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  • Greek crisis eases after government reshuffle

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou replaced his finance minister Friday in a broad cabinet reshuffle that won strong support from markets, optimistic that crucial austerity measures will now be passed to prevent a devastating near-term debt default.

    After two days of political chaos that threatened to bring down the government, Germany also appeared ready to provide billions more in aid to carry the debt-ridden country through 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that the private sector would not be forced to share in the pain of a second bailout.

  • Air Force flies 7 missions to battle NM wildfires

    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Two Air Force cargo planes equipped to fight wildfires have flown seven missions and dumped about 12,000 gallons of retardant on blazes in New Mexico.

    The Air Force said Friday the C-130s are basing their operations at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. They arrived there Wednesday.

    The C-130 aircraft carry a system of pressurized tanks that can dump 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds.

    The planes are from the California Air National Guard at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station. Personnel from the U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are overseeing the planes' operations.

  • Hecklers disrupt Weiner's somber resignation in NY--see video

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly three weeks after Rep. Anthony Weiner tweeted a photo of his bulging crotch, his final act as congressman was to attempt to resign with dignity.

    Instead, heckling and catcalls disrupted his news conference, creating a noisy, circus-like atmosphere that overshadowed the main event. It was an ungracious end, a fitting metaphor for the troubled congressman's career.

  • Marine reservist in custody after Pentagon scare--video

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A Marine Corps reservist carrying a backpack containing what authorities said were suspicious materials briefly fled police Friday before he was detained in the middle of the night near the Pentagon.

    Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, Va., was discovered after 1 a.m. Friday inside Arlington National Cemetery, hours after it had closed. He was detained for trespassing after becoming uncooperative, authorities said, though he has not yet been charged with anything. Authorities believe Melaku acted alone.

  • Small fire contained at TA-39

    A fire at Technical Area 39 was confined Wednesday to a 3-3.5-acre area in a previously burned area.

    There were no active flames and the fire was not expected to grow. Crews on the ground monitored the fire r through the Wednesday night and a helicopter dropped water until sunset.

    No injuries have resulted and no structures have been damaged from the fire.

  • Ruidoso fire prompts evacuation

    RUIDOSO — The Ruidoso Police Department says residents are being evacuated from the Pine Cliff area because of a fire.

    The fire was sparked in a wooded residential neighborhood on the southeastern edge of Ruidoso on Thursday afternoon. Crews from Ruidoso, nearby Ruidoso Downs, Lincoln County and the State Forestry Division were responding.

    Evacuees were being directed to a church in Ruidoso.

    Authorities could not immediately say how many residents live in the area or provide details on the size of the fire.

    Strong afternoon winds that were hampering firefighting efforts in other parts of the state were also affecting the Ruidoso area.

  • Los Alamos County Capital Projects update

    • New White Rock Visitor Center: design drawings have been reviewed and returned to the architects with a goal to procure construction services this summer.
    • Justice Center; the county received an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to install solar hot water at both this facility and the new animal shelter. Work should get underway later in July.
    • New Golf Course Community Building; demolition of the old clubhouse begins this week.
    • Golf Course improvements: the RFP for a golf course consultant to help with the study closes in early June and work on the study will get underway later this summer.

  • Heat, winds threaten wildfire lines

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — Smoke from a wildfire lifted and the stress of summertime travel eased Thursday with the reopening of Interstate 25 between Colorado and New Mexico, while high winds were expected to challenge crews trying to contain several other fires in the West, including the largest in Arizona recorded history.

  • State Briefs 06-16-11

    Report says some grads didn’t earn diplomas

    ALBUQUERQUE — An audit of New Mexico schools says 12 percent of the seniors who graduated last year didn’t deserve their diplomas.
    The report from the Legislative Finance Committee also showed that 25 percent of Native American males graduated without fulfilling state-mandated math requirements.
    The numbers are based on a sample of about 3,000 graduates from 10 high schools.

  • Anniversary at the council meeting

    Residents Belle and Carl Thornton celebrated their 47th anniversary by attending Tuesday night’s council meeting.