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  • Long-lost Van Gogh Painting Found in Attic

    The Van Gogh Museum says it has identified a painting by its famous namesake stored in a Norwegian attic. After two years of investigations and new research techniques, experts say they are certain it was painted by Vincent Van Gogh.

  • Raw: Massive Fire Destroys Indy Warehouse

    Firefighters worked through the night on Sunday to extinguish a massive fire that burned a vacant warehouse in Indianapolis. Fire officials say one firefighter suffered possible heat exhaustion. No other injuries were reported.

  • Today in History for September 9th
  • Today in History for September 8th
  • Missing firefighter found dead

    JEMEZ PUEBLO — Missing firefighter Token Adams has been found dead in the Santa Fe National Forest, officials said during a late afternoon press conference Friday at Jemez Pueblo.

    Officials said Adams apparently died in an ATV crash. Indications are that he was traveling from Schoolhouse Mesa to Stable Mesa and his body was found on the top of Stable Mesa.

    Officials said Adams was found in full safety gear a quarter mile from a dirt road Friday morning. They located Adams’ body when a search party performed a line search in the area.

    Officials declined to say much about his cause of death, because it is still under investigation. When asked if it was possible he had the accident but later died of exposure, officials said details are still being gathered.

    “Right now, it’s still too early to speculate,” Emmanuel Gutierrez, public information officer for the New Mexico State Police said. “We want to get all of our facts straight before we give out more information.” Gutierrez also said an autopsy will be performed.

    The search for the U.S. Forest Service firefighter missing in the Jemez Mountains lasted eight days.
    Volunteers, firefighters and search and rescue teams combed mesa tops and steep canyons east of Jemez Springs in search of Adams.

  • Update 09-08-13

    LASO

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will start rehearsals for its Nov. 8 Fall Concert at 7 p.m. starting Monday in the high school band room. More information is available on losalamossymphony.org.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in council chambers at the Municipal Building.

    Guest speaker

    Secretary of Education-Designate Hanna Skandera will speak at a community dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Los Alamos Research Park Conference Center, Room 203-A, 4200 W. Jemez Road. The dinner is sponsored by the Los Alamos Republican Party. Public is welcome. Admission is $50 per person/$95 per couple. Reservations may be made by calling Lawry Mann, 662-4590, or Bill McKerley, 505-331-3686.

    Police finalists

    Members of the public are invited to meet the top five police chief finalists at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 in council chambers. The candidates being considered: Roy Melnick, Donnie Perry, Bill Press, Dino Sgambellone and Philip Smith 

  • Cone Zone 09-08-13

    Non-County Projects of Significance:
    Smith’s Marketplace: Contractor Utility Work on Trinity between Knecht and DP Road: The south eastbound lane on Trinity Drive will be closed between Knecht and DP Road starting Monday, Sept. 9. Expect congestion and plan for delays, especially during the evening commute. Alternate routes are recommended. This work will continue through November 2013.
    Smith’s Marketplace: Truck Traffic on N.M. 502 and Trinity Drive Near MariMac
    Construction continues through May 2014 at the Marketplace work site south of MariMac Plaza, which means motorists using Main Hill Rd (N.M. 502) and Trinity Drive near the Marketplace work site can expect to continue to see significant truck traffic. Expect delays and allow extra time if using this route, or seek alternate routes.
    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:
    Canyon Road is paved, collar adjustments are continuing this week.
    Rim Road will be open this weekend, expect completion of paving early next week. During the final paving operations, expect lane closures with flagging operations.
    15th Street will continue with daytime flagging operations with two way traffic evenings and weekends when they are not working.

  • Game and Fish makes bid for Valles Caldera

    At the State Game Commission’s Aug. 22 meeting, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish presented a new plan for Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    The proposal, developed through discussions between the department and State Game Commission Chairman Scott Bidegain, advocates for transferring the preserve to state ownership under the management of Game and Fish and takes fee-based usage to new heights.
    Despite the fact that the Valles Caldera Trust has only achieved 30 percent self-sufficiency after 12 years in operation, Game and Fish professes it can “transition the current federal fiscal burden of $2- to $3 million annually to positive State revenue of $500,000 to $1 million annually due to reduced employee numbers and management costs, cooperation with other state agencies and universities, enhanced use of volunteers and partnerships with private sector via concessionaires, the wood products industry, livestock producers, outdoor recreational businesses and hunting and fishing related corporate sponsors.”
    “Since when is government land supposed to turn a profit, anyway? There are a lot of values, and a lot of them are nonmonetary values,” said Caldera Action Executive Director Tom Ribe.

  • San I housing project

     Pueblo of San Ildefonso tribal leaders join with congressional representatives and other V.I.P.s to break ground for Deer Tail Vista, a new affordable housing development at Pueblo de San Ildefonso.
    The Northern Pueblos Housing Authority project is a collaboration involving Pueblo leaders and residents, local, state and federal agencies and technical experts from the private sector. Gov. Terry Aguilar recognized the many individuals and agencies that had worked together since 2006 to make the project a reality.
    “It’s our responsibility to take care of the younger ones, and also take care of the older ones,” Aguilar said. “I think that’s what we’re doing now.”
    Ten 1,450-square-foot, three-bedroom homes–the first new homes built at the Pueblo in 10 years–constitute the first phase of a long-term vision to develop Pueblo de San Ildefonso.

  • Tokyo will host 2020 Olympics

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics on Saturday, capitalizing on its reputation as a "safe pair of hands" and defying concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

    Tokyo defeated Istanbul 60-36 in the final round of secret voting Saturday by the International Olympic Committee. Madrid was eliminated earlier after an initial tie with Istanbul.

    Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Olympics, billed itself as the safe and reliable choice at a time of global political and economic uncertainty.

    "Tokyo can be trusted to be the safe pair of hands and much more," bid leader and IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda said in the final presentation. "Our case today is simple. Vote for Tokyo and you vote for guaranteed delivery. ... Tokyo is the right partner at the right time."

    Tokyo had been on the defensive in the final days of the campaign because of mounting concerns over the leak of radioactive water from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

    In the final presentation before the vote, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave the IOC assurances that the Fukushima leak was not a threat to Tokyo and took personal responsibility for keeping the games safe.