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  • Martinez election tops story list for NM in 2010

    ALBUQUERQUE — Susana Martinez will become New Mexico’s first woman governor — and the first Hispanic female governor anywhere in the United States. Her victorious campaign was the runaway choice as the state’s biggest news story of 2010.
    Martinez, the Republican district attorney in Dona Ana County, defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in the November general election.
    When she takes office Jan. 1, Martinez will confront another issue that was voted one of New Mexico’s top news stories of the year.

  • 2010 In Memorium

    Here is a roll call of some of the people who died in 2010. (Cause of death cited for younger people if available.)

    January
    Jean Biden, 92. Mother of Vice President Joe Biden. Jan 8.
    Miep Gies, 100. Dutch office secretary who defied Nazi occupiers to hide Anne Frank and her family for two years and saved the teenager’s diary. Jan 11.
    Teddy Pendergrass, 59. R&B singer who was one of the most successful figures in music until a car crash left him in a wheelchair. Jan. 13. Colon cancer.

  • O'Donnell: Spending accusations are 'thug' tactics

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Failed U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell said Thursday that accusations she misspent campaign funds are politically motivated and stoked by disgruntled former campaign workers.

    The Delaware Republican appeared on several network morning shows to defend herself a day after The Associated Press reported federal authorities have launched a criminal probe to determine whether she broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses.

  • South Korea: North Korea builds up special forces

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has faster, more powerful tanks prowling the world's most heavily armed border and 200,000 special forces poised to carry out assassinations and cause havoc in South Korea, a major military review said Thursday.

  • US, Venezuela evict ambassadors in diplomatic spat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dared the U.S. to expel his ambassador in retaliation for his move to reject the U.S. envoy to the South American country.

    On Wednesday, that's just what the Obama administration did.

    Chavez issued his dare a day earlier, saying he would not allow the U.S. diplomat, Larry Palmer, to be ambassador because the U.S. official made what Chavez described as blatantly disrespectful remarks about Venezuela.

  • BP oil spill ranks as the top story of 2010

    NEW YORK — The massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, triggered by a deadly blast at a rig used by BP, was the top news story of 2010, followed by the divisive health care overhaul, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of editors and news directors.
    The oil spill received 54 first-place votes out of 180 ballots cast for the top 10 stories. The health care bill was next, with 30 first-place votes. The U.S. election was third.
    In fourth place was the U.S. economy, which had been voted the top story of 2009.

  • 2010 Los Alamos County Marriage License Applications

    The following couples applied for a marriage license in Los Alamos County in 2010:

    Jan. 7:  Aaron Thomas McNiff, Anita Marie Pacheco
    Jan. 13: Thomas J King, Jr., Catherine Herbison-Wiget
    Jan. 15: Clint J. Daymon, Janice M. Dynes; Mark Alan Ginnel, Mayim Ginnel; Gabriel Wayne Thompson, Amanda Leigh Keys
    Jan. 19: Pat Christopher Mares, Danielle Melinda Equibel
    Jan. 20: James Raleigh Michel, Michelle Marie Morgan
    Jan. 26: Miguel Johann Hoffman, Sara Elizabeth McEvers
    Feb. 5: Roderick Rennison, Lisa Marie Gill

  • Sanctity of Marriage Alive, Well

    As of Tuesday morning, Jim Miller and Lynn Miller were the newest married couple in Los Alamos.
    The bride and groom wore identical blue jeans and white button-down shirts. A small wedding party gathered in the court room to witness the couple’s union, which Magistrate Judge Pat Casados officiated.
    Tears and hugs were shared as Casados proclaimed them husband and wife.
    Before the ceremony started, Lynn joked about her and her husband already having the same last name. “When we get married, he will take my name,” she said.

  • LAFD ends most turbulent year

    Despite heroic actions and international accreditation, history will mark 2010 as Los Alamos Fire Department’s most scandalous year.
    Firefighters have been charged with crimes ranging from thievery to voyeurism and investigations are underway into cases of pornography and indecent exposure.
    In February, Driver Engineer Steven Fierro, just months from retirement, was caught in a sting operation that revealed he had stolen cash from a fellow firefighter. He was sentenced to a diversion program and LAFD terminated his employment.

  • Winter Storm clobbers much of NM, frigid temps to follow

    As of 11 a.m. Thursday, snow was falling again in most sections of Los Alamos. Unofficially, it appears the area has been blanketed with at least six inches of snow with more forecasted to fall throughout the day.

    By late morning, Los Alamos County officials reported that all non-essential personnel are being sent home for the day. The aquatic center and libraries are closing early. Trash pick-up will continue as long as conditions permit Thursday.