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  • North, South Korea exchange fire; 2 marines killed

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire Tuesday after the North shelled an island near their disputed sea border, killing at least two South Korean marines, setting dozens of buildings ablaze and sending civilians fleeing for shelter.

    The skirmish began when Pyongyang warned the South to halt military drills in the area, according to South Korean officials. When Seoul refused, the North bombarded the small South Korean-held island of Yeonpyeong, which houses military installations and a small civilian population.

  • Winter Weather Advisory issued for much of the area

    The National Weather Service has issued the following advisory for much of the area today:

  • House Democrats stick with Lujan for speaker

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House Democrats are retaining their top leadership and sticking with Ben Lujan of Santa Fe as their nominee to become speaker of the House.

    The 37-member Democratic caucus selected their leadership team Saturday during a closed-door meeting in the Capitol.

    Lujan overcame a challenge from Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces.

    Besides Lujan, Democrats voted to keep W. Ken Martinez of Grants as majority floor leader and Sheryl Williams Stapleton of Albuquerque as majority whip.

  • Parent questions search policy

     A parent expressed concern Thursday that her child, who attends Los Alamos High School, has been called into the principal’s office and “frisked” four times this year. After the third incident, she requested the school notify her in advance of any further frisking.

  • Sanchez in Los Alamos, part of whirlwind tour

    Lt. Gov.-Elect John Sanchez was on a mission Thursday to gather Los Alamos business concerns to take back to Gov. Elect Susana Martinez.

    “We’re excited about rolling up our sleeves,” Sanchez said.

    A number of local business owners and managers assembled with Sanchez in council chambers and they weren’t shy about voicing their concerns. Chopping programs to balance the state’s estimated $450 million deficit was a major issue on the minds of educators at the meeting.

  • Holidays are a time to remember troops overseas

    The holiday season brings out the spirit of giving in people. At the Children’s Clinic, the giving spirit caught on early after hearing about the 3/5 Marines I Co. 3rd Platoon.

    Since September, the platoon has been in a remote area of Afghanistan. Among those fighting in this area is Jared Pinkerton, the son of Sheree Pinkerton, a Registered Nurse who works at the clinic. Pinkerton’s son, was injured just last week. He is being treated in a hospital overseas.

  • LANL debuts hybrid ‘green’ garbage truck

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has begun using a diesel-hydraulic hybrid truck for daily garbage pickup, improving fuel efficiency by 30 percent and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by even more.

    The Peterbilt Model 320 replaces one of the Lab’s two garbage trucks. Each truck runs 40 hours per week and racks up tens of thousands of miles every year.

  • Gov.-elect wants resignations from exempt workers

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez wants resignations from political appointees in Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson's administration unless they are asked to stay on when the Republican governor takes office in January.

    Martinez transition team leader Heather Wilson notified so-called exempt workers Friday that they should submit resignations effective Dec. 31, the last day of Richardson's term.

  • Trinity could tout roundabouts

    Los Alamos drivers may be maneuvering through roundabouts on Trinity Drive in the future.

    From four proposed alternatives that the NM 502 corridor study developed to improve Trinity Drive, the transportation board is recommending that Los Alamos County Council direct staff to further study and gather input on two alternatives ­– A1 and A2.

  • Blind justice: New sculpture for center defies convention

    There’s no such thing as convention in the world of art.

    From Claude Monet’s paintings of haystacks to Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, a urinal sculpture, art is constantly evolving. While Paris or New York may seem like the typical hotbeds for creative innovations, Los Alamos is experiencing its own artistic revolution.