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  • Obama to visit state oil fields

    MALJAMAR, N.M. (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to visit New Mexico's petroleum fields on federal lands outside of Maljamar Wednesday to tout the fact that domestic oil and gas production has increased each year he has been in office.

    The White House said in a news release that the stop will "highlight the Administration's commitment to expanding domestic oil and gas production." Oil production is at an eight-year high and natural gas output is at an all-time high, it said.

  • Court sides with property owners over EPA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has sided with an Idaho couple in a property rights case, ruling they can go to court to challenge an Environmental Protection Agency order that blocked construction of their new home and threatened fines of more than $30,000 a day.

    Wednesday's decision is a victory for Mike and Chantell Sackett, whose property near a scenic lake has sat undisturbed since the EPA ordered a halt in work in 2007. The agency said part of the property was a wetlands that could not disturbed without a permit.

  • Dollars, endorsements shifting toward Romney

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney says he's "almost there" after pursuing the Republican presidential nomination for six years, and there are fresh signs that big GOP donors and establishment figures agree. Major contributors are shifting more dollars in his direction, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush served up his endorsement on Wednesday after sitting on the sidelines for much of the primary season.

  • Romney rolls in GOP primary in Illinois

     

     SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) — Front-runner Mitt Romney sailed to an easy victory in the Illinois primary Tuesday night, trumping Rick Santorum in yet another industrial state showdown and padding his already-formidable delegate lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

  • Hall, Garcia Richard file for District 43 seat

    The District 43 House seat will be a showdown of what most people expected.

    Stephanie Garcia Richard, a Democrat, filed her candidacy Tuesday at the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office. And Jim Hall said Tuesday he used a proxy to file his candidacy. They will both run opposed in the upcoming primary and the race will continue all the way to Election Day in November.

    With one hour to go in filing, no other candidates had filed for the District 43 House seat.

    Garcia Richard said there was little doubt she was going to run again.

  • Strong 7.4 earthquake rattles Mexico City -- Videos added

     

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico on Tuesday, damaging some 800 homes near the epicenter and swaying tall buildings and spreading fear and panic hundreds of miles away in the capital of Mexico City.

  • Update 03-20-12

    Fundraiser

    The fifth and sixth graders at Barranca Elementary will hold a fundraiser garage sale for Briana Engleman from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Pueblo Complex Gym.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. today in Council Chambers.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.

  • LA man sees ongoing problem in Ukraine

    Finding a toilet may be taken for granted stateside, but a young man from Los Alamos is making building a septic tank-based bathroom for a school in Ukraine his goal.
    Jeffery Ball, 22, has been with the Peace Corps in Ukraine since last spring and now he’s seeking funding to help build a much-needed septic tank for a bathroom at a school there.
    The school is split into two, located on a large parcel of land; one for younger children and the other for older ones.
    Ball has been teaching English, HIV education and youth development classes at the school located in Vilkovo and decided to undertake the project to replace the existing pit toilet – essentially an outhouse with a hole in the ground — with one connected to a septic system.

  • Empty Bowls fill Self Help's coffers

    The 18th annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser drew nearly 700 people to the Betty Ehart Senior Center and raised approximately $13,000 for Self Help, Inc., a nonprofit providing consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos counties.
    From start to finish, the fundraiser was a community event. Volunteers organized the event. Community groups gathered to paint bowls and local musicians provided free entertainment.

  • Flooding feared after storms sock south-central US

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Residents and businesses from southeast Texas north through western Missouri braced for flooding Tuesday after a violent band of storms brought heavy rain, hail and at least one tornado, with more of the same forecast for the next several days.

    The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down Monday evening about 25 miles southwest of San Antonio. The twister damaged several homes, trapping some people inside their mobile homes, but no fatalities were reported, according to The San Antonio Express-News.