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  • Weather extremes dominate state headlines

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — It was a year of extremes for New Mexico, with dramatic weather dominating the headlines from start to finish in 2011.

    The year began with a deep freeze that plunged the state into a subzero tundra for several days, leaving an estimated 32,000 homes and businesses without natural gas. The double whammy of record cold temperatures and the natural gas shortage cost insurance companies more than $55 million in claims.

  • More twists, turns in CMRR project

    More than a dozen years in the making and seemingly stymied and stalled at just about every turn, the storied saga of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s plans for a Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility continued to play out like a roller coaster ride in slow motion. 

    The ups and downs for the CMRR facility grabbed headlines once again in 2011.

  • Teamwork made a difference in 2011

    Seventh of a series


    The collaboration between Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Fire Chief Doug Tucker made a significant impact on the community last year. Most importantly during the Las Conchas Fire.

    Together, Tucker and Torpy made every major decision during the fire from when to order the mandatory evacuation of June 27 to the repopulation of July 3 and countless more in between.

  • Governor formed bond with LA

    Governor Susana Martinez had been on the job for a little less than six months.

    And she had been to Los Alamos only once as the governor.

    That would change.

    On the night of June 26, while the Las Conchas Fire blazed through the Jemez Mountains, the governor was driven to the Emergency Operations Center where she stayed for a couple of hours.

  • Burgess, Trinity top county beat

    As 2011 began, Los Alamos County was still reeling from council’s decision to terminate County Administrator Tony Mortillaro in December. The search for a new county administrator was one of the year’s success stories. 

    The process began in February. A subcommittee comprised of councilors Fran Berting, Geoff Rodgers and Vincent Chiravalle worked with Prothman Company, an executive recruitment firm, to establish qualifications and evaluate candidates.

  • Patriots, 49ers lead Pro Bowl rosters

    NEW YORK (AP) — The usual names — Tom Brady, Ray Lewis, Troy Polamalu, Tony Gonzalez — are headed for Hawaii, barring a trip to the Super Bowl.

    Joining them at the Pro Bowl will be the not quite so familiar, from Rob Gronkowski to Jimmy Graham, from Marshal Yanda to Earl Thomas.

  • Broncos have injury problems in secondary



    ENGLEWOOD, Colo.  (AP) --  The Denver Broncos might have to face former quarterback Kyle Orton with two backup safeties if Brian Dawkins and Quinton Carter can’t play in Sunday’s showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs, who are trying to deny Tim Tebow a trip to the playoffs.

  • Killing of bin Laden voted top news story of 2011

    NEW YORK (AP) — The killing of Osama bin Laden during a raid by Navy SEALs on his hideout in Pakistan was the top news story of 2011, followed by Japan’s earthquake/tsunami/meltdown disaster, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

  • 'Jingles' helps transplant patient
  • Local distillery expands to Pojoaque



    Even by the standards of Northern New Mexico’s boutique wineries, White Rock’s Don Quixote Distillery & Winery is small and quaint. Ron and Olha Dolin built the distillery behind their home three years ago and opened a small tasting room in front. The intimate setting boasts no vineyards or embellishments that normally announce a winery.