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  • Official: Storms killed 4th in Ark.; toll at 14--video extras

    KANSAS CITY, Mo (AP) — A violent storm system rumbled through the central U.S. on Wednesday, spawning tornadoes that turned homes into splintered wreckage, killing at least 14 people and hampering rescue efforts in a city slammed by a massive twister days earlier.

    The new system, which followed closely behind the one that spawned the massive twister that struck Joplin, Mo., and killed more than 120 people, moved into the Oklahoma City area Tuesday evening as worried commuters rushed home from work.

    Several tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma City and its suburbs, killing at least eight people and injuring at least 70 others, authorities said. Among those killed was a 15-month-old boy, and searchers were looking for his missing 3-year-old brother.

  • Electronic poster display project

    The Los Alamos Teen Center is the beta test site for the Chamber of Commerce electronic poster display project. Los Alamos High School Sophomore Paul Montoya sits near the new display Monday, which features among several other posters, information and a photo of slime mold, the subject of a presentation that will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

  • Update 05-24-11

    No trash collection
    No trash or recycling collection Monday May 30. If Monday is your normal trash day, put trash out by 8 a.m. Wednesday June 1.

    Fractal challenge
    A recognition reception and award winner’s announcement of the Los Alamos Public Schools student competition “Fractal Challenge” is set for 5:30-7:00 p.m. Wednesday in the youth gallery downstairs at Mesa Public Library.

    Farmers market
    Several Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Farmer’s Market 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday to visit with citizens about current projects and issues.

  • UNM-LA board debates election

    The local Republican Party chair was also elected chair of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board at Monday’s meeting.

    Ron Dolin was elected by acclimation as board chair, while Stephen Boerigter was elected as secretary, also by acclimation.

    The board then focused on a wide-ranging discussion touching on topics from grants, to a possible mil election sometime next year.

    UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page mentioned that he met with Gov. Susana Martinez at New Mexico Tech in Socorro about a week ago, where she announced a moratorium on building projects. Page said the presidents from the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and New Mexico Tech also attended the event.

  • US hits more foreign firms with Iran sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Tuesday hit seven foreign companies, including Venezuela's state-owned oil company and an Israeli shipping firm, with sanctions for doing business with Iran that helps fund its nuclear program. At the same time, the administration imposed separate sanctions on more than 15 people and companies in China, Iran, North Korea, Syria and elsewhere for illicit trading in missile technology and weapons of mass destruction.

  • Netanyahu: Israel ready for painful compromises

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to make "painful compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, for the first time explicitly saying that some West Bank settlements would find themselves outside Israel's final borders.

    But he tacked on a list of oft-stated conditions that have been unacceptable to the Palestinians in the past, making his peace blueprint unlikely to entice them back to the negotiating table.

  • New Mexico GOP Lt. Gov. Sanchez runs for US Senate

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is running for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    Sanchez announced his candidacy on Tuesday in a video to supporters.

    His entrance into the race sets up a potentially bruising primary race in 2012.

    Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson announced a Senate bid in March. Las Cruces businessman Greg Sowards and Bill English of Alamogordo also are running.

    Sanchez was elected lieutenant governor in November, running on a ticket with Susana Martinez. He was the GOP gubernatorial nominee in 2002, losing to Democrat Bill Richardson. He served one term in the state House of Representatives.

  • Suspicious package prompts evacuation--video extra

    A suspicious looking package that was discovered in a waiting area at the Central Square Office Building on 15th Street just before noon today prompted the evacuation of the office building.

    The building houses several Los Alamos National Laboratory divisions, Portage,  and Los Alamos County offices.

    Los Alamos police, fire and LANL Hazardous Device teams responded. The LAPD and LANL worked the incident jointly since the LAPD bomb squad was in Albuquerque for the day participating in the "Robot Rodeo."

    Once LANL's robot x-rayed the package, it was determined the contents were ink or toner cartridges.

  • 9 days after tornado, rebuilding begins in Joplin--video extras

    JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Home Depot employees in orange vests were busy helping customers Tuesday in the parking lot of the Joplin store flattened just nine days ago by a tornado.

  • Construction Zone 05-22-11

    Public Works Projects
    For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

    Diamond Drive Phase Four
    The traffic has been switched to the west side of Diamond Drive. Expect the following:

    Northbound from the Bridge – No left turns onto West or Trinity; use Sandia. No left onto Canyon Road, use University.  The right turn slip lane onto eastbound Trinity is closed; motorists in the right lane must turn right onto eastbound Trinity at the signalized intersection. The left lane continues through the work zone.