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  • Governor signs state budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay of educators and state workers.
    Although she signed the measure into law, the governor cut about $2 million of general state money, including $410,000 for possible shortfalls in district attorneys’ offices statewide. Martinez was a district attorney in Las Cruces before her election as governor in 2010.

  • Search for county attorney commences

    The search to fill the position vacated by County Attorney Randy Autio in December has begun. Considering the demands of the position, scrutiny of potential candidates is likely to be intense.

    All candidates must be a member of the New Mexico State Bar with a minimum of 10 years experience, including two years of advising public senior level policymakers and three years of management and supervisory experience. The successful candidate must also establish residence in Los Alamos County.

    Preferred qualifications include experience with Department of Energy regulations and contracting procedures and five or more years experience advising senior level public sector policy makers.

  • Update 03-04-12

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School. They will hold a special session to discuss the bus loop at LAHS.

    Council meeting

    County Council has a special session on Los Alamos Main Street, 6 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station #3.

    CIP meeting

    CIP Committee reviews Phase 2 Applications for Golf Course Improvements, 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Council Chambers.

    Photo exhibit

    The 17th Annual Los Alamos Photographers SHow will open with a reception at 5 p.m. Monday in the upstairs gallery of Mesa Public Library. The show will be on display through March 30.

    CRC meeting

  • Movie Depicts Manhattan Project Life -- VIDEO ADDED

    As everybody knows, most of the Manhattan Project era was shrouded in mystery.

    Scientists were hired to come to Los Alamos during World War II to construct the first atomic bomb. Everything was top secret. After all, the U.S. was in a race with Hitler’s Germany to be the first to harness nuclear technology.

    Hollywood has done its best with various movies to depict what they believe went on. And numerous books have been written about the subject.

    But in the past month, the Los Alamos National Laboratory has released rare footage of what life was like for scientists during their very rare spare time.

  • Raw Video: Indiana Picks Up Pieces After Storm

    Emergency crews desperately search for survivors Saturday after a violent wave of Midwest and Southern storms flattened some rural communities and left behind a trail of destruction.

  • Japan leader points to disaster response failures

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister acknowledged Saturday the government failed in its response to last year's earthquake and tsunami, being too slow in relaying key information and believing too much in "a myth of safety" about nuclear power.

    "We can no longer make the excuse that what was unpredictable and outside our imagination has happened," Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said. "Crisis management requires us to imagine what may be outside our imagination."

    Noda was speaking to reporters at his official residence ahead of the anniversary of the March 11 disaster that killed nearly 20,000 people in northeastern Japan and set off the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

  • Leaders' trickling support for GOP candidates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After two months of voting, none of the Republican candidates for president is getting much support from the GOP leaders who could play an important role in determining the party's nominee for president.

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has the most endorsements, but they're coming in more of a trickle than a waterfall.

    The Associated Press has polled 106 of the 117 superdelegates, members of the Republican National Committee who will automatically attend the party's national convention this summer and can support any candidate for president they choose, regardless of what happens in the nominating contests.

  • VIDEO: Death Toll Rises From Violent Storms

    A string of violent storms scratched away small towns in Indiana and cut off rural communities in Kentucky as an early-season tornado outbreak killed more than 30 people.

  • VIDEO: Towns Destroyed, Dozens Killed by Deadly Storms

    Powerful storms leveled small towns in southern Indiana, transforming entire blocks of homes into piles of debris, killing more than two dozen and causing destruction so severe it was difficult to tell what was once there.

  • Raw Video: Major Storm Damage in Southern Ind.

    Authorities reported the three deaths in southern Indiana, where Marysville was leveled and nearby Henryville also suffered extreme damage. Each is home to about 2,000 people.