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  • Citizens chime in on Trinity Site

    Questions and suggestions filled the air during a second public listening session regarding the Trinity Site Revitalization Project (TRSP) at White Rock Town Hall Thursday evening.

    There’s been a lot of “almosts” regarding the TRSP, said Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent and TRSP Advisory Committee Member Gene Schmidt.

    But with a new developer ready to pull the trigger on the long-awaited project, the committee is prepared to recommend North American Development Group to County Administrator Tony Mortillaro.

  • Spring forward, fall back... Daylight savings time ends this weekend

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — While you're resetting your clocks for the end of daylight savings time this weekend, you might as well check your smoke alarm batteries.

    That's the suggestion from fire departments around New Mexico.

    The Las Cruces Fire Department encourages residents to put new batteries in their smoke detectors when they adjust their clocks before bedtime Saturday. Daylight savings time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.

    The fire department also suggests homeowners test their smoke detectors to ensure they're working.

  • Costco cheese linked to E.coli illnesses in 5 states

    ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — A cheese sold recently at Costco Wholesale Corp. outlets in five states has been preliminarily linked to an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 25 people, Costco and federal health officials warned consumers Thursday.

    The Bravo Farms Dutch Style Raw Milk Gouda Cheese was offered for sale and for in-store tasting between Oct. 5 and Nov. 1 at Costco stores in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and the San Diego, Calif., area.

  • A look at how Los Alamos voted in general election

    Candidate or Issue    Party    Votes    Percent
    UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE - DISTRICT 3
    BEN R. LUJAN    DEMOCRATIC    4054    47.2%
    THOMAS E. MULLINS    REPUBLICAN    4541    52.8%
    GOVERNOR and LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
    DIANE D. DENISH    DEMOCRATIC    3926    45.3%
    and BRIAN S. COLÓN

  • Two-term councilor looks toward future

    A lot has changed in Los Alamos since Nona Bowman first sat down in a chair at the county council dais.
    Eight years ago, the boundaries for “downtown” were yet to be determined, and other zoning questions remained to be answered. A case in point: the Trinity site was designated to become residential.
    She described the infrastructure as bad, and there were far more power outages than what is currently being experienced. And not unlike today, the school district was concerned with state funding cuts.

  • Science may solarize windows

    A transparent, thin film capable of absorbing light and generating electric charge over a relatively large area has been fabricated by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

    Group Leader Oleg Gang of Brookhaven’s Soft and Biological Nanomaterials Division spoke about the project in general terms during an interview Thursday morning.

  • Ex-congresswoman leads Martinez transition team

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Congresswoman Heather Wilson will lead Gov.-elect Susana Martinez's transition team in preparing for the Republican to take office in less than two months.

    Martinez announced Wilson's appointment on Thursday, describing her as "respected, accomplished, honest and a very trustworthy leader who will ensure that the administration has the most qualified individuals and principled people."

  • Yemen bomb only 17 mins. from exploding

    PARIS (AP) — One of two mail bombs sent from Yemen last week was disarmed just 17 minutes before it was set to go off, the French interior minister said Thursday.

    Brice Hortefeux provided no other details in an interview on France's state-run France-2 television, or say where he got the information about the timing.

    "One of the packages was defused only 17 minutes before the moment that it was set to explode," he said.

  • New reality: Obama, GOP talk compromise, conflict

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A chastened President Barack Obama signaled a new willingness to yield to Republican demands on tax cuts and jettisoned a key energy priority on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he and fellow Democrats absorbed election losses so severe he called them a shellacking.

    But he bluntly swept aside any talk of repeal of his signature health care law — right after the House Speaker-in-waiting, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, vowed Republicans would do everything they could to wipe the legislation off the books.

  • Voter turnout statewide was 52 percent, matching 2006

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — About half of New Mexico's registered voters cast ballots in the general election.

    Unofficial returns from the secretary of state's office showed about 599,000 people participated in Tuesday's election. That represents about 52 percent of New Mexico's voter registration.

    The rate of voter turnout matched the 2006 gubernatorial election, when not quite 569,000 voted. Turnout was 53 percent in 2002.