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  • Hall, Garcia Richard file for District 43 seat

    The District 43 House seat will be a showdown of what most people expected.

    Stephanie Garcia Richard, a Democrat, filed her candidacy Tuesday at the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office. And Jim Hall said Tuesday he used a proxy to file his candidacy. They will both run opposed in the upcoming primary and the race will continue all the way to Election Day in November.

    With one hour to go in filing, no other candidates had filed for the District 43 House seat.

    Garcia Richard said there was little doubt she was going to run again.

  • Strong 7.4 earthquake rattles Mexico City -- Videos added

     

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico on Tuesday, damaging some 800 homes near the epicenter and swaying tall buildings and spreading fear and panic hundreds of miles away in the capital of Mexico City.

  • Update 03-20-12

    Fundraiser

    The fifth and sixth graders at Barranca Elementary will hold a fundraiser garage sale for Briana Engleman from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Pueblo Complex Gym.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. today in Council Chambers.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.

  • LA man sees ongoing problem in Ukraine

    Finding a toilet may be taken for granted stateside, but a young man from Los Alamos is making building a septic tank-based bathroom for a school in Ukraine his goal.
    Jeffery Ball, 22, has been with the Peace Corps in Ukraine since last spring and now he’s seeking funding to help build a much-needed septic tank for a bathroom at a school there.
    The school is split into two, located on a large parcel of land; one for younger children and the other for older ones.
    Ball has been teaching English, HIV education and youth development classes at the school located in Vilkovo and decided to undertake the project to replace the existing pit toilet – essentially an outhouse with a hole in the ground — with one connected to a septic system.

  • Empty Bowls fill Self Help's coffers

    The 18th annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser drew nearly 700 people to the Betty Ehart Senior Center and raised approximately $13,000 for Self Help, Inc., a nonprofit providing consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos counties.
    From start to finish, the fundraiser was a community event. Volunteers organized the event. Community groups gathered to paint bowls and local musicians provided free entertainment.

  • Flooding feared after storms sock south-central US

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Residents and businesses from southeast Texas north through western Missouri braced for flooding Tuesday after a violent band of storms brought heavy rain, hail and at least one tornado, with more of the same forecast for the next several days.

    The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down Monday evening about 25 miles southwest of San Antonio. The twister damaged several homes, trapping some people inside their mobile homes, but no fatalities were reported, according to The San Antonio Express-News.

  • Attacks in 8 Iraq cities kill 46 ahead of summit

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A torrent of bombings and shootings ripped across eight Iraqi cities on Tuesday, targeting police and Shiite pilgrims and killing 46 people. The deadly wave undermined the government's hopes for stability ahead of next week's meeting of the Arab world's top leaders.

    The Iraqi wing of al-Qaida said it was behind at least one of the attacks near Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone. A statement on a militant website said the group targeted the office that will oversee security for the upcoming Arab League summit — the first time the meeting is set to be held in Baghdad for more than a generation.

  • House GOP unveils budget blueprint

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Republicans controlling the House unveiled a budget blueprint Tuesday that combines slashing cuts to safety net programs for the poor with sharply lower tax rates in an election-year manifesto painting clear campaign differences with President Barack Obama.

    The GOP plan released by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would, if enacted into law, wrestle the deficit to a manageable size in short order, but only by cutting Medicaid, food stamps, Pell Grants and a host of other programs that Obama has promised to protect.

  • Big crane comes to town

    Traffic was closed on N.M. 502 for about an hour this afternoon as a crane was transported to the municipal complex site on Central Avenue.

    Deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun said the road had to be closed because the transporters decided they could not bring up the crane via the truck route.

    Purtymun said the road is now open in time for the commute home for lab employees.

    The crane is part of the contractor's plans for setting the steel framework into place for the new, three story building. The crane will hoist the steel beams into position the last week of March.

  • Manning will get 5 yrs., $95 mil with Broncos

    DENVER (AP) — All that's needed is Peyton Manning's autograph.

    After being pursued by teams around the NFL, the QB with four MVP awards is headed to the land of John Elway and Tim Tebow, agreeing to a contract with Denver that could make the Broncos an instant Super Bowl contender. It could also send one of the NFL's most intriguing young players packing.

    So much for Tebowmania.