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  • Strong earthquake shakes parts of Alaska, Canada

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A powerful earthquake sparked a tsunami warning for hundreds of miles of Alaskan and Canadian coastline, but the alert was canceled when no damaging waves were generated.

    The magnitude 7.5 quake and tsunami warning that followed caused concern in some coastal communities, with alarms sounding and people rushing to higher ground for safety.

    But the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center later said the waves were too small to pose a threat, reaching just six inches above normal sea level in places such as Sitka and Port Alexander.

    "Initially, in the first 15 to 20 minutes, there might have been a bit of panic," Sitka Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt told The Associated Press in a phone interview. But he said things calmed down as the town waited for the all clear.

    The temblor struck at midnight Friday (1 a.m. PST Saturday) and was centered about 60 miles west of Craig, Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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  • Raw: 'Unresponsive' Man Rescued From Sailboat

    The Coast Guard says it airlifted a man with heart disease from a sailboat in the stormy Gulf of Mexico to shore in Louisiana. The Coast Guard said officials were called early Thursday about a couple aboard a 64-foot sailboat bound for Houston.

  • Power outage at Big Rock Loop

    Officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that power was interrupted to about 12 homes in the Big Rock Loop area of North Mesa, beginning at approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday, due to underground line interference. 

    Underground main secondary lines faulted affecting a transformer and its power flow to the 12 homes.
    DPU’s on-call electric linemen were onsite Wednesday night and worked through Thursday morning to restore power to half of the homes by 1:30 a.m. Repair work continued through the morning and the remaining homes had their power restored by 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

    Through the night and morning, text messages reporting the outage and its repair status were shared with interested citizens and news outlets using DPU’s free alert system, available at twitter.com/DPUalerts. For assistance subscribing, call DPU Public Relations at 662-8133. Notices were also posted at DPU’s Facebook page at facebook.com/DPU1968.

  • Braving the cold

    Miles Carlsten, 21, goes for a run on San Ildefonso Road Thursday afternoon, braving cold temperatures and wind chill.

  • Update 01-04-12

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold its first regular session of 2013 at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Advisory board

    The Fuller Lodge Historical Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Planning meeting

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

    LWV meeting

    The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader meeting at 11:40 a.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library. To order lunch, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com.

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    Saturday's weather

    36/23
    Mainly sunny. High 36, winds NNE at 5-10 mph.

  • Governor proposes tax cut 


    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday proposed lowering New Mexico’s corporate income tax rate to provide an incentive for economic development.

    In outlining part of her agenda for the upcoming legislative session, Martinez said she will ask the Legislature to reduce the corporate tax rate to 4.9 percent from 7.6 percent over several years.

    The governor also wants to wants to change how New Mexico determines the taxes owed by corporations that do business in multiple states. Companies would be offered the option of basing their tax liability on their sales in New Mexico. The change could help corporations like computer chip maker Intel, which has a plant in Rio Rancho but the bulk of its sales are outside the state. Currently, the tax obligation of a corporation is tied to its payroll, property and sales in New Mexico.

    The corporate tax proposals could cost the state about $255 million in reduced tax revenue once fully implemented, according to estimates from the Department of Finance and Administration.

    New Mexico’s corporate tax rate is higher than neighboring states, and Martinez contends it should be reduced to make New Mexico more competitive in attracting companies and encouraging existing businesses to expand in the state.

  • Work close to completion on Municipal Building

    It no longer takes a stretch of imagination to picture county staff bustling around the new municipal complex. Walls are up, carpet is being laid and many ceilings are tiled.

    The construction site still bustles with an average of 85 workers a day. The project is ahead of schedule and under budget.

    The design/build contractor, Jaynes Corporation, expects everything but finishing touches to be completed by mid-March. The county will then begin moving in components such as information technology systems and training facilities staff and department heads. County Project Manager Anthony Strain, who will orchestrate moving approximately 120 people from 12 departments into the space, hopes to begin that process by May 1.

    “It’s not quite as big an undertaking as the building itself, moving in, but putting together a schedule and putting those logistics into place, it’s like, wow, this is going to be an endeavor just in itself,” Strain said.

    The move will be a staggered one, with departments opening their new offices as they get settled. If no unforeseen circumstances delay the process, Strain hopes to see full occupancy by late May to early June.

    “We’re trying to take our time and make it a comfortable move, with the least amount of disruption to citizens services,” Strain said.

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