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  • Poll: Prices at gas pump painful for 4 in 10 Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With gasoline prices hovering at $4 a gallon nationally, many Americans are making tough choices: scaling back summer vacations, driving less or ditching the car altogether. And high prices are hitting seniors harder than a month ago.

    An Associated Press-GfK poll shows the share of Americans who say increases in the price of gasoline will cause serious financial hardship for them or their family in the next six months now tops 4 in 10.

    Overall in the poll, 71 percent said rising prices will cause some hardship for them and their family, including 41 percent who called it a "serious" hardship. Just 29 percent said rising prices are not causing a negative impact on their finances.

  • Pawlenty to declare presidential run Monday

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a laid-back Midwestern Republican who governed a Democratic-leaning state, is running for president and will declare his candidacy on Monday in the leadoff caucus state of Iowa, an adviser told The Associated Press.

    The adviser, who disclosed the plans on the condition of anonymity in advance of next week's announcement, said Pawlenty will formally enter the race during a town hall-style event in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Statues dedication moved to Council Chambers

    Los Alamos County has changed the site of the  dedication ceremony for two life-size bronze statues honoring Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie R. Groves to the Council Chambers at 4:45 p.m. Thursday because of the cold weather outside.

    After the dedication, there will be a ribbon cutting at the statues located in front of Fuller Lodge.

  • Mississippi sees 1st death from overflowing river

    VICKSBURG, Miss. — A man died Thursday after being pulled from the floodwaters from the overflowing from the Mississippi River, becoming what is believed to be the first flood casualty since the river started spilling into Mississippi and Louisiana.
    Walter Cook, 69, had been pulled from the water a day earlier by two firefighters on boat patrol in downtown Vicksburg. Cook had been clinging to a fence in chest-deep water, but he was floating in the water by the time the firefighters got to him, said Fire Chief Charles Atkins.
    Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey said Cook had drowned but has asked for an autopsy to confirm that.

  • Europe demands to name next IMF head

    BRUSSELS — European officials closed ranks Thursday to demand that the IMF’s next leader be one of their own, someone with the political savvy to handle the continent’s relentless debt crisis, but the U.S. balked at offering its immediate support.
    Frenchman Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has been widely praised for his leadership of the Intentional Monetary Fund and its involvement in solving Europe’s woes, resigned Wednesday to devote “all his energy” to fighting sexual assault charges in New York.

  • Taking an afternoon stroll

    A pair of geese check out the parking lot on the corner of Trinity Drive and 20th Street recently.

  • State Briefs 05-19-11

    Show dog missing in Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE — Jim the Texas show dog is missing and his owner wants him back. Brenda Stevens of Sweetwater, Texas, says she brought Jim to Albuquerque for five days of dog shows at Expo New Mexico.
    Stevens says she was feeding Jim Monday night at an Albuquerque hotel near Interstate 40 and San Mateo Boulevard. She left for a while thinking Jim was secure inside his kennel and when she returned after a few minutes she discovered the 3½ year-old whippet and had flown the coop.
    Stevens tells the Albuquerque Journal she doesn’t think Jim was stolen, but just wandered off because his cage was not secured.

  • Update 05-19-11

    Venue change
    The Los Alamos Republican Party meeting slated for 7:30 p.m. today at the Hilltop House hotel has been moved to the Los Alamos VFW.

    Dems to meet
    The Democratic Party will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library upstairs meeting rooms. The speaker for the May meeting will be Ray Powell, state land commissioner.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the Community Buidling.

  • Bratcher leaves Valles Caldera post

    Gary Bratcher is out as Executive Director of the Valles Caldera Trust, Raymond Loretto, the chairman of the Valles Caldera Board of Trustees, announced Wednesday.
     Bratcher has served at the helm of the Trust since January 2009, and led the effort to expand public access, forest and watershed restoration, and sustaining revenues at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    “The Board appreciates Mr. Bratcher’s service during the past two and a half years,” Loretto said, “especially his efforts in working with the Board toward the attainment of the Trust’s goals of financial self-sufficiency, increased public access, and forest and watershed restoration.”

  • 5-year-old documents Habitat for Humanity project

    Local photographer, Eric Buksas volunteered for documentation recently, at the Habitat for Humanity build, in Española. Five-year-old Buksas is the grandson, of Pat De Vries, who serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Los Alamos/Española Valley Habitat for Humanity.