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  • Day of turmoil for GOP -- and that's before debate

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — What a debate warm-up. Mitt Romney created a stir Thursday when he declared to Iowans that "corporations are people." Then Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who could present a major challenge to front-runner Romney, made clear he was entering the race for the Republican president nomination.

    It all happened a few hours before the GOP presidential debate in Iowa — an eight-candidate spectacle that was missing the Republican field's newest member. Perry was hundreds of miles away in Austin finalizing plans for a weekend announcement tour.

  • Spokesman: Gov. Rick Perry running for president

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president, a spokesman confirmed Thursday, a move certain to shake up the race for the GOP nomination much to the delight of conservatives looking for a candidate to embrace.

    Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the governor would make his intentions known on Saturday while visiting South Carolina and New Hampshire just as most of his presidential rivals compete in a test vote in Iowa.

    Official word of Perry's entrance into the race came just hours before eight candidates, including GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, were to appear on stage during a nationally televised debate.

  • NMED warns about dangers of asbestos

    SANTA FE —  The New Mexico Environment Department is reminding New Mexico residents about the dangers of asbestos that can be found within our homes and buildings.
    According to the World Health Organization, 294 people die from asbestos-related diseases worldwide every day, including 28 Americans.  Although the use of asbestos has decreased, it is still present in buildings and homes.  Adults and children can easily come into contact with asbestos if they are around renovations, remodels, repairs, and demolition work.
    Asbestos may be found in any number of places:
    • Houses built between 1930 and 1980 likely contain asbestos as insulation as well as wallboard, textures, and many other materials.

  • ‘Bambi’ pays a visit

    A fawn and her mom check things out at a residence in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.

  • Rotary school supply drive

    Lance Metcalf, son of Rotarians Melissa and Rob Metcalf, sports a new backpack, while Rotary President Thurman Talley and LAPS Supt. Gene Schmidt look on.  The school supplies shown are just a small portion of those being collected by the Rotary Club this month to support local students.

  • Update 08-11-11

    Nuke protest

    The Trinity Nuclear Abolition will be holding another peace vigil in front of the main sign at LANL at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

    DPU meeting

     The Board of Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Department of Utilities conference room, 170 Central Park Square.

    County fair

    The Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo begins today and runs through Sunday.

    LTAB meeting

     The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber conference room, 109 Central Park Square.

    County council

  • Valles Caldera to take part in national competition

    A nationwide competition focused on “breathing new life into America’s most spectacular public places” selected the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) as the site best suited to represent the Inter-Mountain Region.
    The Van Alen Institute is launching the Parks for the People: A Student Competition Reimagining America’s National Parks in collaboration with the National Park Service, the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Parks for the People is a culminating project of Designing the Parks — a public-private partnership to promote well-designed public parks in America.

  • Resident Questions State Funding of Trinity Project

    At last week’s Transportation Board meeting, resident Patricia Max introduced a letter from Kathy Bender, deputy secretary of the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). The letter was in response to an inquiry by Max concerning the NM 502 Corridor Study for Trinity Drive.

    Max – who is opposed to the Trinity Drive options under consideration – had detailed her concerns in a letter to NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Alvin Dominguez dated July 8, 2011.

    The bulk of the response concerned a NMDOT corridor study for NM 502/Trinity Drive from Knecht Street to Tewa Loop. In 2007, after gathering public input, NMDOT selected a preferred alternative for that segment of roadway and dedicated $4.5 million to the project.

  • Muni Building site plan approved

    Los Alamos County has been without a municipal building since 2008, when the 40-year-old municipal building adjacent to Ashley Pond was declared unsafe and demolished. After years of planning and legal maneuverings, groundbreaking for a new municipal building is in sight.

    The Planning and Zoning commission approved a site plan for the new structure by a vote of 8-1 at Wednesday night’s meeting.

    The new municipal building will be located on a 3.75 acre site at 1000 Central Avenue. The three story building – which has been called a “one-stop customer service shop” – will encompass 64,400 square feet.

  • State Briefs 08-10-11

    Jury finds man guilty in Texas teen’s death

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — A federal jury in Las Cruces has returned a guilty verdict against a man who kidnapped and killed a Texas teenager in 2005. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 32-year-old Larry Lujan faces the death penalty or life in prison without the chance of parole.
    Prosecutors said Lujan kidnapped 16-year-old Dana Joseph Grauke Jr., in San Antonio, Texas, and took him to Anthony, N.M., where Grauke was nearly beheaded with a meat cleaver and dumped in a south county irrigation canal.
    The jury heard closing statements Tuesday morning and deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before returning the guilty verdict.