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  • Council awards muni contract to Jaynes Corp.

    In a 5-2 vote, the Los Alamos County Council approved a $19,536,868 contract with the Jaynes Corporation to construct the new municipal building during the final regular meeting of 2010 Tuesday night.
    Included in the approved general contractor lead design-build contract are the county records and historic archive facility, information technology expansion space and improvements to Iris Street.

  • Update 12-22-10

    Deadline extended
     

    The deadline for the Community Asset Awards has been extended until 5 p.m. Friday. On-line nominations can be made at www.AssetsInAction.info.
    For additional information call 661-4846. The program is sponsored by Assets In Action, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

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  • Snow likely minimal for Los Alamos

    The National Weather Service says a low pressure system is expected to bring more snow to the higher northern mountains of New Mexico Thursday and Thursday night.
    LANL meterologist Scott Johnson, though, said the snow should be minimal in the Los Alamos area. Johnson said most of the precipitation will be rain.
    “It will be nothing like last Thursday,” Johnson said.
    Last week, a storm dumped six to nine inches in the region.

  • AP sources: Deal reached on 9/11 health bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic senators have reached a deal on a scaled-down bill to help 9/11 first responders who became sick from having worked in the dust of the World Trade Center.

    Congressional aides close to the negotiations tell The Associated Press that the deal calls for providing up to $4 billion in health care and economic aid over five years to first responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks.

  • Officials: Fifth home swept away by Ariz. flooding

    BEAVER DAM, Ariz. (AP) — A fire department dispatcher in northwestern Arizona says a fifth unoccupied home has been swept away by floodwaters.

    Dori Rothenberger, with the Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire District, tells The Associated Press the fifth home in the community of Beaver Dam was washed away Tuesday night. The four others near a normally dry wash collapsed into the floodwaters Tuesday afternoon.

  • Iraqi churches cancel Christmas festivities

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Christians on Wednesday called off Christmas festivities across the country as al-Qaida insurgents threatened more attacks on a beleaguered community still terrified from a bloody siege at a Baghdad church two months earlier.

  • Rain-soaked Calif. braces for biggest storm yet

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After days of relentless rain, Southern California was bracing for the most intense storm system yet, with evacuations ordered, roads covered by water and mud, and residents anxiously eyeing already saturated mountainsides denuded by wildfires.

  • Stocks flat as GDP growth falls below forecasts

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes on Wall Street were flat Wednesday after a report showed that the U.S. economy did not grow as fast as analysts predicted.

    The Commerce Department said the country's gross domestic product rose at an annual rate of 2.6 percent between July and September, a small increase from its earlier estimate of 2.5 percent. Analysts expected the number to rise to 2.8 percent.

  • BioPark Zoo loses beloved rhinoceros

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The Albuquerque BioPark Zoo says a 44-year-old rhinoceros has been euthanized.

    Zoo officials say the rhino, named Sally, has been receiving treatment for a variety of age-related problems by veterinarians in recent years and her quality of life dropped over the past year.

    Senior zookeeper Catalina Parker, who has cared for the rhinoceros for more than 13 years, says it was the hardest thing to do but it is best for Sally.

  • Vigilantism discouraged in Philly strangler search

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A serial killer who police say sexually assaulted and strangled three women, and possibly attacked three others, in a neighborhood rife with drugs and prostitution might want to hope that authorities find him before the neighbors do.

    Residents of Kensington, who once severely beat a suspected rapist based on a police photo, have posted hundreds of comments and theories about the case on a Facebook page titled "Catch the Kensington Strangler, before he catches someone you love."