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  • NRA Calls for Armed Police Officer in Schools

    The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

  • NM governor orders flags at half-staff for Lujan

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags around the state to fly at half-staff in honor of former House Speaker Ben Lujan.

    Lujan died late Tuesday at age 77 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

    Under Martinez's order, flags will be lowered from sunrise on Saturday through sundown on Dec. 29.

    A public visitation for Lujan will be held Dec. 27 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. A second visitation will be held the following evening in Pojoaque.

    A funeral Mass is scheduled for Dec. 29 at The Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis in Santa Fe. Burial will follow in Nambe.

  • End of the world postponed

    A traditional Mayan ceremony at Guatemala's Temple of the Giant Jaguar marked the end of a cycle on the ancient Mayan calendar. The calendar has sparked numerous doomsday theories, although other Mayan calendars stretch far into the future.

  • Today in History for December 21st
  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Friday:


    Facing a revolt by the rank and file, House Republicans scuttle plans to vote on the so-called Plan B, a proposal to avoid the "fiscal cliff."


    Many plan a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday, and buildings in Connecticut with bells have been asked to ring them 26 times.


    Whiteout conditions in the Midwest are closing interstate highways and canceling flights of holiday travelers.


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  • Council members honored

    Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover and councilors Mike Wismer and Vince Chiravalle participated in their final council meeting Tuesday.

    The county presented each of them with a photograph by Leslie Bucklin and a commemorative Nambé plate recognizing their service.

    Stover acknowledged Wismer first.

    “Your integrity, your fortitude, your conviction to proceed … There were some challenging, stressful moments that we served together and I always felt that I knew your integrity was above all.”

    In recognizing Chiravalle, Stover said, “We didn’t always agree on stuff, but your energy and your commitment … when others were going one way, you stood up for what you believe in and I always respected that and appreciated that you served your community well.”

    “For me, this has been absolutely the finest group of professionals I’ve worked with on council. It’s really been a pleasure to work with everyone,” Wismer said and acknowledged each member of the council for their personal contributions.

  • Bus skids in ski hill mishap

    An Atomic City Transit bus was making a test run on the Pajarito Ski Hill Road but ended up in a ditch at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    “We were doing some snow training with the drivers in preparation for the ski hill route. The bus lost traction and the driver was able to get it safely off to the side,” said Transportation Division Management Analyst Jill Carothers. “The driver and vehicle are fine. We just needed a tow truck to pull the back wheel out.”

    The county has taken several steps to gear up for the new ski hill shuttle.

    A turnaround was built earlier this year so buses can change course on a flat surface rather than in the lower parking lot.

    The focus is now on training.

    “We had an instructor come in from Steamboat Springs and do specific winter weather driving. They provide a lot of ski service and have a lot of experience driving in those conditions. Their safety specialist came down and did training with our drivers,” Carothers said.

    “And now that there’s snow on the ground we’re out there doing more training. Our drivers are prepared. We’ve got a great trainer and we’re not going to put people out there who aren’t ready to go.”

  • Update 12-20-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official swearing in ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Friday in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    No blue bus service

    The NCRTD blue buses will not be in service Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. For more information call toll free 1-866-206-0754, or visit ridethebluebus.com.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Community Building Training Room.

    LANL cancels sale

    The monthly surplus property sale at LANL scheduled for today has been canceled because of weather and snow in Los Alamos this week. Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Jan. 17, 2013.

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  • New councilors get 'boot camp' experience

    New county councilors will be sworn in Friday.

    But those new councilors already got a taste of what their new jobs are going to be like as they attended a “boot camp,” earlier this month.

    The boot camp provides elected officials with intensive training facilitated by NM EDGE (Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector), which is a collaborative program developed by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service in conjunction with NMAC and other state organizations.

    “It was like drinking out of a fire hydrant,” Councilor Rick Reiss said. “There’s nothing like covering a whole lot of territory in three short days.

    “What I was impressed with was that the NMAC has a very well-prepared program to assist us in getting ready to be better councilors. And the topics that they covered were varied and intentional to get us up the curb.”

    NMAC paid the registration for all newly elected officials to attend, which included Los Alamos County’s three new councilors. The county council approved funds for Reiss to attend, as well. Reiss was appointed to fill a council vacancy in September.