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  • Mandela hospitalized for tests in S. Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Nelson Mandela was in the hospital Thursday for what his office said were routine tests, as the 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon's overnight stay drew extraordinary media attention.

  • 3-year-old Pojoaque boy dies; mother held

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say a 3-year-old boy is dead and his mother and her boyfriend are in jail. Police say Leland Valdez died Wednesday at an Albuquerque hospital from severe injuries.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that authorities think the Pojoaque boy was beaten over a long period of time.

  • Snowstorm wallops Northeast, piling on the misery

    BOSTON (AP) — Commuters up and down the East Coast began the all-too-familiar task of digging out cars, shoveling sidewalks and slogging and slipping through a treacherous morning commute on Thursday after a drawn-out storm dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas overnight, heaping more misery on a region that has been hit by one snowstorm after another.

  • Further N.M. 502 study gets green light

    Los Alamos County Council pushed down on the gas pedal to move the N.M. 502 Corridor Study to its next phase. They directed consultants to proceed with investigating the A 2-3 alternatives, which feature roundabouts and left-turn bays at intersections.
    Councilors voted 5-2 on the issue during their regular meeting Tuesday night. Councilors Ron Selvage and Vincent Chiravalle were opposed.  

  • Residents chime in on proposed cultural district

    Leadership and a consensus to move forward were identified at a town hall meeting last week as necessary components to ensure the success of a proposed Creative Cultural District in downtown Los Alamos.
    Five percent planning and 95 percent consensus is necessary for the cultural district project to move forward, said Jerry Allen of the Cultural Planning Group.
    Allen and David Plettner-Saunders led the Creative Culture District Town Hall meeting at Mesa Public Library at which citizen input was gathered.

  • Update 01-26-11

    NJROTC Rib Night

    The Los Alamos High School NJROTC will serve a full brisket meal from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday night at the Posse Shack. The cost is $10 per plate.

    School Board meeting

    The School Board will hold its regular meeting, along with a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Chamisa Elementary in White Rock.

    LAPS and UNM-LA Board election

    Early voting is currently underway. The election is Feb. 1. To learn more about the candidates, visit www.lamonitor.com.

  • GOP says it will work with Obama on cutting federal spending

    WASHINGTON— Moving quickly, House Republicans are taking another whack at federal spending on the day after a State of the Union address in which President Barack Obama pronounced the country “poised for progress” and beckoned lawmakers of both parties to make job creation their common goal.
    “The challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics,” the president said in a nationally televised speech at the dawn of a new era of divided government.

  • GOP invokes 1700s doctrine in health care fight

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican lawmakers in nearly a dozen states are reaching into the dusty annals of American history to fight President Obama's health care overhaul.

    They are introducing measures that hinge on "nullification," Thomas Jefferson's late 18th-century doctrine that purported to give states the ultimate say in constitutional matters.

  • Pajarito Ski Area temporarily suspends operations

    Due to warm, dry and windy La Nina conditions, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos is suspending operations until there is further adequate snowfall.

    “When we receive additional snowfall, we will reopen,” said a notice on the ski area website.

    Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long said the ski area has not received any snow since Jan. 1.

  • Dow breaks through 12K for first time since 2008

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average broke through 12,000 for the first time in two and half years Wednesday but edged lower in afternoon trading.

    Investors were encouraged by President Barack Obama's call to overhaul taxes on businesses and a jump in new home sales in December. The gains were held back by weak profit forecasts from Boeing Co., Xerox Corp. and other big names.