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S ma! ITow n Papers 217 West Cota St. \\;) Shelton, WA 98584 Bombs and lab found south of Estancia By lxom Ha A large chemistry lab for explosives was found just out- side Estancia last week when a landowner started to prepare a property to rent after the previ- ous tenant, David O'Keefe, passed away. O'Keefe was "a highly deco- rated scientist" who had worked for Sandia National Laboratories and Dupont, said Torrance County Sheriff Heath White in a Tuesday interview as he and his deputies worked on blowing up the explosives O'Keefe left behind. O'Keefe died two months ago, White said. After the bomb-making lab was discovered, Torrance County worked with ATE, FBI and the National Guard, White See BOMBS page 2 Salvation Army employees march out on Black Friday l lola  Three women turned in their keys to Salvation Army on Black Friday, saying they would not clean up the mess left behind when their bosses changed what they had set up for the holidays. Manager Jaime Kurz and two employees all turned in their keys the day after Thanksgiving, when Kurz said she had been given per- mission to close the store for the long weekend, after holding a heavily promoted Black Friday sale a week earlier. But Major Donald Takeuchi, in charge of the Salvation Army divi- sion that includes the Edgewood location and two Albuquerque stores, said Kurz did not have per- mission to close the store that weekend, and that he sent replacement workers to hold the day after Thanksgiving sale. The three women said they had worked hard to prepare for two fundraisers, in early See SALVABON ARMY page 10 Retxn'ters are becoming an endangered species, tn the United States the threat is eco- nomic but inAsia,Africa, Latin America and the Middle East the peril is immediate, physical and dire. In the United States (and most of Europe as well), we see the shrinkage of the reporting staffs of all traditional media newspapers, magazines, radio -and televiMon. EVenpublishers of print books are  l_k editorial staand their book lists. aat's left is the web, of course, but the web conthmes to be a rather pathetic replacc ment for all that is being lost. The news sites that are exclu- sive to the web (rather than mere spin-offs of print publica- tions) with substantial numbers of reporters can be counted on See MOUNTAIN MUSING page 6 A merry chase: A buffalo running through Edgewood. Photo by Kiersty Winters. Buffalo stars in 'a little circus' By Leota Harriman Torrance County Sheriff Heath White wears a cowboy hat, and it is not for show, as he proved last week when called upon to wrangle a buf- falo in a neighborhood near Edgewood. That buffalo will be going to its new home at Isleta Pueblo today, Wednesday, White said, where it "will live out the end of its days" because no owner has come forward.White said Isleta has a herd. Area residents and others started to gather to witness what quickly got international attention last week,White said, describing the scene as "'a little circus." Nearby resident Albert Beckwith said initially the buf- falo--a 4- to 5-year old female weighing an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 pounds--ate from his hand before leading police, animal control, and neighbors on a merry chase and being corralled by the sheriff and his men. With sirens and lights blar- ing, the buffalo smashed a gate to smithereens and charged at police and residents before it was captured. "I started getting emails and phone calls from people all See BUFFALO page I0 TV, page 15 A LOOK AHEAD Predictions on 2012 and the state's next 100 years, p 3 NOSEY NEIGHBOR Hortense tells you exactly how she feels about Edgewood roads, p 4 SEPTIC RULES CHANGE? Thought you knew the rules for septics? They might change, p 2 BELSHAW ON AGING The overtones of learning a new rhythm at age 88, p 11