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  • Hard-fought custody battle nears an end

    After a four-year child custody battle, a local father is one step closer to gaining custody of his daughter.

    The Utah Supreme Court rendered an opinion earlier this year giving Los Alamos resident Robert Manzanares the green light to pursue custody of his daughter reversing an earlier district court ruling denying him from his parental rights to the child.

    “I’ve come a long way and spent a lot of money to get to this point and the end result is that my daughter and I will be together - I have no doubt about that,” Manzanares said.

  • Regional Coalition springs into action

    On the heels of President Obama’s budget request that would defer the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility for at least five years and the lab’s decision to implement a voluntary separation program that would eliminate between 400 and 800 jobs, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is not waiting for the other shoe to drop.

    Los Alamos Council County Chair Sharon Stover has set up a meeting with Sen. Jeff Bingaman and representatives from the other New Mexico Congressional delegations and the governor’s office for Friday in Santa Fe.

  • VIDEO: Girl Dies After Being Forced to Run for Hours

    Authorities say 9-year-old Savannah Hardin died after being forced to run for three hours as punishment for having lied to her grandmother about eating candy bars. Severely dehydrated, the Alabama girl had a seizure and died days later.

  • Copter collision kills 7 Marines in Calif. desert

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two military helicopters collided over the California desert during nighttime training exercises, killing seven Marines in the latest of several similar accidents in the region.

    The service members with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing were based at Camp Pendleton north of San Diego, Lt. Maureen Dooley with Miramar Air Base in California said Thursday. The crash happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday and involved an AH-1W Cobra that carries two crew members and a UH-1 Huey utility helicopter carrying the other five.

  • Romney seeks tea party votes, Santorum hunts cash

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Launched by a bitter debate, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are powering into a crucial stretch of Republican primaries and caucuses, one man badly needing money and the other anxious to win over conservative voters.

    Romney was turning his focus Thursday to tea partyers in Michigan, his birthplace, where cash-strapped Santorum is waging an unexpectedly strong challenge. Romney's been put on the defensive in the auto-building state over his opposition to the government's bailout of car makers.

  • Pregnant mom busted with cocaine in Espanola

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a pregnant mother, who's already on probation for the death of her two-year-old child, is facing drug charges after police found cocaine on her and two kids in her car.

    KOAT-TV reports that probation and parole officers arrested Rose Garcia and her boyfriend, Joe Martinez, at a Sonic in Espanola on Wednesday.

    Police said the pair has six grams of cocaine on them and two kids in her car. Investigators said they believed the two were dealing cocaine.

    It was unclear if either had attorneys.

  • At least 7 Marines killed as choppers collide in Arizona

    YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Seven Marines were killed late Wednesday in a collision of two helicopters near Yuma, Ariz., during night training exercises, the Marine Corps said Thursday.

    Lt. Maureen Dooley with Miramar Air Base in California said the service members with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing were based at Camp Pendleton north of San Diego. The crash involved an AH-1W "Cobra" and UH-1 "Huey" helicopter, she said.

    The aircraft collided in a remote portion of the Yuma Training Range Complex.

    "We're still gathering a lot of details as the sun comes up," Dooley said.

    It will be at least 24 hours before the Marine Corps releases the names of those killed, she said.

  • Update 02-22-12

    GOP convention

    The Los Alamos Republicans will hold their pre-primary convention Thursday at the VFW, 1793 Deacon St. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and doors close promptly at 7 p.m.   A Central Committee meeting will be at 7 p.m.
     
    PRC meeting

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) member, Douglas J. Howe, will host a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge to discuss renewable energy development in New Mexico.

    Dem convention

    Los Alamos Democratic Party will have its county convention at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hilltop House. They will meet in wards and choose delegates to attend the State Democratic Pre-Primary Convention on March 10, in Albuquerque.

  • Details of Judge Hall’s redistricting plans emerge

    SANTA FE (AP) — A state district judge is proposing two options for revamping political districts of the state House of Representatives to comply with directives from New Mexico’s highest court.
    One of the plans suggested by retired District Judge James Hall will cost the Santa Fe area a legislative seat held by House Speaker Ben Lujan, who plans to retire after serving 19 terms in the House.
    Hall is giving lawyers until Thursday to comment on the proposals. He will adopt a final redistricting plan by next Monday.

  • Passing the Torch at Central Park Square

    When Tom and Mary Ann Netuschil, of Netuschil Development Corporation, bought the Community Center in 1993, their goal was to “rebuild the complex into the center of the town again.” That was the inception of what is now Central Park Square.
    The Netuschils had their work cut out for them. “There was nothing. It was unusable, completely stripped, and we watched it coming back to life. It really gave me a lot of satisfaction to see that happen,” Tom Netuschil said. Mary Ann served as bookkeeper and Tom’s brother, Tim Netuschil, was the maintenance and construction manager.