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  • Ex-astronaut gets energy post in Martinez cabinet

    SANTA FE, N.M.  — Former astronaut Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, who walked on the moon and served in the U.S. Senate, was nominated Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez to run a state agency that oversees energy production in New Mexico.

    Schmitt was selected as cabinet secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

    The Republican governor also named Dr. Catherine Torres, a Las Cruces pediatrician, as secretary of the Health Department.

  • A profile in civic activism

    Through a history of dedicated service to his community, Vernon Kerr epitomizes the definition of a mover and shaker.
    Kerr has demonstrated his gift for successful civic involvement more than once. When El Rito Normal School started a school in Española with a branch in Los Alamos and the Española school wasn’t providing assistance up here, Kerr and others mounted a campaign to bring the University of New Mexico to Los Alamos.

  • Update 01-06-11

    Transportation Board meeting

    The Transportation Board will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Public Works Conference Room, located at 2101 Trinity Drive.
    Agenda items include discussing a pedestrian transportation policy and the FY 2012 work plan.

    Open house

    The Community Development Department will host an open house for Rick Bohn’s retirement.
    Citizens ca have refreshments and wish him well in his future endeavors from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the CDD offices, which are located 195 East Road, Suite 104.

  • Local reaction to Anastasio’s upcoming retirement


    • Rep. Jeannette Wallace: “I think Director Anastasio has done a perfect job of getting us organized from a nonprofit to a for profit, which isn’t easy. I also think everyone deserves to retire when they’re ready.”

  • Medic: Doc grabbed painkillers in Jackson bedroom

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A paramedic testified Thursday that he saw the doctor charged in the death of Michael Jackson grab three bottles of painkillers and place the vials in a bag during futile efforts to revive the pop star at his mansion.

    Paramedic Martin Blount said he was surprised to see the bottles because defendant Dr. Conrad Murray had told paramedics he hadn't given Jackson any drugs.

  • More people applied for unemployment aid last week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, but not enough to reverse a downward trend that suggests employers will accelerate hiring in the coming months.

    Applications remain slightly above the lowest level in two years and the four-week average of applications, a less-volatile measure, dropped last week for the eighth time in nine weeks.

  • Shoppers won't lose energy in 2011, economists say

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers' holiday-season splurge was likely a preview of what's to come in 2011, and economists say it should embolden companies to expand and hire.

    Americans spent more in the 50 days before Christmas than analysts had expected — the sharpest annual increase since 2006. It's the surest sign yet they're becoming less frugal as the economy rebounds.

  • Witness in Jackson case: Things didn't add up

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The career paramedic dashed into Michael Jackson's bedroom, looked around and listened to a doctor's explanation for why the singer was ostensibly lifeless and came to the conclusion that things didn't add up.

    Richard Senneff said the gaunt patient, an IV stand and bag next to the bed and the presence of Dr. Conrad Murray pointed more to a hospice patient, not an international pop superstar about to embark a series of London concerts.

  • Friends say Omaha school gunman was fun, outgoing

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An angry online posting from the 17-year-old boy who opened fire at a Nebraska high school, fatally wounding an assistant principal before later killing himself, offers some clues about why the son of a police detective turned violent a couple of months after transferring there.

  • Stover elected as council chair

    The first order of business for the new Los Alamos County Council was electing its officers. Council Vice Chair Sharon Stover was unanimously elected council chair and newly seated Councilor Jim Hall was elected 4-3 to serve as elected vice chair.

    The council, with its four newly elected members, held its first meeting of 2011 Tuesday night in council chambers.

    “I’m honored to serve and I look forward to working with everyone on council,” Stover told the Los Alamos Monitor.