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  • Cap collecting more and more oil, Coast Guard says

    PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The geyser of oil spewing from sea floor is tapering off more day by day with the help of a wellhead cap, but there's no quick fix for containing much of the crude that has already escaped and is spreading across the Gulf of Mexico.

    The cap is now keeping up to 462,000 gallons of oil a day from leaking into the Gulf, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Monday in Washington. That's up from about 441,000 gallons on Saturday and about 250,000 on Friday.

  • Ohio tornado kills 7, wrecks cop cars, graduation

    MILLBURY, Ohio (AP) — A community whose high school was destroyed the day before graduation by a tornado that killed seven people, including the valedictorian's father, rescheduled the ceremony as residents sifted through houses in many cases reduced to rubble.

    The tornado was Ohio's strongest in eight years, part of a line of storms that ripped through the Midwest over the weekend, destroying dozens of homes and an emergency services building in northwest Ohio.

  • Rio wildfire fully contained, fire crews leave the area

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire that burned 1,356 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest northwest of Albuquerque has been contained.

    Officials say the Rio Fire is believed to have been started by an abandoned campfire over the Memorial Day weekend. The blaze forced evacuations last week in the Seven Springs area and temporarily closed Fenton Lake State Park.

    Several structures were threatened but none lost.

    The fire was located about six miles northwest of Jemez (HAY-muss) Springs and a half-mile southwest of Fenton Lake.

  • Man faces 19 felony counts

    A man was arrested Wednesday on a multitude of narcotics-related charges following a successful collaboration between Los Alamos police detectives and agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

  • Breaking News Breaking News: Extreme fire conditions elicit a forest service warning

    Fire officials for the Carson National Forest are warning the general public to be extremely careful for the next several days with any device that might start a fire. 

    The short term weather pattern has entered into a “super Hanes index,” which means the extremely high temperatures coupled with the very low humidity will create a dangerous situation where even the greenest of vegetation will burn. 

    The weather situation is both a rare and dangerous one.

  • Breaking News Breaking News: Council hires new county attorney

    After recessing into closed session this afternoon, 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.

    Read the full story in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Teen Center initiative in motion

    Members of the public and the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) met in the Airport Basin Training Room on May 19 to focus on a Community Multi-Purpose Teen Center initiative.

    JJAB Chair Alan Kirk introduced the initiative with an assurance that building a multi-purpose teen center facility will demand patience and community support.

  • Denish airs critical TV ad

    SANTA FE — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Diane Denish went on the attack Thursday with a television ad criticizing GOP candidate Susana Martinez’s record as a prosecutor.

    Denish’s ad came quickly after Tuesday’s primary election and signaled that New Mexicans will see a hard-hitting campaign in the race for governor.

    Martinez has been the district attorney in the 3rd Judicial District, which covers Dona Ana County, since 1997.

  • 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.