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  • New Mexico wants federal help

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Environment Secretary Ron Curry  has asked the federal government for help with what he called an “urgent issue” affecting the state’s water quality.

    Curry is taking aim at off-road vehicle trails on the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico, saying in a letter addressed to regional officials with the Environmental Protection Agency that fragile soils and riparian ecosystems are being destroyed.

  • Two new principals join the LAPS team

    Jill Gonzales and Pam Miller followed different paths in becoming educators but they converged when they became principals at the Los Alamos Public Schools.

    Gonzales, the new principal at Piñon Elementary School, and Miller, the principal at Barranca Elementary School, received their new positions Thursday.

    Miller followed a straight road to become a teacher.

    Gonzales, however, took a detour before arriving at her decision to teach others.

    Both said they are looking forward to beginning their new responsibilities.

  • LAPD goes under the microscope

    Four law enforcement auditors are set to arrive in town Tuesday on a three-day mission to scrutinize the Los Alamos Police Department.

    The auditors are independent, trained professionals from across the state who will assess the department’s compliance with a set of 217 standards required for accreditation with the State of New Mexico.

    LAPD has been involved in the voluntary process of state accreditation for more than two years and next week will determine how well it has done.

  • NM candidates to disclose campaign fundraising

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates for governor and other state elective offices face a deadline for reporting their fundraising since New Mexico's primary election.

    The campaign finance reports must be filed Thursday.

    The disclosures will provide the first look at how much Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have collected for their general election race during the past month.

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez, the district attorney in Las Cruces, are running to become New Mexico's first female governor.

  • Police to provide child ID kits

    The Los Alamos Police Department July 4 will provide a special kit to parents loaded with tools to help locate their child if he or she ever goes missing.

    Cpl. Monica Salazar-Casias is heading up the day-long project called Identikit.

  • P&Z gives nod to KRSN antenna deal

    There was a lot riding on the outcome of Wednesday’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

    KRSN co-owners Gillian and David Sutton vowed to close the radio station if their fourth attempt in four and a half years to obtain a special use permit and site plan approval for a 170-foot antenna was denied.

    Applause and cheers broke the tense silence from the audience packed into council chambers as the seventh commissioner in a row voted yes.

    KRSN had unanimous approval to erect its radio tower near Los Alamos Middle School on Hawk Drive.

  • Remnants of Hurricane Alex may impact local weather Friday and Saturday

    The following special weather statement was issued by the National Weather Service late Thursday afternoon...

    SOME MOISTURE FROM HURRICANE ALEX MAY IMPACT PORTIONS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY...

    WHILE PRECIPITATION IN THE EASTERN PLAINS THIS MORNING WAS LIKELY ASSOCIATED WITH A WEAK DISTURBANCE WHICH TRACKED WESTWARD INTO THE REGION... SHOWERS AND STORMS DEVELOPED OVER MOST OF THE HIGHER TERRAIN THIS AFTERNOON. WINDS ALOFT HAVE BECOME SOUTHERLY... ALLOWING FOR AN INCREASE IN MOISTURE FROM THE SOUTH.

  • NM group wants another look at Los Alamos CMRR building

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An organization long critical of Los Alamos National Laboratory's plan for a new nuclear facility says the National Environmental Policy Act needs to be followed before the building can move ahead.

    The Los Alamos Study Group contends the project is on a larger scale than alternatives analyzed seven years ago and has not been subjected to a NEPA analysis.

    The watchdog group is sending a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and National Nuclear Security Administration head Tom D'Agostino about their concerns.

  • Suspect dubbed femme fatale of Russian spy case

    NEW YORK (AP) — Anna Chapman has been called the femme fatale of a spy case with Cold War-style intrigue — a striking redhead and self-styled entrepreneur who dabbled in real estate and mused on her Facebook page, "if you can dream, you can become it."

    Chapman's American dream, U.S. authorities say, was a ruse.

    The 28-year-old Chapman, they say, was a savvy Russian secret agent who worked with a network of other operatives before an FBI undercover agent lured her into an elaborate trap at a coffee shop in lower Manhattan.

  • Kagan won't criticize Roberts court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Kagan declined an invitation to criticize the current Supreme Court on Wednesday, testifying at the third day of confirmation hearings, "I'm sure everyone up there is acting in good faith."

    In a lengthy exchange with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Kagan said pointedly she didn't agree with the Rhode Island Democrat's analysis that justices appointed by Republican presidents were "driving the law in a new direction by the narrowest possible margins" in a series of 5-4 rulings.