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  • County employee perishes in Arizona plane crash

    Officials in Arizona said that identification on the pilot found in the wreckage indicates that Gary Cavasos, 54, of Los Alamos did not survive the crash. He was last seen at about 9 p.m. Friday taking off from the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. Cavasos worked in the Los Alamos County IT Department and neither he nor his plane had been seen since Friday night.

  • ‘Net surfer injured

    A quiet evening turned nightmarish for an Arkansas man sitting on the lower front steps at UNM-Los Alamos about 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

    Jerry Plumlee was at the campus capturing a WiFi signal and working on his laptop for about 10 minutes when an instant later he found himself battered and bruised.

  • Cavasos’ life touched many

    As word spread within the last 18 hours that Gary Cavasos died in a plane crash, family, colleagues and friends have tried to summon the words to describe a man they admired, respected and loved.

    “Gary was a family man — he loved his family so much — his passion was flying and his wife and his kids,” said younger brother David Morales. “I’ve known him for the 40 years I’ve been alive and he was a wonderful brother and he would give the shirt off his back to anybody.”

  • Latest blunder feeds frustration in the Gulf

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Earlier this month, BP boldly predicted the oil gushing from the bottom of the sea would be reduced to a "relative trickle" within days, and President Barack Obama told the nation last week that as much as 90 percent would soon be captured. But those goals seemed wildly optimistic Thursday after yet another setback a mile underwater.

  • Sticking points keep work going on Wall St. bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators struggled to meet a self-imposed Thursday deadline to wrap up a massive financial regulation bill, with two major sticking points standing in the way of completing legislation that has been one year in the making.

    Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, huddled with fellow senators to resolve disputes over how far to go in restricting banks from engaging in securities deals.

  • Judge who nixed drill ban reported oil investments

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports. He's also a new member of a secret national security court.

    U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, a 1983 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, reported owning less than $15,000 in stock in 2008 in Transocean Ltd., the company that owned the sunken Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

  • Curb appeal pays off handsomely

    A fresh new look is blanketing downtown Los Alamos as businesses embrace a matching funds program. The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, through its MainStreet Curb Appeal grant program, facilitated the award of matching funds to downtown businesses and organizations that made curb appeal improvements.

    More than 10 downtown businesses took advantage of the offer including LA Fitness, REA, Finishing Touch, Dr. Lee Acupuncture, Bi-Lingual Montessori School, Pet Pangaea, ReMax, Coffee Booth, Southwest Office Solutions and the Family YMCA, among others.

  • Go indoors when thunder roars

    Every summer New Mexico experiences violent thunderstorms and lightning strikes and averages 17 storms with a 1.1 percent chance of a fatality annually. The state has been ranked at times as number two in the nation for lightning strike deaths.

    During National Lightning Awareness Week, which runs through Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service are promoting the fact that awareness of the danger posed in lightning strikes just might save one’s life.

  • Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, saying the government rashly concluded that because one rig failed, the others are in immediate danger, too.

    The White House promised an immediate appeal. The Interior Department had halted approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling and suspended drilling of 33 exploratory wells in the Gulf.

  • White House releases 'patient bill of rights'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama unveiled a package of consumer benefits Tuesday to build support for his health care overhaul within a divided nation and warned Republicans about trying to repeal his landmark law. "We're not going back," said a defiant president.