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  • Abnormal radiation detected near Korean border

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Abnormal radiation was detected near the inter-Korean border days after North Korea claimed last month to have achieved a nuclear technology breakthrough, South Korea's Science Ministry said Monday.

    The ministry said it failed to find the cause of the radiation but ruled out a possible underground nuclear test by North Korea. It cited no evidence of a strong earthquake that must follow an atomic explosion.

  • NEWS ALERT: Sandia National Labs telephone lines disabled


  • Sandia National Labs telephone lines restored


  • Gulf rig owner criticizes Obama's drilling halt

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of the drilling rig involved in the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico criticized the U.S. government's six-month ban on deepwater drilling in the area Tuesday.

    On the sidelines of an oil conference in London, Transocean Ltd. president Steven Newman said there were things President Barack Obama's administration "could implement today that would allow the industry to go back to work tomorrow without an arbitrary six-month time limit."

  • Nebraska city votes to restrict illegal immigration

    FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — This small Nebraska meatpacking town has joined Arizona at the center of a national debate about illegal immigration after voters approved a ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants, but an expected court challenge could keep the measure from ever taking effect.

    The American Civil Liberties Union already has promised to file a lawsuit to block enforcement of the proposal roughly 57 percent of Fremont voters supported Monday.

  • Arizona wildfire near Flagstaff scorches 10,000 acres

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Crews battling a 10,000-acre fire that has threatened hundreds of homes were sending planes Tuesday to learn the full scope of the blaze, which choked the skies with rolling clouds of smoke and sent flames high into the air.

    About 10 percent of the wildfire outside Flagstaff was under control late Monday, as firefighters focused Monday on protecting endangered homes by digging trenches, clearing out dry brush and spraying them down.

  • NM sportsmen concerned about hunting access

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe retiree Ron Hammond said he’ll have to go to Wyoming again this year because he can’t get an antelope hunting permit in New Mexico.

    “It’s totally disgusting. It’s totally unjust,” Hammond told the Albuquerque Journal in a copyright story published Sunday. He has struck out in his attempts over the past 15 or so years to draw a big game license in New Mexico.

    Apparently, Hammond is not alone.

  • Inscriptions may date back to 1580s

    ALBUQUERQUE — Newly found inscriptions depicting Christian crosses and letters etched in stone have been discovered north of the Sandia Mountains — possibly the work of a Spanish expedition that visited New Mexico in the 1580s.

    Albuquerque historian and author Mike Smith said he found the etchings this month while exploring a rocky, desert area east of the Rio Grande.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported on the findings in a copyright story published Tuesday.

    New Mexico’s state historian, Rick Hendricks, plans to examine the inscriptions Friday.

  • Dedication set for Friday

    At 4 p.m. Friday, North Mesa Soccer Field will officially be re-signed and dedicated as “Flint Field” in honor of Jim Flint, former county administrator and boys varsity soccer coach. Members of the public are welcome to attend this brief ceremony, which will include unveiling of the new field sign, along with a memorial bench and tree. Members of the Flint family are traveling to Los Alamos for the ceremony.

  • Breaking News UPDATE: Police seeking clues in search for missing pilot

    The Los Alamos Police Department has launched a search effort to locate a missing pilot. Gary Cavasos of Los Alamos was last seen at about 9 p.m. Friday taking off from the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. 

    Neither the plane nor the pilot has been seen since and no flight plan was filed.

    The plane is a 1981 Beechcraft A36 with tail number N155FT. 

    The Cavasos family is very concerned and is asking anyone with information as to Cavasos’ whereabouts to call the Los Alamos Police Department dispatch at 662-8222 or Capt. Randy Foster at 662-8233.