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  • Deaths expected to rise in gas explosion

    BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews tried to douse the remnants of an enormous blaze and account for the residents of dozens of homes after a gas line ruptured and an explosion ripped through in a neighborhood near San Francisco, killing at least four people and likely more.

  • Los Alamos Co-op Market Hires GM

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market has taken yet another major step in its journey to becoming a reality. It has hired a general manager with extensive co-op experience to help move the operation through the home stretch.

    “The co-op board is delighted to announce that Steve Watts has accepted our offer,” said Nancy Savoia, board president. “Steve was the general manager of the French Broad Food Cooperative in Asheville, N.C. for the last four years and before that was the business development director for the La Montanita Co-op here in New Mexico.”

  • Fatal Crash Probe Continues

    Investigators have obtained a search warrant for the cell phone belonging to the driver involved in a recent head-on collision in which a woman died.

    “We have the cell phone in our possession and are examining it,” Capt. Randy Foster said. “We’re also going through the process to retain the vehicle in which the woman passed away for further investigation and evidence purposes.”

    The vehicle is a gray Nissan Altima that belonged to Miranda Martinez, 29, of Velarde.

  • Udall: ‘I was most impressed by the scientists’

    For New Mexico Senator Tom Udall, the takeaway from a whirlwind tour of a clean-up area at the Los Alamos National Laboratory was twofold. He was impressed by the lab’s scientific nature and plans to press for additional funds to continue the lab’s work.
    That’s good news for Los Alamos, an economy that is heavily reliant on the lab.
    “I was most impressed by the scientists and their work there,” Udall said.

  • LA firefighters union endorses Richard

    President Flavio Martinez of the Los Alamos Firefighters Union said the rank and file has endorsed Democrat Stephanie Richard for the District 43 House seat held nine consecutive terms by Republican Jeannette Wallace.
    “We proudly stand in support of Stephanie Richard,” Martinez said in a news release. “She’s committed to public safety and will be a strong champion for area firefighters.”
    Richard said she was “proud” to receive the endorsement in the release.

  • GOP opens Los Alamos campaign HQ

    As the political season heats up, the Los Alamos Republican Party opened its campaign headquarters in Central Park Square Saturday. Congressional candidate Tom Mullins, gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez and Errol Chavez, who is running for state auditor, attended the event.

  • Colorado wildfire destroys dozens of homes

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A wind-whipped wildfire sent flames roaring through a rugged canyon in the Colorado foothills, forcing about 3,000 people to flee the area and destroying dozens of homes — some that belonged to the firefighters themselves, authorities said Tuesday.
    Fire officials were assessing the extent of the damage and planned to release details at a morning news conference.

  • Susana Martinez flies in for grand opening of local GOP headquarters

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez flew in to town late Saturday afternoon to attend the grand opening of the local GOP campaign headquarters in Central Park Square.

    About 100 people turned out for the event including several candidates. Congressional candidate Tom Mullins of Farmington drove his truck to the grand opening and spoke of his frustration with Rep. Ben Ray Lujan's refusal to debate him on the issues.

    Get the details in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • White Rock trail passes council

    With a visitor center and street improvements already approved, the drive to improve White Rock further accelerated when Los Alamos County Councilors passed a motion for the design and construction of the Canada del Buey pathway and park project.

  • Ex-LANL Worker Sentenced For 2009 Gold Theft

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee has been sentenced to a year in prison for trying to take a 2-ounce piece of gold valued at $2,000 from the lab.

    Alex Maestas was sentenced Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Judge C. Leroy Hansen.

    The 46-year-old Maestas pleaded guilty Jan. 28 to theft of government property. During a plea hearing, he admitted stealing the gold from an area used to store plutonium and nuclear materials.