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  • US aims to punish Iran for Saudi envoy plot--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration plans to leverage charges that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States into a new global campaign to isolate the Islamic republic.

    U.S. officials say the administration will lobby for the imposition of new international sanctions as well as for individual nations to expand their own penalties against Iran based on allegations that Iranian agents tried to recruit a purported member of a Mexican drug cartel to kill the Saudi envoy on American soil.

  • Christie backs Romney for GOP presidential nod

    LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — who spurned repeated calls to run for president himself — endorsed Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination Tuesday, sending a signal to the skeptical GOP establishment to fall in line behind the former Massachusetts governor.

    "I'm here in New Hampshire for one simple reason: America cannot survive another four years of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's the man to lead America and we need him now," Christie said, standing alongside Romney.

  • CRC to vote on role of sheriff's office tonight

    Due to the Columbus Day holiday, the Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 tonight in the Pajarito Cliffs Site Conference Room in Building #1 just north of Entrada Business Park and DeColores on N.M. 502.
    The first topic of discussion is the section of the county’s charter pertaining to the Office of the Sheriff. The CRC will be voting on recommendations about possible changes.
    This topic was previously discussed at Charter Review Committee meetings on July 7 and Sept. 7. The CRC will then discuss and vote on recommendations regarding the Office of the Clerk and Office of the Assessor.

  • Educating teachers

    More than 1,500 educators attended a lecture by Dr. Robert Marzano who presented,  “The Art & Science of Teaching – The Highly Engaged Classroom,”at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Conference Center Friday. The lecture was sponsored by the LANL Foundation. Marzano provided participants with an in-depth understanding of how to generate high levels of student attention and engagement, so that every teacher can create a classroom environment where engagement is the norm, not the exception.

  • Deer in the Road

    Deer cross the road on N.M. 4 near the West Jemez Road intersection Saturday.

  • Update 10-11-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 tonight for a special session in council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. , Oct. 18 in the chamber conference room.

    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 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The talk is free.

    Bond issue

  • Martinez signs $86 million capital improvement bill

    Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law a measure financing about $86 million worth of capital improvements, ranging from prison upgrades to vehicles for senior citizen centers.
    The capital outlay bill was approved by the Legislature during a special session, which ended last month.
    Martinez signed the measure on Tuesday but expressed disappointment that the Legislature didn’t approve more capital projects.
    The governor had proposed spending nearly $213 million on capital improvements, including more than $40 million on road maintenance.
    The governor said the larger package would have created more jobs in the construction industry.

  • Youth embrace teen center concept

    The interim Teen Center, “The Hilltop Spot,” opened in the basement of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in March. According to Director Michelangelo Lobato’s report to council last week, the center is providing value to the community.

    The county has allocated $150,000 for a Phase I Capital Improvement Program project conceptual study for a new teen center facility. Since that project could take years to reach approval and completion, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board  and the YMCA proposed operating a teen center on an interim basis, which would provide services to teens immediately and, if successful, demonstrate the benefits of a new facility.

  • Details about second truck crash on NM 4 emerge

    More details emerged about the crash of the second semi truck that lost its haul of crushed cars on N.M. 4 on Friday.

    The crash closed the road for the second straight day heading into the Jemez Mountains, causing headaches for those commuting and vacationing in the area.

    The second crash occurred at the first hairpin turn on N.M. 4 before the West Jemez intersection.
    Los Alamos police officer Albert Rael was first on the scene and he first talked with the driver of the truck, Miguel Machain Espinoza.

    Rael asked Espinoza how the accident happened.

    According to the narrative from the police report, Espinoza said he was going around the turn about 2 mph and he was trying to use as much of the road as possible.

  • Bachmann slides ideas into 11-point economic plan

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Searching for a campaign boost, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann attached a catchy slogan Tuesday for a newly packaged 11-point proposal for repairing the U.S. economy.

    Her "American Jobs, Right Now" framework calls for tax accommodations that would give companies incentive to re-invest at home money that presently is earned abroad. She also would decrease government worker salaries, eliminate an inheritance tax and roll back a slate of federal regulations. That includes repeal of President Barack Obama's signature health law.