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  • Resignation calls for Bernalillo Co. commissioner

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's mayor is joining a chorus of Republicans calling for the resignation of a Bernalillo County commissioner shown posing with young women in a Philippine city known for prostitution.

    Mayor Richard Berry's office released a statement Saturday saying a long pattern of inappropriate behavior by Republican Commissioner Michael Wiener has reached a point where he should step down for the good of the community.

  • Santa Fe man arrested after chase--Video Extra

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man authorities believe was caught on video shooting up a parked police speed-enforcement vehicle was arrested Friday after a pursuit and a brief standoff with a Santa Fe, N.M., SWAT team.

    Scott Powell, 63, fled from officers trying to serve a search warrant Friday morning, Santa Fe police Sgt. Andrea Dobyns said. He led police on a chase through the city's downtown before being arrested just before noon after a brief SWAT standoff at a doctor's office.

  • Dodging the orange barrels

    Construction on N.M. 4 in White Rock continues to be a headache for motorists as they travel on what has been whittled down to a two-lane highway.

  • Feds prepare for another busy fire season

    TIJERAS (AP) — More than 100 large fires have swept across parts of the nation already this year, and the head of the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday the rest of the 2012 fire season is expected to be just as active as last year’s, which saw historic wildfires on hundreds of square miles in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and elsewhere.
    Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said the Southwest continues to be dry, but the middle part of the U.S. up into the Great Basin could be in for a more severe season as drought marches across a bigger swath of the country.

  • PRC looks at San Juan alternatives

     SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioners Jason Marks and Doug Howe are asking the parties involved in planning the environmental modifications of Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (PNM) aging San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) to voluntarily stay litigation until a third alternative can be developed that would begin to reduce the state’s reliance on coal generation.
    The 40-year-old coal-fired plant is in violation of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regional haze reduction rules for polluting the facility’s surrounding area, which includes Mesa Verde National Park and the Weminuche Wilderness Area.

  • High winds cause power outages

    Several power outages occurred during the high winds last night and early Friday morning according to officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities. 
     At 6:40 p.m. Thursday, LANL Circuit EA4 went out affecting the East Gate area down to Rendija Canyon. These areas were transferred to DPU’s Circuit 14 while LANL worked on the EA4 problem.  Power was restored by 7 p.m.  Approximately 20 DPU customers were affected.
    In White Rock at 7 p.m. Thursday, a transformer on Monte Rey failed which was replaced by DPU’s electric linemen. Power was restored at 159 Monte Rey by 10 p.m. Friday. One customer was affected.

  • Update 04-27-12

    Taste of Russia

    A Taste of Russia, a benefit for the youth visit to Los Alamos sister city of Sarov, will be at 6:30 tonight at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel. $50 per person, $400 per table.

    Council forum

    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor have invited all County Council candidates to participate in a forum set for 6 p.m. May 17. Watch for more details in the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. Rose Montoya will speak on the Boys and Girls Club.

    Fabulous 50s

  • Covered arena gets P&Z approval

    The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a plan for a new covered riding arena at the North Mesa stables Wednesday night. The arena is a Capital Improvement Project (CIP) submitted by the Los Alamos Pony Club in 2008.

    The 200’x75’ foot prefabricated structure will be used for riding during inclement weather, for Search & Rescue team practice, activities sponsored by the local 4H organization and training grounds for the Los Alamos Dog Obedience club.

    County animal control requested the addition of three 25’x25’ covered pens adjoining the arena to shelter large animals such as neglected or abandoned horses.

  • Promotions mark end of holding pattern

    County Administrator Harry Burgess created a stir when he announced three staff promotions and proposed a major restructuring of the Community Development Department (CDD) and the Capital Projects & Facilities Department (CP&FD) during budget hearings last week.

    “Trying to fill vacant positions has been a big task, especially doing it while trying to prepare this year’s budget,” Burgess said. Nine upper management positions have been filled with “acting” staff for close to 18 months, waiting for the hire of a new county administrator. Burgess took up his post in November.

  • Israeli official warns of nuclear arms race

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister says the world must prepare to "swiftly and firmly" stop Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons and setting off a regional nuclear arms race.

    In a thinly veiled reference to a military strike, Ehud Barak acknowledges that such an operation would be "complex, risky and unpredictable."

    He warns that a nuclear Iran "would be far more complex, dangerous and immeasurably more costly," both in terms of human lives and financially.