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  • Van Halen's guitar given to Smithsonian museum

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One of Eddie Van Halen's guitars will have a home at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

    The museum announced Monday that it has acquired the "Frank 2" guitar that Van Halen used during his 2007-2008 North American tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth.

  • Obama to call for $53 billion for high-speed rail

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion investment in high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jumpstart job creation.

  • Govt to release findings of Toyota investigation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is poised to announce the results of a 10-month investigation into whether faulty electronics played a role in Toyota vehicles' sudden, unintentional acceleration and other safety problems.

    The Transportation Department said it would issue on Tuesday the findings of its study, which has examined whether electronics or electromagnetic interference played a factor in the Japanese automaker's safety recalls.

  • Egypt: Mubarak forms reform committees

    CAIRO (AP) — President Hosni Mubarak set up a committee Tuesday to recommend constitutional amendments to relax presidential eligibility rules and impose term limits — seeking to meet longtime popular demands as a standoff with protesters seeking his ouster enters its third week.

    Mubarak's decrees were announced on state television by Vice President Omar Suleiman, who also said that Mubarak will set up a separate committee to monitor the implementation of all proposed reforms. The two committees will start working immediately, he said.

  • Utility tells lawmakers entire system could have been lost

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Natural gas service was cut off to thousands of New Mexicans last week because utility officials feared losing control over the company's distribution system and having potentially dangerous uncontrolled outages across the state, lawmakers were told Monday.

  • NM medical marijuana law continues for now

     
    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico’s medical marijuana program will continue for now, although the state’s new governor has made it clear she does not support the law that allows people with certain medical conditions to use the drug.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who took office Jan. 1, said during her campaign the state law puts state employees in the position of violating federal law and she’d like it repealed. But she’s also said New Mexico has pressing budget issues, so repeal is not a priority in the 2011 legislative session.

  • Balderas earns Sunshine Award

    SANTA FE — Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) presented State Auditor Hector Balderas with the 2011 CVNM Sunshine Award at a legislative reception Wednesday evening.
    Balderas, New Mexico’s State Auditor was recognized for his steadfast work in rooting out fraud and corruption, and shining sunlight on the operations of state government.
    His hard work has resulted in millions of dollars of savings and the enforcement of key safeguards that protect New Mexico’s natural resources.

  • State officials monitor weather crisis

    SANTA FE — The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management wants to remind New Mexicans to reach out to neighbors, friends and family and those less fortunate during this extreme cold. 
    A simple telephone call or welfare check can sometimes make the difference between a happy ending and tragedy.
    Make sure elderly family members and friends have enough medication, food, water and fuel during these cold days when they may not be able to get out. For the disabled and shut-ins, a home visit can make all the difference in the world.

  • Squash Blossom may be official necklace

    SANTA FE — From Las Cruces to Gallup to Santa Fe to Taos, New Mexico has been touched by Native American art and culture.
    Gallup Senator George Munoz (D-Cibola, McKinley) introduced legislation that will recognize the impact of this artistry by proposing to make the Squash Blossom Necklace New Mexico’s Official Necklace.

  • Update 02-06-11

    School Board meeting
    The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Building 1 at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Coffeehouse tickets
    Tickets for the Valentine Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Fuller Lodge are on sale at CB Fox for $30.

    Council meeting
    There will be a county council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station.

    CRC  meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the community building training room.