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  • Council OKs new sign ordinance

    Los Alamos County has been trying to revise its sign code ever since a 2006 signage survey revealed widespread dissatisfaction with the ordinance, netting responses such as “too restrictive and too cumbersome.”

    After years of working and reworking by the Community Development Department (now the Community and Economic Development Department) and the Planning and Zoning Commission, numerous public meetings and delays to address legal concerns, council voted unanimously Tuesday to repeal the old ordinance and adopt a new one.

    CEDD Principal Planner Gary Leikness came armed with three large binders holding the history of the new ordinance when he presented to council, but he kept his introductory remarks succinct.

    Since council had thoroughly discussed most of the proposed changes during its August work session, much of the discussion centered on two late developments.

    Los Alamos Public Schools requested that the code governing schools be changed from “… may have one freestanding sign per location” to “… may have one freestanding sign per street frontage” to assure that schools could be identified from every direction.

    Smith’s Food and Drug Centers requested a change to the freestanding signage restrictions for Area 4 (Trinity Drive).

  • Tomb of Ancient Egyptian Princess Unearthed
  • Raw: Australians View Total Solar Eclipse

    From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef, to the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists and amateur astronomers watched as the sun, moon and Earth aligned and plunged northern Australia into darkness.

  • Feinstein: Petraeus to testify on Benghazi attacks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify to Congress about the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Wednesday that Petraeus, who resigned from the CIA post on Friday because of an extra-marital affair, indicated his willingness to testify.

    "He is very willing and interested in talking to the committee," she said. No date for his testimony has been set.

    Feinstein has been among those in Congress who have complained that lawmakers should have been notified about an FBI investigation that led to the disclosure of Petraeus' affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

    But she said that Petraeus' testimony to her committee will be limited to the Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others. Petraeus was CIA director at the time of the attacks and visited Libya afterward.

  • 3 Pilots Die in Mississippi Plane Crash

    Three pilots died on Tuesday when their small plane crashed into a house in Jackson, Mississippi. The pilots were heading to an FAA safety conference.

  • Today in History for November 14th
  • 10 things to know for Wednesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

    1. OBAMA'S SECOND TERM OFF TO A BUMPY START

    The scandal ensnaring two U.S. generals is unfolding at a critical time in the Afghan war — and just as the White House was hoping for a smooth transition.

    2. THE WOMAN IN THE EYE OF THE STORM

    Florida socialite Jill Kelley won the title of "honorary ambassador" for hosting parties for military brass.

    3. WHY SOME DEMOCRATS WANT TO DRIVE OVER THE 'FISCAL CLIFF'

    Lawmakers believe allowing steep tax hikes and spending cuts will give them more leverage later on in bargaining with Republicans.

    4. ACCUSER OF ELMO PUPPETEER RECANTS

    First he alleged teen sex. Now he says the relationship was adult and consensual.

  • Raw: Plane Crashes Into Jackson, Miss. Home

    A small plane with three people aboard crashed into a home near an airport in Jackson, Miss. Tuesday evening and authorities did not have immediate information on casualties. Video silent from source.

  • Woman Who Drove on Sidewalk Holds 'Idiot' Sign
  • AAA: Thanksgiving Travel to Increase Slightly