy Cope (tan bear).

    Knitting — Adult Grand Champion – Laurie Hixson (chevron jacket); Adult Reserve Grand Champion – Laurie Hixon (grey shawl).

  • Teen found safe in Idaho; alleged abductor killed

    CASCADE, Idaho (AP) — The man suspected of abducting 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and killing her mother and brother has been killed in Idaho and the teen has been found safe, San Diego County Sheriff's officials said Saturday.

    The confrontation between 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio and the FBI happened after a campsite was spotted from the air, according to Gore. Gore said DiMaggio was killed in the shootout, but declined to discuss details, saying authorities in Idaho will release details at a news conference planned Saturday evening.

    He said San Diego sheriff's authorities have notified Hannah's father that she was rescued. "He was very relieved and very excited and looking forward to be reunited with his daughter," Gore said.

    Federal and local law enforcement spent Saturday combing through Idaho's rugged Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in search of Hannah and DiMaggio. The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is the largest roadless area in the lower 48 states, sprawling across central Idaho and reaching north to the Montana border.

  • Everybody Loves A Parade

    The Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade featured a little bit of everything Saturday morning as hundreds of people came out to view the festivities on Central Avenue. 

  • Today in History for August 10th
  • More on summer road construction frenzy

    Work on the Smith’s Marketplace is also beginning to having an impact. One aspect in particular is again adversely affecting Eastern Area residents.

    Smith’s/Kroger agreed to direct all construction traffic up the truck route to reduce noise pollution for the Eastern Area, but there has apparently been a communication breakdown. Clusters of earthmoving trucks have been moving up and down the Main Hill Road.

    “We’ve talked to Smith’s project management team, and they have directed the contractor to use the truck route,” said Public Works Director Philo Shelton.

    Shelton believes that the directive was not communicated to subcontractors. He made Smith’s aware of the problem on Wednesday so they can address the issue. Smith’s has not responded to a phone call from the Los Alamos Monitor concerning the issue.

    Smith’s has also begun installing utilities for the Trinity Site as well as upgrading existing county utilities infrastructure as part of its contract with the county. The construction has already resulted in closures on DP Road in the evenings and on weekends with poorly marked detours.

  • Update 08-08-13

    County Fair

    Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade. 10 a.m. Saturday. The theme is 100 years of homesteading. County councilors will have a booth Saturday during the county fair at Ashley Pond Park and invite citizens to stop by and chat with them. The booth will be open after the parade until 2 p.m.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 in council chambers in the Municipal Building.


    The public is invited to a reception on Aug. 23 wishing Police Chief Wayne Torpy farewell as he retires from county service. The reception will be from 3 to 5 p.m.. at the Justice Center.

    DPU charter

    The DPU Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers.

    Cowboy dinner

    Cowboy Dinner and Dance. Dinner, 5 p.m., dance, 8-11 p.m. Saturday After rodeo dance with The Rifters. $15 for dinner and dance, $10 for dance only. Kids 10 and under, $4 including dance. Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge,

    Craft fair

    Art Center Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday at Fuller Lodge Lawn. Los Alamos County Fair Exhibits downtown at the Mesa Public Library. 

  • The road work gauntlet

    Getting around Los Alamos right now can be a bit like running a gauntlet.

    Crews are replacing crosswalks on Central Avenue. 15th is closed between Oakwood north and south for the installation of a utilities vault. Both White Rock and Western Area residents also must navigate paving projects.

    Residents of the Eastern Area have been hardest hit with the Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving and Utility Project.

    “Part of the problem with the Eastern Area is the utilities. They have a lot more things in the road than the Western Area. The Western Area only has a water line and we deal with some storm inlets. Very simple. So that one’s been progressing much quicker,” said Public Works Director Philo Shelton.

    “In the Eastern Area project, you have a sanitary sewer, you have water lines, and you have new electric, cable and phone. Cable and phone is done by different contractors, since that’s not a county utility. So there are those issues of coordination and time that goes with that.”

  • LAPD corporal Alfred Roybal dies

     Los Alamos Police Corporal Alfred Roybal, who joined the Los Alamos Police Department in 2002, died Thursday night.

    No information regarding cause of death or funeral arrangements was available at press time.

    Los Alamos County issued the following statement Friday morning.

    County administrator Harry Burgess said, “I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Alfred’s family and friends during this difficult time. We are saddened at the loss of this fine young police officer. Our thoughts and prayers are with LAPD and those who worked with Alfred during his 11 years in public service.”

    When reached Friday, Burgess said he had no other information.

    “We don’t know anything yet,” Burgess said.

    Acting police chief Phil Taylor said Roybal passed away peacefully and was on a camping trip in Taos County.

    "I can't release any of the technical details," Taylor said.

    Taylor said Roybal's body was sent to Office of Medical Investigation in Albuquerque.

  • Nagasaki marks 68th anniversary of atomic bombing

    TOKYO (AP) — Nagasaki's mayor has criticized Japan's government for failing to sign on to an international nuclear disarmament effort as the country marked the 68th anniversary Friday of the atomic bombing of his city.

    Mayor Tomihisa Taue's criticism stemmed from Japan's refusal to sign in April a document in which nearly 80 countries unconditionally pledged to never use nuclear weapons.

    He said Japan's inaction "betrayed expectations of the global community."

    The document, prepared in Geneva by a U.N. committee, is largely symbolic because none of the signatories possess nuclear weapons. None of the countries known to have a nuclear arsenal including the United States, Russia, India and Pakistan signed it.

    Japan also does not possess a nuclear device and has pledged not to produce any although some hawkish members of the ruling party say the country should consider a nuclear option.

    Taue said that as the world's only victim of atomic bombing, Japan's refusal to come on board the initiative contradicted its non-nuclear pledge.

    "I call on the government of Japan to return to the origin of our pledge as an atomic-bombed country," he said at a peace park near the epicenter of the blast.

  • California Fire Growing, Burns 22 Sq. Miles