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  • Whistleblower tells his side of the story

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series

    POJOAQUE – Financial auditor Chuck Montaño is writing a book about his experiences at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which includes details of spending nine months isolated in a basement, stripped of all duties after blowing the whistle on what he terms waste, fraud and abuse at the nuclear facility.

    Montaño sued for retaliation in 2005 and settled with the lab about a year ago. The terms of the settlement are that he can’t disclose the terms – ever – unless subpoenaed by a congressional committee or ordered to do so by a court of law.

  • VIDEO: Gov. Martinez 2012 State of the State address

    Gov. Susana Martinez kicked off the 2012 legislative session with a State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 17.

  • First Person: Burning Money to Survive

    A snowshoer who was lost in a blizzard for two days on Washington state's Mount Rainier said he stayed alive by digging out a snow tunnel and burning dollar bills for warmth.

  • Powerful Winter Storms Spawn January Tornadoes

    Powerful spring-like storms spawned a winter tornado that slammed into suburban Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday. Tornadoes were also reported in Indiana and Mississippi.

  • Speaker Lujan has lung cancer

    SANTA FE (AP) — House Speaker Ben Lujan has lung cancer and will not seek re-election this year, the 76-year-old announced Tuesday in a dramatic opening of a 30-day legislative session.

    The Santa Fe Democrat, who has been speaker since 2001, made his announcement as shocked lawmakers wept and his wife, Carmen, and son, Democratic Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, looked on.

    Lujan said he was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and has undergone radiation and chemotherapy treatment. He said his cancer is now at stage 4, the most advanced stage of cancer.

    "I was hoping to tell you the cancer is gone, but as you can see, it is not," said Lujan, who has served in the House since 1975.

  • Martinez delivers state of the state

    SANTA FE – The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives on January 17, 2012. 

    Governor Martinez 2012 State of the State Address 

    Thank you. 

  • 3 Stabbed, 5-year-old Va. Boy in Custody

    A five-year-old Virginia boy is in police custody after allegedly stabbing three people. Neighbors say the incident was the result of an argument over a juice box.

  • Mars rocks fell in Africa

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are confirming a recent and rare invasion from Mars: meteorite chunks from the red planet that fell in Morocco last July.
    This is only the fifth time scientists have chemically confirmed Martian meteorites that people witnessed falling. The fireball was spotted in the sky six months ago, but the rocks weren’t discovered on the ground in North Africa until the end of December.
    This is an important and unique opportunity for scientists trying to learn about Mars’ potential for life. So far, no NASA or Russian spacecraft has returned bits of Mars, so the only Martian samples scientists can examine are those that come here in a meteorite shower.

  • Update 01-17-12

    Trinity Site

    The first of two question and answer sessions concerning the Trinity Site will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Room in Fuller Lodge. The second will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Business meeting

    The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a business meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers.

    Teen center

    The Teen Center Phase 1 Study final public meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Aquatic Center training room.

    Nature Center

  • State Legislature gets underway at the Round House

    Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration is trying to do a better job of reaching out to Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature this year.

    The Democratic-controlled Legislature returned to work at noon today for a 30-day session.

    Martinez delivered her “state of the state” address and two of the people she cited were former Los Alamos fire chief Doug Tucker and present police chief Wayne Torpy for their work during the Las Conchas Fire.

    A top assignment for lawmakers is approving a budget to finance state government. The Republican governor will outline her legislative priorities in a state of the state speech to a joint session of the House and Senate shortly after the session convenes.