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  • Caravans fuel pot boom

    HELENA, Mont. — As Bob Marley music wailed in the next room, the makeshift clinic hummed along like an assembly line: Patients went in to see a doctor, paid $150 and walked out with a recommendation that they be allowed to buy and smoke medical marijuana.

    So it went, all day, at a hotel just blocks from the state Capitol that was the latest stop of the so-called cannabis caravan, a band of doctors and medical marijuana advocates roaming Montana that has helped thousands of patients apply for medical marijuana cards from the state.

  • Council hires new attorney

    After recessing into closed session Friday afternoon, six members of the Los Alamos County Council reconvened to approve the hiring of a new county attorney to replace Mary McInerny who retires next month.

    In a 5-1 vote, council hired Randy Autio who currently serves as assistant city attorney in Albuquerque.

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle served on the selection committee and voted against the hire Friday saying that while Autio is well qualified for the position, he felt that the salary of $139, 320 being offered was too high.

  • N.M. 502 work delayed

    Unexpected delays will postpone pumping concrete for the pedestrian bridge on the Canyon Rim Trail south of the Los Alamos Airport.

    The work originally scheduled for Saturday will now take place on Tuesday. The operation will require traffic control on N.M. 502, also known as East Road.

  • Cause of death pending

    The cause and manner of death of Los Alamos Jeanne Lang, whose body was discovered in her Trinity Drive condominium last week, is pending toxicology results.

    The Office of the Medical Investigator said this morning those results will take approximately six weeks.

  • Triay given key to county

    Los Alamos County Council Chair Mike Wismer presented the key to the county to Dr. Inés Triay this morning in Council Chambers.

    The key was presented to Triay in appreciation for her assistance to Los Alamos.

    “Dr. Triay is a friend to the county and to the State of New Mexico and she ensures that protection of human health and the environment are first and foremost in every decision,” Wismer said in presenting her the key.

  • Wildfire forces evacuation

    JEMEZ SPRINGS  — Forest Service officials say 10 people were evacuated from the community of Seven Springs because of a wildfire burning in the Jemez Mountains northwest of Albuquerque.

    Evacuations also were ordered for campers in the Fenton Lake area.

    The fire is burning on the Santa Fe National Forest about six miles northwest of Jemez Springs and a half-mile southwest of Fenton Lake State Park.

    Forest officials say as many as 83 structures are threatened.

  • Flier flusters dog owners

    Some dog owners are barking mad thinking they could be cited or arrested for their canine’s feisty behavior.

    “The Los Alamos Police Department would like to clarify that there is reasonable and then there is unreasonable dog barking behavior,” Capt. Randy Foster said. “Incessant barking is indeed a nuisance to surrounding neighbors and our intent is to find a happy medium for all of our community members.”

  • Chile police detain Dutchman in Peru killing

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Dutch man long suspected in the disappearance of an Alabama teen in Aruba was arrested Thursday in the murder of a young woman in Peru.

    Stephany Flores, 21, was killed in a Lima hotel Sunday, five years to the day after Natalee Holloway disappeared.

  • Quintana seeks district court seat

    Yvonne Quintana is a recent widow and mother of two children, Nicolette, 9, and Enrique, 6. She is a native New Mexican who lives in Española and describes her life and professional experiences as making her “uniquely qualified” to serve the community as judge for the First Judicial District Court.

  • Governor nixes proposed tax on food, signs off on other tax hikes

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson has vetoed a proposed tax on food, but signed other tax increases that will raise about $170 million to help balance the state budget next year.

    The governor used his line-item veto powers Wednesday to reject a proposal that would have reinstated the gross receipts tax on food at the rate imposed by local governments, which averages about 2 percent statewide.