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  • Clock ticks on Valles Caldera

    After jumping through 24 months of bureaucratic hoops, the management at Valles Caldera National Preserve is poised to become part of the National Park System.
    Management of the 89,000-acre dormant volcano field by a troubled private sector trust has had activists campaigning for its inclusion this year, to stave off possible indefinite postponement by a new Congress January 1.

  • Council rejects muni ordinance

    The saga of the new municipal building continued Tuesday night with a majority of county council opposing Councilor Vincent Chiravalle’s attempts to introduce an ordinance to replicate the original building at its former location on Ashley Pond.
    Chiravalle and Councilor Robert Gibson voted in favor of its passage.
    With the recent lawsuit seeking an injunction to stop an all mail ballot election on the subject, which was filed by local attorneys Chris and George Chandler, Chiravalle said he was concerned that the election might not happen.

  • Pelosi expected to remain House Democrats' leader

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite suffering near-historic election losses this month, House Democrats moved closer Wednesday to keeping their leadership team intact, with Nancy Pelosi of California still in the party's top job.

    Her allies predicted she would win overwhelmingly, particularly given the 129-68 vote to defeat an effort by Pelosi's critics to postpone the leadership election until next month.

  • Utility: No guarantees on northwest NM power plant

    FARMINGTON (AP) — An official of the company that runs the coal-fired Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington is offering no guarantees about its future.

    Arizona Public Service Co. announced plans last week to close three of the plant's generating units and seek majority ownership of the remaining two units from Southern California Edison.

  • Tame inflation gives Fed ammo for bond-buying plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices barely changed for the third straight month, strengthening the Federal Reserve's hand at a time when it is defending a plan to boost the economy by buying more government debt.

    Extraordinarily low inflation was a major impetus for the Fed program to spend $600 billion buying Treasury bonds. A report Wednesday from the Labor Department showed that inflation remains super-low.

  • Consumer prices rise moderately but inflation tame

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices rose moderately in October but there was little sign of inflation as the cost of autos, clothing and hotels fell.

    The Labor Department said Wednesday the Consumer Price Index rose by 0.2 percent last month, an increase from September's 0.1 percent rise. Wall Street analysts had expected a slightly larger increase. It was the fourth straight rise.

  • Israel OKs pullout from Lebanon border village

    GHAJAR, Golan Heights (AP) — Israel on Wednesday approved the withdrawal of troops from the northern half of a village that straddles the border with Lebanon — a step that would end its four-year presence in the volatile area.

    The pullout, expected to take place in the coming weeks, would resolve a key dispute between the two countries that has simmered since Israel reoccupied northern Ghajar during the war with Lebanese Hezbollah militants in 2006.

  • Soldier receives Medal of Honor for heroism in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ambushed in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta stepped into a "wall of bullets" and chased down two Taliban fighters who were carrying his mortally wounded friend away.

    Three years after that act of battlefield bravery, Giunta on Tuesday became the first living service member from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to receive the nation's top military award, the Medal of Honor.

  • Bradbury to be featured on 'Mysteries at the Museum' tonight

    The Bradbury Science Museum will be featured on the Travel Channel tonight.

    The museum is the subject of a segment on the Travel Channel series "Mysteries at the Museum." The episode is scheduled to air at 7 p.m.

    The segment on the Bradbury Science Museum will focus on a possible breach of security during the Manhattan Project.

    Other featured museums will include the San Francisco Fire Museum, Los Angeles Police Museum and Ellis Island.

  • Update 11-16-10

    Power outage
    At 12:38 a.m. Sunday, power was interrupted to Circuit 17 affecting the downtown area along Deacon Street and Central Street eastward to Smith’s Food and Drug. The underground line there was patrolled that night and re-energized at 1:22 a.m. restoring power to the area.  The apparent cause of the outage was uncovered Monday when the remains of a large rodent were discovered inside the switchgear equipment box located at Deacon and 17th Street during the follow-up investigation.  

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