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  • VIDEO: Dog Found in the Gulf of Mexico

    Rory O' Connor was fishing on the Gulf of Mexico Saturday when he found a dog swimming towards him, paddling for his life.

  • Update 01-10-12

    CIP meeting

    The Parks Division will hold a CIP Phase I Public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to discuss the Renovation and Rebuild of the Ashley Pond Capital Improvement Project.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in Council Chambers.

    Broadband

    A public meeting for Community Broadband Network will be at 5:30 p.m., Thursdayat Fuller Lodge.

    Arts meeting

     The Arts in Public Places board meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Public Library.

  • Water Line Break

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities crews responded to a water line break along N.M. 502 Tuesday morning.  Antonio Martinez of DPU’s Gas Water and Sewer division carries line locator equipment for underground utilities to enable the safe operation of the Vactor truck at left.  The Vactor truck uses a water jet and vacuum to carefully excavate the area around the failed water line.

  • Hall turns attention to legislative session

    With House redistricting finally out of the way, State Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Sandoval,  can turn his attention to the legislative session that starts Jan. 17 and also begin making plans for his campaign.

    Hall said there is little doubt what the hot-button topic will be for the legislative session.

    “This going to be a budget session,” Hall said. “The challenge will be how to best use the limited budgetary resources to fulfill the needs of the state.”

    Among the budgetary issues facing the legislature will be Medicaid, teachers and state employees who have not had a raise in recent years and higher education, which has seen its share of cutbacks.

  • Protesters refuse to pay court costs

    Five defendants convicted of criminal trespassing sent a letter to Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados promising to “never pay the mandatory court costs.” Instead, each convicted defendant has paid their $73 fee to Tewa Women United of the Pueblo of San Ildefonso.

    “The Tewa people are the rightful stewards of the lands on which Los Alamos National Laboratory has been conducting international crimes for so many decades,” said defendant Marcus Patrick Blaise Page.

    Page, 45, and defendants William Robert Covert, 66, Bobby Sue Davis, 27, Marylou Kraft, 67, and Juan Montoya, 48, appeared together in the local court Oct. 18.

  • Moon Over the Mountain

    The full moon was particularly large and bright looking west from Los Alamos Tuesday morning. The first full moon of the year will be around for one more day.

  • Council reviews final charter report

    Los Alamos County Council selected a Charter Review Committee (CRC) in November of 2009 to review the county charter. The committee completed its recommendations in December. Council meets with the CRC this week to discuss final recommendations.

    The committee’s main directive was to review the charter for clarity and consistency. Council instructed the CRC not to recommend substantive changes unless there were compelling reasons. Several substantive changes were put forth, but rejected by the committee. These include:

    • Electing a mayor. The CRC recommendation establishes the council chair as the head of local government and changes the title of county administrator to county manager to better reflect the responsibilities of the position.

  • Rivals looking to chip away at Romney in NH

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — With Mitt Romney the overwhelming favorite, his five Republican opponents hoped to chip away at his dominance in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary and finish well enough to challenge him again in South Carolina and Florida.

    A narrower than expected win for Romney in the nation's first presidential primary — or a surprisingly strong finish from one of his rivals — could weaken the front-runner. Either would play as more evidence that Republicans still have doubts about Romney, who barely squeezed out a win in the Iowa caucuses.

  • 4 dead in apparent murder-suicide in SE Ohio

    LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — A family dispute ended when a man caring for his terminally ill wife apparently shot and killed her two sisters and his son before fatally shooting himself, authorities said.

    A cousin said the man was upset that the relatives were keeping him from spending time alone with his cancer-stricken wife, who was not shot.

    Deputies who stormed the home around 9 p.m. Monday found the man dead on the front porch and the three other bodies on the living room floor, Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North said.

  • VIDEO: Toddler Unfazed By Lion Encounter

    Nerves of steel and safety glass are what you need when face to face with a lion and three year old Sophia Walker benefited from both during a close encounter with one of the Wellington Zoo's lions.