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  • New bridge links LA Canyon Rim Trail

    Three 18-wheelers parked along East Road across from the Los Alamos Airport the last couple of days each carried in 90-foot metal bridge spans to connect the Los Alamos Canyon Rim Trail.

    Installation of the pedestrian bridge on the new trail south of the airport wrapped up Saturday with a 100-foot crane hoisting the pre-fabricated spans onto four concrete piers, which were formed last week.

    The entire trail including the bridge cost $1.3 million.

  • Crews make progress on wildfires, smoke advisory issued

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Fire officials said they continue to make progress on two wildfires burning in New Mexico.

    U.S. Forest Service officials say the South Fork Fire has charred more than 13,158 acres in steep, inaccessible terrain in the Jemez Mountains with 30 percent containment. There are more than 500 firefighters cutting fire line and dousing hot spots.

    Mop up continues on portions of the northern perimeter.

  • Abnormal radiation detected near Korean border

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Abnormal radiation was detected near the inter-Korean border days after North Korea claimed last month to have achieved a nuclear technology breakthrough, South Korea's Science Ministry said Monday.

    The ministry said it failed to find the cause of the radiation but ruled out a possible underground nuclear test by North Korea. It cited no evidence of a strong earthquake that must follow an atomic explosion.

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  • Gulf rig owner criticizes Obama's drilling halt

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of the drilling rig involved in the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico criticized the U.S. government's six-month ban on deepwater drilling in the area Tuesday.

    On the sidelines of an oil conference in London, Transocean Ltd. president Steven Newman said there were things President Barack Obama's administration "could implement today that would allow the industry to go back to work tomorrow without an arbitrary six-month time limit."

  • Nebraska city votes to restrict illegal immigration

    FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — This small Nebraska meatpacking town has joined Arizona at the center of a national debate about illegal immigration after voters approved a ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants, but an expected court challenge could keep the measure from ever taking effect.

    The American Civil Liberties Union already has promised to file a lawsuit to block enforcement of the proposal roughly 57 percent of Fremont voters supported Monday.

  • Arizona wildfire near Flagstaff scorches 10,000 acres

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Crews battling a 10,000-acre fire that has threatened hundreds of homes were sending planes Tuesday to learn the full scope of the blaze, which choked the skies with rolling clouds of smoke and sent flames high into the air.

    About 10 percent of the wildfire outside Flagstaff was under control late Monday, as firefighters focused Monday on protecting endangered homes by digging trenches, clearing out dry brush and spraying them down.

  • NM sportsmen concerned about hunting access

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe retiree Ron Hammond said he’ll have to go to Wyoming again this year because he can’t get an antelope hunting permit in New Mexico.

    “It’s totally disgusting. It’s totally unjust,” Hammond told the Albuquerque Journal in a copyright story published Sunday. He has struck out in his attempts over the past 15 or so years to draw a big game license in New Mexico.

    Apparently, Hammond is not alone.

  • Inscriptions may date back to 1580s

    ALBUQUERQUE — Newly found inscriptions depicting Christian crosses and letters etched in stone have been discovered north of the Sandia Mountains — possibly the work of a Spanish expedition that visited New Mexico in the 1580s.

    Albuquerque historian and author Mike Smith said he found the etchings this month while exploring a rocky, desert area east of the Rio Grande.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported on the findings in a copyright story published Tuesday.

    New Mexico’s state historian, Rick Hendricks, plans to examine the inscriptions Friday.