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  • News Alert: Domenici's son to make important announcement Sunday

    In a cryptic e-mail from his office Saturday, Sen. Pete Domenici’s son, Pete Domenici, Jr., invited the media to attend a press conference Sunday afternoon in Albuquerque.

    The e-mail said Domenici, Jr., would make  “an important announcement” and “no further details will be released in advance.”

    Word is spreading rapidly that the son of New Mexico’s longest serving senator will announce his candidacy for governor.

  • Solar tech company helps catch a brighter ray


    At a Senate budget committee hearing earlier this year, senators wanted to hear what Energy Secretary Steven Chu thought about their own states’ strong points as a basis for solving the energy problem.

    What about carbon capture, a strategy for getting energy from coal with less carbon going into the atmosphere, Chu was asked.

    A “reasonable chance of success,” he answered.

    On nuclear power, Chu said, “The price is still very high,” but he added that it was “a technology certainly worth testing.”

  • NEWS ALERT - Local organization mounts relief effort for Haiti
  • Governor gets efficiency advice

    ALBUQUERQUE ­— New recommendations aimed at saving taxpayer money and making New Mexico’s government more efficient call for merging some state departments, doing away with more than a dozen boards and commissions and changing the public school funding formula.

    A committee on government efficiency submitted recommendations to Gov. Bill Richardson on Thursday. He appointed the committee last month with the goal of finding ways to streamline state government.

  • Warnock is ready to make a difference

    When Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent, Gene Schmidt came to town, one motto he believed in was to, “surround yourself with positive people.” Schmidt has done just that by elevating Sandy Warnock to the position of Los Alamos High School Principal for the remainder of the school year.

    Warnock began her career teaching in Wisconsin at the middle school prior to her arrival in Los Alamos with husband Phil and two toddlers in tow. She taught special education for 29 years before going into administration and has spent 25 years with the Los Alamos Public Schools.

  • Lending a hand

    People in sympathy with the suffering people of Haiti in the wake of the devastation from the earthquake this week may wish to give some consideration to a local effort that has been providing permanent help in Port Au Prince since 2006.

    Harold Salomon, executive director of he American Haitian Association for Medical, Economical and Educational Support (AHAMES), said Thursday that he is trying desperately to get information not only about his family there, but also about the staff of the organization’s facility.

  • News Alert: Florida fugitive captured in Western Area

    A man on the run from felony charges in Florida has been captured by Los Alamos police.

    Cody Sanderson, 18, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Bay County Florida and remains in jail awaiting extradition.

    Read the full story in Friday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Reminder: League of Women Voters forum tonight

    The League of Women Voters is hosting a forum at 7 p.m. today in the Student Center on the UNM-Los Alamos campus.

    The forum will feature the pros and cons of the Los Alamos Public Schools referendum and the UNM-LA 2 mil levy election currently underway in Los Alamos County.

  • Haitians struggle to survive as aid begins to arrive

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Turning pickup trucks into ambulances and doors into stretchers, Haitians were frantically struggling to save those injured in this week's earthquake as desperately needed aid from around the world began arriving Thursday.

    Planes carrying teams from China, France and Spain flew into the Port-au-Prince airport with searchers and tons of food, medicine and other supplies — with far more promised soon from around the globe.

  • Economy teeters as jobless claims rise and retail sales drop

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales fell in December, leaving 2009 with the biggest yearly drop on record and highlighting the formidable hurdles facing the economy as it struggles to recover from the deepest recession in seven decades.

    In another disappointing economic report, the number of newly laid-off workers requesting unemployment benefits rose last week as jobs remain scarce.

    Economists said the drop in retail sales in December underscored how tentative the economic picture remains given all the headwinds facing consumers.