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  • Space shuttle Discovery fueled for final flight

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's most traveled space shuttle, Discovery, was fueled for an afternoon liftoff Thursday on its final voyage after nearly three decades of service.

    NASA began pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel into Discovery shortly after sunrise, as the six astronauts assigned to the space station delivery mission sat down for breakfast at crew quarters. It was their second stab at this. November's launch attempt never made it past fueling.

  • Higher oil prices would hamper global economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the U.S. and global economies are finally strengthening, they face a new danger: Rocketing oil prices, which topped $100 a barrel Wednesday.

    The U.S. economy can likely absorb $100 oil and keep expanding, even though gasoline prices would rise further and growth would slow. But it would hurt.

  • NZ earthquake toll at 76 dead, 238 missing

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The sister and brother sat huddled Wednesday on sodden grass, staring at the smoldering remains of an office tower that collapsed with their mother inside.

    They hadn't heard from Donna Manning since a powerful earthquake tore through one of New Zealand's largest cities a day earlier, killing at least 76 people and leaving 238 missing. Still, there was hope.

    "My mum is superwoman, she'd do anything," Manning's 18-year-old daughter Lizzy said, tears streaming down her face.

  • Briefs: Raise your voice


    Raise your voice

    To raise “business friendliness” as an important issue for county government attention, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is holding a brown bag meeting from 1-2 p.m., March 14 in the Chamber Conference Room to give interested members an opportunity to discuss and provide input on this issue.
    County decision makers are invited to hear and take part in the discussion.
    The output of the meeting will be provided to the county as input into their strategic planning process.

  • Capitol celebrates YMCA Day

    In celebration of YMCA Day, a large group of YMCA supporters gathered Feb. 16 in the rotunda at the Roundhouse.
    The New Mexico State Alliance, the Family YMCA and Y of Central New Mexico use their combined impact to bring strength to the YMCA voice and call to action.
    Judy Barrett Miller, Y USA government relations/public policy director, also joined the event to support the state alliance.
    The Family YMCA Board President Matt Schmidt welcomed the crowd, which included youth from around the state.

  • Protesters close in on Libyan capital

    TOBRUK, Libya— Militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi clamped down in Tripoli, but cracks in his regime spread elsewhere across the nation, as the protest-fueled rebellion controlling much of eastern Libya claimed new gains closer to the capital. Two pilots let their warplane crash in the desert, parachuting to safety, rather than bomb an opposition-held city.

  • Update 02-23-11

    Brisket night
    The Los Alamos High School NJROTC is sponsoring a brisket night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Posse Shack. The price is $10 and the menu includes brisket, corn, potato salad, roll, cookies and a drink.

    Field user meeting
    Spring and Summer Field User Meeting has been scheduled from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 24 at the Aquatic Center Training Room. For more information, call Kim Trujillo at 662-8173.

    Leisure pool meeting

  • Hudson’s History Lesson

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series.

    For many years after being discharged from the Marines, Los Alamos resident Bill Hudson never really thought about what happened on Iwo Jima, putting the memories back in the deep recesses of his mind.
    Sometimes he thought about it --- Nov. 10 which is the U.S. Marines Corps birthday, Feb. 19 (Iwo Jima D-Day) and March 15 (the day he was wounded).
    Most of the time, though, Hudson was able to keep those memories tucked away so as not to interfere with living his life.

  • Council approves electric hike

    Los Alamos residents will be paying more for their electricity after Tuesday night’s county council meeting.

    The council approved a 5 percent electric rate increase, which means a less than $2.50 increase for the average Department of Public Utilities (DPU) customer’s electric bill.

    The motion to approve the rate increase passed 5-2, with Councilors Vincent Chiravalle and Geoff Rodgers opposed.

  • Filmmaker uses hometown of La Luz for indie flick

    LA LUZ (AP) — Customers of La Luz Market, easily the busiest place in this small, quiet town northeast of Alamogordo, couldn't help but stop dead in their tracks to see the action unfolding in front of them.

    There was Andrew Maiorano, wearing headphones and dodging between parked cars holding a long pole with a furry contraption dangling at its end.