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  • NASA marks 25th anniversary of Challenger accident

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, seven astronauts died aboard space shuttle Challenger when it exploded shortly after liftoff.

    NASA officials, families and former astronauts gathered Friday morning at an outdoor memorial at Florida's Kennedy Space Center to mark the somber anniversary.

    The accident on Jan. 28, 1986 — just 73 seconds into flight — killed the Challenger crew, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.

  • Slain missionary had worried about Mexico violence

    MONTE ALTO, Texas (AP) — Sam and Nancy Davis had taken their missionary work to Mexico for 30 years, but relatives say the Texas couple recently put off trips because of spiraling drug cartel violence. Nancy even stopped making some of those trips because of the risks.

    "But for some reason Nancy went in (on Wednesday) and did not come out" alive, Francille Davis said a day after her daughter-in-law died of a gunshot wound to the head following an attack in one of Mexico's most violent areas.

  • Relentless snow brings out the best in Easterners

    MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — Between storms, a builder in Connecticut uses his skid loader to plow his neighbors' driveways. In Maryland, a good Samaritan hands out water and M&Ms to stranded drivers. The mayor of Philadelphia urges residents to "be kind" and help one another out — and they respond by doing just that.

  • Council set to revisit DPU electric rate hike request

    After proposing an increase, delaying it, re-evaluating it – the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has put the electricity rate hike issue back on the table.
    DPU initially recommended a 10 percent hike in August 2010, which would have increased the average electric bill $5. However, the county council agreed to table the issue and directed staff to research alternatives permitted by the state. Council also wanted to help Los Alamos Public Schools with the rate increase and to clarify whether the hike complied with the county charter.

  • DWI statistics decrease in 2010

    The Los Alamos Police Department conducts sobriety checkpoints throughout the county on a regular basis and the number of local arrests is dropping.
    “There have been no DWI related fatalities in Los Alamos County in the last three years,” Capt. Randy Foster said, “and we’ve seen a reduction this past year in DWI arrests.”
    Police arrested 49 people for suspected DWI in 2010, Foster said. In 2009, 61 people were charged with DWI and 41 people were charged in 2008.

  • Update 01-27-11

    Brisket Night

    The Los Alamos High School NJROTC will serve a full brisket meal from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Posse Shack. The cost is $10 per plate.


    School Board meeting

    The School Board will hold its regular meeting, along with a work session at 5:30 p.m. today at Chamisa Elementary in White Rock.

    LAPS and UNM-LA Board election

    Early voting is currently underway. The election is Feb. 1. To learn more about the candidates, visit www.lamonitor.com.

  • Men at work

    Los Alamos County workers perform maintenance on Canyon Road earlier this week.

     

  • Egypt ruling party offers no concessions

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's ruling party said Thursday it was ready for a dialogue with the public but offered no concessions to address demands for a solution to rampant poverty and political change heard in the country's largest anti-government protests in years.

  • Winter weather continues to batter East Coast

    NEW YORK (AP) — A storm that had been predicted for days caught much of the East Coast off guard with its ferocity, tearing through with lightning, thunder and mounds of wet snow, leaving nearly 300,000 customers around the nation's capital without power Thursday and forcing people to shovel out their cars and doorsteps all over again.

  • Bomb strikes funeral, killing 48 in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A car bomb ripped through a funeral tent in a mainly Shiite area of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 48 people and triggering skirmishes between Iraqi troops and demonstrators angry about security failures.

    The blast and three other small bombings Thursday were the latest in more than a week of attacks that have killed more than 200 people, raising fears about an uptick in violence as the U.S. military prepares to withdraw from the country.