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  • Officials say New Mexico fire burned 71,000 acres

    CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An eastern New Mexico fire chief said Tuesday that a mid-April grass fire burned about 71,000 acres — more than four times the original estimate.

    Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said he drove the fire line last week and found it covered 25 miles and was more than four miles wide in most areas.

    The Clovis News Journal reported Jacobs was incident commander for the fire, which broke out April 17 and burned in Curry and Roosevelt counties.

    Officials said the blaze started near Melrose when sparks set grass on fire after a tire blew out on a vehicle. The fire burned three houses and a barn and killed or injured about 100 head of cattle.

  • UK police: Wedding guests to face security checks--video extra

    LONDON (AP) — British police say guests at the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton will have to pass through security checks to enter Westminster Abbey.

    Police would not say what methods will be used. Some 5,000 police will be deployed at the wedding and 60 people have already been arrested in pre-wedding sweeps.

    Metropolitan Police Commander Christine Jones said Wednesday that there is no intelligence suggesting any new terrorist threats against the royal wedding.

    She says Internet chatter is being monitored and asks the public to be on alert for suspicious behavior.

  • AP sources: Crocker top pick for Afghan post

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is likely to name seasoned diplomat Ryan Crocker as the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, several sources told The Associated Press on Tuesday, part of a far-reaching turnover of the nation's top leadership of the Afghanistan war as Obama prepares to begin bringing forces home this summer.

    The move would reunite Crocker with Gen. David Petraeus in a rerun of the diplomatic and military "dream team" credited with rescuing the flagging American mission in Iraq. In the coming months, Obama will have to name replacements for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen, other senior military leaders and probably Petraeus himself.

  • Gov. Martinez to be in Los Alamos Wednesday

    Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Los Alamos Wednesday.

    In the morning, Martinez will attend a breakfast at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and then take a tour of the facility.

     In the afternoon, Martinez will attend a reception at a local bank.  

    Watch for more details here and in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 04-26-11

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Community Building.

    Pasta dinner
    The Los Alamos High School baseball team is having a pasta dinner from 5-7 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. For more information, phone 672-4066.

    Rptary Club
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos will meet on May 3 at 11:45 a.m. at the Central Avenue Grill.
     
    Charter Review
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the training room at the Community Building.

  • NCRTD Executive Director announces retirement

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) board announced the retirement of Executive Director, Josette Lucero, on Monday.
    During Lucero’s administration, the District garnered public passage of a Gross Receipts Tax to support both regional public transportation and Rail Runner expenses, develop a functional organization from the ground up, and gainr major awards for increasing ridership.
    The organization recently earned an Award of Achievement for highest percentage growth in transit passenger ridership in New Mexico for a rural transit program. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Region 6 presented the NCRTD with the award for Fiscal Year 2010 under its Federal Section 5311 Rural Transit Program.

  • Mixed-use A-19-a plan takes shape in White Rock

    Visions of a mixed-use commercial and residential development on parcel A-19-a in White Rock have started to take shape.

    The updated plans for the 60-acre parcel were presented during a meeting Monday night.

    Tim Karpoff of Karpoff and Associates; Will Gleason of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, a New Mexico architecture and planning firm; and Dan Guimond of Economic Planning System hosted the meeting. They were hired by the county to conduct a master plan study of A-19-a, which is located north of N.M. 4 across from the Hampton Inn in White Rock.

  • Maj. Robert Shilling named Chief of State Police

    SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez recently announced that Department of Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden has named Maj. Robert Shilling as Chief of the New Mexico State Police.
    Before being named acting chief in January 2011, Shilling most recently served as the Law Enforcement Budget Director and Commander of Investigations for the New Mexico State Police.

  • Russia calls for stricter nuclear safety rules

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's president argued Tuesday that tough international guidelines could help prevent accidents like the massive Chernobyl meltdown, defending nuclear energy during solemn ceremonies commemorating the 25th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in history.

    Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych took part in a religious service outside Chernobyl's damaged No. 4 nuclear reactor, laying the first stone of a monument to cleanup workers and laying bouquets of red roses at another monument to Chernobyl victims.

  • Police: Levee protecting Mo. town holds overnight

    POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A levee protecting a southeast Missouri town from major flooding held up overnight, although the swollen river pouring over in several spots is threatening to burst through the structure and has already forced the evacuation of about 1,000 area homes, a police official said.

    Poplar Bluff deputy police chief Jeff Rolland said early Tuesday that the Black River overran the levee in about 30 locations between Poplar Bluff and the nearby town of Qulin.

    "How that hasn't broken through yet, it's a miracle," Rolland said.