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  • Sarah Palin says she will not run for president

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday she will not run for president, leaving little doubt that the eventual Republican nominee will come from the current field of contenders.

    After months of leaving her fans guessing, Palin said in a statement that she and her husband Todd "devote ourselves to God, family and country." She said her decision maintains that order.

    Palin sent the statement to supporters. She told conservative radio host Mark Levin that she would not consider a third party candidacy because it would assure President Barack Obama's reelection.

    In a video posted on Youtube, Palin said, "you don't need an office or a title to make a difference."

  • Apple says co-founder Steve Jobs has died--video extra

    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died. He was 56.

    Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause.

    "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," the company said in a brief statement.

    "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve"

  • Homecoming court photos
  • Update 10-05-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Oct. 11 for a special session in council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. , Oct. 18 in the chamber conference room.

    Movie night

    The Mesa Library Movie Series continues at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the 1956 hit “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” will be featured.

    Bond issue

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage near 15th and Canyon. On Oct. 11, Charmian Schaller, co-chairwoman of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos newsletter, will discuss the bond issue for the county swimming pool. 

    Historic meeting

  • Lighting Up Fuller Lodge

    Jeremy Varela illuminates the side of Fuller Lodge near the Fuller Lodge Art Center last week and said it’s a precursor to something quite exciting that he has planned for the Pumpkin Glow event in downtown Los Alamos later this month.

  • Costly court battle looms

    Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval) took last week to reflect after spending the prior three

    weeks making the daily drive to the Round House to take part in a Legislative Special Session.

    The meat of the Special Session revolved around redistricting. And it has been well documented that no agreement was reached on the House or Senate side and both bills heading to Gov. Susana Martinez’s desk likely will be vetoed.

    After a week’s respite in Texas visiting his son, Hall was back in Los Alamos this week and he spent Tuesday, giving a talk to his constituents at the weekly Kiwanis Club meeting during the day and briefing the county council Tuesday night.

  • Burgess lands county's top executive job

    And the new county administrator is …

    Harry Burgess of Carlsbad.

    That was the big event at Tuesday night’s county council meeting as councilors made their selection after a protracted months long search.

    Councilor Mike Wismer first took a moment to thank Acting County Administrator Randy Autio for “sitting in the hot seat” the last few months. “Your service was exemplary,” Wismer said. Wismer then summed up the reasons Burgess was chosen.

    “Harry Burgess has a strong economic development background. In fact, that was the emphasis of his PhD. He really did his homework, and has, as a result, what I would consider an excellent grasp on the pulse of Los Alamos.

  • Perry raises over $17 million since mid-August

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry raised more than $17 million in his first seven weeks running for president, his campaign announced Wednesday, an impressive total that helps cement his status as the top alternative to Mitt Romney and counter the perception that his campaign his struggling.

    Perry has raised more than $17 million since August 13, and has $15 million in cash on hand.

    Perry immediately rose to the top of national polls after he announced his run, but his debate performances have been shaky and he's dropped back in recent surveys. His money haul shows his struggles aren't yet affecting his fundraising — though that won't become clear until the full fundraising reports are filed on Oct. 15.

  • Council taps Carlsbad exec as new county administrator

    The Los Alamos County Council voted last night to appoint Harry Burgess as the new county administrator, effective November 6. Burgess is currently the city administrator in the City of Carlsbad, and was selected after an extensive public input process this summer, followed by interviews two weeks ago with the four candidates for the top executive position at the county. The search for a new county administrator had been underway since February when the council hired Prothman Company, a national executive recruitment firm, to assist in the hiring process. 

  • Poll: 1 in 3 vets sees Iraq, Afghan wars as wastes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One in three U.S. veterans of the post-9/11 military believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, and a majority think that after 10 years of combat America should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on its own problems, according to an opinion survey released Wednesday.

    The findings highlight a dilemma for the Obama administration and Congress as they struggle to shrink the government's huge budget deficits and reconsider defense priorities while trying to keep public support for remaining involved in Iraq and Afghanistan for the longer term.