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  • NCRTD Executive Director announces retirement

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) board announced the retirement of Executive Director, Josette Lucero, on Monday.
    During Lucero’s administration, the District garnered public passage of a Gross Receipts Tax to support both regional public transportation and Rail Runner expenses, develop a functional organization from the ground up, and gainr major awards for increasing ridership.
    The organization recently earned an Award of Achievement for highest percentage growth in transit passenger ridership in New Mexico for a rural transit program. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Region 6 presented the NCRTD with the award for Fiscal Year 2010 under its Federal Section 5311 Rural Transit Program.

  • Mixed-use A-19-a plan takes shape in White Rock

    Visions of a mixed-use commercial and residential development on parcel A-19-a in White Rock have started to take shape.

    The updated plans for the 60-acre parcel were presented during a meeting Monday night.

    Tim Karpoff of Karpoff and Associates; Will Gleason of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, a New Mexico architecture and planning firm; and Dan Guimond of Economic Planning System hosted the meeting. They were hired by the county to conduct a master plan study of A-19-a, which is located north of N.M. 4 across from the Hampton Inn in White Rock.

  • Maj. Robert Shilling named Chief of State Police

    SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez recently announced that Department of Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden has named Maj. Robert Shilling as Chief of the New Mexico State Police.
    Before being named acting chief in January 2011, Shilling most recently served as the Law Enforcement Budget Director and Commander of Investigations for the New Mexico State Police.

  • Russia calls for stricter nuclear safety rules

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's president argued Tuesday that tough international guidelines could help prevent accidents like the massive Chernobyl meltdown, defending nuclear energy during solemn ceremonies commemorating the 25th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in history.

    Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych took part in a religious service outside Chernobyl's damaged No. 4 nuclear reactor, laying the first stone of a monument to cleanup workers and laying bouquets of red roses at another monument to Chernobyl victims.

  • Police: Levee protecting Mo. town holds overnight

    POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A levee protecting a southeast Missouri town from major flooding held up overnight, although the swollen river pouring over in several spots is threatening to burst through the structure and has already forced the evacuation of about 1,000 area homes, a police official said.

    Poplar Bluff deputy police chief Jeff Rolland said early Tuesday that the Black River overran the levee in about 30 locations between Poplar Bluff and the nearby town of Qulin.

    "How that hasn't broken through yet, it's a miracle," Rolland said.

  • Home prices falling in most major US cities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Home prices are falling in most major U.S. cities, and at least 10 major markets are at their lowest point since the housing bubble burst.

    The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city index shows price declines in 19 cities from January to February. The index fell for the seventh straight month. Prices fell at a faster rate in 11 markets in February compared with the previous month.

  • Flooding, tornado kill 9 in Arkansas--see videos

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A tornado tore up a small central Arkansas town, killing four people and leaving the governor wondering Tuesday how so many others managed to survive. The night of brutal storms killed at least nine people in the state, and more harsh weather was forecast.

    The tornado smashed through the heart of Vilonia, just north of Little Rock, on Monday night, ripping the roof off the grocery store, flattening homes, tossing vehicles into the air and twisting one tractor-trailer like a wrung dish rag.

  • Taliban tunnels at least 480 out of Afghan prison--video extra

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants tunneled at least 480 inmates out of the main prison in southern Afghanistan overnight, whisking them through a 1,000-foot-long underground passage they had dug over months, officials and insurgents said Monday.

    Officials at Sarposa prison in the city of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, say they only discovered the breach at about 4 a.m., a half hour after the Taliban said they had gotten all the prisoners out.

  • Plane in NM lake believed to have flown from Ariz.

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says a plane that plunged into a northern New Mexico lake, leaving scattered debris and bundles of cocaine, appears to have departed from Arizona.

    FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford of Fort Worth, Texas, says authorities were able to isolate what they believe was the aircraft on radar and trace it back to Prescott, about 100 miles north of Phoenix.

    Lunsford says no flight plan was filed, and authorities do not know who was on board and whether there were passengers as well as a pilot. He says debris that floated up identified the plane as a twin-engine Cessna 310.

  • DPU customers may receive automated phone survey

    Beginning Monday, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers may receive an automated phone survey on natural gas. 
    The calls will be launched from the Washington, D.C. area and will have a 202 area code.  Survey duration is approximately ten minutes long and assesses customers’ knowledge of gas safety issues.
    “Natural gas is safe, clean and efficient.  But like other forms of energy it is important to respect its potential dangers,” said Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill.  “Our job is to communicate natural gas safety.  I hope that our customers will take the time to answer the survey questions so that we may determine how to improve our public awareness program.”