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  • Low levels of radiation found in West Coast milk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Low levels of radiation have turned up in milk samples from two West Coast states.

    Traces of radioactive Iodine-131 were found in milk in California and Washington, according to federal and state authorities who are monitoring for contamination as the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan. But the officials say the levels are still 5,000 times below levels of concern.

    The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that radiation was found in a March 25 milk sample from Spokane, Wash. The California Department of Public Health said on its website that a similar result was found March 28 in San Luis Obispo County.

  • 110 mph winds damage homes in Mississippi--see video

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Winds that reached estimated speeds of 110 miles per hour in central Mississippi damaged more than 40 homes as severe storms dumped large hail and heavy rain flooded roads, officials said Wednesday. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

    A line of severe thunderstorms was sweeping across the Southeast, and there was a report of a tornado and several suspected twisters in Florida, but there was no damage or injuries.

    Daniel Lamb, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, said officials went to Simpson County to determine if it was a tornado that hit the area. Three homes there were destroyed and 40 others were damaged, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.

  • UN: High radiation outside Japan's exclusion zone

    VIENNA (AP) — Recent radiation readings outside the exclusion zone around Japan's nuclear disaster show radiation substantially higher than levels at which the U.N. nuclear agency would recommend evacuations, agency officials said Wednesday.

    The comments could add to the debate over how far people need to stay away from Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, which was crippled in the country's March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    Elena Buglova, an official from the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the reading was 2 megabecquerels per square meter at the village of Iitate, adding that "as a ratio it was about two times higher" than levels at which the agency recommends evacuations.

  • Hunting lottery ends April 6

    Valles Caldera National Preserve - is an extraordinary national treasure with hunts that have been described as opportunities of a lifetime.  
    The lottery system offers everyone a fair and affordable chance at this unforgettable experience:
    •75 Bull and 151 Antlerless Permits
    •Independent Lottery system
    •No Trophy fees
    •Guides Are Optional
    For information, contact the Valles Caldera Trust at 1 866-382-5537 or


  • 2011 Governor’s Outstanding Women Recipients

    ALBUQUERQUE — Los Alamos residents Dr. Christine Anderson-Cook and Bernadette Lauritzen, Assests In Action coordinator, were among those honored for their exceptional contributions to the state of New Mexico.
     Nominations from all over the state produced more than 75 highly qualified and distinguished women for the accolade. Seven judges spent three weeks selecting the top 21 from the nominations.
    The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women announced the recipients of the 26th Annual Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women Friday.
    Started in 1986, this prestigious award recognizes women for their community leadership, effectiveness of advocacy for positive change for women and families and leadership in their careers.

  • Eye on the prize

    A raven checks out lunch options outside Smiths Monday.

  • Negotiations resume on spending bill

    WASHINGTON— Renewed House-Senate budget negotiations aimed at averting a government shutdown center on possibly cutting $33 billion from current spending levels, a senior congressional aide said Wednesday. Democrats pressed to ease GOP cuts to domestic agency budgets by slowing Pentagon growth and trimming so-called mandatory programs whose budgets run on autopilot.
    The $33 billion figure is well below the $60 billion-plus in cuts passed by the House last month but also represents significant movement by Senate Democrats originally backing a freeze at current rates. Tea party-backed GOP stalwarts want more, and it’s unclear whether they could live with the midway arrangement between top Democrats and Speaker John Boehner.

  • Update 03-30-11

    Summit Garden Club
    Summit Garden Club will meet and Dorothy Crawford will speak on “Designing with flowering branches.”
    For more information, call Betsy Comly, 672-1574.

     Web conference
    The National Private Duty Association will offer a web conference to help families in New Mexico facing hiring a caregiver for a family member, at 7 p.m. March 30. Sign up at www.privatedutyhomecare.org.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Chambers in the Community Building.

     Dark Night
    The Pajarito Astronomers will host its first county sponsored Dark Night of 2011 at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.

  • Council rezones A-19-A tract in White Rock

    Los Alamos County has owned A-19-A, a 60-acre plot of land in White Rock, since 2002 and tried twice unsuccessfully to sell the parcel to developers.

    On Tuesday, the County Council took a different tact and agreed to rezone the tract from F-L (Federal Land) to P-L (Public Land). The vote was unanimous. The Council also agreed to rezone (A-19-B) a 5.4 acre tract at 115 State Road 4 from F-L to P-L. That vote was 5-1 with Vince Chiravalle the lone dissenter.

    “We want to get it out of the F-L designation and move it from F-L to P-L,” acting Community Development Department director Steve Brugger told the councilors. “We will be coming in for different zoning once the master plan has been established.”

  • Rebels retreat from Libya oil port under attack

    AJDABIYA, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi's ground forces recaptured a strategic oil town Wednesday and were close to taking a second, making new inroads in beating back a rebel advance toward the capital Tripoli. Western powers kept up the pressure to force Gadhafi out with new airstrikes to weaken his military, hints that they may arm the opposition and intense negotiations behind the scenes to find a country to give haven to Libya's leader of more than 40 years.