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  • Japan's PM vows to win battle against nuke plant--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister sounded a resolute note Friday, promising to win the battle against an overheating nuclear plant even as atomic safety officials raised questions about the accuracy of radiation measurements at the complex.

    Naoto Kan was grave a week ago when he addressed this nation rattled by fears of radiation that has contaminated food, milk and tap water. But three weeks after a massive tsunami disabled a nuclear power plant's cooling systems, Kan vowed that Japan would create the safest system anywhere.

  • Japan seeks French, US expertise in nuclear crisis--video extra

    TOKYO, Japan (AP) — Japan is increasingly turning to other countries for help as it struggles to stabilize its tsunami-stricken nuclear plant and stop radiation leaks that are complicating efforts to recover the bodies of some of the thousands swept away by the towering wave.

    French, American and international experts — even a robot — are either in Japan or on their way, and French President Nicholas Sarkozy visited Tokyo on Thursday to meet with the prime minister and show solidarity.

  • Political group asks NM Secretary of State to resign due to racist comments

    SANTA FE — A liberal-leaning political group called Thursday for Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran to resign over what it described as racist jokes in a campaign form on the state election agency's website.

    Justice League PAC Treasurer Eli Lee said he was shocked by an entry in an electronic form for political committees downloaded from the secretary of state's office because it apparently referred to two African-American legislators.

    In a section for disclosing donors, the form was blank except for an entry listing "Sheryl Powdrell-Culbertson" as the last name of a contributor from a group called the "National Organization of the Beer Drinkers and Guzzlers."

  • Boehner signals compromise in budget talks

    WASHINGTON —  House Speaker John Boehner signaled Thursday that a compromise is coming with Democrats on immediate cuts in government spending, noting that Democrats control the White House and the other half of Congress. Boehner said Republicans are fighting for the biggest spending cuts they can get.
    Boehner said there’s no agreement yet on how much he and Democrats are willing to compromise in cutting the day-to-day budgets of federal agencies over the coming six months. The GOP House has voted to cut more than $60 billion from this year’s budget, and Democrats have been moving steadily in his direction.
    The Ohio Republican has agreed to discuss a compromise in the $33 billion range, which would still be of historic magnitude.

  • Capital Improvement Projects move forward

    The Capital Improvement Project (CIP) committee recommended moving forward in designing and constructing a leisure pool at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and improving and upgrading Fuller Lodge and the Los Alamos Historical Museum.
    It will be up to Los Alamos County Council to determine whether to pay about $5.3 million for improving the lodge and museum and $6,148,000 for the leisure pool. Council will discuss the two projects during its budget hearings in April.
    The CIP committee made its recommendations during its meeting March 24.
    Originally, there were two design options for the leisure pool but drafting a third option was suggested during at a public meeting held March 3.

  • Update 03-31-11

    Summit Garden Club
    Summit Garden Club will meet and Dorothy Crawford will speak on “Designing with flowering branches.”
    For more information, call Betsy Comly, 672-1574.

    NCRTD meeting
    The North Central Regional Transit District will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Cliffs Site conference room. The meeting is open to the public.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Chambers in the Community Building.

     Dark Night
    The Pajarito Astronomers will host its first county sponsored Dark Night of 2011 at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.

  • LA boy in fair condition after near-drowning

    A 10-year-old Los Alamos boy is in fair condition Thursday morning after nearly drowning in a hotel pool in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    The boy remains at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

    The Council Bluffs’ newspaper, The Daily Nonpareil, reported the city’s fire and rescue personnel responded to the Quality Inn and Suites at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday after reports of the 10-year-old being found in the pool.

    The newspaper said the child was swimming with his 14-year-old sister when he went under water.

    Police Sgt. Pat Toscano told The Nonpareil, “He didn’t come up, and she started to figure he might be in trouble. She was able to pull him from the pool.”

  • ACT routes may be in jeopardy

    The North Central Regional Transit District is proposing new funding methodology and according to Los Alamos councilor Mike Wismer, the new formula will leave several of Atomic City Transit’s newest routes unfunded.

    At 1 p.m. Friday, Wismer will host the group’s monthly meeting at the Pajarito Cliffs Site conference room. The meeting is open to the public and there may be a twist.

    One of the consultants for the NCRTD is former county administrator Anthony Mortillaro, who was terminated by county council in December.

    This is Mortillaro’s take on the situation.

  • Security clearances impact LAFD

    Firefighter Brandon Gore has abruptly resigned from the Los Alamos Fire Department and Capt. Jacob (Jake) Olivas, who lost his job Feb. 7 over a random drug test irregularity, has appealed his termination.

    “Brandon has resigned for personal reasons,” Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said, adding that he cannot comment further on a personnel issue.   

    Gore, 25, lives in Edgewood and on Nov. 28, he was arrested and charged with indecent exposure. He told a Bernalillo County sheriff that he was a little drunk and was walking to clear his head. As he approached a pedestrian bridge, he had to urinate, did not see anyone and relieved himself.

  • Charges fly after LA jail melee

    A jailhouse video that aired on a local television station Wednesday night showed a brawl at the Los Alamos County Detention Center last July that has resulted in criminal charges against the inmates and a lawsuit being filed against the county.

    Los Alamos resident Fidel Naranjo Jr., the father of inmates Fidel Naranjo III, and Nick Naranjo, who were involved in the altercation with authorities, released the video.  

    “We can’t comment because both civil and criminal court cases are pending,” said Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster during an interview this morning.

    Attempts to reach Fidel Naranjo Jr., this morning were unsuccessful.