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  • Update 11-28-10

    Closed council session

    The Los Alamos County Council will host a closed session at 5 p.m. Thursday 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.

  • Richard Branson on space travel

    UPHAM — British billionaire and Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson could see the gently curving roof line and unfinished steel shell of Spaceport America rising from the desert as his jet banked overhead.
    It’s in this remote part of southern New Mexico, where Branson’s dream of reaching space may soon come to fruition.
    Branson, the head of Virgin Group, which counts airlines, entertainment and mobile communications among its many businesses, visited recently for a tour of the spaceport and the dedication of its nearly two-mile-long runway.

  • LAPS board ponders HQ options

    A lot can happen in a year. Last year, the Los Alamos Public Schools administration offices were moved into their current home at 2075 Trinity Drive, after staff vacated the buildings across from the Mari-Mac Shopping Center in preparation for demolition to make way for the Trinity Revitalization Development project.
    Not only has the Trinity project taken some twists and turns in that time, but now the school board isn’t so sure that they want to make the building owned by Elmo CdeBaca their permanent home.

  • New system conserves water

    A waste treatment plant is rarely a popular topic. After all, it’s not a pretty sight – from the gurgling, bubbling aeration basins to the slowly shifting clarifiers.
    It’s a dirty business, but Los Alamos Wastewater Treatment Plant will soon feature an environmentally clean component through its new wash water system.
    The wash water system will have the capability to recycle water and use the treated water for operations at the plant, said Clay Moseley,
    Department of Public Utilities associated engineer and GIS services.

  • US and South Korea push ahead with war games

    YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — The United States and South Korea prepared for war games Sunday as South Koreans demanded vengeance over a deadly North Korean artillery bombardment that has raised fears of more clashes between the bitter rivals.

    The North, meanwhile, worked to justify one of the worst attacks on South Korean territory since the 1950-53 Korean War. Four South Koreans, including two civilians, died after the North rained artillery on the small Yellow Sea island of Yeonpyeong, which is home to both fishing communities and military bases.

  • Suicide bombers kill 12 at Afghan police HQ

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at an Afghan police headquarters Saturday, killing 12 officers in an area along the Pakistan border that still sees heavy Taliban attacks even as NATO pours in more troops and resources.

  • 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.