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  • Forces capture Ivory Coast strongman in bunker--video extra

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's elected president used his troops and French tanks and air power to oust strongman Laurent Gbagbo, ending their four-month standoff on Monday by pulling him from his burning residence.

    Images of Gbagbo being led into a room in a white undershirt were broadcast on television as proof of his capture even as he refused to sign a statement formally ceding power after losing November's election.

    Residents of the commercial capital of Abidjan refrained from celebrating in public, still fearful of the hundreds of armed fighters that continued to prowl the streets, refusing to believe their leader had been arrested. Sporadic gunfire echoed across the city Monday night.

  • Japan shaken by quake after more evacuations urged--video extra

    SENDAI, Japan (AP) — A strong new earthquake rattled Japan's northeast Monday as the government urged more people living near a tsunami-crippled nuclear plant to leave, citing concerns about long-term health risks from radiation.

    The magnitude 7.0 aftershock came just hours after people bowed their heads and wept in somber ceremonies to mark a month since a massive earthquake and tsunami that killed up to 25,000 people and set off a crisis of radiation leaks at the nuclear plant by knocking out its cooling systems.

  • Sen. Pete Domenici and others remember Rep. Jeannette Wallace

    State Representative and Los Alamos resident Jeannette Wallace died Friday at the age of 77.

    Sen. Pete Domenici spoke about his longtime friend during a conversation today from his office in Washington, D.C.

  • News Briefs 04-10-11

    Charter Review Committee to
    discuss mayor question Monday

    The Charter Review Committee will continue discussions on Monday about the question of “Should Los Alamos County Have a Mayor?”
    The committee is close to completing its work on this important question and added this special meeting last week. It will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Training Room of the Community Building.
    The committee will  send its recommendations to the Los Alamos County Council for further consideration at a future council meeting. For more information, visit the committee’s webpage at www.losalamosnm.us.

    Council to discuss municipal building

  • Window work

    A worker fixes up the windows Wednesday afternoon at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

  • End to Japan nuke crisis is years, a fortune away

    TOKYO — Once Japan’s leaky nuclear complex stops spewing radiation and its reactors cool down, making the site safe and removing the ruined equipment is going to be a messy ordeal that could take decades and cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
    Radiation has covered the area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and blanketed parts of the complex, making the job of “decommissioning” the plant — rendering it safe so it doesn’t threaten public health and the environment — a bigger task than usual.

  • L.A. forges closer bonds with sister city

    The distance between two sister cities narrowed even more when five delegates from Sarov, Russia boarded a plane, and flew halfway around the world crossing at least 10 time zones along the way to arrive in Los Alamos by Friday evening.
    The purpose of their visit is not simply to sightsee but to participate in a discussion about higher education.
    “We are looking forward to meeting all the educators and learning about the system of education in America,” Facilitator Yevgeniya Cherepovskaya told the Los Alamos Monitor.  
    She added it was the first time traveling to Los Alamos for everyone in the group.

  • Wismer makes funding pitch to transit board

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) finance subcommittee will have five funding allocation proposals to consider when it meets next week in Santa Fe.
    County councilor Michael Wismer submitted the fifth proposal at the NCRTD monthly meeting last week in Los Alamos and here were the highlights, according to Wismer.
    • Consolidate the total GRT revenue into one pool, which is estimated to be $6,769,412 for FY12.
    • Dispense with the complex billing system and frequent exchange of checks.
    • Allocate 35% of the consolidated GRT revenues for the NCRTD, which equals $2,382,293 which is $87,120 more than the NCRTD FY11 budget ($2,295,173).

  • Bandelier celebrates National Park Week

    Across the country, National Park Week is being celebrated April 16-24, with free entry to all National Parks and Monuments.
    “We are especially excited to welcome visitors to Bandelier during National Park Week. It’s a good time to appreciate and celebrate how the National Parks preserve our cultural and natural heritage for the enjoyment of the public,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.
    At Bandelier National Monument, activities are planned throughout the nine days, including special ranger-led walks and talks, Pueblo artist demonstrations and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the recently refurbished and redesigned Juniper Campground.
    Listeners of local radio station KRSN AM 1490 can hear interviews with Bandelier staff all week.

  • Update 04-10-11

    Spanish dance
    The Pajarito Spanish Dance Alliance will present its first recital of Flamenco and Spanish Dance at 3 p.m., April 16 at Fuller Lodge.

    DPU meeting
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) board will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at the DPU conference room. 

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 12 at the fire station in White Rock.

    Special event
    Nationally known Christian singer John Michael Talbot will participate in a special event at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and perform April 12-14. Call 662-6193.