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  • Wildfires burn across state

    LUNA — A massive wildfire in eastern Arizona is burning more acres than the largest in state history, although some of that area is in New Mexico, where flare-ups that skipped along treetops Tuesday threatened a small mountain town.
    The Wallow Fire has burned more than 733 square miles since Memorial Day weekend. Fire spokesman John Helmich said Tuesday morning it’s not yet certain whether the acreage that has burned in Arizona makes it larger than the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire, which burned 732 square miles, destroyed 491 buildings and cost about $400 million to fight.

  • Agreement with Trinity Site developer nears

    Negotiations between Los Alamos County and the North American Development Group (NADG) for the Trinity Site Revitalization Project is nearing completion. Randy Autio, Acting County Administrator, expects to have a tentative agreement hammered out by the end of June.

    The council approved the selection of NADG in November 2010, and directed staff to enter into negotiations for a ground sublease and development agreement.

    The original deadline was May 1. Negotiations were not complete, but the county and NADG had reached agreement on a number of key points and staff apprised council they were confident an agreement could ultimately be reached. Council voted to extend the deadline 60 days on April 19.

  • Happy Flag Day

    Today is Flag Day and there will be a celebration at 6 tonight at the Elks Lodge. This was the scene Tuesday morning outside the Elks Lodge on Trinity Drive.

  • Elevated radon levels detected at school district's new HQ

    A radon issue in the basement of the school district’s new headquarters has resulted in the relocation of a staff person to an upper level office.

    “In the early environmental testing last October and November, the radon levels did not bubble up,” Superintendent Gene Schmidt said. “There were mold issues in the corners of the basement and some concerns with water damage on ceiling tiles that the inspectors felt were easily correctable. But because the radon came up above 4, (4.0 pCi/L, picoCuries per liter of volume of air) and we’d like it to be below that, for the safety of our employees we had a second test conducted and got the results back on May 18.”

  • Boehner adds to calls for Weiner resignation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday joined President Barack Obama and a chorus of other Democrats in suggesting that Rep. Anthony Weiner resign, while a member of Weiner's New York congressional delegation said she expects him to quit soon.

    Boehner, who until now has let Democrats wrestle with Weiner's sexually charged messages and photos to several women, responded with a one-word answer when reporters asked whether Weiner should quit.

    "Yes," he responded.

  • Huntsman getting into GOP race

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a Republican who until the spring served as President Barack Obama's ambassador to China, is running for president, officials said Tuesday.

    The Republican planned to formally announce his intentions June 21 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, with the Statue of Liberty in the background, these officials familiar with Huntsman's thinking told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to avoid publically pre-empting Huntsman. He was set to suggest as much later Tuesday in an appearance in New York City.

  • Bachmann brings flair, tea party clout to GOP race--video extra

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One hand clutches a crisply folded U.S. flag with a concealed weapons certification protruding; the other slides discreetly into a denim coat pocket. Behind the beaming state lawmaker, a silhouette target with bullet holes square in the chest. Next to her nameplate, a "No New Taxes!" sticker.

    The 2005 photo captures Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann's essence.

    In Bachmann's quick rise from state lawmaker to unofficial tea party ambassador in Washington, her brazen style has kept Republican leaders on edge and appealed to those in the GOP searching for a fresh, unfettered voice. She relishes the spotlight and seldom cedes ground.

  • NM governor to tour fire near NM-Colo. Border

    RATON, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is headed to Raton this evening, where she will be briefed on a raging wildfire that has charred more than 24,000 acres along the New Mexico-Colorado border.

    The Track Fire has forced hundreds of residents from their homes, damaged the community's watershed and closed a major interstate that links to the two states.

    The governor tells The Associated Press that officials will do what they can to open Interstate 25 between Raton and Trinidad, Colo., as soon as possible but the priority is safety. She says the fire and wind gusts have resulted in zero visibility along the corridor.

  • CORRECTION: County Council meeting location

    A notice that appeared in Update in Sunday's paper incorrectly listed the location for the county council meeting Tuesday. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

  • Congress returns to work, Weiner goes to treatment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Anthony Weiner's behavior has been "inappropriate" and "a distraction," the White House said Monday as the House of Representatives returned to work for the first time since eruption of the sexting scandal that has brought calls for the New York Democrat's resignation.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney wouldn't say whether President Barack Obama believes Weiner should resign — as other Democratic leaders have said.