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  • Today in History for Tuesday, February 19th
  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

    1. GUN RESTRICTIONS MOVE FORWARD IN COLORADO

    House lawmakers in the state approve new ammunition limits, universal background checks. The Senate still needs to consider the proposals.

    2. "HE'S BACK!"

    Hugo Chavez returns to Venezuela, but questions remain about the president's health following cancer treatment in Cuba.

    3. DISTANCING THEMSELVES FROM SPRINTER

    Oakley and Nike won't be using Oscar Pistorius in any new ads, in light of the murder charge he faces.

    4. WHAT SPARKED CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP FIRE

    A leak in a fuel oil return line caused the engine-room blaze that disabled the vessel at sea, the Coast Guard says.

  • Slew of animal protection bills pending

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Coming off years of drought and recession that have taken a toll on animals as well as humans, New Mexico lawmakers are considering more than two dozen animal protection bills that propose everything from raising money for starving horses to increasing penalties for neglecting pets.

    Elizabeth Jennings, executive director of Animal Protection New Mexico, and Dawn Glass, marketing manager for Animal Humane, agree the number of bills aimed at helping animals is higher than usual this year. One reason, they say, is the increased awareness of the link between cruelty to animals and abuse of people.

    "It's a chronic problem," Glass said, "and recent studies have shown that animal cruelty is so closely linked with domestic abuse and child abuse that it shouldn't just be an issue with animal lovers, it should be an issue to everyone in our community."

    Jennings said that awareness has spread throughout the law enforcement community, which is helping the cause.

  • 'Houdini Horse' Gets Attention for Escape Antics
  • Round-the-world UK cyclists killed in Thailand

    LONDON (AP) — A British couple's round-the-world cycling odyssey ended in tragedy when both of them were killed in a road accident in Thailand.

    Peter Root and Mary Thompson, who had been chronicling their journey in a blog, died Wednesday when they were hit by a pickup truck in a province east of Bangkok, Thai police said Monday.

    The couple, both 34 and from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, left Britain in July 2011 and had cycled through Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and China.

    The trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the couple, who met in art school and spent six years saving money and planning their journey, Peter's father Jerry Root told the Associated Press in an interview.

    "They were both inspirational," Jerry Root said. "They didn't just talk about it, they did it. I couldn't be prouder of them."

  • Today in History for Monday, February 18th
  • Sheriff: Mindy McCready had apparently shot self

    HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday. She was 37.

    A news release from the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office says that McCready, 37, was found dead Sunday afternoon with what appears to be a single, self-inflicted wound.

    Deputies were sent to a home around 4 p.m. and found her body on the front porch. An autopsy is pending.

    Coroner Waren Olmstead said he didn't have further information on who was taking care of her two sons.

    She arrived in Nashville in 1994 with tapes of her karaoke vocals and earned a recording contract with BNA Records.

    In 1996, her "Guys Do It All the Time" hit No. 1 and its dig at male chauvinism endeared her to females. Her other hits included "Ten Thousand Angels," also in 1996, and her album by that title sold 2 million copies.

  • Today in History for February 17th
  • Update 02-17-13

    Trash pickup

    In observation of Presidents’ Day there will be no trash or recycling collection on Monday.  If Monday is your normal pickup day, place your trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday for collection.

    Fish fry

    It is Fish Fry time again at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Fridays from 5-7 p.m. during Lent. Adult plates are $10 and have two pieces of cod, with coleslaw and rice or french fries, plus a drink and dessert. Children may have one piece of fish or a grilled cheese sandwich with all the rest for $7 a plate.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. Feb. 19: Los Alamos County Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith, a member of Kiwanis, will update the club on the solar project at the landfill. 

  • CIP projects on table

    Faced with an estimated $9.5 million shortfall in projected revenues for FY2013 and with further budget contractions anticipated for upcoming years, the Los Alamos County Council voted to defer as much as $12.5 million in capital improvement project spending for up to four years.

    The decision was made during mid-year budget hearings. On Tuesday, council makes the tough choices about which projects to put on hold.

    The hearing takes place at 7 p.m. in council chambers. The format calls for staff presentations followed by councilor clarifying questions, with public comment after that. Each individual will have up to three minutes to address council.

    Council will then review the input and vote to adopt the revised list of projects.

    The projects that may be affected were all approved in 2012. They are Ashley Pond Park Improvements, Teen Center, Nature Center, Eastern Area Sound Wall, Golf Course Improvements, White Rock Civic Center, Canyon Rim Trail and Ice Rink Improvements.

    Council’s decision on Tuesday is simply to prioritize when projects move forward. Projects will not be revisited for a reduction/change in scope of work.