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  • House leaders seek political points in Yucca Mountain fight

    LAS VEGAS — Yucca Mountain is a wild expanse of desert brush and red mountains 100 miles outside of Las Vegas where deer, coyote and antelope roam isolated fields and human visitors must pass background checks before they are allowed past heavily guarded fences.
    Republicans claim this stark landscape is the nation’s best hope for a national nuclear waste dump.
    But with Democrats running the White House and Senate, the Yucca Mountain nuclear site has been shuttered with no chance of reopening.
    Critics claim the project is dangerous. The half-built nuclear junkyard would require nuclear plants to ship their waste to rural Nevada along the nation’s vulnerable roadways and railways.

  • NCRTD board expected to approve funding allocation option Friday

    The North Central Regional Transit District will meet Friday at Buffalo Thunder Resort and it is expected to pass one of two funding allocation options and come up with a long-term financial plan.

    Three weeks ago, the finance subcommittee recommended to the board that it would consider either a funding option put together by consultant Tony Mortillaro or one that was presented by Los Alamos representative Mike Wismer.

    Mortillaro’s submission was an option in which the board would keep the status quo. That means the NCRTD gets $2,295,173, Los Alamos would get $1,660,000, Santa Fe would get $952,775 and the Rail Runner would get $1,774,344,

  • Council picks muni option

    In a close 4-3 vote, the county council approved a final design option for the new Los Alamos municipal building at Tuesday’s meeting.

    The council chose design option F. As a result, the remaining apartment building on the site will be demolished and county staff will work with the apartment’s residents to find alternative housing.

    Also, council approved finalizing the parking design for proposed future development after a commercial partner is identified for the western end of the site or 12 months elapses, whichever comes first.

  • WH won't release bin Laden death photo

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has decided not to release death photos of terrorist Osama bin Laden, he said in an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," amid concerns that the gruesome image could prove inflammatory.

    Obama's decision was reported on the CBS News Web site Wednesday after the president sat for an interview with the news magazine program.

    Releasing graphic images of bin Laden's corpse after his shooting in a U.S. raid on his compound could have dispelled doubts that bin Laden is indeed dead. The worry, though, was that it would feed anti-U.S. sentiment.

  • Raid poses narrative challenge for White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The challenge now is in the telling.

    The White House struggled to craft its account of the audacious raid that killed Osama bin Laden for both a jubilant American public and a skeptical Muslim world, correcting parts of its narrative, withholding others and hesitating to release photos that could be considered too provocative.

  • Ouch: Woman arrested for biting off boyfriend's lip

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces authorities are holding a woman after police say she bit off her boyfriend's lower lip during a heated argument.

    Police were called to a motel Sunday night and found a 35-year-old man with a bloody face and a missing lower lip.

    The police department says officers found the man's lip on the ground, put it on ice and transported it with the victim to the hospital.

    Although the victim's injuries are described as severe they are not believed to be life-threatening.

    Police arrested 26-year-old Aurelia Lorena Reyes Monday on one count of aggravated battery. She was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center and is being held on $10,000 bond.

  • Bin Laden's neighbors noticed unusual things--video extra

    ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) — When a woman involved in a polio vaccine drive turned up at Osama bin Laden's hideaway, she remarked to the men behind the high walls about the expensive SUVs parked inside. The men took the vaccine, apparently to administer to the 23 children at the compound, and told her to go away.

    The terror chief and his family kept well hidden behind thick walls in this northwestern hill town they shared with thousands of Pakistani soldiers. But glimpses of their life are emerging — along with deep skepticism that authorities didn't know they were there.

  • U.S. rejoices at bin Laden's demise

    WASHINGTON — After nearly a decade of anger and fear, America rejoiced Monday at the demise of Osama bin Laden, the terror mastermind behind the horrific 9/11 attacks.
    Navy SEALs who killed the world’s most-wanted terrorist seized a trove of al-Qaida documents to pore over, and President Barack Obama laid plans to visit New York’s ground zero.
    Bin Laden, killed in an intense firefight in a daring raid at his fortified hideout in Pakistan, was hunted down based on information first gleaned years ago from detainees at secret CIA prison sites in Eastern Europe, officials disclosed.
    His body was quickly taken away for burial at sea, but not before a DNA match was done to prove his identity.

  • Update 05-03-11

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 tonight at the Community Building.

    Advisory Board meeting
    Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Curtis Room at Fuller Lodge.

    National President of Hadassah Marcie Natan will be the guest speaker at a lunch, noon to 2 p.m., Sunday at the Hilltop House Hotel. For reservations call 992-1416 or 662-2397.

  • PEEC feels the pinch from variety of sources

    For the past several years, Pajarito Environmental Education Center has offered nature classes from its location on Orange Street, in a building leased from Los Alamos Public Schools, but that could soon change.
    During Thursday night’s school board meeting at Piñon Elementary in White Rock, PEEC Director Chick Keller spoke to the board about the need to expand and other obstacles that PEEC faces in its current location.
    Keller said one of the problems is cramped space, but also mentioned that leasing the building restricts the scope of activity mainly to Los Alamos schools. He also said innovations and improvements are not possible as a tenant.