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  • Colorado police pepper-spray misbehaving boy, 8--video extra

    DENVER (AP) — Eight-year-old Aidan Elliott had thrown a TV and chairs at his Colorado elementary school and was trying to use a cart to bust through a door to an office where teachers and other students fled for safety.

    No one could calm the boy, not even the staff in a program for children with behavior problems like him. So they called police, who had intervened with Aidan twice before.

    Police found him with a foot-long piece of wood trim with a knife-like point in one hand and a cardboard box in the other.

    "Come get me, f-----," he said.

    When they couldn't calm him down, one squirted Aidan with pepper spray. He blocked it with the cardboard box.

  • Council to review muni building

    Citizens interested in learning about the municipal building design and site options, along with public comments received in the last two months about the various options, are encouraged to attend the next council meeting at 7 p.m. April 12 at the White Rock Fire Station 3.
    The county’s project team will brief the council about the project and work completed to date.
    No action will be taken; the selected design and site plan are expected to go to council for consideration and approval in May, with later site plan reviews before the Planning and Zoning Commission this summer.
    The new building will be located in the vacant county-owned lot just east of the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.

  • Employees Honored

    On April 1, the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel recognized employees who have provided service and hospitality to local residents and visitors for five years or more. Denise Smith, general manager, “We were delighted to celebrate their being such an important part of our success. We are very proud to be a landmark Los Alamos business that retains loyal staff.” The employees who were honored were Leo Vargas, 10 years, Peggy Armstrong, five years, Barb McDonald, 16 years, Blanca Chavez, nine years, Oscar Chavez, five years, Diego Torres, five years, Perla Chavez, six years, Florence Lucero, nine years, Florence Riebe, eight years, Lume Lako, seven years, and Alejandro Zamora, five years. Not pictured are Ernesto Aguilar, five years and Felix Ortiz, six years.

  • Update 04-06-11

    League of voters
    The League of Women Voters will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m., April 9 at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Street.

    Library film
    The Mesa Public Library presents “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” at 6:30 p.m. as part of the free film series.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Chambers in the Community Building.

    Chamber coffee
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an April 7 Chamber Coffee at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel, starting at 9 a.m.

  • County turns down exemption

    If  local residents and businesses have to go through the planning and zoning process then a county project should as well, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously decided during its Tuesday night meeting.

    The council rejected the staff’s request to exempt the Japan New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization’s (NEDO) Smart House from the county’s site plan/special use permit approval process, in spite of the fact that the demonstration facility doesn’t fit into any existing category in terms of the type of structure that will ultimately house the project.  

    “We need to hold ourselves to the same standards everyone else adheres to,” Councilor Geoff Rodgers said.

  • 2012 hopefuls tread carefully on Ryan budget

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mindful of the political risks, most Republican presidential hopefuls treaded gingerly after House Republicans unveiled a budget plan that would slash federal spending by about $5 trillion over 10 years while revamping health programs for the elderly and poor.

    Several, including former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, praised the budget's sponsor, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, but stopped short of fully endorsing the blueprint and didn't indicate whether they backed the massive changes in Medicare and Medicaid. Others, such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, were silent on the plan.

  • Former US rep in Libya to seek Gadhafi's exit

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A former U.S. congressman invited by Moammar Gadhafi arrived in Tripoli on Wednesday on a self-described private mission to urge the Libyan leader to step down as rebels and pro-government forces waged near stalemate battles.

    Curt Weldon, a Pennsylvania Republican who has visited Libya twice before, said he leading a private delegation and had informed the White House and some members of Congress about his trip. He was in Libya's capital as a White House envoy, Chris Stevens, was meeting rebels in their de facto capital, Benghazi, to gauge their intentions and capabilities.

  • NM prosecutor collapses in courtroom, dies

    ALAMOGORDO (AP) — A senior trial prosecutor collapsed and died in Tuesday during a hearing in an Alamogordo courtroom.

    Wayne Jordon was in state District Judge Jerry Ritter's courtroom for a motion to determine an attorney for a defendant.

    District Attorney Diana Martwick declined comment out of respect for Jordon's family.

    Jordon had become a senior trial prosecutor for the district attorney's office in 2007.

    The longtime Alamogordo resident received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1969. He received his law degree from the UNM School of Law in 1972.

  • No deal yet as possible government shutdown looms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks are intensifying on Capitol Hill on reaching a deal on long-overdue legislation to finance the government through the end of September — and avoid a government shutdown. Whether a shutdown can be avoided in three days' time is another matter.

    Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate's No. 3 Democrat, claimed "a glimmer of hope" Wednesday morning, based on late-night negotiations between Senate Democrats and House Republicans.

  • Bristol Palin earns $262K for teen pregnancy work

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Tax documents show unwed mother Bristol Palin earned more than $262,000 for her role in helping raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention in 2009.

    The most recent data for The Candie's Foundation that's posted online by research firm GuideStar shows compensation at $262,500 for the now 20-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

    Bristol Palin was 18 when she was appointed as a teen ambassador for the New York-based foundation in 2009, months after giving birth to son, Tripp. She and the 2-year-old boy's father, Levi Johnston, are no longer together.