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  • State GOP cautions against registering to vote through ACORN

    ACORN, a voter registration group that has operated in New Mexico and other states during the last several election cycles, is being flagged by the state GOP.

    On Friday, the Las Cruces office of the purportedly non-partisan ACORN was broken into and 90 completed voter registration forms were stolen.

    The forms had voters’ social security numbers and dates of birth on them, according to a news release by New Mexico GOP Executive Director Adam Feldman.

  • FBI historian discusses Patriot Act evolution

    ALBUQUERQUE — As a young boy studying government in school, Stephan Marshall never imagined he would be dealing with the Fourth Amendment every day as an adult.

    Now, as chief division counsel and historian of New Mexico’s Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marshall has no doubts about its relevance, he recently told a class of FBI Citizens’ Academy participants as he explained the evolution of the USA Patriot Act.

  • Bear sightings increase

    Noticed that your block of bird feed has disappeared overnight?

    Perhaps your fruit trees have been mysteriously depleted?

    Chances are, a bear has taken a liking to the edibles in your backyard.

    “They’re opportunistic,” said Philmont Taylor, Los Alamos County emergency management coordinator. “They’re omnivores, they’ll eat anything.”

    Reports have started coming in from area residents who say bears have started to invade their stash of bird feed or have been pawing around their property searching for something to eat.

  • Ansell and Reiss launch LA Solutions

    Longtime business partners Margaret Ansell and Rick Reiss welcome the community to visit their new mortgage company, LA Solutions, LLC, at 2101 Trinity Drive, Suite F.

    The team launches its new company on the heels of successful joint and individual endeavors such as the 999 Central Building, occupied by LATA on Central Avenue at 9th Street, the 18-acre Entrada Business Park on East Road and a recently approved Holiday Inn Express project near the airport.

  • Kick insecurities goodbye

    When you kick an attacker, you have to kick hard – and if he or she fights back, you need to be ready for that impact. That’s why at Key Technique Tae Kwon Do, the students really fight.

    “We teach people what they need to know in a real situation,” said co-owner and retired Navy Capt. David Swingle. “We really kick – but we do it safely.”

    In fact, he said, “Safety is everything.”

  • Tested lab meets uncertain world

    On reflection, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio said Thursday there are positive lessons to be gained from his second year at the helm.

    “We had a pretty challenging year,” he said, mentioning specifically the budget problems and workforce reductions. “But we did a good job meeting those challenges.”

    Anastasio gave a talk to lab employees Thursday morning and made a round of media visits in the afternoon.

    As he did on the first anniversary last year, he saw it as a good time to look back and take stock.

  • Seeking weather spotters

    The National Weather Service is holding a SKYWARN Spotter training session for the public from 9 a.m.-noon July 15 at the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Santa Fe. The class is free of charge and just one session is required to become a certified SKYWARN Spotter.

    Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor explained this morning that SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 280,000 trained severe weather spotters.

  • FBI historian discusses Patriot Act evolution

    ALBUQUERQUE — As a young boy studying government in school, Stephan Marshall never imagined he would be dealing with the Fourth Amendment every day as an adult. Now, as chief division counsel and historian of New Mexico’s Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marshall has no doubts about its relevance, he recently told a class of FBI Citizens’ Academy participants as he explained the evolution of the USA Patriot Act.

  • Bond measure calls for win-win

    The school board met Thursday to discuss issues related to the 20-Year Facilities Renewal Plan, approval of the FY08-FY09 budget, and school policies dealing with length of teacher contracts, employee directory listings and student cell-phone use.

    “We had our fourth meeting with the county this week,” LAPS president Steve Girrens said. “It was a brainstorming session for possible ways to get assistance (for the 20-Year Facilities Renewal Plan). Some of the ideas range from what will be in it for both sides, it has to be a win-win.”

  • BANDELIER Some place: Tsankawi

    Tsankawi is an ancient Native American site containing unexcavated ruins dating from the 1400s. Within its scruffy surrounding landscape, there are immense views, foot-worn trails, cave-dwellings and petroglyphs.

    Located several miles north of the entrance to the main reaches of Bandelier National Monument, Tsankawi is a remote and detached section of the monument, easily missed on a first or second visit to the area.