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  • Obama seeks power to merge agencies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday took aim at his government's own messy bureaucracy, prodding Congress to give him greater power to merge agencies and promising he would start by collapsing six major economic departments into one. Pressing Republicans on one of their own political issues, Obama said it was time for an "effective, lean government."

  • Missing teenager Natalee Holloway declared dead

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The parents of Natalee Holloway looked on somberly as a judge on Thursday declared their child dead, more than six years after the American teenager vanished during a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba.

    "We've been dealing with her death for the last six and a half years," Dave Holloway said after a brief hearing. He said the judge's order closes one chapter in a long ordeal, but added: "We've still got a long way to go to get justice.

  • Legal review, utilities recall are hot topics

    Tuesday night’s discussion between the Los Alamos County Council and the Charter Review Committee (CRC) covered the initiative, referendum and recall sections of the charter and public utilities.
    Much of the work on initiative and referendum involved clarification. “We had a terrible time just figuring out what the charter actually said, “ CRC Chair John Hopkins said. The county clerk’s office provided significant input.

  • Compromise plan offered on Senate redistricting

     Two Republican incumbents are lumped together in the same southeastern New Mexico district under a new bipartisan plan for revamping the boundaries of state Senate districts.
    Gov. Susana Martinez and other Republicans along with groups of Democrats and Native Americans outlined the plan Wednesday to a state district court judge, who will decide how to realign districts for population changes during the past decade.
    Lawyers for the Democratic-controlled Legislature are the only ones opposing the compromise proposal. The Legislature continues to favor a plan passed by the House and Senate last year during a special session.
    According to the joint plan, Los Alamos County would be represented by two senators instead of three the past 10 years.

  • Revised golf course designs gain favor

    Andy Staples, president of the Golf Resource Group (GRG), met Tuesday with four diverse groups to address concerns about Phase I design for the Golf Course improvements project. Homeowners, trail users and open space advocates were represented in three of the groups. The fourth was comprised of golfers.

    Staples worked most of the night creating two conceptual designs based on earlier feedback. Approximately 40 people gathered Tuesday to review the new designs. Staples said his minimal goal was to create a win/no lose design, but ultimately wanted at least a “tilt” toward win/win. Based on response from those at the meeting, it appears as though Staples may have achieved his goal.

  • Update 01-12-12

    CIP meeting

    The Parks Division will hold a CIP Phase I Public meeting at 5:30 p.m. today 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 5:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers for the second of two meetings on proposed charter revisions.


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

    T-Board meeting

    The Transportation Board will meet with TAC in a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Pajarito Cliffs Site Conference Room.

    Teen Center

  • Council reviews charter revisions

    After two years of work, more than 40 committee meetings, countless subcommittee meetings and independent research, the Charter Review Committee (CRC) and county council held the first of two meetings to discuss the committee’s recommendations.

    “I think it’s safe to say there’s probably been thousands of hours of work,” Council Chair Sharon Stover said. “Whether you agree with them or not, they’ve done a lot of hard work on this report and we need to thank them for their dedication and their perseverance. I never thought when we made the appointment back in 2009 that we would still be here in 2012 discussing charter issues.”

  • VIDEO: Thai Navy Rescues Dogs Destined for Dinner Table

    Thai authorities say they have rescued more than 750 dogs that were bound for cooking pots in Vietnam.

  • Business-friendly SC may forgive Romney's job cuts

    LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — At first glance, South Carolina seems like a place where attacks on Mitt Romney's experience at the helm of a venture capital firm that cut jobs would resonate in the GOP primary.

    The state's unemployment rate hasn't been below 9 percent in three years and a third of its manufacturing jobs have disappeared in the last decade.

  • Progress Slow Two Years After Haiti Quake

    Almost two years on from Haiti's devastating earthquake, government buildings, churches and homes across the country are still in urgent need of reconstruction.