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  • 02-17-10 Update

    JJAB meeting is tonight

      The February Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) will meet at 6:15 p.m. tonight in the LAPS Board Room.

    Join the Mountaineers

  • Council backs sculpture series plan

    The County Council accepted, with a 5-1 vote, the Historic Scuptures Master Plan Committee’s (HSMPC) 10-year plan for commissioning life-sized historic sculptures to represent five eras of Los Alamos history.

    “The Master Plan lays out a vision for celebrating our rich history,” said Ron Wilkins, the chair of the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board.

  • Son of Perhapsatron

    Nearly forgotten at times in the buzz of new and renewable energy resources, the pursuit of unlimited fusion energy still engages many different kinds and scales of effort.

    Unlike nuclear fission, in which energy is released by splitting the atom, nuclear fusion creates sun-like quantities of energy by fusing or joining atoms together. Existing nuclear plants work by fission. While they are controversial and still unfulfilled, dreams of one day solving the world’s energy problem often return to the long-term promise of fusion.

  • CIA, Pakistanis snare Taliban's top military commander

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban's top military commander has been arrested in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation in Pakistan in a major victory against the insurgents as U.S. troops push into their heartland in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.

    Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group's No. 2 leader behind Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar and a close associate of Osama bin Laden, was captured in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, two Pakistani intelligence officers and a senior U.S. official said.

  • NEWS ALERT: LANL model checks arctic warming

    The methane is caged in ice lattices, or clathrates, which are thought to be particularly vulnerable to release in the rapidly warming waters of the arctic. Some climatologists blame runaway events like the Great Dying, 250 million years ago, the worst extinction event in Earth’s history, on the sudden release of methane clathrates buried under the cold ocean floors.  READ MORE IN TUESDAY'S MONITOR.

  • 02-16-10 Update

    Police Beat

      Furniture thrown into a pool, possession of drugs and a DWI that resulted in a car crashing into a light pole tops this week’s Police Beat. Read more on page 2.

    Pancake supper tonight

  • Senate OKs limits on double-dipping retirees

    SANTA FE — Public employees could no longer double dip by returning to work in government jobs with a salary and their pension under legislation approved by the Senate on Monday.

    The proposed restrictions target state and local government employees retiring after July 1.

    The legislation will not stop about 1,500 state and municipal workers who already are receiving a salary and their pension. However, they will be forced to resume making payroll contributions into the public employee pension fund.

  • Hundreds attend field hearing

    LAS CRUCES — Opinions were split among about 600 people who showed up for a three-hour congressional field hearing to discuss proposed federal wilderness areas for southern New Mexico.

    Las Cruces resident Robert Macklin, a retired Army officer and avid hiker, attended to express his opposition.

    “I don’t want to see development in the Organ Mountains,” he said.

  • House OKs overhaul

    SANTA FE — A proposal to revamp the State Investment Council and reduce the governor’s influence over the board that oversees $12 billion in endowment funds was unanimously approved by the House on Sunday.

    The governor serves as the Investment Council’s chairman and can control the nine-member board through his appointment power. The bill would expand the council’s membership to 11 but reduce the governor’s public appointments from three to two members.

  • LANL model checks arctic warming

    A Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher is challenging theories about one of the most worrisome possibilities arising from global warming in the arctic.

    For the last few years, climate researchers have debated the potential risks of a massive release of huge methane reservoirs currently trapped at the bottom of the arctic seas.