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  • Bill aims to strike down pit rules

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawmaker from northwest New Mexico, home to one of the nation's largest natural gas basins, is taking aim at state regulations for oil and natural gas producers.

    Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Farmington, has drafted legislation seeking to rescind the so-called pit rule, which restricts the use of pits for onsite waste disposal at drilling sites. The rule also regulates below-grade tanks and the use of closed loop systems during oil and gas operations.

  • NEWS ALERT -- SOS: Worried about holding state elections
  • House passes legislation to ban cell phone use while driving

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation that would prohibit drivers in New Mexico from using hand-held cell phones for talking or texting was narrowly approved by the House on Tuesday.

    The bill would make New Mexico the seventh state to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. Some of New Mexico's largest cities — Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces — already have municipal ordinances that bar cell phone use for drivers.

    Under the proposed statewide ban, violators would face a misdemeanor penalty of $25.

  • 02-09-10 Update

    Police beat

    A stolen car, unauthorized credit card purchases and a stalker top off this week’s Police Beat. Read the full report on Page 2.

    Lecture tonight

      The Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series presents Fred Ribe at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church.

    After school skating

      The Los Alamos Ice Rink will host an After School Valentine’s event from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    Mom/son dance Wednesday

  • Bill takes aim at New Mexico oil and gas rules

    ALBUQUERQUE — A lawmaker from northwest New Mexico, home to one of the nation’s largest natural gas basins, is taking aim at state regulations for oil and natural gas producers.

    Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Farmington, has drafted legislation seeking to rescind the so-called pit rule, which restricts the use of pits for onsite waste disposal at drilling sites. The rule also regulates below-grade tanks and the use of closed loop systems during oil and gas operations.

  • SOS: Election funds run short

    Secretary of State Mary Herrera voiced her concerns that legislators were not going to appropriate enough money for her to run elections this year.

    She brought the problem up at a Senate Rules Committee hearing Monday, during a discussion of SB 136, a bill to provide approved voting systems for elections in New Mexico.

    The secretary and her staff spoke in favor of the bill, but when the subject of money came up, she said the appropriation committee “was not recommending the money we need to run elections.”

  • DOE guards against earthquake

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is taking steps to control the consequences of an improbable earthquake, the kind that might only happen once in a couple of thousand years.

    In a worst-case scenario leading to a fire emergency on the first floor of the lab’s plutonium facility on Pajarito Road, the building might survive, but the fire suppression and ventilation systems might not.

    “You can’t guarantee it,” said John Mansfield, vice chairman of the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board.

  • Spirit ignited

    The Family YMCA has maintained a tradition since its inception 55 years ago — no one is ever turned away for inability to pay. The generosity of patrons attending Saturday night’s Red and Black Ball ensures that will be the case for another year.

    The annual event, held at Central Avenue Grill raised $56,600 between sponsorship, the auction and other gifts.

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  • SAINTS GO MARCHIN' IN FOR SUPER BOWL WIN!!!

    MIAMI (AP) — The New Orleans Saints turned the Super Bowl's postgame celebration into something out of the French Quarter.

    From the trophy podium on the field, Drew Brees blew kisses and caught confetti raining down as Dr. John and Professor Longhair blared from the stadium speakers. Sean Payton hung over the railing clapping and shouting down to the crowd as if he were rolling on a Mardi Gras float, then waved a newspaper with the banner headline "WORLD CHAMPS."

    Who are the champions? The New Orleans Saints, dat's who.