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  • Federal judges named to hear redistricting case

    SANTA FE (AP) — Three federal judges from New Mexico have been named to consider a lawsuit over new districts for the state House of Representatives.

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday appointed appellate Judge Harris Hartz and District Judges Bruce Black and William Johnson to hear the case.

  • Lujan ends era with session

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House Speaker Ben Luján brought his gavel down on the end of an era Thursday as he closed out his last regular session after nearly 40 years in the chamber.

  • No tritium found in Santa Fe wells

    Alex Puglisi is the environmental compliance officer with the City of Santa Fe. And he knows there are people that don’t always buy the Los Alamos National Laboratory¹s story.

    Puglisi, though, is confident the lab is right on this one.

  • VIDEO: 1 Dead in Calif. Federal Building Shooting

    The FBI says an immigration agent shot and injured another agent and was then killed by a third colleague in a federal building in Long Beach.

  • Legislature wraps up session

    SANTA FE (AP) — Time is running out on the Legislature’s 30-day session.
    Under the state Constitution, lawmakers adjourn at noon Thursday. The House and Senate pushed through a host of legislation in the final hours.
    Among the proposals winning final approval was a tax break sought by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to help the construction and manufacturing industries.
    Also heading to the governor is a measure to finance nearly $140 million capital improvement projects across the state, including in the home districts of legislators. The bill provides about $30 million for a large road project in Albuquerque at the interchange of Interstate 25 and Paseo del Norte.

  • Clarification 02-16-12

    Residents at 119 Alhambra did not have a roaming dog caught and returned to them, as reported in Police Beat on page 3 in  Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
    The residents said they caught the roaming dog that had no identification on it and they called animal control to pick it up.

  • Update 02-16-12

    Film night

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series will present “The Smurfs” at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Library. Admission is free.

    Little League

    Los Alamos Little League will host a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at Mesa Public Library. The meeting is for anyone interested in coaching or volunteering during the 2012 season.

    Alternative voting

    Kathy Campbell and Terry Goldman will give a talk on “How are we represented? Alternative Voting Methods” at 7 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library.

    Dem convention

  • Top compensation raises thorny issues

    The Los Alamos County Council’s discussions about compensation strategy could impact nearly 50 Los Alamos County employees currently at their maximum pay range, as well as future employees who may reach that point in their careers with the county.

    Acting Assistant County Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne presented council with some options and raised questions such as, “Does a job have maximum worth?”

    If council approves compensation levels at 75 percent of market average – something the majority of councilors seemed to favor – “more space at the top” might be created for some positions. A market study being conducted by the Segal Group should provide more data on this option.

  • Diner detects big drip

    Inquiring minds wanted to know why a backhoe was poised to dig in the front parking lot of the Hill Diner. Owner Denise Lane said this morning there is a broken water main at the restaurant. But the Hill Diner still is open for business, “because we own the building in back of the restaurant and we were able to tie into that water line.” Lane said the line may have been broken for some time. “We were chipping out the ice from the snow and we realized the moisture was not from the snow and that it was underneath the asphalt. I hate to see what the water bill is going to be.”

  • Video: More Than 350 Die in Honduran Prison Fire

    A fire started by an inmate tore through an aging and severely overcrowded Honduran prison, burning and suffocating inmates in their locked cells and killing as many as 356 people in one of the world's deadliest prison fires in a century.