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Today's News

  • Japan races to find tsunami dead despite radiation

    MINAMI SOMA, Japan (AP) — Japanese police raced Thursday to find thousands of missing bodies before they completely decompose along a stretch of tsunami-pummeled coast that has been largely off-limits because of a radiation-leaking nuclear plant.

    Nearly a month after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake generated the tsunami along Japan's northeastern coast, more than 15,000 people are still missing. Many of those may have been washed out to sea and will never be found.

  • Lawyers say Jackson was desperate over finances

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson was on the brink of financial ruin when he agreed to do his "This is It" concert tour, and his fear of failure spurred by severe insomnia drove him to take desperate measures that killed him, a lawyer for his doctor said Wednesday,

    The statements by defense attorney Edward Chernoff during a pretrial hearing brought a new twist to the case being built by lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged in the death of Jackson.

  • GOP seeks 1-week extension as shutdown looms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Short of a deal, congressional leaders bargained and squabbled by turns Thursday on legislation to cut spending and prevent a partial government shutdown that loomed for Friday at midnight.

    After all-night talks among aides, President Barack Obama summoned Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. to the White House meeting for the second time in a little over 12 hours.

  • Colorado police pepper-spray misbehaving boy, 8--video extra

    DENVER (AP) — Eight-year-old Aidan Elliott had thrown a TV and chairs at his Colorado elementary school and was trying to use a cart to bust through a door to an office where teachers and other students fled for safety.

    No one could calm the boy, not even the staff in a program for children with behavior problems like him. So they called police, who had intervened with Aidan twice before.

    Police found him with a foot-long piece of wood trim with a knife-like point in one hand and a cardboard box in the other.

    "Come get me, f-----," he said.

    When they couldn't calm him down, one squirted Aidan with pepper spray. He blocked it with the cardboard box.

  • Council to review muni building

    Citizens interested in learning about the municipal building design and site options, along with public comments received in the last two months about the various options, are encouraged to attend the next council meeting at 7 p.m. April 12 at the White Rock Fire Station 3.
    The county’s project team will brief the council about the project and work completed to date.
    No action will be taken; the selected design and site plan are expected to go to council for consideration and approval in May, with later site plan reviews before the Planning and Zoning Commission this summer.
    The new building will be located in the vacant county-owned lot just east of the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.

  • NMDOT reminds motorists to 'Put it Down' this April

     SANTA FE – New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Secretary Alvin Dominguez encourages motorists to “put it down” during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month throughout April.
    “As the weather starts to warm up and the days get longer, we are more apt to hit the road with our friends and families,” Dominguez said.
    “Distracted driving is a serious, life-threatening practice - whether it be texting, talking, on the phone, eating, reading a map, changing the radio station, or talking to the other passengers in your vehicle - it all takes the attention away from the task at hand: driving safely.”

  • Week-long seminar targets white-collar crimes

    SANTA FE – State Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla recently announced that tax fraud investigators will hold a week-long seminar on how to detect and unravel complex white collar financial crimes of embezzlement, tax evasion, public corruption and more.
    The seminar will be held from April 25-29 in Las Cruces at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.
    “The number of criminal investigations involving complex financial transactions has increased over the past years in our state,” Padilla said. “This workshop is designed to help law enforcement officials, prosecutors and auditors to polish their investigative skills as financial crimes become more and more complex and sophisticated.”

  • Employees Honored

    On April 1, the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel recognized employees who have provided service and hospitality to local residents and visitors for five years or more. Denise Smith, general manager, “We were delighted to celebrate their being such an important part of our success. We are very proud to be a landmark Los Alamos business that retains loyal staff.” The employees who were honored were Leo Vargas, 10 years, Peggy Armstrong, five years, Barb McDonald, 16 years, Blanca Chavez, nine years, Oscar Chavez, five years, Diego Torres, five years, Perla Chavez, six years, Florence Lucero, nine years, Florence Riebe, eight years, Lume Lako, seven years, and Alejandro Zamora, five years. Not pictured are Ernesto Aguilar, five years and Felix Ortiz, six years.

  • Business Watch: Free market key to cost effective health care

    Legislation (SB 208) is now sitting on Gov. Martinez’s desk that would, at least in theory, bring greater transparency to health insurance pricing.
    The long and short of the bill is to set up new requirements if a company wishes to raise rates. Rising health care costs are of course a problem, but nothing in it will contain or reduce health care costs for New Mexicans.
    Nonetheless, the legislation is designed to achieve “mom and apple pie” status. Who could oppose transparency that makes it more difficult to raise rates? In fact, we at the Rio Grande Foundation have been at the forefront in promoting government transparency in recent years.

  • Be There 04-06-11

    Today
    The April Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site.  Call 412-9371 for information.

    The Sierra Club will host an open meeting at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library. The winners of the Sierra Club’s Environmental Award will present their posters.
    Thursday
     The Mesa Public Library presents “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan,” at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series.
    Friday