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  • New Mexico goes over 2 million population mark

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congratulations, New Mexico. U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday show the state's population has grown to more than 2 million residents in the last decade.

    The 2010 Census data listed New Mexico's population at 2,059,179 residents, reflecting a 13.2 percent increase over the population in 2000, which was 1,819,046.

    While the growth wasn't enough to help New Mexico secure a fourth seat in the U.S. House, the state won't lose any seats, either.

  • Census shows slowing US growth, brings GOP gains

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican-leaning states will pick up a half dozen House seats thanks to the 2010 census, which found the nation's population growing more slowly than in past decades but still shifting to the South and West.

    The Census Bureau announced Tuesday that the nation's population on April 1 was 308,745,538, up from 281.4 million a decade ago. The growth rate for the past decade was 9.7 percent, a slower pace than the 13.2 percent population increase from 1990 to 2000.

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 5 a.m. FRIDAY

    The National Weather Service issued the following Winter Storm Watch Thursday afternoon:

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST FRIDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... EXPECT AN 2 TO 4 INCHES OF FRESH SNOWFALL OVERNIGHT... WITH AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES OVER SUMMITS AND HIGHER SLOPES.

    * TIMING... SNOW SHOWERS DEVELOPING THIS EVENING WILL TAPER OFF BY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.

  • Strong earthquake kills 7 in southeast Iran

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Rescue teams managed to pull all survivors from under the rubble Tuesday after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck a remote area in southeastern Iran late the previous night, killing seven and injuring 33 people.

    Iranian state TV said the strong quake hit Hosseinabad, a small town of a few hundred residents in a sparsely populated Chah Malek region in the country's southeast late on Monday.

  • Moonwatchers treated to total lunar eclipse

    NEW YORK (AP) — Skywatchers got an early holiday present this year: A total eclipse of the moon.

    Hanging high in the sky, the moon slowly turned from bright silver into a red disk early Tuesday.

    A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth casts its shadow on the full moon, blocking the sun's rays that otherwise reflect off the moon's surface. Some indirect sunlight still pierces through to give the moon its eerie hue.

  • Incoming majority speaks out

    Four members of the current Los Alamos County Council leave office Dec. 31. Nona Bowman and Michael Wheeler are term limiting out. Robert Gibson opted not to seek reelection and appointed Councilor Ralph Phelps lost his election bid in the primary.
    While their replacements will make up a majority on the seven-member council in just two weeks, the current council’s decision to terminate County Administrator Tony Mortillaro last Tuesday evening has raised questions.

  • County poised to move on muni building

    In its last official meeting before new councilors step in come January, the Los Alamos County Council is poised to award a $19.5 million design-build contract for a new municipal building on Central Avenue.

    The council received an amended agenda last week that includes the proposed contract award for Jaynes Corporation in the amount of $19,536,868, along with the establishment of a municipal building project budget of $25,800,873.

  • Nonpotable water packs a punch

    Nonpotable water doesn’t impact a large number of people so some might just shrug at the recommended 15-cent rate increase for water that is only used for irrigation.
    However, with the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area working to provide machine-made snow next year, nonpotable water may pack more of punch than originally thought.

  • Update 12-19-10

    Communications Team seeking nominations

    Citizens interested in applying for the new Communications Team that will help Los Alamos County government implement its Communications Plan still have time to submit a letter of interest to the county administrator.
    The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday.
    The county is seeking at least four citizens who will join four county staff members.

    No trash pick-up on Christmas Eve

    Los Alamos County announced it will not have trash pick-up on Dec. 24.

  • Gimme Five

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper and current University of New Mexico Lobo basketball player Alex Kirk is greeted by fans as he emerges from The Pit’s tunnel before Friday night’s game against Longwood University. Kirk’s first semester with the Lobos has been a successful one.