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  • Romney on Perry turf assails 'career politicians'

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney castigated "career politicians" Tuesday as he tried to distinguish himself from chief rival Rick Perry while on the governor's home turf in Texas.

    "I am a conservative businessman. I spent most of my life outside of politics, dealing with real problems in the real economy," Romney said told the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention in San Antonio. "Career politicians got us into this mess and they simply don't know how to get us out."

  • Disaster aid account faces shortfall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's main disaster aid account is running woefully short of money as the Obama administration confronts damages from Hurricane Irene that could run into billions of dollars.

    With less than $800 million in its disaster aid coffers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been forced to freeze rebuilding projects from disasters dating to Hurricane Katrina to conserve money for emergency needs in the wake of Irene. Lawmakers from states ravaged by tornadoes this spring, like Missouri and Alabama, are especially furious.

  • Family of missing man tries to move on

    The family of Michael Cannon is suspending their search for him, which began June 25 when he did not return from an afternoon hike.
    Capt. Randy Foster said that while the police search is no longer active, they will follow up on any new leads.
    “We coordinated with state police on the search efforts to locate Mr. Cannon including the use of dogs and cadaver dogs where he was last seen and in areas in which the dogs hit on,” Foster said. “We also looked at financial activities and other areas of investigation to discount those possibilities. The search is now closed unless we receive new information.”

  • Homestead Marker project gets go ahead

    Before the United States government claimed land for the Manhattan Project, even before the Los Alamos Ranch School, Los Alamos Mesa was home to a community of homesteaders. The Los Alamos Historic Homestead Tour, which commemorates those early settlers, earned council approval Tuesday.
    The idea for the tour was sparked by White Rock resident Belle Grant Hill, who approached Gerald Strickfaden, chair of the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board (FLHDAB), for advice on placing a marker at the site of her family’s homestead. Grant Hill is the daughter of homesteader Ottie Oman (Dot) Grant.

  • Tucker throws out first pitch
  • Bike and Hike is this weekend

    Pajarito Mountain will sponsor a Bike and Hike event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The ski lift will take bikes up the mountain. The cost is $25 per bike or $10 per hiker. For more information, visit skipajarito.com.

  • Accusations continue to fly in alleged drug probe

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP)  — Accusations continue to fly about who’s being targeted in an alleged FBI cocaine investigation in Santa Fe.
    Earlier this week, a fired state police officer said during an arbitration hearing that he lost his job because he was helping investigate a drug case involving Santa Fe City Manager Robert Romero and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan. Both vehemently denied the allegations. Then former Det. James Vigil -- who was fired after a 2010 DWI -- said it was not Lujan but Public Regulation Commission Jerome Block who was being investigated.
    Now Block tells the Albuquerque Journal in a story Friday that he believes Lujan and his father, House Speaker Ben Lujan, manipulated Vigil to change his story.

  • CRC to discuss charter Monday

    The Charter Review Committee will meet in Council Chambers inside the Community Building at 5:30 p.m. Monday to discuss the section of the County’s charter pertaining to initiative, referendum and recall. The CRC will be reviewing recommendations from its subcommittee about possible changes.
    The subcommittee’s report is posted on the County’s webpage at www.losalamosnm.us under the link to Projects/Charter Review Committee. Copies of the report are also available at the two public libraries at the Reference Desk, or, at the 311 Customer Care Center.

  • Seen at the Scene: Los Alamos Says Thanks!
  • State jet sold to Alaska couple

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez waved goodbye Thursday to a state-owned jet she calls the “ultimate symbol of waste and excess.” Her administration sold the plane for $2.5 million.
    Martinez presented keys to the aircraft to the new owners, Robert and Linda Felland, a retired couple from Anchorage, Alaska, at a ceremony at Santa Fe’s municipal airport.