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  • Community, officials at odds over free-roaming dog 

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Blue the dog doesn’t have a home. And he apparently doesn’t want one. But the blue-eyed Australian cattle dog has $1,800 in savings, a Facebook page and an air-conditioned dog house.
    He also has a lawyer, who is working to get him an exemption from local leash laws so he can continue his free-wheeling lifestyle in southern New Mexico’s lakeside community of Elephant Butte, where he was abandoned as a puppy a decade ago.
    The city council has scheduled a June 13 meeting, where supporters of Blue, who is also known as Bluedog, hope to end an impasse over his fate.

  • Update 05-31-12


    Hertz Car Rental will sponsor a carwash for the Los Alamos Nuke Rugby team from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.


     ChamberFest is an annual event that showcases chamber members and this year’s event will be June 9. Located in the downtown area, businesses display their products and services to the public. There is also a Car Show and Kids Activity Area with a sand pile.

    Phone line work

    Work that is scheduled through today in White Rock will transfer telephone cable from temporary poles to more permanent power poles.  Windstorms recently damaged the permanent poles that held telephone cables.

    Summerfest shuttle

  • GOP U.S. House Primary Race

    As New Mexico’s primary election draws near, two Republican political neophytes will battle it out during Tuesday’s primary to determine who will be the GOP pick to run against incumbent Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) in the November general election for the District 3 House seat.

    Rancher and small business owner Jeff Byrd and electrical engineer and Booze Allen Hamilton project scientist Rick Newton will seek the Republican nomination.

    New Mexico native and Tucumcari resident Byrd said he decided to run after receiving a calling from God and talking with the pastor of his church in October.

  • Fisher upbeat after trip

    Los Alamos County launched a coordinated attack at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ RECon Las Vegas convention last week in an effort to attract the attention of large retailers.

    Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher and Marketing Specialist Kelly Stewart attended the convention as representatives of the county. Kevin Holsapple, Executive Director of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, augmented the efforts of representatives from Grubb & Ellis to recruit for the Trinity Site.

    RECon Las Vegas is the largest shopping center industry convention in the world, with 1,000 exhibitors and more than 30,000 attendees.

  • New Lab Turns SD Gold Town Into Scientific Hub

    Nestled nearly 5,000 feet beneath the earth in the gold boom town of Lead, S.D., is a laboratory that could help scientists answer some pretty heavy questions about life, its origins and the universe

  • Today in History for May 31st
  • Bomb threat snarls evening commute -- More updates

    The Truck Route was closed for about 45 minutes Wednesday afternoon because of a bomb threat at the SOC shooting range at TA-72 on Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

    “Someone called about 3:45 p.m. and said there was a bomb on the shooting range,” LANL spokesperson Kevin Roark said. “The Truck Route was closed. Emergency management responded and the area was checked out by a bomb-sniffing dog. The road reopened at 4:22 p.m.”

    As a result, that caused a massive backup on the Truck Route and N.M. 502 heading east. Traffic was back to normal about 5:30 p.m

    Roark said, “These things are extremely rare and I can not remember the last time there was a bomb threat. We have a protocol and we followed it.”

  • Police: Mailed Body Parts From Same Man

    Early testing shows that a severed foot sent to the headquarters of Canada's ruling Conservative party, a severed hand found in another package and a torso found in a garbage heap in Montreal all come from the same man, police said Wednesday.

  • State Briefs 05-30-12

    Drunk driver gets 51 years

    AZTEC (AP) — A man who drove drunk and triggered a November crash that killed two people on U.S. 550 in northwestern New Mexico will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
    The Farmington Daily Times reports 35-year-old Howard Haceesa was sentenced Tuesday to 51 years.
    Haceesa had pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and bodily injury by DWI.
    District Court Judge Thomas Hynes says four previous DWI convictions and his blood-alcohol level after the accident was reason enough for the longer sentence.
    Authorities say Haceesa allowed his Chevrolet van onto the center line and it struck a small SUV carrying seven people about 25 miles south of Bloomfield.

  • Road work in progress

    Work began on 15th Street, requiring the closure of 15th Street between Trinity and Deacon, as well as reducing traffic between Deacon and Central to two lanes of traffic to allow for work on the west side of 15th Street. Pedestrians were detoured around the construction area. Motorists were asked to use 20th Street/Deacon or Knecht/Central Avenue. Access to area businesses shall be maintained.