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  • Cain Train comes to a halt--video extra

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Cain train has come to a stop.

    Republican candidate Herman Cain is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination to avoid continued news coverage of allegations of sexual misconduct that is hurtful to his family.

    "I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions and the continued hurt caused on me and my family," Cain told several hundred supporters gathered at what was to have been the opening of his national campaign headquarters.

    Cain's announcement came five days after an Atlanta-area woman claimed she and Cain had an affair for more than a decade, a claim that followed several allegations of sexual harassment against the Georgia businessman.

  • Winds clocked at 88 mph at Sandia tram

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP)— Some of the worst winds to hit the Albuquerque metro area were at the base of the Sandia Tram. It was enough to shut the tram down Thursday after winds of 88 mph were clocked.
    The tramway manager says when the winds start swinging the cables and the cars, the tram can’t reach the mountaintop on a day like that.
    Once the cross winds go beyond 45, the tramway is shutdown. Inside their control room they monitor the wind speeds.
    It’s bad news for visitors and not so good for the tram because of lost business.
    This morning, meanwhile, state highway officials have closed Interstate 40 from Santa Rosa to Clines Corners due to black ice.

  • Update 12-02-11

    Historic meeting

    The Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m., Dec. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Wednesday, Thursday and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m., Dec. 13 at the Chamber Conference Room.

    TEDx meeting

  • Correction 12-02-11

    A press release in Thursday’s edition of “Diversions” incorrectly stated that Don Taylor will take photographs during the Santa Paws event from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Pet Pangaea. Pet Pangaea will take the photos.

  • Time to get your tree

    Another trailer full of holiday spirit arrives at Delancy Street’s annual Christmas tree lot outside the Elk's Lodge Friday morning.

  • Stay healthy and be safe during extreme cold or snowy weather

    Check weather conditions before heading outdoors. That includes wind chill, which can greatly impact your body temperature.

    The wind chill is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by combined effects of wind and cold. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from the body at an accelerated rate, driving down the body temperature. Animals are also affected by wind chill.

    During severe cold weather conditions, your best line of defense is to stay inside your home or vehicle.

    However, if you must be outside, avoid overexertion — such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a car, or walking in deep snow. The strain from the cold and the hard labor may cause a heart attack. Sweating could lead to a chill and hypothermia.

  • Owner Fights To Keep Eatery

    Central Avenue Grill owner Min Sung Park had few alternatives left when he declared bankruptcy Aug. 12 in United States Federal Court in Albuquerque.

    Park has operated Central Avenue Grill, 1789 Central Ave., as well as his Osaka Grill and Seafood restaurant, 3501 Zafarano Dr., in Santa Fe under “debtor-in-possession” status since filing for Chapter 11 reorganization.

    Park’s attorney, George Moore said Thursday that Central Avenue Grill “will certainly remain open through December.”

    All holiday parties already booked at the restaurant will be honored, Park said.

  • VIDEO: Violent Wind Storm Leaves Path of Destruction

    Hundreds of thousands without power in California. A wind gust reaching 123-mph in Colorado. The powerful winds that tore across Western states Thursday created a path destruction that prompted some communities to declare emergencies.

  • Martinez announces cell phone savings

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday that her administration has significantly reduced cell phone, BlackBerry, and air card use, resulting in over $320,000 in projected savings over calendar year 2011.
    The administration has reduced the number of wireless devices in agencies and departments throughout state government by a net total of 500 from December 2010 to September 2011.  These administration-wide reductions, along with a more efficient approach to pooling wireless plans, are projected to total $320,412 in savings by the end of 2011.

  • Strong winds down trees and power lines in West

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — High winds flipped over trees and trucks and knocked out power to more than 300,000 California customers before moving inland early Thursday, where schools in a Utah town closed because of 100 mph wind gusts.
    Some of the worst Santa Ana winds in years blasted through California Wednesday and Thursday, sweeping down through canyons and creating gusts of up to 80 mph through the night, with a 97-mph gust recorded Wednesday night at Whitaker Peak in Los Angeles County. High gusts Thursday morning topped 60 mph.
    The National Weather Service issued high wind warnings and wind advisories for parts of California, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming.