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Today's News

  • Chestnut Breaks Record at Hot Dog Eating Contest

    Joey Chestnut has downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the annual Coney Island hot dog eating contest. Sonya Thomas won the women's competition.

  • Burns, breathing issues killed 19 firefighters

    PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The 19 firefighters killed over the weekend in an Arizona blaze died of burns and inhalation problems, according to initial autopsy findings released Thursday.

    Cari Gerchick, a spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office in Phoenix, said the Hotshots died from burns, carbon monoxide poisoning or oxygen deprivation, or a combination of the factors. The autopsies were performed Tuesday, but more detailed autopsy reports should be released in three months, pending lab work.

    "Our work is not done," Gerchick told The Associated Press. "But what we are glad about is that we can release these fallen heroes to their families for burial, and that grieving process can continue."

    The Prescott-based Hotshots' bodies will be taken back to the hilltop community in a 75-mile procession from Phoenix on Sunday. Each firefighter will be in an individual hearse, accompanied by motorcycle escorts, honor guard members and American flags.

    A memorial service planned for Tuesday is expected to draw thousands of mourners, including the families of the firefighters.

    The firefighters had deployed Sunday to what was thought to be a manageable lightning-caused forest fire near the small town of Yarnell, about 60 miles northwest of Phoenix.

  • Battle of bands highlights July 4 event

     

    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will be at the July 4 Kiwanis Fireworks Spectacular at Overlook Park in White Rock on Thursday, and Friday the event moves back up the hill to the LA Food Co-op Market with the classic nu-funk band, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. Friday is Holiday Inn and Suites, LA Co-op Market and N.M. Consortium Night.

    Music for the July 4 festivities includes a Battle of the Bands.

    3 p.m.: Boo Koo, a Los Alamos roots-reggae-Americana and rock band. Scott Beguin on drums and percussion, Peter Young on guitar/vocals, Greg Mechels on bass.

    3:30 p.m.: State Road Four, classic rock and blues from Los Alamos. Guy Raper on lead guitar, Jonathan Dowell on dulcimer, Eddie Padilla on drums, Kent Scarborough on bass and Ronda Jones on fiddle. 

  • Gov urges fireworks ban

     

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — All fireworks and campfires will be banned on state lands as July Fourth approaches and crews continue to battle wildfires across New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday.

    At a news conference at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, Martinez urged residents not to use any fireworks and instead attend any of the professional fireworks shows scheduled around the state to celebrate the nation’s birth.

    “Sometimes our landscape comes with a danger,” Martinez said. “The threat of another wildfire is real.”

    Crews in southern New Mexico are battling the Silver Fire in the Gila National Forest. That blaze has grown to 214 square miles and is 54 percent contained.

  • Keep pets safe during noisy holiday

    Drought and fireworks don’t mix, but chances are there will be plenty of noise this Independence Day. While most people enjoy holiday celebrations, your furry friend might not be so excited about bombs bursting in air.

    Noise anxiety causes many pets to do whatever they can to get away – hiding for cover or even jumping through screened doors and windows.

    Shelter workers and veterinarians agree that when it comes to pets, playing it safe is the best bet. Follow these simple tips to make the holiday a pleasant one for you and your best friend:

    • Keep animals away from fireworks. Leave them at home if you’re headed to a fireworks display.

  • Fireworks back on tap at Overlook Park celebration

    The Fourth of July celebration is on for now complete with fireworks at Overlook Park Thursday night.

    In the past week, White Rock has gotten a fair amount of rain as monsoon season begins.

    According to Weather.com, temperatures will be in the low 70s with a 20 percent chance of rain along with 44 percent humidity. Winds are expected to be light, around 6 mph coming out of the southwest.

    That’s good news for fireworks organizers who have been shut down for the past two years due to wildfire and drought conditions.

  • Putting Los Alamos history in its place

    In recent years, it has not been easy for archivist Rebecca Collinsworth and her staff or residents and researchers for that matter to access the county’s archives.

    Los Alamos County’s historic documents, photos and objects have been scattered between the top two floors of Fuller Lodge, the community building and a J & L Storage unit. The spaces were a curator’s nightmare, with no climate control and lots of dust. The situation also presented challenges for researchers.

    “The accessibility of the collection was very complex,” said Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan.  “If somebody was coming in to research the Manhattan Project, the pictures of the Manhattan Project were in one place, and the objects in another place and the documents in even another.”

  • Portables for Aspen hit the road next week

     

    If you look over in the Los Alamos High School parking lot as you drive by on Diamond Drive, you’ll notice four, fairly large, portable buildings.  

    According to school officials, they just arrived from Clovis and will shortly be on their way to be a part of the Aspen Elementary School’s temporary campus. The campus is being set up this summer to accommodate the staff and students while the campus gets rebuilt over the next two years. The four buildings from will join three others already at the campus, bringing the total number of buildings to accommodate the students and staff to seven.

    “It’s part of the plan to get the classrooms functional in time for the start of the school year,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt said. “We want to have plenty of time to move furniture and books into them, as well as help the teachers with their preparations to have as smooth a transition as possible.”

  • Fireworks on tap for tonight

     

    The Fourth of July celebration is on for now complete with fireworks at Overlook Park Thursday night.

    In the past week, White Rock has gotten a fair amount of rain as monsoon season begins.

    According to Weather.com, temperatures will be in the low 70s with a 20 percent chance of rain along with 44 percent humidity. Winds are expected to be light, around 6 mph coming out of the southwest.

    That’s good news for fireworks organizers who have been shut down for the past two years due to wildfire and drought conditions.

  • Teams looking for US senator's brother find body

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A search team found the body of Colorado Sen. Mark Udall's brother in western Wyoming's Wind River Range on Wednesday after he didn't return from a solo backpacking trip, the family said.

    James "Randy" Udall, 61, had left June 20 for the weeklong trek, setting off from a trailhead 10 miles northwest of Pinedale. He was due back a week ago.

    An aerial team spotted Udall's body on its side, in open, rolling terrain Wednesday afternoon, Sublette County sheriff's officials said. The body was taken to Pinedale.

    Mark Udall's office released a statement from the family saying that while an autopsy is forthcoming, it appears his brother died of natural causes.

    "Randy left this earth doing what he loved most: hiking in his most favorite mountain range in the world," the family said.

    He had told his wife and indicated on a sign-in sheet at the trailhead that he planned to head for the scenic Titcomb Basin.

    The family said Wednesday it appeared he was on the obscure, off-trail route that he had proposed to his family.