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  • CRC addresses substantative changes

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) has shifted its focus from cleaning up charter language to addressing more substantive issues. At Monday night’s meeting, Chair John Hopkins directed committee members to work toward reaching consensus.

    The committee will vote on the proposed changes after County Contract Attorney Chay Rennick has incorporated the changes and printed a final report.

    The committee addressed changes suggested in writing by committee member Ralph Phelps. In a statement dated May 21, 2011, Phelps wrote, “We really need to overhaul the whole system, and make the Charter consistent with what that system is.”

  • Police chief to head Leadership Los Alamos

    The community has 250 alumni who have participated in the nine-month Leadership Los Alamos in the past eight years.

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, a 2005-2006 graduate, has been chosen to chair the organization’s  ninth session, which begins in September.

    “We’re hoping to bring in participants from the schools, business, laboratory and other entities,” said Torpy, who also graduated from the statewide program, Leadership New Mexico, serving as its 2009 graduation session chair.

  • Smoke from Arizona fires stirring local health issues

    Smoke from a large wildfire that ignited May 29 in eastern Arizona continues to plague nearby states, creating hazy conditions all the way into Iowa and prompting officials to issue health advisories today in the southern half of Colorado, according to the Associated Press.

    In New Mexico, smoke and ash have permeated the air for days. Many people in Los Alamos are attempting to remain inside with their windows closed despite the recent hotter temperatures.

    Suzy Blanchit is the office manager of Allergy Partners of New Mexico at 118 Central Park Square.

    “People who have asthma and respiratory issues are rescheduling their appointments with us because they don’t want to leave their homes,” Blanchit said.

  • Martinez taps local to fill Wallace post

    Gov. Susana Martinez has selected Los Alamos County Council vice-chair James Hall of White Rock to replace longtime Dist. 43 Rep. Jeannette Wallace, who died in April.

    “I am honored and humbled by the confidence that has been shown by Los Alamos citizens in electing me to the council, then by council in nominating me for the District 43 house seat, and then by Gov. Martinez for appointing me to the House of Representatives,” Hall said. “I will do my best to honor Jeannette Wallace’s outstanding record of service to Dist. 43 by working hard to represent both the citizens of Dist. 43 and the people of New Mexico. I look forward to meeting the challenges of my new role.”

  • Weiner calling fellow Democrats to apologize

    NEW YORK (AP) — His political career in jeopardy, Rep. Anthony Weiner has been making calls to colleagues to apologize for sending raunchy texts and photos to several women.

    He also apologized to former President Bill Clinton, who officiated at Weiner's wedding last July, said a person with knowledge of the call. The person, who wasn't authorized to discuss the call publicly, spoke only on condition of anonymity. Weiner married Huma Abedin, a close adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, at a lavish ceremony on Long Island last summer.

    He reached out to fellow Democratic Rep. Edolphus Towns of New York, according to Towns' spokesman, Julian Phillips, who declined to discuss what the two lawmakers talked about.

  • Libyan leader Gadhafi vows to fight to the death

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight to the death in a defiant speech Tuesday after NATO military craft unleashed a ferocious series of some daytime airstrikes on Tripoli.

    In a phone call to Libyan state television station, Gadhafi angrily denounced the rebels who rose up against him in mid-February, inspired by a wave of Arab uprisings.

    "We will not kneel!" he shouted. "We will not surrender: we only have one choice — to the end! Death, victory, it does not matter, we are not surrendering!" he shouted.

    As he spoke, the sound of low-flying military craft could be heard whooshing through Tripoli again, and Gadhafi quickly hung up.

  • Gov. Martinez names Wallace successor

    Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Jim Hall to serve as state representative from House District 43.

    Hall, who served for eight years on the Los Alamos School Board, will fill the seat of former Rep. Jeannette Wallace, who passed away from illness in April.

  • Obama, Germany's Merkel, trade partnership pledge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a day focused on both policy and pomp, President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed the relationship between their nations as the cornerstone of efforts to promote peace and prosperity around the world.

    The president greeted Merkel as she arrived at the White House on a warm and muggy Tuesday morning in Washington. Dozens of schoolchildren waving U.S. and German flags were among the crowd gathered on the South Lawn for the elaborate arrival ceremony.

  • Stocks open higher ahead of Bernanke speech

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks opened higher after four straight days of losses Tuesday. Traders are hoping that Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke will indicate in remarks later in the day that any increase in interest rates is a long way off.

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose 65 points, or 0.5 percent, to 12,155 in morning trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 8, or 0.6 percent, to 1,294. The Nasdaq composite rose 15, or 0.6 percent, to 2,717.

  • Weiner-gate: Rep admits he sent lewd photo--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — After days of denials, a choked-up New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he tweeted a photo of his bulging underpants to a woman and admitted to "inappropriate" exchanges with six women before and after getting married. He apologized for lying but said he would not resign.

    Weiner said at a news conference that he had never personally met any of the women he corresponded with online and sometimes via telephone, and was not even sure of their ages. He also said he had never had sex outside of his marriage.

    "This was me doing a dumb thing, and doing it repeatedly, and lying about it," he said.