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Today's News

  • House, Senate No. 2s battle over federal budget

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They're a pair of flamboyant lawyers who are fond of cameras and adept at messaging, two deputies with ambitions to land, someday, on top.

    So the emerging political warfare led by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and Republican Rep. Eric Cantor, now playing out in multimedia form over the budget impasse, can resemble a Spy vs. Spy contest over some of the most serious issues facing Congress and the nation.

  • Syrian president blames protests on 'conspirators'

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad blamed "conspirators" Wednesday for an extraordinary wave of dissent against his authoritarian rule, but he failed to lift the country's despised emergency law or offer any concessions in his first speech since the protests began nearly two weeks ago.

    Assad said Syria is facing "a major conspiracy" that aims to weaken this country of 23 million. The Assad family has ruled Syria for nearly 40 years, using the feared security services to monitor and control even the smallest rumblings of opposition. Draconian laws have all but eradicated civil liberties and political freedoms.

  • Bizarre: Volunteer fire department chief arrested

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities arrested a volunteer fire department chief after he called in multiple police and fire agencies for a brush fire and falsely claimed people were trapped in buildings.

    A spokesman for the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old Velarde Volunteer Fire Department Chief Eddie Velarde was arrested and booked into jail Tuesday for disorderly conduct.

    The sheriff's office says Velarde was calling for a mass evacuation when none was needed. Velarde allegedly claimed people were trapped when officials say the fire was nowhere near any structures.

    Sheriff's officials say the only way to stop Velarde was to arrest him.

  • Setbacks mount in Japan at leaking nuclear plant; radiation detected in Alabama--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — Setbacks mounted Wednesday in the crisis over Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear facility, with nearby seawater testing at its highest radiation levels yet and the president of the plant operator checking into a hospital with hypertension.

    Nearly three weeks after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami slammed and engulfed the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, knocking out power to the cooling system that keeps nuclear fuel rods from overheating, Tokyo Electric Power Co. is still struggling to bring the facility in northeastern Japan under control.

  • 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.

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  • 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.