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  • Police: Focus on Tips on Missing Colorado Girl

    Authorities said they have received 'several hundred tips' as they continue to search for a 10-year-old girl who disappeared on her way to her suburban Denver school.

  • Congressman: Libya Terror Attack Exposes Security Flaws
  • Update 10-10-12

    Night in Italy

    Tickets are available for “A Night in Italy” fundraiser for Assets in Action. The event takes place Oct. 20 at the Hilltop House Hotel. Tickets are $40 each and proceeds benefit youth development programs. Additional information is available by calling 661-4846 or by email at AssetsInAction.info.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The board meets monthly. More information can be obtained by calling 662-8173.

    CRC Committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between 9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

  • AG looks into voter suppression allegations

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says he has launched an investigation into allegations of voter suppression.
    King said Tuesday that his office has received a number of complaints about efforts to discourage some state residents from voting.
    Last week, a Democratic-leaning political group on Thursday criticized poll challenger training by an Albuquerque-area Republican official, saying there was misinformation about voter identification requirements and provisional ballots that could be used to suppress turnout in the general election.
    ProgressNow New Mexico released secretly recorded video of the training done last week by Sandoval County GOP vice chairwoman Patricia Morlen, a tea party activist.
    “This is a how-to-guide to voter suppression and many of their instructions are in blatant contradiction to state law,” said Pat Davis, executive director of the political group. “People trained by the GOP to ‘protect’ our elections will wreak havoc on our elections and so frustrate voters that many will simply give up and go home.”

  • Convention Center concept advances

    Building a convention center has been high on Los Alamos County’s economic development priority list for well over a decade. The road toward realizing that goal is littered with the debris of failed proposals, ideas that never materialized and voters’ rejection of a county-owned civic/conference center.

    Now staff is optimistic that a recently issued Request for Qualifications will generate a workable option for building a convention center. The goal is for a high quality facility that can stop “leakage” to surrounding casino resorts and venues in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

    A market feasibility study conducted earlier this year by the Strategic Advisory Group concluded  that Los Alamos is losing anywhere from $2 million to $4 million in annual conference and lodging business to nearby casino resorts and to Class A lodging and conference facilities in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The estimate was based on data obtained from Los Alamos National Laboratory and other federal agencies and businesses.

    The study was prompted by a proposal from Trident Development New Mexico L.L.C., which had initiated negotiations for a public/private partnership with the county in 2010.

  • Former NFL lineman, TV actor Alex Karras dies at age 77

    DETROIT (AP) — Alex Karras, the rugged lineman who anchored the Detroit Lions' defense in the 1960s, then went on to an acting career in which he starred in the sitcom "Webster" and famously punched a horse in the 1974 comedy "Blazing Saddles," died Wednesday. He was 77.

    Karras, who had recently suffered kidney failure, died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney.

    Diagnosed with dementia, Karras in April joined the more than 3,500 former NFL players suing the league for not protecting them better from head injuries, immediately becoming one of the best-known names in the legal fight.

    Detroit drafted Karras with the 10th overall pick in 1958 out of Iowa and he was a four-time All-Pro defensive tackle over 12 seasons with the franchise.

  • 10 things to know for Wednesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. EMBASSY OFFICIAL WARNED STATE DEPT. BEFORE LIBYA ATTACK

    He is expected to tell a House panel at noon that he pleaded for more security before the ambassador and two others were killed.

    2. HOW MEXICO LOST THE REMAINS OF A NOTORIOUS DRUG LORD

    Gunmen in a hijacked hearse snatched the body of Heriberto Lazcano from a funeral home after the Zetas strongman was killed.

    3. WHAT A MAN ARRESTED AT LAX WAS WEARING

    Yongda Huang Harris was dressed in a bulletproof vest and fire-resistant pants when he was taken into custody on suspicion of transporting hazardous materials.

    4. ROMNEY'S NEW CAMPAIGN SLOGAN

  • Today in History for October 10th
  • Senior Washburn reinstated to Los Alamos High School football team

    The "Speech Theatre" at Los Alamos High was the backdrop to a different kind of drama Tuesday night as friends, family and well-wishers showed up at the scheduled school board meeting to show their support for high school senior Grant Washburn. Among the crowd of supporters was Washburn's dad, Gerry, who heads the school district’s human resources department.

    Part of the board's agenda concerned the fate of Washburn's football career. Washburn was suspended from all extracurricular activities, including football, after a voluntary search of his vehicle Aug. 30 produced an empty baggy that subsequently tested for substances consistent with marijuana.

    During the hearing, Washburn told the board that indeed, he left campus without permission to drop a friend off in another part of town. It was implied that it was this friend that left the rolling papers, two cigarette lighters and the empty baggy behind.

    The board patiently heard two hours of testimony over whether to reinstate the star football player, and then took another hour to make its decision.

    When all was said and done, the board decided to reinstate Washburn to the Los Alamos High School football team.

  • VIDEO EXTRA -- County Council candidates: How would you keep young people in Los Alamos?