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  • Top GOP senator open to changes in military health

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is recommending that a special committee searching for ways to slash the deficit consider some of President Barack Obama's proposed changes to health and retirement benefits for the military.

    In a letter to the bipartisan panel, Arizona Sen. John McCain signaled he was open to cost-saving steps in military benefits, a move certain to send shock waves through Congress and among powerful groups of retired officers and veterans resistant to change.

    The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

  • Park cleanup postponed, heartening NYC protesters--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — The official cleanup of a plaza in lower Manhattan where protesters have been camped out for a month was postponed early Friday, sending up cheers from a crowd that had scrambled to scrub the park on its own out of fear the effort was merely a pretext to evict them.

    Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said the owners of the private park, Brookfield Office Properties, had put off the cleaning. Supporters of the protesters, including union members, had started streaming into the park in the morning darkness well beforehand in a show of solidarity.

    There was still skepticism even after the protesters were told they could stay, for now.

  • State patrol: 5 kids, 1 man dead in Colo. crash--video extra

    KIT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — Five children and a sheriff's deputy who ran a group home where they lived were killed Thursday morning when his van collided with a livestock trailer.

    Howard Mitchell was taking 12 of the children from the home in Kit Carson to Eads at the time of the crash around 7:30 a.m. The school district in Eads, about 15 miles away, said on its website that the Mitchell family had close ties to the community.

    The children who died ranged in age from 4 to 17 and lived in the home for adopted and foster children, said Kiowa County Sheriff's office spokesman Chris Sorensen. Seven other children in the van were hospitalized, as well as the driver of the truck.

  • State Briefs 10-13-11

    ‘Occupy’ protests planned in Taos, Santa Fe

    TAOS — Activists are planning “Occupy Taos” and “Occupy Santa Fe” protests adding to a number of related rallies around New Mexico.
    The protesters have planned a Friday rally at Taos Plaza to target U.S. Bank and a Saturday protest at the Statehouse in Santa Fe.
    The rallies come after New Mexico activists have sparked similar protests in Las Cruces and Albuquerque.
    Authorities this week broke up a makeshift overnight campsite at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and gave students a limited permit to continue their protest. Las Cruces activists scheduled Thursday a walkout at New Mexico State University and promised future protests in the area.

  • Governor spent $177K on license program

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says it has spent $177,000 on the program to review foreign nationals’ driver’s licenses before a judge halted it last month.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico governor is continuing to sift through returned letters that had been sent to license holders, looking for evidence of fraud.
    The department’s Motor Vehicle Division in July sent out letters to 10,000 randomly selected foreign nationals — including illegal immigrants — with New Mexico driver’s licenses, ordering them to make appointments and show up with documents proving their residency or face license cancellation.

  • Finishing Touches

    Workers put the finishing touches on a median on the corner of Trinity and Diamond Drive Saturday.

  • Update 10-13-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    CIP meeting

    A Phase I study public meeting for the Teen Center will be at 5:30 p.m. today at council chambers.

    PEEC talk

    Nate McDowell of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Climate Research Lab, will give a talk on the “Effects of Climate on Plants,” at 7 tonight at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The talk is free.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Senior talk

  • A snowy backdrop

    The Jemez Mountains are dusted with snow from a recent storm

  • Council approves rezoning request

    During a special session Tuesday night, County Council unanimously approved a request to rezone a parcel of land owned by Nida Russ from R-3-H (multiple-family residential, high-density) to R-3-H-40 (multiple-family residential, very high-density). The hearing had been rescheduled from an earlier date.  

    There are two significant differences between the zones. R-3-H-40 allows for up to 43.6 apartments or condominiums per acres and heights of up to 50 feet. It also allows for rest homes or nursing homes, which the current zoning designation prohibits. R-3-H zoning allows a maximum of 21.8 dwelling units per acre and has a 35-foot height limit.

  • NCRTD to vote on Mortillaro's agreement

    The North Central Regional Transit District will vote Friday on a contract for its new executive director Anthony J. Mortillaro.

    The meeting will be at 9 a.m. at the New Mexico Municipal League in Santa Fe.

    On Sept. 2, the board approved the appointment of Mortillaro, the former Los Alamos County administrator, to be its new executive director. Mortillaro had served as the interim executive director since May, when Josette Lucero announced her retirement.

    At the September meeting, the board authorized chair Rosemary Romero, Robert Seeds, Los Alamos County Councilor Mike Wismer and Tim Vigil to negotiate a contract with Mortillaro.