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  • Update 02-16-11

    Iwo Jima talk
    Iwo Jima veteran Bill Hudson will show a DVD about the battle for Iwo Jima in this 66th anniversary year of the battle at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Library Upstairs Meeting Room.

    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 Public Utilities will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room.

    Public meetings

  • County lends a helping hand after natural gas outage

    The county recently loaned eight employees to surrounding communities struggling to relight thousands of pilots following the recent natural gas outage.

    The employees worked long hours – one individual spent 88 hours relighting pilots in more than 100 homes in the valley – and the service was literally priceless; better yet, the county will not have to foot the bill.

  • Scottish deerhound is best in show at Westminster

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hickory just might like the big-city life.

    A Scottish deerhound that loves to chase deer and rabbits on a 50-acre farm in Virginia did more than fine at Madison Square Garden this week, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night and the title of America's top dog.

    "She's not used to lights, camera and noise," handler Angela Lloyd said.

  • Man, 84, found alive in Ariz. desert after 5 days

    PHOENIX (AP) — Henry Morello prayed to Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost things. But as the 84-year-old spent a fifth night stuck in a ditch in the Arizona desert, he started to lose hope.

    "My phone went dead, my battery went dead, and I went dead," Morello said.

  • Pricey jet engine tests budget cutters' resolve

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A showdown looming, Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged Congress to cancel a costly alternative engine for the Pentagon's next-generation fighter jet Wednesday and vowed to explore "all available legal options" to stop production if lawmakers won't.

    "The president, the military services and I continue to oppose this extra engine," Gates said in testimony before the House Armed services Committee.

  • 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.