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  • NM lawmakers mull tax hikes as special session kicks off

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will pay higher taxes when they buy goods and services, including food, under a budget-balancing package proposed by Democratic legislative leaders.

    The House and Senate will consider the budget package, including more than $200 million in tax increases, during a special session that convenes Monday.

  • Publisher pulls plug on Hiroshima bomb book

    NEW YORK (AP) — Publication has been halted for a disputed book about the atomic bombing of Japan in 1945, The Associated Press has learned.

    Charles Pellegrino's "The Last Train from Hiroshima" had received strong reviews and had been optioned for a possible film by "Avatar" director James Cameron. But publisher Henry Holt and Company, responding to questions from the AP, said Monday that Pellegrino "was not able to answer" several concerns, including whether two men mentioned in the text actually existed.

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  • Massive 8.8 earthquake rocks Chile, tsunami warnings issued for Pacific region

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A devastating magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, shattering buildings and bridges, killing at least 78 people and setting off a tsunami that threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean — roughly a quarter of the globe.

    Chilean TV showed devastating images of the most powerful quake to hit the country in a half-century: In the second city of Concepcion trucks plunged into the fractured earth, homes fell, bridges collapsed and buildings were engulfed in flames. Injured people lay in the streets or on stretchers.

  • Marco Lucero announces bid for sheriff

    Longtime Los Alamos resident Marco Lucero has spent more than 22 years of his life fighting crime and working his way up the ranks of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department.

    Lucero, 46, is running for Los Alamos County sheriff and if elected, would become the first state certified law enforcement officer to serve as sheriff in Los Alamos County.

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

  • Tsunami races across Pacific, threatens Hawaii

    EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) — A tsunami triggered by the Chilean earthquake raced across the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, threatening Hawaii as it rushed toward the U.S. West Coast and hundreds of islands from the bottom of the planet to the top.

    Sirens blared in Hawaii to alert residents to the potential waves. Nine small planes equipped with loudspeakers flew along the shoreline, warning beachgoers. On several South Pacific islands hit by a tsunami last fall, police evacuated tens of thousands of coastal residents.

  • Hanford to restart nuclear waste shipments

    YAKIMA, Wash. — The U.S. Department of Energy plans to resume shipping radioactive waste from the Hanford nuclear reservation to a repository in New Mexico in early March, four years earlier than originally planned.

    The Energy Department halted waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad in September 2008. They were not expected to resume until 2014, but federal stimulus money is enabling workers to

    expand waste packaging operations again at the south-central Washington site, Energy Department spokesman Geoff Tyree said Friday.

  • Council schedules a triple dip

    There will be three council-related meetings during the first week of March.

    Monday - Charter Review Committee

    At 5:30 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall, the Charter Review Committee will make up for a Feb. 22 meeting that was canceled due to a snowstorm. Participants at the meeting will discuss a report prepared by the Issues Identification Subcommittee. The plan for Monday’s meeting includes appointing individual analysis subcommittees to explore 3-5 key issues that will be selected from the discussions so far.

  • Keeping bad guys at bay

    POJOAQUE – In the game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, each child is spun around until disoriented and given the task of attaching a paper tail closest to the rear end of a picture of a donkey. The game is often won by interpreting why people are laughing at you and is good training for overcoming handicaps while dealing with challenging odds.

  • L.A. still a ‘low crime’ community

    Los Alamos is not without crime, according to Police Chief Wayne Torpy.

    “I prefer to say that we have a low crime community,” he said in his annual report Tuesday night to the county council.

    There were 499 prisoners in 2009 or a total of 4,519 prisoner days, he pointed out. Another way to look at it is if the 499 prisoners each spent about 10 days in jail, that would be a little more than 4,500 prisoner days.