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  • Utility defends cutting off gas service in storm

    SANTA FE — Natural gas service was cut off to thousands of New Mexicans last week because utility officials feared losing control over the company’s distribution system and having potentially dangerous uncontrolled outages across the state, lawmakers were told Monday.

  • Area expected to receive 6-12 inches of snow

    It began snowing in Los Alamos this morning and when all is said and done, there could be six to 12 inches of the white stuff on the ground by Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
    A winter storm warning was issued this morning and will be in effect until 8 a.m. Wednesday.
    Snow accumulations are expected to be 6 to 12 inches over the Jemez Mountains and 2 to 6 inches over the Rio Grande Valley.

  • Piglet Book Targets LA

    The New Mexico Piglet Book highlighting state and municipal waste is hot off the presses and while the publication typically takes aim at Santa Fe and Albuquerque – this year, Los Alamos is caught in its crosshairs.

    The book states that the Los Alamos County Golf Course has lost $1,169,883 and has cost taxpayers $1.7 million in 2010 and $3.4 million since 2008. “… a troubling example of just how taxpayers subsidize failing municipal golf courses,” according to the book.

  • Freed young leader energizes Egyptian protests

    CAIRO (AP) — A young leader of Egypt's anti-government protesters, newly released from detention, joined a massive crowd in Cairo's Tahrir Square for the first time Tuesday and was greeted with cheers, whistling and thunderous applause when he declared: "We will not abandon our demand and that is the departure of the regime."

  • Van Halen's guitar given to Smithsonian museum

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One of Eddie Van Halen's guitars will have a home at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

    The museum announced Monday that it has acquired the "Frank 2" guitar that Van Halen used during his 2007-2008 North American tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth.

  • Obama to call for $53 billion for high-speed rail

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion investment in high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jumpstart job creation.

  • Govt to release findings of Toyota investigation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is poised to announce the results of a 10-month investigation into whether faulty electronics played a role in Toyota vehicles' sudden, unintentional acceleration and other safety problems.

    The Transportation Department said it would issue on Tuesday the findings of its study, which has examined whether electronics or electromagnetic interference played a factor in the Japanese automaker's safety recalls.

  • Egypt: Mubarak forms reform committees

    CAIRO (AP) — President Hosni Mubarak set up a committee Tuesday to recommend constitutional amendments to relax presidential eligibility rules and impose term limits — seeking to meet longtime popular demands as a standoff with protesters seeking his ouster enters its third week.

    Mubarak's decrees were announced on state television by Vice President Omar Suleiman, who also said that Mubarak will set up a separate committee to monitor the implementation of all proposed reforms. The two committees will start working immediately, he said.

  • Utility tells lawmakers entire system could have been lost

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Natural gas service was cut off to thousands of New Mexicans last week because utility officials feared losing control over the company's distribution system and having potentially dangerous uncontrolled outages across the state, lawmakers were told Monday.

  • NM medical marijuana law continues for now

     
    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico’s medical marijuana program will continue for now, although the state’s new governor has made it clear she does not support the law that allows people with certain medical conditions to use the drug.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who took office Jan. 1, said during her campaign the state law puts state employees in the position of violating federal law and she’d like it repealed. But she’s also said New Mexico has pressing budget issues, so repeal is not a priority in the 2011 legislative session.