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  • Police: NM woman unmasks robber, finds grandson

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a New Mexico woman who confronted a masked intruder in her home stumbled upon a shocking discovery when she ripped off his disguise — the robber was her grandson.

    KRQE-TV reports that 22-year-old Thomas Clark is facing robbery charges after police say he stole his grandmother's purse during a bizarre robbery at an Albuquerque home.

    According to police, the woman confronted the Clark, dressed in black with a purple bandana over his face, last week when he broke into her home.

    Police say the woman yanked off the mask but Clark pushed her and fled with her purse.

    He was arrested later at his parents' home.

    Police say he confessed and said he did it for casino money.

    It was unclear if he had an attorney.

  • Today in History for June 17th
  • Thompson Ridge remains 80% contained, weather cooperates

    The Thompson Ridge wildfire that's charred nearly 24,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains west of Los Alamos during the past two weeks is now 80 percent contained with little growth in new fire activity, according to a Monday morning update.

    For the third consecutive day fire activity was restricted to unburned fuels within the interior where a total of four acres have burned since Friday. Minimal fire activity is expected today as crews continue rehab, mop up and patrol of the perimeter.

    The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team will be joined on the line by members of the Albuquerque Zone Type III Incident Management Team who will assume management of the fire at 6:00 am Tuesday.

    The fire will continue to smolder through the interior where unburned fuels remain. Interior fire potential will increase Wednesday and Thursday with increasing temperatures and drying southwest winds.

    Rehabilitation of fire damage will be addressed by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team. Specialists of different disciplines will work with the various agencies and pueblos affected by the fire to assess damage and recommend actions.

    All points of entry to the Valles Caldera National Preserve are closed to public access due to fire activity. The Fenton Lake State Park is also closed to the public.

  • Today in History for June 16th
  • Valles Caldera possible transfer questioned

    The head of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department and members of the state Game Commission don’t like the idea of turning over management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service.
    They met with representatives from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s office on Friday to discuss pending federal legislation concerning the 89,000-acre preserve in northern New Mexico.
    Udall and retired Sen. Jeff Bingaman first proposed the transfer in 2010 in hopes of getting more consistent funding to preserve the area.
    The federal government bought the former cattle ranch just west of Los Alamos in 2000. It’s a popular spot for hiking and fishing.
    Department of Game and Fish representatives, including Director Jim Lane and State Game Commissioners, met Friday with representatives of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall to discuss the Department’s concerns with proposed legislation that would transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service.

  • Dragon Machine focus of talk

    Richard E. Malenfant talks about the history and significance of the Dragon Machine at the next Bradbury Science Museum “Brown Bag Luncheon Series,” presentation from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
    The Dragon Machine was the first nuclear reactor to demonstrate a divergent chain reaction supported by prompt neutrons alone. The machine was constructed in 1944 and used for experiments that were essential to the Manhattan Project. As part of National Safety Month, the talk also will include information about the non-fatal accident of February 1945 and the accidents with fatalities in August 1945 and May 1946.
    Malenfant joined the critical experiments facility at LANL in 1961 and is now a member of the Critical Experiments Safety Committee.
    The talk is in the auditorium of the Bradbury Science Museum. It is open to the public and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. 

  • Huber on the job 47 years

    For someone who says she does not like change, Shirley Huber, office specialist for the Information Management Department, has seen more than her share of it in her 47 years with Los Alamos County.

    “I started November 15, 1965,” Huber says without hesitation.

    Huber’s first position was as a clerk typist in the finance department. That changed when the county decided to start its own IBM section, the forerunner of today’s IM Department.

    When some of the staff went to Zia Company to see the new equipment, Huber began playing with the keypunch machines. That caught the attention of Merle Pawley, who contacted Huber’s supervisor. Huber was trained on keypunch and verifier machines and became one member of the three-person staff in the new IBM section.

    Keypunch machines were a critical component in those days. The machines precisely punched holes into punch cards based on what the operator entered. Those cards contained the data the computers processed. Verifiers were used to verify that the correct information was entered on the punched cards.

    Needless to say, a lot could go wrong with that system.

  • Update 06-16-13

    Camp May closed

    Due to construction, Camp May is closed to overnight camping and picnicking until further notice. Construction is estimated to be completed by mid-July. Access to the Santa Fe National Forest remains open from the Ski Hill parking lot.

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    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilites will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building.

    June MOWW meeting

    Carol Burns, Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemistry Division leader, will present a talk on “Nuclear Forensics,” 6 p.m. June 18 at the monthly dinner meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229. The dinner is at Los Alamos County Research Park, Hot Rocks Java Café.

    DPU charter

    The DPU Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Fuller Lodge. 

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  • Report: Man threatened to use bomb in burrito to blow up FBI

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man has been arrested after authorities say he threatened to blow up the Albuquerque FBI field office with explosives folded into a burrito.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/14C56Fd) that 50-year-old Brian DeMarco was arrested Thursday just as he was boarding a bus to Amarillo, Texas, at the Albuquerque Greyhound bus station.

    According to a criminal complaint, DeMarco told agents of his plot in a call to a West Virginia FBI office from his Albuquerque motel room.

    The complaint says DeMarco also told agents that he had placed a timed bomb at the Albuquerque Social Security Administration building but no bomb was found.

    DeMarco is facing charges of violating interstate communications laws and creating a hoax.

    It was unclear if he had an attorney.