Local News

  • Obama releases birth form, decries 'silliness'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to critics' relentless claims, President Barack Obama on Wednesday produced a detailed Hawaii birth certificate in an extraordinary attempt to bury the issue of where he was born and confirm his legitimacy to hold office. He declared, "We do not have time for this kind of silliness."

    By going on national TV from the White House, Obama portrayed himself as a voice of reason amid a loud, lingering debate on his birth status. Though his personal attention to the issue elevated it as never before, Obama said to Republican detractors and the media, it is time to move on to bigger issues.

  • White House releases Obama birth certificate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House released the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate Wednesday in response to questions about whether he was really born in the U.S.

    The certificate says Obama was born in Hawaii, which makes him eligible to hold the office of president. Obama released a standard short form before he was elected in 2008, but requested copies of his original birth certificate from Hawaii officials this week in hopes of quieting the lingering controversy.

  • Officials say New Mexico fire burned 71,000 acres

    CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An eastern New Mexico fire chief said Tuesday that a mid-April grass fire burned about 71,000 acres — more than four times the original estimate.

    Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said he drove the fire line last week and found it covered 25 miles and was more than four miles wide in most areas.

    The Clovis News Journal reported Jacobs was incident commander for the fire, which broke out April 17 and burned in Curry and Roosevelt counties.

    Officials said the blaze started near Melrose when sparks set grass on fire after a tire blew out on a vehicle. The fire burned three houses and a barn and killed or injured about 100 head of cattle.

  • UK police: Wedding guests to face security checks--video extra

    LONDON (AP) — British police say guests at the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton will have to pass through security checks to enter Westminster Abbey.

    Police would not say what methods will be used. Some 5,000 police will be deployed at the wedding and 60 people have already been arrested in pre-wedding sweeps.

    Metropolitan Police Commander Christine Jones said Wednesday that there is no intelligence suggesting any new terrorist threats against the royal wedding.

    She says Internet chatter is being monitored and asks the public to be on alert for suspicious behavior.

  • AP sources: Crocker top pick for Afghan post

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is likely to name seasoned diplomat Ryan Crocker as the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, several sources told The Associated Press on Tuesday, part of a far-reaching turnover of the nation's top leadership of the Afghanistan war as Obama prepares to begin bringing forces home this summer.

    The move would reunite Crocker with Gen. David Petraeus in a rerun of the diplomatic and military "dream team" credited with rescuing the flagging American mission in Iraq. In the coming months, Obama will have to name replacements for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen, other senior military leaders and probably Petraeus himself.

  • Gov. Martinez to be in Los Alamos Wednesday

    Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Los Alamos Wednesday.

    In the morning, Martinez will attend a breakfast at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and then take a tour of the facility.

     In the afternoon, Martinez will attend a reception at a local bank.  

    Watch for more details here and in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 04-26-11

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Community Building.

    Pasta dinner
    The Los Alamos High School baseball team is having a pasta dinner from 5-7 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. For more information, phone 672-4066.

    Rptary Club
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos will meet on May 3 at 11:45 a.m. at the Central Avenue Grill.
    Charter Review
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the training room at the Community Building.

  • NCRTD Executive Director announces retirement

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) board announced the retirement of Executive Director, Josette Lucero, on Monday.
    During Lucero’s administration, the District garnered public passage of a Gross Receipts Tax to support both regional public transportation and Rail Runner expenses, develop a functional organization from the ground up, and gainr major awards for increasing ridership.
    The organization recently earned an Award of Achievement for highest percentage growth in transit passenger ridership in New Mexico for a rural transit program. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Region 6 presented the NCRTD with the award for Fiscal Year 2010 under its Federal Section 5311 Rural Transit Program.

  • Mixed-use A-19-a plan takes shape in White Rock

    Visions of a mixed-use commercial and residential development on parcel A-19-a in White Rock have started to take shape.

    The updated plans for the 60-acre parcel were presented during a meeting Monday night.

    Tim Karpoff of Karpoff and Associates; Will Gleason of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, a New Mexico architecture and planning firm; and Dan Guimond of Economic Planning System hosted the meeting. They were hired by the county to conduct a master plan study of A-19-a, which is located north of N.M. 4 across from the Hampton Inn in White Rock.

  • Maj. Robert Shilling named Chief of State Police

    SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez recently announced that Department of Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden has named Maj. Robert Shilling as Chief of the New Mexico State Police.
    Before being named acting chief in January 2011, Shilling most recently served as the Law Enforcement Budget Director and Commander of Investigations for the New Mexico State Police.