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  • Update 04-06-11

    League of voters
    The League of Women Voters will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m., April 9 at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Street.

    Library film
    The Mesa Public Library presents “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” at 6:30 p.m. as part of the free film series.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Chambers in the Community Building.

    Chamber coffee
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an April 7 Chamber Coffee at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel, starting at 9 a.m.

  • County turns down exemption

    If  local residents and businesses have to go through the planning and zoning process then a county project should as well, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously decided during its Tuesday night meeting.

    The council rejected the staff’s request to exempt the Japan New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization’s (NEDO) Smart House from the county’s site plan/special use permit approval process, in spite of the fact that the demonstration facility doesn’t fit into any existing category in terms of the type of structure that will ultimately house the project.  

    “We need to hold ourselves to the same standards everyone else adheres to,” Councilor Geoff Rodgers said.

  • 2012 hopefuls tread carefully on Ryan budget

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mindful of the political risks, most Republican presidential hopefuls treaded gingerly after House Republicans unveiled a budget plan that would slash federal spending by about $5 trillion over 10 years while revamping health programs for the elderly and poor.

    Several, including former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, praised the budget's sponsor, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, but stopped short of fully endorsing the blueprint and didn't indicate whether they backed the massive changes in Medicare and Medicaid. Others, such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, were silent on the plan.

  • Former US rep in Libya to seek Gadhafi's exit

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A former U.S. congressman invited by Moammar Gadhafi arrived in Tripoli on Wednesday on a self-described private mission to urge the Libyan leader to step down as rebels and pro-government forces waged near stalemate battles.

    Curt Weldon, a Pennsylvania Republican who has visited Libya twice before, said he leading a private delegation and had informed the White House and some members of Congress about his trip. He was in Libya's capital as a White House envoy, Chris Stevens, was meeting rebels in their de facto capital, Benghazi, to gauge their intentions and capabilities.

  • NM prosecutor collapses in courtroom, dies

    ALAMOGORDO (AP) — A senior trial prosecutor collapsed and died in Tuesday during a hearing in an Alamogordo courtroom.

    Wayne Jordon was in state District Judge Jerry Ritter's courtroom for a motion to determine an attorney for a defendant.

    District Attorney Diana Martwick declined comment out of respect for Jordon's family.

    Jordon had become a senior trial prosecutor for the district attorney's office in 2007.

    The longtime Alamogordo resident received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1969. He received his law degree from the UNM School of Law in 1972.

  • No deal yet as possible government shutdown looms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks are intensifying on Capitol Hill on reaching a deal on long-overdue legislation to finance the government through the end of September — and avoid a government shutdown. Whether a shutdown can be avoided in three days' time is another matter.

    Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate's No. 3 Democrat, claimed "a glimmer of hope" Wednesday morning, based on late-night negotiations between Senate Democrats and House Republicans.

  • Bristol Palin earns $262K for teen pregnancy work

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Tax documents show unwed mother Bristol Palin earned more than $262,000 for her role in helping raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention in 2009.

    The most recent data for The Candie's Foundation that's posted online by research firm GuideStar shows compensation at $262,500 for the now 20-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

    Bristol Palin was 18 when she was appointed as a teen ambassador for the New York-based foundation in 2009, months after giving birth to son, Tripp. She and the 2-year-old boy's father, Levi Johnston, are no longer together.

  • Man delivers decomposing body to Espanola emergency room

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Police in the northern New Mexico city of Espanola say a man tried to get help at a hospital emergency room for a woman who had been dead as long as a day and a half.

    Officers say Jerry Maestas drove to the hospital Tuesday with the 33-year-old woman's decomposing body propped up in the passenger seat.

    The 64-year-old Maestas asked hospital staff to come outside and help his sick friend. Police spokesman Jeremy Apodaca says the staff could tell by the smell that the woman had been dead for some time.

    KOB-TV reports that the woman may have been dead for 24 to 36 hours, and Maestas will face charges of failing to report a death.

  • Focus on preventing explosions at Japan nuke plant--see videos

    TOKYO (AP) — After notching a rare victory by stopping highly radioactive water from flowing into the Pacific on Wednesday, workers at Japan's flooded nuclear power complex turned to their next task: injecting nitrogen to prevent more hydrogen explosions.

    Nuclear officials said there was no immediate threat of explosions like the three that rocked the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant not long after a massive tsunami hit last month, but their plans are a reminder of how much work remains to stabilize the complex.

  • Gbagbo's home in Ivory Coast comes under attack--video extra

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Heavy arms fire rang out Wednesday near the home of the country's strongman who remained holed up in a subterranean bunker, as forces backing his rival assaulted the residence to try to force him out, diplomats and witnesses said.

    A spokeswoman for the government of the country's democratically elected president Alassane Ouattara said on France-24 television that pro-Ouattara forces had entered the gates of Laurent Gbagbo's residence.