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  • Keith Olbermann leaving MSNBC, ends 'Countdown'

    NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC host Keith Olbermann announced Friday that he is leaving the network and has taped his last "Countdown" show.

    MSNBC issued a statement that it had ended its contract with the controversial host, with no further explanation. Olbermann hosted the network's most popular show, but his combative liberal opinions often made him a target of critics.

    Olbermann did not explain why he was leaving.

  • Firefighter set to dispute exposure rap

    Brandon Gore has returned to work as a Los Alamos firefighter after an administrative investigation found him fit for duty.

    Gore was arraigned in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Dec. 15. He pled not guilty to an indecent exposure charge during a court hearing on Dec. 20. He requested a trial by jury, which is set for 2:15 p.m. Monday.

    Gore, 25, lives in Edgewood. The charge stems from an incident that occurred in Bernalillo County Nov. 28.

  • Council approves legislative agenda

    Every year, the Los Alamos County Council’s State Legislative Committee submits a state legislative agenda for adoption. This year, though, the committee is not requesting capital funds.

  • Update 01-21-11

    Chat with the Chief
    From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 24, Chief Wayne Torpy will be available to talk with anyone on a walk-in basis at his office. This an opportunity to get your question asked, your concern voiced and your needs addressed. No oneed to make an appointment. For more information, phone 663-1733.

    Controlled burn
    Bandelier will burn five acres of land along N.M. 4 and Forest Road 289, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. today.

  • Up on the rooftop

    Work on the roof at Fuller Lodge is winding down. Construction began on Sept. 27. The original completion date was slated for Jan. 19, but because of two change orders, the date has been moved to Feb. 20. One change involved the contractor, that found a better product with which to construct the roof. The second change involved matching shingles with the uneven roof line of the building. The project involves removing the wooden shingles and replacing them with a metal roof that looks like the original.

  • Sierra Club sues Gov. Martinez

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Sierra Club has sued Gov. Susana Martinez after she prevented the publication of building codes intended to promote energy-saving standards.
    Shortly after the Republican governor took office Jan. 1, she issued an executive order suspending all pending and proposed regulations for 90 days while a task force reviews the measures.

  • Pile burning to continue Saturday

    The Los Alamos County Parks Division and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue maintenance burning in Pueblo and Acid canyons on Saturday.
    “We want to take advantage of the heavy snow cover on the north-facing slopes to get rid of fuel near the downtown area,” said Craig Martin, the Los Alamos County open space specialist.
    The burn plan calls for igniting about 100 piles on Saturday morning. The piles are located in Acid and Pueblo canyons along Canyon Road from the aquatic center to about 15th Street.

  • State News at a Glance 01-21-11

    Session bill passes

  • USS NM model on display

    ALBUQUERQUE— During the waning days of World War I, it took the New York Navy Yard just 18 months to build the USS New Mexico, a sleek, 624-foot-long battleship that survived two kamikaze strikes in the Pacific during World War II.
    In contrast, it’s taken Albuquerque modelers Cecil Whitson and Keith Liotta more than 30 years to complete a model of the ship. This weekend, the modelers’ efforts will go on display at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe as part of the museum’s new exhibit, “A Noble Legacy: The USS New Mexico.”

  • Future leaders discuss youth issues

    During a recent Leadership Los Alamos session, Ken Bigley of Bandelier National Monument and Agatha Marquez of  Holiday Inn Express discuss youth issues and possible solutions with other class members and several youths from Los Alamos and Española. Sharon Stover and Police Chief Wayne Torpy co-chaired the session.  For more information about this or next year’s Leadership Los Alamos program, call 930-1200.