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  • Attacks on staff reach an all time high

    WASHINGTON, DC — Attacks and threats against U.S. Forest Service employees and National Park Service rangers reached an all-time record in 2009, according to agency incident reports released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). This spike in violent incidents reflects growing danger to both staff and visitors on federal lands

    Agency incident reports, obtained by PEER through the Freedom of Information Act, document increasing lawlessness in remote public lands where people go to get away from urban ills:

  • Bingaman and Udall introduce bills

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall recently introduced legislation to transfer the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service.

    The bill follows on a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) mandated by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000 and a feasibility study from the National Park Service requested by the two senators.  

  • Remember those who gave all this Memorial Day

    The following events are being held in Northern New Mexico on Monday:

    • Memorial Day 2010 will be observed at the Guaje Pine Cemetery at 11 a.m. The Knights of Columbus will host the event and Gary Ahlers, a member of the Knights of Columbus, will be the guest speaker.  A light lunch will be served at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 401 Trinity Drive following the ceremony. All are invited.

  • Deputy fire chief hired

    Patrick Sleik is the new deputy fire chief for Los Alamos County. Fire Chief Doug Tucker describes Sleik as a highly effective fire service leader with 30 years of distinguished service.

  • 05-30-10 Update

    Primary election

      Members of the public are invited to gather in the lobby of the Justice Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, as results from the primary election that day become available after polls close. The County Clerk will post uncertified results at the Justice Center. Cable television will be available in the courtroom adjacent to the lobby for those wishing to view statewide election results.

    ‘Planet 51’

      Los Alamos County Movies in the Park will screen “Planet 51” at

    7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rover Park.

  • Weh loans campaign $600,000

    SANTA FE — Former state Republican Party chairman Allen Weh lent his gubernatorial campaign an additional $600,000 this month, helping to finance an advertising blitz on television and radio as the primary election neared.

    As the five-way GOP race for governor has heated up, Weh relied on personal money for the bulk of his fundraising during the past three weeks, according to a campaign finance report filed Thursday. Besides the loan, he collected $41,366 in contributions from individuals and businesses.

  • Wrangling in the robots

    The evidence of the robot’s work was scattered all over the table. Small, charred bits of batter splattered the table and griddle and on the opposite side of the room, a mechanical arm carefully picked up a new pancake to flip it.

    Robots taking on breakfast duty was just one of several activities featured in the Fourth Annual Robot Rodeo, which was hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory this week.

  • Northern New Mexico set for Memorial Day remembrances Monday

    The following Memorial Day events are taking place around Northern New Mexico on Monday:

    • Memorial Day 2010 will be observed at the Guaje Pine Cemetery at 11 a.m. The Knights of Columbus will host the event and Gary Ahlers, a member of the Knights of Columbus, will be the guest speaker.  A light lunch will be served at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 401 Trinity Drive following the ceremony. All are invited.

  • Primary Election day underway across New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's primary election day in New Mexico.

    Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain time.

    Republicans and Democrats will make decisions on local, legislative and statewide races.

    GOP voters have five candidates to choose from in the governor's race. The winner will face Lieutenant Gov. Diane Denish, who is on the Democratic ballot unopposed.

    Only two primaries are contested for U.S. House of Representatives.

  • UPDATE: Activists send new boat to challenge Gaza blockade

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Pro-Palestinian activists sent another boat to challenge Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and Egypt declared it was temporarily opening a crossing into the Palestinian territory after a raid on an aid flotilla that ended with Israeli soldiers killing nine activists.

    The raid provoked ferocious international condemnation of Israel, raised questions at home, and appeared likely to increase pressure to end the blockade that has deepened the poverty of the 1.5 million Palestinians in the strip.