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  • Petition failed to reflect opinion

    A sworn affidavit filed during last month’s injunction hearing indicates that former County Attorney Mary McInerny advised petitioner Richard Hannemann, that in her opinion, the wording in the petition he intended to circulate was illegal.

    His petition called for an election where voters would decide whether a new municipal building should replicate the original structure at the site near Ashley Pond.

  • Snowstorm could dump 8-12 inches

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Northern New Mexico including Los Alamos, beginning Wednesday afternoon.
    The forecast calls for snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches and there is a chance of blowing snow as winds are expected to be 15 to 30 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph.
    Precipitation will begin Wednesday morning but will intensify Wednesday afternoon with snow becoming more widespread and heavy. Snow will continue Wednesday night and into Thursday before tapering off in the afternoon.

  • Texas social worker named to run CYFD

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has selected Texas social worker Yolanda Berumen-Deines to become secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department.

    A senior aide to Martinez says Berumen-Deines is being nominated to run the agency that operates New Mexico's juvenile justice system.

    The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because Martinez plans to make the announcement later Tuesday.

  • Consumer confidence slides in December

    Consumer confidence slipped this month as more people worried that the job market is worsening.

    The latest survey from Conference Board showed a decline even after reports are showing that people increased their holiday spending at the biggest rate in four years and other indicators suggest the economy is brightening.

  • Several injured as chairs drop from Maine ski lift

    CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — A chair lift derailed at Maine's tallest ski mountain Tuesday, sending skiers plummeting 50 feet to the slope below and injuring several people, officials and a witness said.

    The Sugarloaf resort in Carrabassett Valley, about 120 miles north of Portland, said on its Facebook page that there were about eight injuries and that its patrols were evacuating the lift.

  • Stocks dip after disappointing economic reports

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes dipped Tuesday after reports on consumer confidence and home prices fell below analyst estimates.

    The Conference Board announced that consumer's confidence in the economy slid in December to a level of 52.5, down from 54.3 in November. Economists were expecting the index to rise to 55.8. A reading on the index above 90 indicates a healthy economy.

  • The Force is strong: 'Empire' tapped for registry

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Darth Vader proclaiming he's Luke Skywalker's father, John Travolta preening in his underwear and an early 20th-century deaf activist communicating in sign language are among the images that will be preserved by the Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry.

  • Intel: 3 suspected US strikes kill 17 in Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Three suspected U.S. missile strikes targeting a militant-riddled tribal region near the Afghan border killed 17 people Tuesday, including at least two who were retrieving bodies from the first attack, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

    The strikes come in the final days of a year that has seen an unprecedented number of such drone-fired attacks as part of a ramped-up U.S. campaign to take out al-Qaida and Taliban fighters seeking sanctuary outside Afghanistan.

  • Obama's economist pick seen as sign of new agenda

    HONOLULU (AP) — Among the first announcements President Barack Obama will make upon returning from his Hawaiian vacation is his choice for top economic adviser, a decision that could signal a new direction for the administration as it struggles to jumpstart the economy and wrestle down unemployment.

  • WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT

    Here's the latest from the National Weather Service:

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MST TONIGHT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 6 TO 12 INCHES ARE LIKELY BELOW 7500 FEET WITH 12 TO 18 INCHES IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE LIKELY OVER THE PEAKS AND ALONG THE WEST SLOPES OF THE SOUTHERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS AND CENTRAL JEMEZ MOUNTAINS.