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  • LAFD responds to 15 burst pipe calls

    Water pipes are bursting all over town and in White Rock due to the recent sustained frigid temperatures. Fire Marshal/Assistant Fire Chief Michael Thompson said from Dec. 30 through this morning, the Los Alamos Fire Department has responded to 15 calls related to pipes bursting from the below freezing weather.
    Fuller Lodge, several apartment complexes and a number of buildings belonging to Los Alamos National Laboratory have been affected, Thompson said.

  • Missing father and son found

    ALBUQUERQUE – A father and son were headed home to El Paso, after being found Tuesday in the Gila National Forest, where they had been missing for days in extremely cold temperatures.
    Robert Fritz, 55, and his son, Austin, 15, were found before noon Tuesday on the Little Creek Trail in southwestern New Mexico, state police search and rescue spokesman Peter Olson said.
    Both suffered from hypothermia, he said. Hypothermia is a dangerous decrease in the body’s core temperature.

  • NKorea calls for unconditional talks with South

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called Wednesday for "unconditional and early" talks with rival South Korea to put an end to months of tensions. Seoul quickly dismissed the offer as insincere and said it's waiting for an apology for two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang.

  • Homeless Ohio man's radio voice makes him web star

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Job prospects are rolling in for a homeless Ohio man with a golden radio voice who has quickly become an online sensation.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports video of Ted Williams posted this week on the newspaper's website has commanded millions of views.

    In the clip, Williams stands near a Columbus highway ramp demonstrating his smooth, deep speaking voice. He holds a sign that asks motorists for help and says, "I'm an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times."

  • 112th Congress convenes; Parties will share power

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 112th Congress convened with prayers and pomp Wednesday, as Republicans vowed to use their new House majority to battle President Barack Obama on health care, spending, taxes and other issues.

    GOP Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, poised to become the new speaker, said his party will tackle tough issues such as deficit-reduction. But agreements will be difficult in Washington, as Democrats still control the Senate, and Obama retains his veto powers.

  • Martinez hits ground running

    SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez used her first work day to reverse a decision by her Democratic predecessor and to propose expanding state law to require DNA samples from those arrested for any felony.
    The Republican governor, who took office after taking the oath of office on the Plaza in Santa Fe on Saturday, followed through on a promise to stop a plan by former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration to move a state DNA center to Santa Fe from Albuquerque.
    Some computer equipment was moved last week, but Martinez on Monday directed that be returned.

  • Update 01-04-11

    Traffic advisory

  • Holiday arrests down across New Mexico

    State police working through the New Year’s holiday weekend were actively patrolling in all corners of the state. Officers encountered everything from motorist assists to DWI arrests.
    Through these patrols, the following statistics were accumulated from district state police offices:

    •Fatal motor vehicle crashes - 2       
    • Motor vehicle crashes – 62        

    • DWI arrests – 30

  • Museum closes after pipes burst

    A frozen water pipe burst inside the Los Alamos Historical Society’s archive room and portions of carpeting, walls and the ceiling along with a small percentage of historic archive material was damaged by water over the weekend.  
    The burst pipe was discovered at 1 p.m. Sunday. County work crews responded and worked through the rest of the day and continued work on Monday.
    Wayne Kohlrust, project manager, said the leak has stopped but damage is still being assessed and is not sure when the repairs will be completed.

  • County personnel shake-up continues

    First thing Monday morning Acting County Administrator Randy Autio terminated Los Alamos Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan “in the best interests of the county.”

    Stepan had been on paid administrative leave since September while an outside investigative firm looked into approximately 80 allegations that she lodged against former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro and other county personnel.