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  • Pakistani intel: US missiles kill 5 militants

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A pair of U.S. missile strikes killed five suspected militants in a Pakistani tribal region along the border with Afghanistan on Friday, intelligence officials said. The second strike apparently hit militants retrieving bodies from the first.

  • Police flood Saudi capital, preventing protests

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Hundreds of police deployed in the Saudi capital Friday and prevented protests calling for democratic reforms inspired by the wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world.

    Police blocked roads and set up random checkpoints in Riyadh, searching residents and vehicles around a central mosque as large numbers of people gathered for Friday prayers. Witnesses said groups of policemen manned street corners and intersections and a helicopter flew over the city.

  • NM senators introduce Valles Caldera legislation

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — The push is being renewed to transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico to the National Park Service.

    U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall introduced legislation Thursday that directs the Park Service to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area's natural and cultural resources.

    The two New Mexico Democrats say hunting, fishing and cattle grazing would be permitted under the bill. The measure also ensures access by area tribes.

  • Tsunami waves hit Ore. coast after sweeping Hawaii

    HONOLULU (AP) — The first waves from a tsunami caused by a Japanese earthquake have reached the U.S. mainland along the Oregon coast.

    Geophysicist Gerard Fryer at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu says high water reached Port Orford, Ore., around 7:30 a.m. PST Friday.

    Officials along the coast activated warning sirens hours earlier to alert people to leave low-lying areas.

    The National Weather Service says some of the biggest waves of between 6 and 7 feet were expected to hit near Crescent City, Calif.

  • Tsunami kills hundreds

    TOKYO— A ferocious tsunami unleashed by Japan’s biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it carried away ships, cars and homes, and triggered widespread fires that burned out of control.

    Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West coast. In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor’s cooling system failed.

  • Update 03-10-11

    CMRR update
    A CMRR meeting will be at
    6:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. The meeting is open to the public.

    CRC to meet
    The Charter Review Committee will meet Monday to explore the option of having a mayor/council form of government. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. in the Community Bldg. training room.

     PEEC offers new class

  • Board to seek $5.4M for historic building repairs

    The Capital Improvement Projects Committee will hear a proposal to provide design and construction funds to renovate the Los Alamos Historical Museum and Fuller Lodge during the committee’s March 17 meeting.
    Members of the Fuller Lodge Historic Advisory Board agreed to pursue a capital improvement project (CIP) proposal totaling $5.4 million after looking at a 2010 assessment report conducted by Kells and Craig Architects in Albuquerque.

  • Signals of construction

    County workers install temporary traffic signals along Diamond Drive near Los Alamos Medical Center this morning. The installation is part of the Diamond Drive project. Temporary signals also will be installed at the intersection of Diamond/West Road and Diamond/Canyon.

  • Gauging conflict of interest issues

    Small municipal governments face conflict of interest challenges because the pool of people willing to participate in public service is often relatively shallow. And, on occasion, the people in that pool will have connections to issues that come before them for a decision.

    In small town government, gray area far outweighs the black and white. Perceptions vary regarding when a person’s position, a vote, or decision crosses the line into the conflict of interest arena.

  • Santa Fe detective found guilty of DWI

    A jury in Santa Fe has found a police officer guilty of drunken driving.
    James Vigil, 31, was working as a detective in the Santa Fe Police Department when he was arrested May 29.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Vigil faces up to 90 days in jail, nearly a year of probation and must use an ignition-interlock device on any car that he drives.
    Vigil’s attorney said Wednesday they plan to appeal.