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  • 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.

  • State, federal officials weigh in

    Reaction was swift on the state and national front after the Los Alamos National Laboratory announced a voluntary separation program that would eliminate 400-800 jobs.
    Governor Susana Martinez’s spokesperson Scott Darnell said “the Governor is very concerned about the potential impact of these federal cuts on the economy of northern New Mexico. She also believes these cuts are yet another by-product of the dysfunction in Washington D.C. and the inability to appropriately prioritize national defense and national security in federal spending decisions.”

  • State Briefs 02-22-12

    Martinez plans to sign proposal

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez plans to sign legislation that supporters say can help New Mexicans find hospitals that offer the most up-to-date care for stroke patients.
    The legislation calls for the state to certify hospitals as a “stroke center” if they are accredited by an independent, nonprofit group called the Joint Commission, which sets standards for health care programs.
    The governor’s office says Martinez plans to sign the legislation on Wednesday in Albuquerque at a luncheon that’s part of a national campaign to increase awareness about heart disease among women.

  • UNM-LA to offer paralegal, IT courses

    Area residents interested in pursuing a paralegal career will have the opportunity to earn a Paralegal Certificate through an online course being offered beginning March 5, 2012, by UNM-Los Alamos in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies, a Colorado company that provides students with affordable and effective legal education through colleges across the nation.

  • Employee memo outlines why lab is taking action

    The Los Alamos Monitor obtained a memo that was sent from Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan to employees Tuesday regarding the plans for a voluntary separation program.

    McMillan led an all-hands meeting Tuesday to discuss the program and the memo illustrates the three reasons why the lab is taking the action.

    The memo reads:

    • Our current budget and future financial outlook require significant cost-cutting to position the Lab for FY13 and beyond. In FY12 alone, we face a budget reduction of around $300 million across multiple programs.  
    • By implementing a voluntary separation plan, we mitigate the possibility of an involuntary separation program later; and