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  • Community Development Director Rick Bohn moves on

    Before Rick Bohn, the position of Community Development Department Director frequently changed. For the past six years, however, Bohn has been able to bring stability to that spot but nothing can last forever. Bohn will retire this year with his last official day being March 31.

  • Update 1-02-11

    Inauguration

    The Los Alamos Monitor will have exclusive photos of Susana Martinez’s inauguration in Santa Fe. Be sure to check out www.lamonitor.com.

    Quarterly pickup

    The Los Alamos Townsite Quarterly Pickup will be held Jan. 3 at 8 a.m. to Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. Place furniture, appliances and yard debris at the curb by 8 a.m. For more information, phone 662-8163.

    Charter review

  • NM gov sounds bipartisan tone in inaugural speech

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, making history as the nation's first female Hispanic governor, called Saturday for New Mexicans to unite to solve the difficult problems confronting the state, including a budget deficit and sputtering economy.

    Martinez sounded a bipartisan tone during her public inaugural ceremony on the historic Santa Fe Plaza, across the street from the Palace of the Governors, which was built in 1610 and housed Spanish governors. It was the seat of government during Mexican and American territorial rule.

  • 6 killed in tornado outbreak in Midwest, South

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Chris Sisemore kept his eyes open as a rare but deadly winter tornado plucked him from his rural Arkansas home and flung him across the street.

    "I wanted to see the end coming. You're only going to see it one time and I thought that was it," he said, hours after surviving the twister. "It takes more than a tornado to get me."

    At least six people were killed and dozens injured as tornadoes fueled by unusually warm air pummeled the South and Midwest on Friday and early Saturday.

  • LAPD wraps up pivotal year

    Calling it one of the proudest moments in his law enforcement career, Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy accepted state accreditation for his department during a special ceremony in Taos. In July, LAPD passed all 217 standards required for accreditation and became the first New Mexico county to earn such designation.
    The police department and jail renovation project also was completed this year, bringing both into compliance with state regulations.

  • Old Man Winter blasts Los Alamos

    Temperatures plunged into the single digits Thursday night in Los Alamos County and more of the same is expected for Friday and Saturday.
    The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is warning people to take precautions against the cold that has moved into the state.
    • They’re warning that hypothermia can be deadly.
    • Hypothermia is loss of the body’s core temperature.

  • Medicare taxes don't cover costs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — What you paid in Medicare taxes shows up on your W-2 income tax form every year. So when you retire, you want your money's worth.

    That's how most Americans see it. In an Associated Press-GfK poll nearly 6 out of 10 said they paid into the system so they deserve their full benefits — no cuts.

  • Tail end of storms blast some Western states

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico struggled against the tail end of storms New Year's Eve that left more westerly states recovering from a wintertime onslaught of snow, rain and bitter wind.

    Denver faced its heaviest snows of the season early Friday, while parts of Wyoming and New Mexico bundled up against stormy weather and frigid temperatures.

    Phoenix braced for a subfreezing Friday morning, a rarity in the desert city.

  • Afghan officials say Taliban commander killed

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan and coalition troops killed the Taliban "shadow governor" of a northern Afghan province in an overnight raid, local officials said Friday, while NATO said insurgents attacks claimed the lives of two coalition service members.

    Once relatively peaceful, security in northern Afghanistan has deteriorated as the Taliban, squeezed by NATO operations focusing on militant strongholds in the south, have expanded their reach to other parts of the country.

  • Millions gathering worldwide to ring in new year

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Multicolored starbusts and gigantic sparklers lit the midnight sky over Sydney Harbour in a dazzling fireworks show witnessed by 1.5 million enthusiastic spectators who camped out all day to ring in the new year.

    Sydney touted its claim to be the New Year's Eve capital of the world with a spectacular display over the iconic Harbour Bridge using 7 tons of fireworks, its largest since 2000.