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  • Flags lowered to honor Navajo Code Talker

    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo President Ben Shelly has ordered flags flown at half-staff in honor of Navajo Code Talker Johnny Alfred.

    Tribal officials say the 91-year-old Alfred died on Saturday.

    Flags will be lowered across the Navajo Nation for five days starting Wednesday.

    Alfred enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942. He was one of hundreds of Navajos who used a code based on their native language to confound the Japanese during World War II.

  • Traffic slows as winter storm hits New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A winter storm blasted New Mexico with snowfall and freezing temperatures Tuesday, causing icy roads and littering streets with fender-benders.

    The morning commute in Albuquerque was lengthy and treacherous as cautious motorists slowed to negotiate ice-covered roadways. Schools were closed in Albuquerque, Los Lunas and Rio Rancho and placed on a two-hour delay in Santa Fe.

    On the state's east side, schools closed in Melrose, Tucumcari and San Jon.

  • Bitter cold grips Los Alamos area

    If you thought it was cold Tuesday morning, brace yourself.

    It’s going to be even colder the next couple of days.

    At 9 Tuesday morning, it registered eight degrees on the illuminated sign at the Los Alamos National Bank.
    With the 15 mph wind gusts, it felt like -8 degrees with the wind chill factor.

    And it’s supposed to get even worse.

    Winds are forecasted to pick up and temperatures are expected to plummet to -5 Tuesday night and -10 Wednesday night.

  • Water line break creates sinkhole on Main Hill Road

    County crews faced the daunting task of not only repairing a ruptured water line, but also filling in a large sinkhole, but nonetheless, the Main Hill Road reopened to all east and westbound traffic at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
    Los Alamos County officials report that they were notified of a water main break at 1 a.m. Monday that caused the Main Hill Road to be shut down.

  • A look at restructuring county government

    To gain insight into the potential restructuring of Los Alamos County government, Charter Review Committee members met with Executive Director William Fulginiti of the New Mexico Municipal League.
    On Jan. 24, the Structuring of Government Subcommittee, which includes all members of the Charter Review Committee, spoke with Fulginiti in Santa Fe. Committee member Morrie Pongratz said the group discussed various forms of county government and that Fulginiti reviewed a number of New Mexico structures such as mayor/council and mayor/manager/council.

  • Update 02-01-11

    LAPS and UNM-LA Board election

    Early voting concluded Friday. The election is today. Polls cloase at 7 p.m. See who won at www.lamonitor.com.

    FLHDA Board meeting

    The Fuller Lodge Historical District Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Curtis Room. For more information, phone 662-8366.

  • NMDOT awarded more than $700,000

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the New Mexico Department of Transportation will receive $723,873 to purchase new buses and improve existing bus facilities.  
    The funding was made possible through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration.  

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  • Small-town paper links ex-Klansman to 1964 killing

    FERRIDAY, La. (AP) — Arthur Leonard Spencer says sure, he made some mistakes back when he was a "snot-nose kid," like joining the Ku Klux Klan. But murder?

    No, the 71-year-old Spencer says, a small-town weekly paper got it wrong when it reported recently that he may have been involved in burning down a black man's shoe repair shop in 1964 with the owner inside.

  • 'Jihad Jane' terror suspect pleads guilty in Pa.

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" online pleaded guilty Tuesday to her role in a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who had offended Muslims.

    Colleen LaRose, 47, helped foreign terror suspects intent on starting a holy war in Europe and South Asia, prosecutors said.