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  • Martinez ousts spaceboard authority members

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has ousted appointive members of the state Spaceport Authority and removed a political ally of former Gov. Bill Richardson from the state Transportation Commission.

    Martinez announced Friday that she was dismissing members of the Spaceport Authority. She said developing the state's commercial spaceport requires more private investment and new leadership.

  • Weapons cache seized

    Rather than rush the home of a wanted man, Los Alamos police spent 19 hours negotiating with him intermittently by telephone before he suddenly walked outside to empty his trash at noon Thursday.
    Three police officers staking out the home at 1350 Bathtub Row tackled Richard Morse, placed him in handcuffs and took him to jail where he awaits transfer to Las Vegas, N.M. for psychiatric evaluation.

  • Resource issues pose a dilemma

    Some 35 officers and five reserve officers were mobilized to assist during Wednesday and Thursday’s 19-hour standoff with Richard Morse, said Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy said.
    “The bigger picture here is the lack of mental health resources in New Mexico,” Torpy said after Morse was safely in custody. “Police should never have had to be involved — this man should never have had to wait more than three months for a bed at the psychiatric hospital.”

  • Council drafts a new vision statement

    The Los Alamos County Council produced a new vision statement after conducting a three-day strategic planning workshop.
    Los Alamos County Council, county staff, the public and Facilitator Carl Neu met Monday through Wednesday at the Pajarito Cliffs site for strategic planning sessions.

  • Update 01-14-11

    Moonlight snowshoe hike

    Bandelier National Monument is offering a ranger-guided Moonlight Snowshoe Hike from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. There is no charge, but registration is required before the walk.   Participants need to bring their own snowshoes and poles, which can be rented at the Aquatic Center and a flashlight or headlamp. Dress in layers for the weather. For more information or to register, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 672-3861 ext. 517.

    CIP meeting

  • Security tight at funeral for slain Arizona judge

    TUCSON, Ariz. — One day after mourning a bubbly 9-year-old slain during the attempted assassination of a congresswoman, residents and fellow jurists gathered Friday at the same Tucson church to remember a federal judge.
    U.S. District Judge John Roll, who served nearly 40 years, had stopped by a supermarket meet-and-greet for Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday when he was shot and killed, along with five others. Thirteen were wounded, including Giffords, who was shot in the head.

  • Gov't and AIG announce plan to end federal stake

    NEW YORK (AP) — The government and AIG, the giant insurer rescued with $182 billion at the depths of the 2008 financial meltdown, announced a plan Friday to end taxpayer involvement in the company over the next two years.

    As part of the plan, AIG paid back its $21 billion outstanding balance to the New York branch of the Federal Reserve. The Treasury Department will now own a 92 percent stake in the company and begin unloading stock on the open market in March.

  • Public congressional events resume after shooting

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Less than a week after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 other people were shot at her public "Congress on Your Corner" event, similar gatherings across the country resumed in full force Friday, though under greater police presence.

  • Pope John Paul II to be beatified May 1

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — During his 2005 funeral Mass, crowds at the Vatican shouted for Pope John Paul II to be made a saint immediately, chanting "Santo Subito!" for one of the most important and beloved popes in history.

  • Gates: NKorea must show good faith for new talks

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New international disarmament talks with North Korea are possible only if the North backs off recent aggression against South Korea and demonstrates it is willing to bargain in good faith, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

    Gates said diplomacy is worthwhile, starting with direct talks between the North and South. South Korea has rejected new talks for now, reflecting intense anger and impatience over North Korean attacks.