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  • CPR switch: Chest presses first, then give breaths

    DALLAS (AP) — New guidelines out Monday switch up the steps for CPR, telling rescuers to start with hard, fast chest presses before giving mouth-to-mouth.

    The change puts "the simplest step first" for traditional CPR, said Dr. Michael Sayre, co-author of the guidelines issued by the American Heart Association.

  • Mullins says ideals can help him beat Lujan

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — During this election cycle, Tom Mullins is the closest thing New Mexico will see to a bona fide tea party candidate.

    The Republican nominee in the sprawling 3rd Congressional District, Mullins is challenging first-term incumbent Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., for the House seat representing northern New Mexico and parts of the eastern plains.

    A petroleum engineer in Farmington, Mullins is making his first run for office after becoming involved as an organizer of San Juan County tea party events.

  • FORMER YOUTH MINISTER PLEADS IN CHILD PORN CASE

    Former Los Alamos youth minister Matthew Nichols has pleaded guilty in federal court to distribution of child pornography.
    The plea deal comes on the heels of a months-long investigation where forensic examinations revealed 1,465 images and 186 videos depicting child porn were captured on his computers.
    Authorities said Nichols, formerly employed at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, entered a plea agreement Friday before U.S. Magistrate Daniel Schneider. Nichols, 58, faces 15 to 40 years in prison at sentencing.

  • Weapons technology repurposed

    A group of ground-breaking American and Russian scientists, led by Dr. Terry Lowe, chief scientist at Manhattan Scientifics (MHTX) are taking Cold War weapons technology and repurposing it for peaceful use in medical prosthetics and dental implants.
    Manhattan Scientifics holds exclusive licensed U.S. rights from Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Nanotitanium, a new FDA-approved super-

  • Allegations fly as county administrator probe stalls

    No one’s talking and speculation is mounting as an investigation that has left many in the community guessing drags on with little sense of urgency.
    A month has passed since the Los Alamos County Council hired an Albuquerque law firm to coordinate the investigation into unspecified claims leveled by Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan against County Administrator Tony Mortillaro.

  • Update 10-17-10

    Cable replacement begins Monday

    The Dept. of Public Utilities’ contractor Parker Construction begins work Monday to dig 1,100 feet of trenching along the east side of 4th Street between Central and Canyon. The project scope includes the replacement of direct bury cable and the installation of conductors and transformers. The work is slated to continue through October and November.
    Council meeting

  • Survey: Governing comes with challenges

    Editor’s note: This is part three of a three-part series regarding the Los Alamos County Community Survey.

    German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “To rule is easy, to govern difficult.”
    That quote seems particularly relevant when reviewing the results of the 2010 Los Alamos Community Survey. The level of effort to communicate with citizens and involve residents in the county government’s decision-making processes poses a challenge.

  • CMRR scoping meetings set

    The Department of Energy (DOE) will hold two meetings next week to gain public input into what issues should be addressed in the new supplemental environmental impact statement for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
    The public meetings to address the “scope” of the supplemental document will run from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the White Rock Town Hall, 139 Longview Dr., and on Wednesday at the Cities of Gold Casino Hotel in Pojoaque.  

  • Palestinians weighing alternatives to peace talks

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians will study alternatives to peace talks with Israel in the coming days, a top PLO official said Saturday, after Israel gave the green light to build 238 new houses for Jews on war-won land Palestinians seek for their state.

  • As Democrats' message lags, GOP awaits huge wins

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks before Election Day, Democrats fear their grip on the House may be gone, and Republicans are poised to celebrate big gains in the Senate and governors' mansions as well.

    Analysts in both parties say all major indicators tilt toward the Republicans. President Barack Obama's policies are widely unpopular. Congress, run by the Democrats, rates even lower. Fear and anger over unemployment and deep deficits are energizing conservative voters; liberals are demoralized.