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Today's News

  • NM delegation pushes for new conservation area

    TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are continuing to push for the designation of conservation and wilderness areas in Taos and Rio Arriba counties.

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would preserve about 236,000 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management by designating a combination of conservation and wilderness areas.

    Much of the land — 214,600 acres — would be managed as a conservation area. Two other parcels would be managed as wilderness.

    Fellow New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall is cosponsoring the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishment Act.

  • TEPCO president hospitalized in Tokyo; radiation levels continue to climb

    TOKYO (AP) — The president of the utility that owns Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear complex was hospitalized with hypertension as setbacks mounted at the plant, where experts Wednesday logged the highest radiation yet in nearby seawater.

    Masataka Shimizu, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., has not been seen for nearly two weeks after appearing at a Tokyo news conference two days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hobbled the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant's cooling systems and set off radiation leaks.

    Shimizu, 66, was taken Tuesday to a Tokyo hospital after suffering dizziness and high blood pressure, TEPCO spokesman Naoki Tsunoda said.

  • AP Newsbreak: NM Gov looks at line-item veto of tax

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is looking at an option once used by her predecessor, Democrat Bill Richardson, to reject a tax increase approved by the Legislature.

    Martinez is considering using her line-item veto powers to eliminate a $128 million tax increase on businesses in a measure to shore up the state's unemployment compensation program.

    Taking that approach allows the governor to eliminate the higher taxes but preserve nearly $80 million in cost savings through benefit reductions. However, Democratic lawmakers question whether that action would be legal and it could trigger a lawsuit.

  • Be There 03-29-11

    Wednesday
    The National Private Duty Association will offer A Web conference to help families in New Mexico facing hiring a caregiver for a family member, at 7 p.m.. The live and interactive program, which will provide advice on reducing risks during the home care hiring process, is free of charge to participants. Pre-registration for the event is required. Sign up by visiting the registration link at www.privateduty
    homecare.org.

    Saturday

  • Community announcements 03-29-11

    March on Hunger
    Aspen, Chamisa and Mountain elementaries, along with Los Alamos Middle School, are collecting non-perishable items for people and collars and leashes for pets as a community project and a student service project combine their efforts. To learn more about making donations call 661-4846. Donations are accepted at school locations through Friday. The Los Alamos Monitor, KRSN AM 1490 and the Betty Ehart Senior Center continue the March on Hunger through the end of the month.

    A day in the life of a teen

  • Earth Day display opens

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Mesa Public Library and Los Alamos Public Schools elementary art teachers have joined together to put on a show to celebrate Earth Day and National Library Week.
    The title of the show is “Growing Green, Treasures of the Earth.”  The opening will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on April 7, but the show will be available for viewing ]March 28-April 26.
    Artists are displaying their visions of treasures of the earth through a variety of media in the upstairs gallery of the library.  Photography, pastels, collage, watercolor and fabric are just a few of the offerings.

  • NMED: No threat of radiation to state

    The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Radiation Control Bureau (RCB) is working with federal agencies to provide information and assistance to New Mexican’s regarding radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.
    The federal government has now created a single webpage at www.usa.gov/Japan2011, providing information on air quality, food safety, potassium iodide, shipments from Japan, passengers from Japan, and additional information. The NMED is directing New Mexicans to this website for the most current and accurate information. The US Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for monitoring radionuclides in New Mexico. Current information can be found at www.epa.gov/japan2011/rert/radnet-data-map.html.

  • Arrest made in rest stop killings in Rio Arriba County

     SANTA FE  — State police arrested an Ojo Caliente man for the killings of a man and woman found in a burned out car in February north of Espanola.
    Twenty-eight-year-old Donald Ferran was arrested Monday for the deaths of 25-year-old Joey Maestas of Hernandez and 27-year-old Sarah Salazar of Espanola.
    Investigators believe Ferran killed the pair and put their bodies inside a 2000 Honda Accord parked at the rest stop and then set the car on fire.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports information from a warrant said a witness told police that just before the killing Maestas was flashing a $1,000 inside a turquoise money clip to Ferran and was bragging about it.

  • Police Beat 03-29-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    March 17

    6:07 p.m. – Ashley Suites, 2454 Trinity Dr., reported being the victim of criminal damage to property. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

    2 p.m. – A 13-year-old Los Alamos boy reported being the victim of bribery/intimidation/retaliation against a witness at 2101 Hawk Dr.
    March 18

    1:01 a.m. – A 13-year-old Los Alamos boy reported being the victim of battery on Camino Durasnilla and San Idefonso Road.

  • Update 03-29-11

     Web conference
    The National Private Duty Association will offer a web conference to help families in New Mexico facing hiring a caregiver for a family member, at 7 p.m. March 30. Sign up at www.privatedutyhomecare.org.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 tonight at the Chambers in the Community Building.

     Dark Night
    The Pajarito Astronomers will hold their first county sponsored Dark Night of 2011 at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.