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  • 40 years after leak, Pentagon Papers coming out

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty years after the explosive leak of the Pentagon Papers, a secret government study chronicling deception and misadventure in U.S. conduct of the Vietnam War, the report is coming out in its entirety on Monday.

    The 7,000-page report was the WikiLeaks disclosure of its time, a sensational breach of government confidentiality that shook Richard Nixon's presidency and prompted a Supreme Court fight that advanced press freedom. Prepared near the end of Lyndon Johnson's term by Defense Department and private foreign policy analysts, the report was leaked primarily by one of them, Daniel Ellsberg, in a brash act of defiance that stands as one of the most dramatic episodes of whistleblowing in U.S. history.

  • Tribes line up against new casino

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s Indian tribes are lining up against one of their own as the federal government once again is considering a controversial proposal to let a northern New Mexico pueblo partner with a Santa Fe art dealer to build a hotel and casino along the Texas-New Mexico border.
    The New Mexico Indian Gaming Association Inc., which represents tribal casino operators, recently filed comments with the Bureau of Indian Affairs opposing the plan, according to Mark Chino, president of the Mescalero Apache tribe, which operates Inn of the Mountain Gods resort and casino in the Ruidoso area.

  • Just Married at the Justice Center

    This newlyweds’ vehicle was parked outside the Los Alamos County Police Department earlier this week.

  • State Briefs 06-12-11

    State agencies laying off 44

    SANTA FE — Nearly four dozen state workers, most of them in the Public Education Department, are losing their jobs next month because of layoffs as agencies deal with budget cuts.
    The State Personnel Board approved plans Friday to lay off 44 workers in the Education Department, the Economic Development Department, Regulation and Licensing Department, Commission on the Status of Women, State Land Office and Organic Commodity Commission. The job losses take effect July 1 with the start of the new budget year.

  • Update 06-12-11

    Democrat meeting
    Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.,  the Democratic Party of Los Alamos will meet at Mesa Public Library in Rm. 3.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a work session at the Community Building. The council will then hold a special session at 10 p.m.

    Flag Day
    Flag Day will be celebrated at the Elks Club on Trinity Drive, Tuesday at 6 p.m.

  • Hall sworn into State House

    Jim Hall takes the oath of office as House District 43 Representative at the council chambers Friday afternoon. Administering the oath was magistrate judge Pat Casados.

  • Road to Community Broadband a long one

    Some Los Alamos County residents are so eager for a community broadband network they are asking, “How much does it cost and how can I get it?”

    It’s still a long way off.

    It will be at least two years before community broadband becomes a reality – provided the county decides to move forward with the project.

    But that type of enthusiasm is being noted by John Jones, IT project manager for Los Alamos County. The project team is conducting market research into how area residents and businesses feel about the project and what features and benefits are most important them.

  • State receives grant for forest restoration

    All eyes continue to be on the Wallow Fire on the Arizona-New Mexico border.

    But the people who run the Santa Fe National Forest and the Valles Caldera National Preserve were happy to see what happened in Washington last week.

    Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) announced New Mexico will receive a $2.4 million grant for a forest restoration project in the northern part of the state, including the Santa Fe National Forest and the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • ChamberFest in full swing

    ChamberFest 2011 had nothing but nice weather as people enjoyed the sites and sounds of downtown Los Alamos Saturday. There also was a car show, a kids activitiy area with a sand pile and a place to check out the rubber ducks. Providing the entertainment was The Nomads.

  • County institutes fireworks ban

    The smallest spark from a firecracker could ignite a fast-moving fire in Los Alamos County due to the area’s brittle, parched grasses, brush and timber.

    The Los Alamos Fire Department and the Los Alamos County Council are so concerned that the council has officially banned the use of most fireworks anywhere in the county – except the professional pyrotechnic display during the Kiwanis Club’s 4th of July extravaganza at Overlook Park.

    By proclamation, the council banned the sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible fireworks including roman candles, shells, helicopters, mines, aerial spinners, missile type rockets, stick type rockets, chasers and firecrackers.