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  • LANL may figure in spy case

    The mere fact that New Mexico has two national laboratories and several military installations places it high on the list of locations in which spies would want to keep a presence.

    It’s not yet clear if any of the 11 spies caught up in Monday’s FBI sweep are linked to Los Alamos or other areas in the state, but according to New Mexico FBI, it wouldn’t be surprising.

  • CIP budget sees $6 million surplus

    Los Alamos County will be able to pump more than $6 million back into the Capital Improvement Projects fund thanks to a high interest in and competition for project bids.

    Adding to the competition was the large number of construction projects available around the state, officials said.

    The excess funds were considered as part of Tuesday night’s County Council meeting held at the Community Building.  Councilors voted 6-0 (Councilor Vincent Chiravalle was absent) to approve the FY 2010 year-end budget revisions.

  • Agents target Russian spy ring, more details emerge as feds say it's 'tip of iceberg'

    NEW YORK (AP) — They sometimes worked in pairs and pretended to be married so they could blend in as the couple next door while working as spies in a throwback to the Cold War, complete with fake identities, invisible ink, coded radio transmissions and encrypted data to avoid detection, authorities say.

  • Sex case charges dropped

    Had his wife not stayed by his side through the ordeal of court hearings and public humiliation, Charles Herrera said he likely would be dead.

    Herrera, 63, of Nambé describes how a claim of criminal sexual penetration filed against him by a Los Alamos woman threw his life into a tailspin.

  • Economy snares local victim

    Financial circumstances have forced Hallmark store owner Steve Brownell to deliver the dreaded news he’s put off for so long.

    On May 8 he told his photography department manager Eric Johnson that he would be laid off in June. Johnson, whose last day is Wednesday, has worked at the store for 13 years.

  • Youth minister denied bond in child porn case, judge cites risk to community

  • Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia dead at 92

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving member of the U.S. Senate, a fiery orator and hard-charging power broker who steered billions of federal dollars to his beloved West Virginia, died Monday. He was 92.

    A spokesman for the family, Jesse Jacobs, said that Byrd died peacefully at about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va. He had been in the hospital since late last week.

    At first Byrd was believed to be suffering from heat exhaustion and severe dehydration, but other medical conditions developed. He had been in frail health for several years.

  • UNM receives funding as special science center

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Health Science Center has been named a federal Clinical and Translational Science Center.

    The designation comes with $21 million in awards over five years. It also establishes the Health Sciences Center as a key national research center and will create more than 100 high-paying jobs.

    New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall says the UNM Health Science Center is a critical economic and research engine for the region, and the designation will enhance its ability to recruit and retain top faculty and researchers.

  • Justices extend gun owner rights nationwide

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court held Monday that the Constitution's Second Amendment restrains government's ability to significantly limit "the right to keep and bear arms," advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights.

    By a narrow, 5-4 vote, the justices also signaled, however, that some limitations on the right could survive legal challenges.

  • Gov. Richardson allocates stimulus funds to prop up state police

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson is allocating $1 million in federal economic stimulus money for the state police to buy new cars and fuel.

    The governor said Monday the $1 million will help offset budget cuts, which otherwise would have forced the state police to limit how many miles officers could drive each month.

    Richardson said $250,000 will be used to buy 11 new state police cars and $750,000 will go for fuel.