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  • AP source: 9/11 suspects to face military tribunal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal law enforcement official says professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators are being referred to the system of military commissions for trial.

    The decision by the Obama administration is an about-face from earlier plans to have the five go on trial in civilian federal court in New York.

    The official spoke on condition of anonymity about the switch, which Attorney General Eric Holder was expected to announce at an afternoon news conference.


     

  • 5 homes, barns burn in fast-moving NM grass fire--see video

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters battled a wind-driven wildfire Monday that has already destroyed five homes, forced evacautions and knocked oput plower to about 1,000 homes and businesses, officials said.

    More than 100 people at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino were ordered evacuated Sunday as were several neighborhoods in the community of Ruidoso Downs.

    New Mexico Forestry Division spokesman Dan Ware confirmed that the buildings were damaged by the wind-driven blaze, which had not been contained. He said it has scorched more than 2,000 acres, or over 3 square miles, on private, state and federal land in southern New Mexico.

  • Search for radiation leak turns desperate in Japan--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — Workers used a milky bathwater dye Monday as they frantically tried to trace the path of radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear plant.

    The crack in a maintenance pit discovered over the weekend was the latest confirmation that radioactivity continues to spill into the environment. The leak is a symptom of the primary difficulty at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex: Radioactive water is pooling around the plant and preventing workers from powering up cooling systems needed to stabilize dangerously vulnerable fuel rods.

  • Engineers fail to seal leak at Japan nuke plant--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — Engineers failed to seal a crack where highly radioactive water was spilling into the Pacific from a Japanese nuclear power plant incapacitated by last month's earthquake-spawned tsunami but said a search of the site found no other leaks Sunday.

    The wave has carved a path of destruction up and down the coast and is believed to have killed 25,000 people. The first deaths at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant itself, though, were confirmed Sunday by the operator. A 21-year-old and a 24-year-old were believed to be conducting regular checks at the complex when the 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit March 11.

  • State News at a Glance 04-03-11

    Anglers renew licenses

    SANTA FE — The state Game and Fish Department is reminding New Mexico anglers that it’s time to renew their fishing licenses.
    New licenses are required as of Friday and will remain valid through March 31, 2012.
    New Mexico residents will pay $35 for an annual license, including a vendor’s fee as well as habitat stamps.
    The department reported Thursday there are good fishing opportunities across the state, including for northern pike at Navajo Lake and white bass as Elephant Butte Lake.
    Bonito Lake near Ruidoso opened Friday and was recently stocked with more than 6,000 trout.

    Generating station gets an upgrade

  • Construction Zone 04-03-11

    Public Works
    Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4 2011
    Expect a significant increase in traffic volume as commuters, school buses, and high school students return from Spring Break vacations. Expect longer delays.
    Commuters who typically use NM502 to access LANL work sites south of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge are urged to use an alternate route to minimize the traffic volume going through the Diamond/Trinity intersection.
    County staff will closely monitor traffic this week and will evaluate the success of the traffic control plan at the end of the week.

  • Update 04-03-11

    Board meeting
    The Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board will meet from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the community building’s training room.

    Library Board meeting
    Los Alamos County Library Board will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Mesa Public Library.

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

    Chamber coffee
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an April 7 Chamber Coffee at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel, starting at 9 a.m.

  • Valles Caldera readies for hunting season

    The scenery at the Valle Caldera was pristine Friday morning. The sky was clear, the open meadow glowed in the sunlight and, according to Hunt Coordinator Mick Trujillo the area is teeming with wildlife.
    Slowing his truck on one of the main dirt roads in the preserve, Trujillo asked, “Where are the elk? Where do you see them?”
    Soon hunters will ask that same question as the lottery for permits to hunt elk and turkey and opening day for hunting season approaches.
    The deadline for purchasing lottery tickets for turkey permits was midnight Friday while the deadline for buying lottery tickets for elk permits is midnight Wednesday, according to the preserve website.

  • No decision on transit funding

    Los Alamos residents were out in force Friday afternoon for the North Central Regional Transit District Board meeting at the Pajarito Cliffs Conference Room.

    They let their voices be heard regarding the NCRTD’s plans for funding allocation. But in the end, no action was taken, because funding allocation was just a discussion item on the agenda.

    NCRTD consultant Tony Mortillaro, the former county administrator, presented four different scenarios, and Los Alamos County Councilor Mike Wismer submitted an alternative scenario. The scenarios are listed with this report at lamonitor.com.

    Mortillaro said after the meeting all the figures he used in his report were extracted from Los Alamos County.

  • EVAT joins in on county plans

    Tony Fox grew up in Los Alamos and left in 1988 to pursue college and start his professional life.

    “When I left in 1988,” Fox said Tuesday while addressing the Los Alamos County Council, “I always wondered what Los Alamos was going to look like 20 years from then. I moved back and 23 years later, Los Alamos does not look much different. In fact, it has regressed.”

    Fox is one of 11 members of the Economic Vitality Action Team (EVAT) that was established last year and on Tuesday, the group made its first report to the county council.

    In April 2010, the council adopted an Economic Vitality Strategic Plan, which had four high-level strategic goals.