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  • Affordable housing initiative gains council approval

    The Los Alamos County Council made a move to make home ownership more in reach for a greater number of local residents.
    At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the council approved the affordable housing program.

  • Wrestling: LA taking part in Jaguar Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team will take part in its second tournament of the season Friday when it travels to Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos will compete in the Jaguar Invitational, which starts at 9 a.m. Friday. The tournament is hosted by the Capital Jaguars, one of Los Alamos’ District 2AAAA rivals.
    Unlike past seasons, the 16-man brackets will all be settled in one day.

  • House Democrats reject tax plan unless changed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama's tax deal with Republicans in its current form, but it was unclear how significantly the package might need to be changed.

  • China anti-Nobel campaign winning it no friends

    BEIJING (AP) — China's campaign to vilify this year's recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and sabotage the award ceremony showed signs of backfiring Thursday, as criticism of Beijing rose and the imprisoned Chinese dissident seemed to be turning into a celebrity.

  • Israel draws international rebuke over settlements

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The European Union, the United Nations and the Arab League have rebuked Israel after its refusal to halt settlement construction forced Washington to drop efforts to relaunch Mideast peace talks.

  • Stocks edge higher as jobless claims drop

    NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging news on the labor market and efforts to get more Democrats to support the compromise on extending tax cuts have stocks edging higher in early trading Thursday.

    Before the market opened, the Labor Department reported that first time claims for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the second-lowest level this year. Claims fell to 421,000, below the 428,000 figure that Wall Street expected.

  • Massive budget bill faces opposition in Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of House legislation to freeze the budgets of most Cabinet departments and fund the war in Afghanistan for another year is now in the hands of the Senate, where it faces uncertain prospects.

    The House passed the bill Wednesday evening by a 212-206 vote. It would cap the annual operating budgets of federal agencies at the $1.2 trillion approved for the recently finished budget year — a $46 billion cut of more than 3 percent from President Barack Obama's request.

  • Outcome of probe uncertain

    Los Alamos County Council did little Tuesday night to dispel the cloud of uncertainty over the fate of County Administrator Tony Mortillaro. Mortillaro has been the subject of an investigation on unspecified allegations for the past 12 weeks.

    Speculation and rumors escalated rapidly in the last week as the independent investigation came to a conclusion. First Line Resources, the outside firm that was hired to handle the probe, issued its 135-page report to county council last week.

  • Council schedules a special meeting for CIP projects

    To determine how to handle the 16 newest capital improvement project (CIP) applications, Los Alamos County Council agreed Tuesday night to hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in council chambers to further discuss the proposed projects.
    County Administrator Tony Mortillaro recommended to the council during their regular meeting to approve a budget amendment of $690,000 for fiscal year 2011 to fund phase one studies for:
    • Los Alamos Ice Rink bathroom, lift, station, parking, cover and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements – $240,000;

  • Beloved guinea pig returned

    Children rejoiced to find Violet, their beautiful classroom guinea pig, returned without a scratch after being kidnapped from Little Forest Playschool during a break-in Sunday.
    “One of our teachers put out the word on the Internet and Facebook that Violet had been stolen and a mother in town noticed and called to say that her son had come home with a guinea pig,” Executive Director Jeni Morris said. “The children had been devastated and were so happy to have Violet home safe and healthy.”