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  • Bahrain protesters urge more pressure on rulers

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from Bahrain's rulers held their ground Wednesday in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital's landmark square, staging a third day of demonstrations that have brought unprecedented pressure in one of Washington's most strategic allies in the Gulf.

  • Legislation seeks to ease penalties for alcohol to minors

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House committee has approved a measure that would lessen the penalty for someone who sells or serves alcoholic beverages to a minor.

    The bill by Rep. Antonio "Moe" Maestas, an Albuquerque Democrat, would make it a misdemeanor — rather than a fourth-degree felony — to serve alcohol to someone under age 21.

    A first offense could be punished by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. Currently, a felony conviction could mean 18 months in prison.

  • Tuesday afternoon rollover snarls NM 502 at rush hour

     NM 502 was closed for about 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon right around rush hour when a car rolled over into a ditch heading eastbound.

    The road was closed between 4:30 and 5 p.m., said Los Alamos Police Department Sgt. James Martinez. The driver was taken by helicopter to a hospital, Martinez said.

    Three Los Alamos County police and fire units were on the scene as well as the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office.

  • State News at a Glance 02-15-11

    Progress made in Ruidoso

    RUIDOSO — New Mexico officials say significant progress has been made in the effort to restore water service to the village of Ruidoso. The state Environment Department said  water in the system isn’t contaminated, but a boil water advisory still is in effect. Residents are being advised to boil water for 5 minutes before drinking, cooking and washing dishes.
    Bottled water for drinking is available at the main Fire Station in the village.

  • Public input needed for municipal building site layout and design

    The public is invited to attend one of two public meetings hosted by the county’s Capital Projects and Facilities’ staff, along with county contractor Jaynes Corporation/Studio Southwest Architects regarding the site layout and design of the new municipal building, historic archives and County records center.
    The meetings will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at White Rock Town Hall and from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Fuller Lodge’s Pajarito Room.

  • Sobriety monitoring devices gain momentum in the state

    A bill aimed at curbing the state’s DWI problem easily cleared Senate Public Affairs Committee this week.
    Senate Bill 197 from Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, targets DWI offenders who do not own cars but must avoid alcohol to meet terms of their probation by putting a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM) type device in their homes.
    “It fixes the DWI Interlock problem, and allows people to serve their sentences,” Munoz said.
    Not everyone is so sure what the bill is proposing would work.

  • Reducing emissions proposed

    FARMINGTON–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has plans to reduce emissions at two New Mexico power plants.

  • Co-op assembles management team

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market has assembled its management team in anticipation of its grand opening later this month. From left, Kwei-Hsuan Coats, marketing; Matt Dreier, grocery; Trinity Vigil, meat and cheese; Emily Chapman, deli; Steve Watts, general manager; Phil Kearney, produce; Tim Morrison, front-end; Aviv Stein, wellness; not pictured is Gloria Brehm, accounting.

  • Update 02-15-11

    T-Board meeting

    The Transportation Board will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Public Works conference room, which is located on 2101 Trinity Drive.

    DPU Board meeting

    The Board of Pubic Utilities will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room.

    Public meetings

  • Night in Monte Carlo hits jackpot

    Sometimes fundraising can be a gamble; it’s a dice roll if the event will succeed. The Family YMCA’s Red and Black Ball held Saturday at Central Avenue Grill, however, paid off big time.
    The annual event was completely sold out and raised a net of $53,660. With a theme of a Night in Monte Carlo, the Red and Black Ball included a dinner and silent and live auctions. Vacation stays at condos located in Hawaii and Las Vegas as well as benches and jewelry created by teens at the Española Teen Center were offered in the live auction.