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  • Aging gas pipe at risk of explosion nationwide

    SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — The tragic explosion of a gas pipeline in a San Francisco suburb has shed light on a problem usually kept underground: Communities have expanded over pipes built decades earlier when no one lived there.

    Utilities have been under pressure for years to better inspect and replace aging gas pipes — many of them laid years before sprawling communities were erected around them — that now are at risk of leaking or erupting.

  • Iran state TV says US woman freed from prison

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's English language state television reported Tuesday that American Sarah Shourd has been released after more than a year in prison.

    "Iran has released US national Sarah Shourd," flashed the red colored urgent banner on Press TV Tuesday.

    Iran's judiciary granted $500,000 bail for Shourd on Sunday for health reasons, though family had said they could not afford it and U.S. said it would not pay it.

  • Martinez raises $2 million for gubernatorial bid


     

     

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Susana Martinez raised 2.5 times more money since late June than Democrat Diane Denish in a hotly contested race to become New Mexico's next governor, according to new financial disclosures.

    Martinez collected $2 million in contributions, and Denish raised $795,797.

  • County’s top official investigated

    Los Alamos County’s top official, County Administrator Tony Mortillaro is undergoing an independent investigation into allegations leveled by Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan.
    Stepan could not be reached for comment. Her husband, Tom Stepan, said Tuesday that she is meeting with investigators, which likely will “take all day.”

  • Candidate campaign finance reports due Monday

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates for governor will provide a look at their recent fundraising in new campaign finance disclosures.

    The reports must be filed Monday with the secretary of state's office and will show how much money the candidates have available as the campaign season heats up.

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez, the district attorney in Las Cruces, are running to become New Mexico's governor.

    The finance reports will cover receipts and spending from late June through Sept. 6.

  • Los Alamos Monitor Unveils New Web Site

    The Los Alamos Monitor took the wraps off its new Web site early Sunday morning. The new site ushers in a new era of convergence, as the newspaper advances its Internet presence.

    The site, lamonitor.com, has a number of key features and technological advances that were not available on the newspaper’s previous Web site. Chief among those features, the site now affords a greater use of video, photo slideshows, reader forums, blogs, and other elements designed to extend the newspaper’s reach and provide a place for community conversation and debate.

  • LANS picnic honors 9/11

    A somber ceremony led by Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio Saturday afternoon at Overlook Park was filled with memories of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack and the people who lost their lives on that horrific day.

    "We all felt vulnerable that day in a way we've never felt before and unlike the rest of the population - we get to come to work everyday and we have the ability to do something about it," Anastasio said.

  • Detective accepts plea; quits force

    Det. Shari Mills has tendered her resignation with the Los Alamos Police Department and accepted the district attorney’s offer to enter a treatment program.
    Mills, 53, was on paid administrative leave since June  after becoming the prime suspect in an aggravated burglary case at the home of her ex-husband, Lt. Scott Mills, also a Los Alamos police officer.
    LAPD called in the state police to investigate the case while conducting an administrative investigation of their own.

  • Smith’s and union fight heats up in Albuquerque

    Smith’s Food and Drug Centers Inc. is scheduled to appear Oct. 19 in Albuquerque for a hearing on a bad faith bargaining charge by the grocer’s union.
    Smith’s has two local stores, one in Los Alamos and one in White Rock.

  • Deaths expected to rise in gas explosion

    BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews tried to douse the remnants of an enormous blaze and account for the residents of dozens of homes after a gas line ruptured and an explosion ripped through in a neighborhood near San Francisco, killing at least four people and likely more.