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  • Lack of parts slows probe into NM coke plane crash

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A twin-engine plane carrying cocaine was destroyed when it crashed into a New Mexico lake, authorities said Thursday as they continued working with few clues into what caused the accident and how many people were aboard.

    A preliminary report posted on the Federal Aviation Administration's website Wednesday lists the crash as an accident and says the airplane was destroyed, but the only other information in the short posting was the note: "Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances into a lake. Unknown person/s on board."

    Authorities have said only fragments of human remains have been recovered.

  • State News at a Glance 04-28-11

    Rio Grande flow could drop significantly

    SANTA FE — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has issued a dire prediction for the future of the Rio Grande. The government says the river’s water supply could decline 7 to 14 percent on average by midcentury as a result of a warmer climate.
    The forecast was presented during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting in Santa Fe Wednesday. The state climatologist told the gathering much of New Mexico is experiencing extreme drought conditions with below-average river flows because of a dry winter.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the hearing included a rundown on this year’s drought as well as a scientific perspective on the problems posed by climate change in the future.

  • Update 04-28-11

    Candidates sought
    Republicans interested in applying for the vacant District 43 House seat in New Mexico Legislature should contact Ron Dolin at rdolin@hotmail.com or call 695-0864.

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Community Building.

    Cowboy breakfast
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m., Sunday at Posse Lodge, open to the public, proceeds benefit local Military Order of the World Wars.

    Pancake breakfast
    Kiwanis Spring Pancake Breakfast, 7-11 a.m., Saturday May 7 at Betty Ehart Senior Center, community welcome.
     
    Charter Review
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the training room at the Community Building.

  • CMRR case to continue Monday

    The hearing between the Los Alamos Study Group and the federal government will continue Monday at U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.
    According to Department of Energy spokesperson Toni Chiri, the Los Alamos Study Group presented its case Wednesday and the government will finish presenting its case Monday before U.S. District Judge Judith Herrera.
    “The hearing was well-attended,” Chiri said. “We cannot comment on any of the testimony.”
    Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group also wished not to comment at this particular time.
    The Los Alamos Study Group wants a preliminary injunction to prohibit all further funding of the Chemical and Metallurgy Research Replacement project.

  • LA's energy work 'game changing'

    As he surveyed one local man’s home that is now primarily powered by the sun, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., described the work being done in Los Alamos County to develop alternative energy as “game changing.”
    Luján made his comment during a visit to Los Alamos Wednesday afternoon. He stopped in at Paul Frederickson’s home to view solar panels, which help power the home.
    The congressman also used the stop to stump for two pieces of renewable energy legislation he recently introduced.

  • LAPS aces state audit

    Auditors from the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) have poured through 10,000 files from 34 school districts during the last 10 days, as part of an unprecedented audit to ensure accurate reporting in enrollment.

    Los Alamos and seven other school districts were cleared of all issues regarding special education, special education services and expenses for teacher training and experience, based on a review of records and additional accountability measures established by the department’s auditing team.

  • Israel rejects Palestinian government with Hamas

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's foreign minister warned on Thursday that Israel will not negotiate with a new Palestinian unity government that includes the Hamas militant group.

    Avigdor Lieberman spoke a day after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached a unity deal in Cairo to end their five year long dispute.

    For the Palestinians, the Egyptian-brokered deal revived hopes of ending their bitter infighting that weakened them politically and caused the deaths of hundreds in violent clashes and crackdowns.

    The Palestinians say the move is a step toward independence, ahead of their intention of getting the United Nations to recognize Palestinian statehood in September.

  • In tornado zone, hopes fade in survivor search--see videos

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A yellow mutt named Chance sniffs through the splintered limbs of a toppled tree and sits down near a piece of carpet that came from someone's home. It's his way of telling handler Tracy Sargent that human remains are nearby.

    Such scenes are common as hope fades for finding survivors a week after tornadoes ravaged the South, killing 329 people in seven states and leaving an uncertain number missing or unaccounted for when entire communities were ripped from their foundations and thrown across hollows and hills. In Tuscaloosa alone, officials say, more than two dozen dog teams are searching a massive debris field that stretches for miles, and still more could arrive.

  • A chilling spring scene

    A spring snowstorm showered the area Tuesday, including Rose Street near downtown Los Alamos.

  • Update 04-27-11

    Candidates sought
    Republicans interested in applying for the vacant District 43 House seat in New Mexico Legislature should contact Ron Dolin at rdolin@hotmail.com or call 695-0864.

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Community Building.

    Cowboy breakfast
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m., Sunday at Posse Lodge, open to the public, proceeds benefit local Military Order of the World Wars.

    Pancake breakfast
    Kiwanis Spring Pancake Breakfast, 7-11 a.m., Saturday May 7 at Betty Ehart Senior Center, community welcome.
     
    Charter Review
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the training room at the Community Building.