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  • Locals vie for House seat

    Sandoval County Commissioners nominated Los Alamos Democrat Stephanie Richard on Thursday to fill the House District 43 seat left vacant following the death of Jeannette Wallace from illness in April.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is interviewing each of the nominees from the three counties that comprise District 43.

    Martinez interviewed Richard in her fourth floor office at the Round House at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Romney: 'Barack Obama has failed America'--video extra

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney is opening his first formal day as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate by pitching himself as the one to heal the economy and issuing a direct challenge to the man he wants to replace: "Barack Obama has failed America," he says.

    In excerpts released ahead of his formal kick-off speech Thursday, Romney homes in on the economic woes that are frustrating voters: a lack of jobs, persistent foreclosures and runaway spending in Washington.

  • Mass. towns digging out after tornadoes kill 4--video extras

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Rev. Bob Marrone was pained to see the steeple of his 137-year-old church shattered and strewn on the grass in the central Massachusetts town of Monson, yet he knows he's more fortunate than some of his neighbors who lost their homes after tornadoes tore through the state, killing at least four people, damaging buildings, uprooting trees and shattering lives.

    "I can see the plywood of roofs, and see houses where most of the house is gone," said Marrone, pastor of The First Church of Monson. "The road that runs up in front of my house ... There's so many trees down, it's completely impassable."

  • High bar set for proposed recalls

    The Initiative and Referendum subcommittee also has been charged with rewriting the Recall section of the charter.

  • Hearings to begin on pollution controls

    ALBUQUERQUE — The state was scheduled for hearings Wednesday on a plan to reduce the rate hikes New Mexico electric customers will face for federally mandated pollution controls at a coal-fired plant near Farmington.
    The state Environmental Improvement Board has proposed a $77 million plan for improvements to meet new Environmental Protection Agency directives, which it estimates will cost the Public Service Company of New Mexico customers about $11 a year, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
    That compares to an EPA plan that officials estimate would cost ratepayers about $85 a year.

  • WHO: Cell phones may cause cancer

    In a report issued today, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), said it now lists mobile phone use in the same category as lead, gasoline engine exhaust and chloroform. Officially, cell phone radiation is listed as a “carcinogenic hazard.”
    Until today, the WHO’s IARC had said that there were no adverse health effects from the use of cell phones. The wireless industry, including the CTIA lobbying group, and the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Food and Drug Administration have also long maintained that cell phones are safe.

  • Los Alamos Monitor prize winner

    George Mattys of Los Alamos (center) is presented with a $100 gift card by Los Alamos Monitor publisher Keven Tood (right) and circulation administrator Mike Lippiatt. Mattys won the April drawing as part of the Los Alamos Monitor’s Customer Appreciation promotion.

  • State Briefs 06-01-11

    New Rail Runner stop could open in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe could have a new Rail Runner stop this summer.
    The city’s finance committee Tuesday agreed to let the station at Zia and St. Francis open if the owners of the land where the station has been developed pay for a temporary parking lot, sidewalks and transit drop off area.
    Marc Bertram, a partner in Zia Station LLC, said that shouldn’t be a problem. He said opening the station with temporary facilities will help them see how much ridership there is. That will help them figure out their long-term development plan.
    The station is the only one on the commuter train line not constructed on public land and the city had balked at using tax dollars to open it.

  • Update 06-01-11

    Movie night
    “Almost Famous” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Library. The movie is free.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the community training room in the County Building.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 p.m., June 7 in the council chambers.

    Advisory Board
    The Los Alamos Historical District Advisory Board will meet at Fuller Lodge at 5 tonight.

  • Living in lightning strike territory

    New Mexico is prone to violent thunderstorms and lightning strikes. The National Weather Service (NWS) is advising residents that a recent change in the weather may spur a rash of thunderstorms and lightning strikes.

    The NWS and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) are telling New Mexicans that awareness of the danger posed in lightning strikes “just might save your life.”
    New Mexico averages 17 thunderstorm events per year and a statewide 1.1 percent chance of a fatality from those thunderstorms. New Mexico has at times been ranked number two in the nation for lightning strike deaths.