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  • Update 11-23-10

    Toys for Tots

    Help the U.S. Marines by donating new, unwrapped toys for their toy drive. Items may be dropped off at “R” wing of Los Alamos High School, in the NJROTC building by Dec. 3.

    Closed council session

    The Los Alamos County Council will host a closed session at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the county attorney’s conference room to discuss limited personnel matters and threatened or pending litigation.

  • WR Civic Center is big winner in CIP rankings

    The Capital Improvement Project Oversight and Evaluation Committee had a tough decision to make.
    With 16 capital improvement project (CIP) proposals vying for funding to undertake first-round studies, the committee set about the task of ranking the projects.
    The White Rock Civic Center emerged from the process in the number one spot.
    The committee ranked the different applications Thursday at council chambers.
    The final rankings for the remainder of the CIP proposals were:
    • A cover to the Los Alamos Ice Rink, two

  • JUDGE HALTS MUNI VOTE

    SANTA FE — The hotly contested issue regarding the legality of a citizen vote on the question of whether to reconstruct the municipal building on its original site at Ashley Pond has been decided – at least in the short term – there will be no election.

    District Court Judge Barbara Vigil ruled Monday to grant plaintiffs Christine and George Chandler’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop the special election on the grounds that it is illegal.

  • TSA chief: Resisting scanners just means delays

    ATLANTA (AP) — Despite tough talk on the Internet, there was little if any indication of a passenger revolt at many major U.S. airports, with very few people declining the X-ray scan that can peer through their clothes. Those who refuse the machines are subject to a pat-down search that includes the crotch and chest.

  • Auto industry success a hard sell for White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The auto industry is providing President Barack Obama a good-news story — automakers are making money, plants are hiring and the taxpayers' stake in General Motors is dwindling. Things are looking up for the president in assembly line country — just not the voting.

  • North, South Korea exchange fire; 2 marines killed

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire Tuesday after the North shelled an island near their disputed sea border, killing at least two South Korean marines, setting dozens of buildings ablaze and sending civilians fleeing for shelter.

    The skirmish began when Pyongyang warned the South to halt military drills in the area, according to South Korean officials. When Seoul refused, the North bombarded the small South Korean-held island of Yeonpyeong, which houses military installations and a small civilian population.

  • Winter Weather Advisory issued for much of the area

    The National Weather Service has issued the following advisory for much of the area today:

  • House Democrats stick with Lujan for speaker

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House Democrats are retaining their top leadership and sticking with Ben Lujan of Santa Fe as their nominee to become speaker of the House.

    The 37-member Democratic caucus selected their leadership team Saturday during a closed-door meeting in the Capitol.

    Lujan overcame a challenge from Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces.

    Besides Lujan, Democrats voted to keep W. Ken Martinez of Grants as majority floor leader and Sheryl Williams Stapleton of Albuquerque as majority whip.

  • Parent questions search policy

     A parent expressed concern Thursday that her child, who attends Los Alamos High School, has been called into the principal’s office and “frisked” four times this year. After the third incident, she requested the school notify her in advance of any further frisking.

  • Sanchez in Los Alamos, part of whirlwind tour

    Lt. Gov.-Elect John Sanchez was on a mission Thursday to gather Los Alamos business concerns to take back to Gov. Elect Susana Martinez.

    “We’re excited about rolling up our sleeves,” Sanchez said.

    A number of local business owners and managers assembled with Sanchez in council chambers and they weren’t shy about voicing their concerns. Chopping programs to balance the state’s estimated $450 million deficit was a major issue on the minds of educators at the meeting.