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  • Martin Luther King III to pay tribute to father

    ATLANTA (AP) — Saying the shooting in Arizona that killed six and seriously wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords underscores the need for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message, the civil rights leader's son was expected to address a crowd gathered Monday to mark the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday for his father.

  • The man behind the standoff

    Richard Morse sits in a Los Alamos jail cell awaiting transfer to a hospital in Las Vegas, N.M., for psychiatric evaluation following Thursday’s 19-hour standoff with police.
    Morse, 75, is a retired physicist. He began his career at Los Alamos National Laboratory as head of the advanced concepts group at TD-8 and simultaneously the laser fusion group at T-6 in 1965.

  • Chavez joins DPU as conservation coordinator

    The location may be different but the gig’s essentially the same for Christine Chavez, the new Department of Public Utilities’ energy and water conservation coordinator.
    Chavez held similar positions at the Las Cruces’ utilities department for 20 years and the State Office of Engineers for 16 years.

  • Update 01-16-11

    CIP meeting

    There will be a CIP meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the council chambers. The meeting will be a discussion by applicants, sponsors and the committee on Lessons learned during the Phase I 2010 application process.

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  • Morse awaits transfer to Las Vegas, N.M.

    While awaiting a bed at the psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas, N.M., Los Alamos police have placed Richard Morse in a private “direct observation” cell that is connected to the detention facility’s computer control room.
    This particular cell allows jail officers to observe Morse directly through a window as well as via computer screens, Capt. Randy Foster said. The cell is equipped with a bed, sink, toilet, shower, television, desk and telephone.

  • International envoys tour key Iranian nuclear site

    TEHRAN, Iran — Several international envoys — but crucially none from the world powers — got a look inside an Iranian nuclear site Saturday as part of a tour the Islamic Republic hopes will build support before a new round of talks on its disputed atomic activities.

  • Legislature begins Tuesday

    SANTA FE (AP) — The winds of change continue to blow through the Capitol as the Legislature returns to work after voters put a Republican in the governor’s office and weakened the Democrats’ decades-long control of the House.
    The Legislature convenes Tuesday and a leadership showdown looms in the House, where Speaker Ben Lujan of Santa Fe anticipates a challenge from Democrat Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces.
    The GOP is energized because the party picked up eight House seats in the general election and Republican Susana Martinez won the governorship.

  • Governor faces lawsuits

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is facing two  lawsuits that contend she is illegally stopping newly approved pollution control measures from taking effect.
    Thursday,  a coalition of groups, including Amigos Bravos and Caballo Concerned Citizens, asked the state Supreme Court to order her administration to move ahead with publishing new groundwater regulations governing discharges by dairies.

  • OHV recreation grants available

    The New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Program is accepting proposals for 2011-2012 grants related to OHV recreation, safety and education. 

  • Martinez ousts spaceboard authority members

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has ousted appointive members of the state Spaceport Authority and removed a political ally of former Gov. Bill Richardson from the state Transportation Commission.

    Martinez announced Friday that she was dismissing members of the Spaceport Authority. She said developing the state's commercial spaceport requires more private investment and new leadership.