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  • Budget crisis still not fixed

    The Legislature was supposed to fund a balanced spending plan by noon on Thursday, but when the gavel sounded, lawmakers had failed to pass a $5.5 billion budget for schools and government programs for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

    Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe, spent a sleepless night Wednesday, as the House worked into the morning hours. Shortly after the session ended Thursday afternoon, Wallace had already heard rumors about plans for a special session to resume the job, starting Wednesday.

  • Breaking News: North Mesa home catches fire this morning

  • Breaking News: Firefighters are on scene of smoldering bed inside White Rock home

    The owner of a home at 123 Monte Vista in White Rock smelled something burning. He called the Los Alamos Fire Department at 4:45 p.m., about 10 minutes ago, after seeing smoke coming from his bedroom.

    LAFD Capt. Sean Wisecarver and his crew from Fire Station 3 are on scene at this moment and have the situation under control.

  • Breaking News: Gubernatorial candidates Diane Denish and Susanah Martinez earn top delegate votes

  • Breaking News: County cancels Art Center at Fuller Lodge contract

    Community Services Director Stephani Johnson announced this morning that Los Alamos County has terminated its contract with The Art Center at Fuller Lodge.

    Under the current contract, the county has the option to terminate with or without cause, provided that the Art Center is given 10 days notice. The letter of termination was issued yesterday afternoon and the contract will end April 3.

  • New jobless benefit claims dip as lethargic recovery continues

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell slightly last week as the slowly recovering economy moves closer to generating more jobs.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that new jobless benefit claims dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 439,000, nearly matching analysts' estimates. It's the fourth drop in five weeks.

    The four-week average of claims, which smooths volatility, fell by nearly 7,000 to 447,250, the lowest total since the week of Sept. 13, 2008, just before Lehman Brothers collapsed and the financial crisis intensified.

  • Domestic manufacturing improves, construction remains soft

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in March at its strongest pace in 5 1/2 years, leading the rebound from the recession on growth in exports and inventory rebuilding. Another drop in construction spending in February, however, underscored weakness in real estate.

    Meanwhile, the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits slipped last week as the economy moves closer to generating more jobs.

  • 04-01-10 Update

    Sierra Club meeting

      The Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. April 7 in the upstairs meeting room at Mesa Public Library. Robert Tohe will give a presentation on “Threats of Uranium Mining to Mount Taylor Traditional Cultural Properties.”

    LAFRW meeting

      The Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women will meet at 7 p.m. April 8 at the home of Margaret Harrach, 730 Camino Encantado. County Council Vice Chair Sharon Stover will be the speaker.

  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month

    When  many people think of alcohol abusers, they picture teenagers sneaking drinks before high school football games or at unsupervised parties.

    However, alcohol abuse is prevalent within many demographic groups in the United States.

    People who abuse alcohol can be:

    • College students who binge drink at local bars;

    • Pregnant women who drink and put their babies at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome;

    • Professionals who drink after a long day of work; and

    • Senior citizens who drink out of loneliness.

  • Scientists seek to deal with buckyballs

    A Los Alamos National Laboratory toxicologist and a multidisciplinary team of researchers have documented potential cellular damage from “fullerenes”— soccer-ball-shaped, cage-like molecules composed of 60 carbon atoms. The team also noted that this particular type of damage might hold hope for treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or even cancer.