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  • Special session: Hall keeps fingers crossed on redistricting issue

    When Gov. Susana Martinez appointed White Rock resident Jim Hall in June to fill a House District 43 vacancy, he knew she intended to call a special legislative session. He also knew that special session would involve contentious issues such as re-districting and illegal alien driver’s licenses.
    “This is the first session for me and the first redistricting session for many of us in a long time,” Hall said during an interview Monday evening. “There are nine items on the governor’s call list and I expect bills will drop for all nine items – but whether action will be taken on them is a whole ’nother issue.”

  • Gunman dead after killing 3, wounding 6 at Nevada IHOP

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A man with a rifle opened fire at an IHOP restaurant in Nevada's capital on Tuesday, killing two National Guard members, another person and himself in a hail of gunfire during the morning breakfast hour, authorities and witnesses said.

    Six people were wounded in the attack. The suspect, Eduardo Sencion of Carson City, apparently acted alone and died at a hospital in Reno, officials said. Authorities weren't saying whether the attack targeted the Guard members, who were meeting at the restaurant in a strip mall on Carson City's main street.

    One of the Guard members killed was a man; the other was a woman, authorities said.

  • CRC votes on sheriff this week

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) votes on changes to the charter section regarding the county sheriff this Wednesday. Three options are under consideration.
    The first is to keep the charter as is, simply redrafting the language to make it less ambiguous. In the current charter, the sheriff’s duties are very limited.
     All law enforcement responsibilities are allocated to the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD), and the sheriff many not duplicate those. The sheriff’s duties consist largely of serving processes and maintaining a registry of sex offenders. State law also requires attendance at every council meeting and district and probate court sessions.

  • Romney unveils economic plan ahead of Obama speech

    NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday will call for lowering the corporate tax rate and eliminating capital gains taxes for middle-class Americans as part of a plan to try to lift the struggling economy as well as create jobs.

    Romney will detail 59 specific proposals aimed at fixing the nation's stubbornly high unemployment rate, now at 9.1 percent. He gave a broad outline of his 160-page plan in a Tuesday morning opinion piece in USA Today and was to speak later in the day at McCandless International Trucks.

  • Poll: OK to trade some freedoms to fight terrorism

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Surveillance cameras in public places? Sure. Body scans at airports? Maybe. Snooping in personal email? Not so fast.

    The same Americans who are increasingly splashing their personal lives across Facebook and Twitter trace a meandering path when asked where the government should draw the line between protecting civil liberties and pursuing terrorism.

    Ten years after the 9/11 attacks led to amped-up government surveillance efforts, two-thirds of Americans say it's fitting to sacrifice some privacy and freedoms in the fight against terrorism, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

  • Fires destroy more than 1,000 homes in Texas--video extra

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, most of them in one devastating blaze close to Austin that is still raging out of control, officials said Tuesday.

    Speaking at a news conference near one of the fire-ravaged areas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said more than 100,000 acres have burned in the drought-stricken state.

    The Texas Forest Service says nearly 600 of the torched homes were in Bastrop County, some 25 miles from Austin. The agency said that blaze was still uncontained Tuesday. It was the most destructive fire of the year for a state that has had more than 3 million acres burned, said state emergency management chief Nim Kidd.

  • State Briefs 09-04-11

    Martinez’s vehicle pulled over for speeding

    ALBUQUERQUE — Police said New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s vehicle was pulled over after her driver was caught going 13 mph over the speed limit.
    KOAT-TV reports that Albuquerque police confirmed Thursday that the governor’s vehicle was clocked going 48 mph in a 35 mph zone on Frontage Road near Jefferson Street and Interstate 25 last Friday.
    That violation typically earns the driver a $95 ticket, but the governor’s driver got away with a verbal warning.
    Albuquerque Sgt. Patrick Ficke said the governor did not receive preferential treatment.
     

  • Update 09-04-11

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voter’s Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 8 at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki.

    Fuller Lodge

       The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Curtis Room.

    No trash collection

    There will be no residential or commercial trash or recycling collection on Sept. 5. If Monday is your normal collection day, please put out your roll carts by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

    Alzheimer's walk

  • Dems, GOP governor at odds as session looms 


    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrats in the Legislature find themselves on a collision course as they head into a special session to deal with the politically tricky assignment of redistricting.
    The Legislature convenes Tuesday, but Martinez has Democrats grumbling because she wants lawmakers to consider a wide range of proposals in addition to the once-a-decade job of redistricting.
    Among the governor’s priorities is stopping the issuance of driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants and a proposal to hold back third-graders who can’t read proficiently rather than promoting them to the fourth grade.

  • Mortillaro made official

    Anthony Mortillaro, a former Los Alamos County Administrator, no longer is the interim executive director of the North Central Regional Transit District. The NCRTD board voted Friday to remove the interim tag and make Mortillaro the permanent executive director.

    In a weighted vote, the board voted 23-2 for Mortillaro with the pueblos of San Ildefonso and Tesuque casting the dissenting votes.

    The board interviewed Mortillaro and two other top candidates -— Joe Briscoe and Harry Montoya Friday. Then the board went into executive session for two hours to discuss the candidates’ qualifications before voting.