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  • Online sales see 16 percent spike on Black Friday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers who skipped the crowds on Black Friday gave online merchants a 16 percent spike in revenue, according to data released Saturday. That's spurring optimism for spending the rest of season.

    That increase came partly from shoppers who spent more per online purchase during the traditional opening day of the holiday shopping season, according to Web research company Coremetrics. The average order rose to $190.80. That's a 12 percent increase over $170.19 on the same day last year.

  • AP Exclusive: Teens adrift at sea almost lost hope

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — For more than 50 days, the three boys slurped rainwater that puddled in the bottom of their tiny boat, gobbled flying fish that leaped aboard and prayed for salvation.

    Etueni Nasau and his two cousins almost gave up hope they would survive as they bobbed in their aluminum dinghy across the South Pacific for more than seven weeks, before a fishing trawler spotted them by chance and brought an end to their extraordinary ordeal.

  • Gibson to propose tax rollback

    Los Alamos County is predicting a positive future for its finances. The government’s long-range financial plan projects revenues will exceed expenditures for several years. But rather than allow the county’s savings to balloon, Councilor Robert Gibson proposes giving taxpayers a break.
    During the Dec. 7 council meeting, Gibson will present three ordinances. Each of them proposes to repeal a 1/8 percent gross receipts tax (GRT) increment. The percentage is 1/8 because taxes are imposed in 1/8 increments.

  • Wright set to lead SBDC

    A strong resume filled with business-related experience led to Don Wright being hired to run the local UNM-Los Alamos Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
    Wright moved to town from Tennessee with his wife of 33 years, Nancy, to take over the post vacated by former director Patrick Sullivan who left to accept a job at the lab.

  • Update 11-26-10

    Closed council session

    The Los Alamos County Council will host a closed session at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the county attorney’s conference room to discuss limited personnel matters and threatened or pending litigation.
    Toys for Tots
    Help the U.S. Marines by donating new, unwrapped toys for their toy drive. Items may be dropped off at “R” wing of Los Alamos High School, in the NJROTC building by Dec. 3.
    Calling LA teens

  • NM drivers urged to prepare for extreme cold

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security are urging travelers to prepare for extremely cold temperatures during the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The National Weather Service says a storm system and cold front tracked into northwestern New Mexico on Wednesday, bringing snow and cold temperatures. The system has been moving east across the state and another pool of cold air is expected to plunge into New Mexico from Colorado early Thursday.

  • Presidential pardon

    President Barack Obama pardons “Apple,” the national Thanksgiving turkey during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Wednesday. The President’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, look on during the pardon ceremony.

  • County adopts roadway policy

    After years of contemplating a policy for the design of public streets and rights-of-way, Los Alamos County Council approved a policy during their Nov. 9 meeting.
    Los Alamos County will reap the benefits because there has not been an overall policy other than the Public Works Department’s design standards for certain a type of streets. It will also be useful for future construction projects slated in the county.

  • County probe lingers on

    Today marks the end of 11 weeks since county council launched an investigation into unspecified claims leveled against Los Alamos County Administrator Tony Mortillaro by Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan.
    “These are personnel matters that are very complicated and we must move through the process very carefully,” said Council Chair Michael Wismer.
    “Council worked diligently for many hours in our closed session Friday to understand the scope and complexity of this investigation and to do a preliminary review of the results.”

  • Cold temps on tap tonight

    A strong cold front moving through the state early Thanksgiving Day will guide much colder and drier air into New Mexico, according to advisories issued by the National Weather Service.
    Temperatures will dip 15 to 20 degrees below normal Thursday with highs only reaching the mid-20s to lower 30s across most of northern New Mexico.