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  • Redistricting fight may be winding down

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A legal fight may be winding down over political districts for the state House of Representatives in this year’s election.
    Acting at the request of lawyers for groups of Republican and Democratic voters, a panel of three federal judges agreed Tuesday to make no immediate decisions on a pending redistricting lawsuit.
    Retired state District Judge James Hall on Monday ordered a new redistricting plan to comply with a state Supreme Court directive. Lawyers say it’s unlikely there will be any appeals of that map, which should clear the way for the districts to be used in this election.

  • Correction 02-29-12

    County council candidate Pete Sheehey’s website is petesheehey.com. The wrong website was inadvertently listed in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 02-29-12

    Parks and rec

    There will be a special meeting to consider the Phase 2 “Design and Construction Plan” applications for the Golf Course and Ashley Pond improvements at 5:30 p.m. today in Fuller Lodge.

    'The Giver'

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre presents, “The Giver,” at 7:30 p.m. March 2, 9 and 16; 2:30 p.m. March 3, 10 and 17. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children and seniors and are available at CB Fox or at the door.

    Film series

  • High-altitude training

    Team AQLUB from Tokyo, Japan is training at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center in Los Alamos until March 8 in preparation for the Japanese Olympic time trials in April.

  • Council curbs funding to NCRTD

    The Los Alamos County Council had been considering reduced funding for the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) at the end of its five year agreement to provide $5.5 million in seed money. The agreement ends this year, and Tuesday night council decided to reduce the county’s contribution for NCRTD to less than half of its current $1.1 million a year.

    NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro and Chair Rosemary Romero argued unsuccessfully for higher funding from Los Alamos County. Mortillaro also anticipates reduced federal funding, although one councilor pointed out that President Obama proposes increased funding for mass transit.

  • Bandelier Shuttle shifts into high gear

    The Bandelier Shuttle has a three-year lease on life, thanks to a 6-1 vote by the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night.

    The success of last year’s shuttle service during the month of October swayed the vote. The shuttle transported 9,046 visitors into the national park and drastically increased visitation at both the White Rock (3,537) and Los Alamos (2,271) visitor centers. Combined visitation for both visitor centers in October 2010 totaled only 1,223.

  • Storms kill 13, damage Branson theater district--VIDEO EXTRAS

    HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Twisters roared through the nation's heartland in the early morning darkness Wednesday, flattening entire blocks of homes in small-town Illinois and Kansas and killing at least nine people.

    Winds also ripped through the country music mecca of Branson, Mo., damaging some of the city's famous theaters just days before the start of the busy tourist season.

    In Harrisburg, a town of 9,000 in southern Illinois, residents sorted through piles of debris and remembered their dead while the winds still howled around them.

  • Board probes safety of Sandia's nuclear reactor

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal oversight board on Tuesday questioned the safety of a nuclear reactor at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, saying a recent review showed safety systems might be inadequate to protect workers and the community from releases of radioactivity.

    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board said it found weaknesses in those systems as well as sporadic instances of uncontrolled rod motion in the reactor.

    The conditions raise concerns about a potential meltdown, according to Dave McCoy, executive director of the watchdog group Citizen Action New Mexico.

    "When you're talking about uncontrolled rod motion, that's time you start thinking about meltdowns," McCoy said.

  • VIDEO: Romney Sweeps to Double GOP Primary Victory

    Mitt Romney scored a hard-won, home state triumph in Michigan and powered to victory in Arizona Tuesday night, gaining a two-state primary sweep over Rick Santorum and precious momentum in the Republican presidential race.

  • VIDEO: Deer Runs Over 11-year-old Georgia Girl

    Surveillance video from a convenience store in Dacula, Georgia captured a harrowing experience for an 11-year-old girl, when a deer came crashing through the doors and into her.