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  • Former battle buddies reunited

    EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (AP) — In Iraq they were inseparable, a daring duo whose mission was to seek out dangerous explosives hidden in the desert. But as often happens after a combat deployment, the two friends drifted apart. In the years following Iraq, new assignments and advancing age sent them down separate paths.

    That's how the story of Rob and Aron might have ended if it hadn't been for a New Mexico retiree's dogged determination to bring the former battle buddies back together one more time.

    Inseparable

    MSgt. Rob Black has trained and handled Military Working Dogs (MWD) for much of his time in the Air Force. A lifelong animal lover, the Eagle River resident said working with dogs is the best job he can imagine.

    "What other job in the military can you play with animals?" Black said. "Plus, where else do you get to do something as good as saving people and finding explosives?"

    While stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, Black was assigned a MWD named "Aron," a young German Shepherd whose bark was worse than his bite. That's not always such a good thing for MWD's, animals often tasked with attacking the bad guys and not letting go.

  • Flash Flood Warning until 10:30 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... NORTH CENTRAL LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME NORTHEASTERN SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 1030 PM MDT

    * AT 724 PM MDT... HEAVY RAINFALL AMOUNTS AS HIGH AS 2.7 INCHES FROM PREVIOUS THUNDERSTORMS WERE MEASURED OVER THE SANTA CLARA CANYON. LIFE THREATENING TORRENTS OF WATER ARE EXPECTED TO RACE DOWNSTREAM FROM THE SANTA CLARA CANYON EASTWARD TO THE RIO GRANDE. WHILE RAINFALL HAS MOSTLY DIMINISHED... A SURGE OF WATER WILL WORK TOWARDS THE SANTA CLARA PUEBLO... ESPANOLA... AND CHILI.

    THIS WILL IMPACT THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SANTA CLARA CANYON AND RIO DEL OSO.

  • Update 07-21-13

    Recycled fashion

    Do you have an eye for fashion and a love for recycling? Come to the free Recycled Fashion Workshop at 8 a.m. Tuesday at PEEC. The workshop is hosted by the Los Alamos County Environental Services.

    Free film

    Atomic Film Festival. Godzilla. 7 p.m. Wednesday Fuller Lodge. Free. Hosted by the National Historical Society.

    APP board

    The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. July 25 in the Mesa Public Library

    P & Z canceled

    The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday in the coucnil chambers of the Municipal Building has been canceled.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon July 26 in the municipal building. 

  • Visit to WIPP

    Last week, State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard and Los Alamos County Councilors Kristin Henderson and Rick Reiss visited the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside of Carlsbad. Along with other regional and state elected officials, the trio visited with LANL and WIPP management and observed operations as LANL TRU Waste continues to be delivered to the nuclear waste internment facility. The visit was organized by the LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium. 

  • Flash Flood Warning until 8:15 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... NORTHWESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTH CENTRAL RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

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  • Teens feed homeless

    Ask a Los Alamos High School student what they’d like to do on summer vacation, one unique answer given by a couple dozen teens was “to serve the poor and homeless.”
    Youth and chaperones from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish traveled down to the Fray Antonio’s Soup Kitchen in Albuquerque to join with the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in their work.
    The Fray Antonio soup kitchen has been open since August 2012 and currently serves lunch on Wednesdays.
    After a quick introduction to the workings of the kitchen by Brother Giles, the youth set about serving drinks and meals to the homeless men and women seated in the Friar’s indoor and outdoor dining area.
    Several volunteers from the Albuquerque area were also busy with cooking, plating food and washing up pots and pans.
    The IHM youth will be serving once again in the Fray Antonio Soup Kitchen on July 23 and they’d like to ask other Los Alamos citizens for help in serving the poor through food donations.
    On July 22, the teens will be walking through Western Area on a “Scavenger Hunt” to collect canned foods and needed supplies for the Friars.
    Food and supplies can be dropped off at the John Paul the Great Center at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 3700 Canyon Road.

  • Rattlers Are Back

    Los Alamos Animal Control was recently called to a business on DP Road to come get this little guy, a three-foot long rattlesnake. Animal Control found him in a cool dry place, which rattlers are apparently attracted to during the hot summer months.