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Local News

  • LAPD gains three new officers

    A soldier, the son of a family steeped in firefighters and military personnel and a history/psychology buff are the newest officers to join the local police force.
    The newly-minted officers graduated from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe Feb. 3 and in a series of interviews, explain why they’ve chosen to serve in Los Alamos.

  • Man gets 60 years in prison in Levy slaying

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison.

    In November, a jury convicted Ingmar Guandique of first-degree murder in Levy's 2001 disappearance and death, despite a lack of witnesses and no DNA evidence linking him to the crime.

  • NM lawmakers to hear about natural gas outage

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers want to hear from state regulators, utility officials and residents who were without natural gas service for several days.

    The state Senate has scheduled a hearing Friday afternoon on the natural gas outage that left tens of thousands of New Mexicans without service as temperatures plunged to record lows last week.

  • Cold weather takes a toll on New Mexico plants

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — The prickly pear cactus in Magdalena Moreno's front yard sagged next to a 12-foot saguaro that showed leaking sap.

    Last week's sub-freezing temperatures wiped out landscaping and other vegetation around Las Cruces. Moreno said her saguaro should survive but the prickly pears are another story.

  • Mubarak resigns, hands power to military

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Hosni Mubarak resigned as president and handed control to the military on Friday after 29 years in power, bowing to a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations by hundreds of thousands. "The people ousted the president," chanted a crowd of tens of thousands outside his presidential palace in Cairo.

  • Shirtless lawmaker latest NY political scandal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Rep. Eric Massa and his tickle fights are so 2010. Eliot Spitzer? He's two governors ago. With the shirtless photo sent to a woman he was trying to woo online, Rep. Chris Lee is the latest in a string of New York politicians whose misdeeds have riveted national attention.

  • White House hands Congress housing finance dilemma

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is laying out three broad options for overhauling the mortgage lending system, but will let Congress make the final decision.

    The Treasury Department says in a report released Friday that the government should withdraw its support for the mortgage market slowly, over five years or more. The report describes a path for winding down the troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • Name mix-up sorted out

    Wednesday’s edition of the Los Alamos Monitor misidentified the two firefighters pictured with the story, “16 firefighters receive promotions.” Their names were switched. The firefighter in photo 1 is Driver Engineer Daniel Archuleta and the  firefighter photo 2 Driver Engineer Timothy Johnson.

  • State News at a Glance 02-10-11

    Tax refunds could help schools

    SANTA FE — A state lawmaker proposes to allow New Mexicans to donate part of their tax refunds to help boost public school funding.
    The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday unanimously endorsed the proposal by Sen. John Sapien, a Corrales Democrat.
    Under the measure, individuals could voluntarily contribute part of their state income tax refund to public schools.  

  • Charter Review Committee needs new members

    During its meeting Tuesday evening, the Los Alamos County Council re-affirmed its commitment to continue review of the County Charter, and moved to continue the Charter Review Committee appointed by the previous council in November 2009.
    Council also directed county staff to advertise for two additional committee members needed to replace former members Debbie Gill and Robert Pelak.