Local News

  • Hundreds of Jordanians set up protest in capital

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Hundreds of Jordanians set up a protest camp in a main square in the capital on Thursday to press demands for the ouster of the prime minister and wider public freedoms.

    The 500 protesters appeared to be mostly university students or unemployed graduates unaffiliated with any political party. Many said they met through Facebook last month to launch a group called the Jordanian Youth Movement.

  • Elvis Presley's 1961 benefit concert remembered

    HONOLULU (AP) — Fifty years ago, Elvis Presley helped raised money and directed much-needed attention to the stalled efforts to build the USS Arizona Memorial. The King is now being remembered for his contributions as the historic sites at Pearl Harbor enters a new era.

    Pacific Historic Parks, in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., will start selling T-shirts on Friday for $24.95 to commemorate the iconic crooner's historic benefit concert at Pearl Harbor's Bloch Arena on March 25, 1961. Proceeds will support the educational programs at the USS Arizona Memorial and the new $56 million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

  • French strike deep in Libya, targeting arms flow

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — French airstrikes hit an air base deep inside Libya and NATO ships patrolled the coast to block arms and mercenaries from flowing in to help Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Other coalition bombers struck artillery, tanks and parked helicopters, officials said Thursday.

    The French strikes overnight hit a base about 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of the Libyan coastline, French military spokesman Thierry Burkhard told reporters in Paris on Thursday without elaborating on the target or possible damage.

  • New census milestone: Hispanics to hit 50 million

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprising show of growth, Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade, exceeding estimates in most states. Pulled by migration to the Sun Belt, America's population center edged westward on a historic path to leave the Midwest.

    The Census Bureau on Thursday will release its first set of national-level findings from the 2010 count on race and migration, detailing a decade in which rapid minority growth, aging whites and increased suburbanization were the predominant story lines. Geographers estimate that the nation's population center will move southwest about 30 miles and be placed in or near the village of Plato in Texas County, Mo.

  • Gaza militants rocket Israel, drawing reprisals

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip on Thursday in response to militant rocket and mortar attacks, stoking concerns that a grave new round of hostilities will fill the vacuum left by an impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

    Two years of relative calm have been unraveling in recent weeks with acts of violence against Israelis — including a deadly bombing in Jerusalem on Wednesday that killed an unidentified female British tourist — and Israeli reprisals against Gaza militants, which in one case killed four Palestinian civilians.

  • Strikes hit Gadhafi forces outside besieged city--video extra

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — France declared Libya's airspace "under control" on Friday, after NATO agreed to take command of the no-fly zone in a compromise that appeared to set up dual command centers and possibly new confusion. Coalition warplanes struck Moammar Gadhafi's forces outside the strategic eastern gateway city of Ajdabiya.

    The overnight French and British strikes on an artillery battery and armored vehicles were intended to give a measure of relief to Ajdabiya, where residents have fled more than a week of shelling and fighting between rebels and government troops. Explosions also could be heard in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, before daybreak Friday, apparently from airstrikes.

  • Unsure future for city in shadow of nuclear plant--see video

    SOMA, Japan (AP) — Hidekatsu Sato stands in the doorway of his gutted house and looks out impassively at the sea as it laps up against the harbor wall just a few meters away. Born and raised here, he went to Tokyo to work as a plumber, then returned a few years ago to live out his retirement years.

    "I came back here to die, and that's still my plan," the grizzled 73-year old said. "I'm not leaving."

    With radiation leaking from a nuclear power plant near his city, he may not have that choice.

  • Update 03-23-11

    Public input
    The Municipal Building/Archives/Records Center public meeting will be at 5:30 tonight in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge.

    School board meeting
    The Los Alamos Board of Education meeting has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Suite V of 2075 Trinity Drive.

    CIP business
    There will be a special Capital Improvement Projects Business Meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building Council Chambers.

    Star party
    Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host a Star Party at 7 p.m. March 26 with Dr. James Maxwell. Learn about the universe with a short illustrated talk.

  • Farewell Freddie Rascon

    Laughter mixed with tears filled two events honoring retiring pastor and police Sgt. Federico (Freddie) Rascon and his family this week.

    “Freddie has been with the police department for 20 years, he is a sergeant but is qualified and capable of holding any position in the department – it has just been a lack of vacancies that limited him from rising higher in the ranks,” said Chief Wayne Torpy during a police farewell event Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    On behalf of Los Alamos County, Council Chair Sharon Stover presented Rascon with a Nambe gift engraved with words of appreciation. She spoke of her memories of Rascon driving her and then council chair Lawry Mann around the county to survey the devastation following the Cerro Grande Fire.

  • Commuter flight idea takes wing

    Commercial airlines that attempted to serve Los Alamos have encountered some turbulence in the past.

    However, Los Alamos County Council directed staff to investigate the potential for getting service off the ground once again during its regular meeting Tuesday.  

    The potential will be explored for teaming up with Taos, Ruidoso and Las Cruces in a deal that would result in New Mexico Airlines providing local flights for each of the towns.