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  • Power lines up in progress at Japan nuclear plant--see video

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Workers at a leaking nuclear complex hooked up power lines to all six of its reactor units, but other repercussions from a massive earthquake and tsunami still rippled across Japan as economic losses mounted at three flagship companies.

    The progress on the electrical lines at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was a welcome and significant advance Tuesday after days of setbacks. With the power lines connected, officials hope to start up the overheated plant's crucial cooling system that was knocked out during the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast.

  • Snipers, shells, tanks terrorize key Libyan city--video

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi's snipers and tanks are terrorizing civilians in Libya's third-largest city, and the U.S. military said Tuesday it was "considering all options" in response to dire conditions that have left people cowering in darkened homes and scrounging for food and rainwater.

  • Creative district plan progresses

    The vision for a creative district in Los Alamos is beginning to take shape.  
    Sharing and developing Los Alamos’ unique creative heritage, enhancing commercial businesses, increasing visitors and quality of life for residents, encouraging development of public cultural facilities and supporting historic preservation are some of the advantages.
    But before these benefits come to fruition, a plan is needed. Therefore, the Cultural Planning Group will present a draft plan for the creative district during a town hall meeting from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Unitarian Church.
    Additionally, local businesses are invited to attend an open house from 8-10 a.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

  • IRS to offer assistance Saturday

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Taxpayer Assistance Center, at 5338 Montgomery Blvd., N.E., Albuquerque, will be open from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday.  
    The IRS office will be open to provide free assistance to New Mexicans who may need help getting tax forms and schedules for this year’s tax return or information on making a payment arrangement or questions about a lien withdrawal and more. 
    For some issues, assistance may be offered over the telephone by IRS employees who are working in other offices around the country. 

  • Musicians perform for students at Fuller Lodge

    Members of the quintet Imani Winds performed for a group of Los Alamos National Laboratory post-doctorates March 17 at Fuller Lodge.

  • Update 03-22-11

    School board meeting
    The Los Alamos Board of Education has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Suite V of 2075 Trinity Drive.

     Council meeting
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Star party
    Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host a Star Party at 7 p.m. March 26 with Dr. James Maxwell. Learn about the universe with a short illustrated talk.

  • NM Legislature heads off emission rollback

    ALBUQUERQUE — Environmental groups rejoiced Monday after efforts to roll back New Mexico’s new greenhouse gas emissions rules failed during the legislative session that ended over the weekend.
    Gov. Susana Martinez has vowed to continue reviewing all state regulations, however, with an eye toward improving the business climate in New Mexico and creating jobs.
    Martinez said at a news conference after the end of the session Saturday that she’s looking at laws passed by the Legislature as well as those approved by various state boards, commissions and executive agencies.

  • Forest Service: Valle Canyon wildfire 100% contained

    Somewhat calmer winds and rain mixed with snow that started falling overnight is no doubt lending a hand with the efforts of firefighters Tuesday in snuffing out the Valle Canyon fire that’s been burning west of Los Alamos since last Thursday night.

    Forest Service spokesperson Lawrence Lujan said late in the day Tuesday the wildfire is 100% percent contained.

    “Yesterday due to heavy winds, firefighters were removed from the fire to protect them from dead falling trees (snags,” Lujan said.  “Safety always comes first in fire management.  Last night’s snow and colder temperatures assisted with suppression efforts.

  • Muni building concepts down to three options - video included

    The beauty pageant is down to the final three contestants. The winner in this contest will become the county’s new $25 million municipal building.

    The public viewed the latest development in the project during an open house Monday night at the White Rock Town Hall. Another open house is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The open houses are hosted by Jaynes Corporation and Studio Southwest Architects.

  • SD governor signs 3-day wait for abortion into law

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law Tuesday requiring women to wait three days after meeting with a doctor to have an abortion, the longest waiting period in the nation.

    Abortion rights groups have already said they plan to file a lawsuit challenging the measure, which also requires women to undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortions.