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  • Assistant superintendent named

    Initially Paula Dean felt anxious about her new position as assistant superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools. However, as Dean takes the reigns of the position from former Assistant Superintendent Kate Thomas, that anxiety has transformed into excitement.

    “I’m very excited,” she said. “I have moved incrementally from anxiety to full-blown excitement. I think it’s going to be a challenge and I love it — I love a challenge.”

    Dean will officially become the new assistant superintendent on July 1.

  • Dutchman confesses to killing Peruvian woman

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, long the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of a U.S. teen in Aruba, has confessed to killing a young Peruvian woman in his Lima hotel room, a police spokesman said.

    Peru's chief police spokesman, Col. Abel Gamarra, told The Associated Press that Van der Sloot admitted under police questioning Monday that he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores on May 30.

  • Nation: Voters choose fall matchups, decide Lincoln's fate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With frustrated voters poised to unleash their wrath, unpopular Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and vulnerable Sen. Barbara Boxer will find out their Republican opponents this fall. And fellow Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln will learn whether she'll even be on the November ballot.

    Their states — Nevada, California and Arkansas — are among 12 holding primaries and runoffs Tuesday, the busiest night thus far of this year's congressional and gubernatorial elections.

  • Police: Dutchman confesses to killing Lima woman

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, long the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of a U.S. teen in Aruba, has confessed to killing a young Peruvian woman in his Lima hotel room, a police spokesman said.

    Peru's chief police spokesman, Col. Abel Gamarra, told The Associated Press that Van der Sloot admitted under questioning Monday that he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores on May 30.

  • 06-08-10 Update

    Police Beat

      Charges of a man making brass knuckle threats, vandals flooding a building and two brothers driving separate vehicles and both charged with DWI top this week’s Police Beat. Read the full report on Page 2.

    Lin’s senior recital

       Los Alamos Arts Council presents Kathy Lin’s senior recital at 7 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    “The Muppet Movie”

  • Rio Grande silvery minnows spawn in Big Bend

    ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Rio Grande silvery minnows stocked in the Big Bend area of the river in Texas have successfully spawned — a step in establishing the endangered fish outside the middle Rio Grande in New Mexico.

    Biologists identified the river’s Big Bend reach as the most likely spot to support the fish in the species’ historic range.

  • Seeking peace

    A group of Los Alamos residents, in an effort to promote a lasting peace between the people of Afghanistan and the United States, have initiated a project called the Afghan Sister Village Project.

    Members include Bob Fuselier, Dick Honsinger, David Trujillo, Emily McGay and Sam Gardner, Jr. Their goal is to foster understanding between the people of an Afghan village and the people of Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico.

  • Cap propsal may proceed

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for a state regulatory panel to resume consideration of a petition to establish a cap on greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

    The justices vacated a lower court ruling that effectively halted the state Environmental Improvement Board’s process for gathering expert testimony and public comments related to an environmental group’s emissions proposal.

  • Breaking News Head on collision halts traffic on Main Hill Road

    A sedan and a pick up were involved in a head on collision around noon today on the Main Hill Road.

    Police said Merch Lopez, 81, was driving eastbound when he attempted a u-turn in the sedan in front of Gregory Kennard, 54, who was traveling westbound in the truck when the vehicles collided.

    Lopez, who police said will be cited, complained of minor injuries and was transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center by the fire department.

  • Los Alamos team working on 'virtual' reactor

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A team of Los Alamos National Laboratory materials scientists and computer modeling experts are part of a U.S. Department of Energy project to create a so-called "virtual" reactor that officials believe could lead to a new generation of safer, longer-lasting and less-expensive nuclear reactors.

    The Los Alamos team will provide technical leadership and expertise in materials science and computer codes to help realistic simulations of reactor core and structural materials.