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Today's News

  • Valles Caldera readies for hunting season

    The scenery at the Valle Caldera was pristine Friday morning. The sky was clear, the open meadow glowed in the sunlight and, according to Hunt Coordinator Mick Trujillo the area is teeming with wildlife.
    Slowing his truck on one of the main dirt roads in the preserve, Trujillo asked, “Where are the elk? Where do you see them?”
    Soon hunters will ask that same question as the lottery for permits to hunt elk and turkey and opening day for hunting season approaches.
    The deadline for purchasing lottery tickets for turkey permits was midnight Friday while the deadline for buying lottery tickets for elk permits is midnight Wednesday, according to the preserve website.

  • No decision on transit funding

    Los Alamos residents were out in force Friday afternoon for the North Central Regional Transit District Board meeting at the Pajarito Cliffs Conference Room.

    They let their voices be heard regarding the NCRTD’s plans for funding allocation. But in the end, no action was taken, because funding allocation was just a discussion item on the agenda.

    NCRTD consultant Tony Mortillaro, the former county administrator, presented four different scenarios, and Los Alamos County Councilor Mike Wismer submitted an alternative scenario. The scenarios are listed with this report at lamonitor.com.

    Mortillaro said after the meeting all the figures he used in his report were extracted from Los Alamos County.

  • Duo Earn National Urban Rescue Ranking--video extra--photo slideshow

    In the entire nation just 253 canines are certified capable of handling deployments to massive urban disasters anywhere in the world.

    Black Labrador Coalby Maez of Los Alamos just became the latest.

    Debbi Maez, a longtime wilderness search and rescue expert, is the other half of the newly certified urban rescue team. Maez, 44, works in the Security Services Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory by day and has spent her evenings and weekends during the last two-and-a-half-years training Coalby for last month’s grueling certification testing.

    Jack Killeen, Security Services Division Leader at LANL, wanted the community to know of Maez’ and Coalby’s accomplishment.

  • EVAT joins in on county plans

    Tony Fox grew up in Los Alamos and left in 1988 to pursue college and start his professional life.

    “When I left in 1988,” Fox said Tuesday while addressing the Los Alamos County Council, “I always wondered what Los Alamos was going to look like 20 years from then. I moved back and 23 years later, Los Alamos does not look much different. In fact, it has regressed.”

    Fox is one of 11 members of the Economic Vitality Action Team (EVAT) that was established last year and on Tuesday, the group made its first report to the county council.

    In April 2010, the council adopted an Economic Vitality Strategic Plan, which had four high-level strategic goals.

  • Heinrich to bid for Bingaman's senate seat

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Congressman Martin Heinrich is entering the race for a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico that's opening in 2012 because of the retirement of five-term Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    Heinrich announced his candidacy Saturday in a video emailed to supporters and posted on his Facebook page.

    The video showed Heinrich at his Albuquerque home with his wife and two children. He described his candidacy as "the right thing to do and the best way to advocate for New Mexico."

    The 39-year-old Heinrich won election to the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District in 2008, making him the first Democrat in 40 years to occupy the seat.

  • Men's basketball: Calipari sticking with one-and-done approach

    HOUSTON (AP) — John Calipari didn't come up with the "one-and-done" rule.

    Didn't write it. Didn't implement it. The Kentucky coach didn't even really approve of it when the NBA decided in 2006 that players needed to be a year removed from high school before heading to the pros.

    Yet Calipari has mastered it in a way few of his peers have, pulling off a seemingly impossible task season after season: molding the nation's top recruiting class into NBA-ready pros in six short months while somehow getting them to buy into the team-first concept in the process.

    Kentucky plays Connecticut in its first Final Four game in 13 years Saturday with a roster headlined by freshmen Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb.

  • FDA proposes calorie counts on menus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It could get harder to indulge in a double cheeseburger and fries without feeling guilty.

    Menu labeling requirements proposed Friday by the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations, along with bakeries, grocery stores, convenience stores and coffee chains, to clearly post the calorie count for each item on their menus.

    "We've got a huge obesity problem in this country and it's due in part to excess calorie consumption outside the home," says Mike Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods. "Consumers generally when you ask them say they would prefer to have that information."

  • Israeli airstrike kills Gaza militants

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft killed 3 Palestinian militants who were planning to abduct Israelis over the upcoming Jewish festival of Passover, the military said early Saturday.

    An Israeli military spokeswoman said that an "aircraft had fired at a terror squad of the terror group Hamas that was planning to carry out kidnappings." She said the group was plotting the attacks for the Jewish festival of Passover later this month.

    The group was planning to carry out the attacks in Israel as well as in the popular Egyptian resort of Sinai, she said.

    Witnesses said a missile fired from an aircraft hit a car as it was traveling near Gaza City just before 2 a.m. local time.

  • Fuselage hole causes terror at 36,000 feet--video extra

     

    YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Three more Southwest Airlines jetliners have small, subsurface cracks that are similar to the cracks suspected of playing a role in the fuselage tear of a Boeing 737-300, causing the aircraft to lose pressure and forcing a frightening emergency landing, officials said.

    The 5-foot-long hole tore open in the passenger cabin roof area shortly after the plane left Phoenix for Sacramento, Calif., Friday afternoon. None of the 118 people aboard was seriously hurt as the plane descended from 34,400 feet to a military base in Yuma, 150 miles southwest of Phoenix.

    Since then Southwest grounded its 79 other Boeing 737-300s and began inspecting them.

  • Radioactive water leaks from crippled Japan plant--video extra

    RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (AP) — Japan's prime minister surveyed the damage in a town gutted by a massive tsunami, as officials said Saturday that highly radioactive water was leaking into the sea from the nuclear plant stricken by the disaster.

    The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex has been spewing radioactivity since March 11, when a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing wave knocked out power, disabling cooling systems and allowing radiation to seep out of the overheating reactors.

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan went to the plant and flew over the tsunami-damaged coast soon after the wave hit, but Saturday was the first time he set foot in one of the pulverized towns.