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  • Retailers report strong November sales

    NEW YORK (AP) — Generous discounts lured American to stores for holiday gifts in November, providing cheer and robust sales gains for retailers. That raises hopes, already buoyed by reports of crowded malls, for a strong holiday shopping season.

  • Park-and-ride lot opens in Espanola

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation and the City of Espanola have opened a $500,000 park-and-ride lot that commuters can use to board buses to Los Alamos, Pojoaque (poh-WAH-kay) and Santa Fe.

    The city donated 1.25 acres and the state provided funds for paving, lights and passenger shelters. The lot has parking spaces for 126 vehicles.

    Officials say about 105 passengers board park-and-ride buses in Espanola each day.

  • Update 12-01-10

    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.

    Fruitcake sale
    Los Alamos Chapter #63, Order of the Eastern Star, will sell Collin Street Bakery fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday at Los Alamos National Bank. Other dates of sales will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17. For information, call Betty Robertson at 662-5185 or Nina Laird at 662-7580.

  • New Editor joins Los Alamos Monitor team

    A veteran journalist with more than 25 years of newspaper experience, John Severance comes on board as the new editor of the Los Alamos Monitor, effective Dec. 1.
    Publisher Keven Todd made the announcement to staff yesterday. Severance steps in to replace former editor Garrison Wells who had to return to Colorado to provide care for his parents.
    His mother was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.

  • Arena may come to North Mesa

    Despite sticker shock on a project where the cost estimates have nearly doubled, the Capital Improvement Project Oversight and Evaluation Committee is recommending the county council approve funds for design and construction of a multi-use covered arena on North Mesa.
    The committee gave their thumb’s up during a meeting Tuesday night. It is not yet determined when council will discuss the recommendation.  
    Four different options and costs were presented for the committee’s consideration.

  • Firefighter faces exposure rap

    Los Alamos firefighter Brandon Gore has been charged with indecent exposure in Albuquerque — the third incident to rock a department already left reeling from two other high profile cases this year.
    According to the criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Alameda Blvd., at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday on a report of a man exposing himself.

  • Lawmakers stand firm on taxes as talks start

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans are working to reach a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts that expire at the end of the year, but neither side is budging as negotiations begin in earnest.

    Even as they talk, House leaders are planning to hold a politically charged vote Thursday to extend middle-class tax cuts while letting taxes for the wealthy rise.

  • Lame-duck agenda features political votes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans threatened Wednesday to block virtually all legislation until expiring tax cuts are extended and a bill is passed to fund the federal government, vastly complicating Democratic attempts to leave their own stamp on the final days of the post-election Congress.

  • 2 million lose jobless benefits as holidays arrive

    Extended unemployment benefits for nearly 2 million Americans begin to run out Wednesday, cutting off a steady stream of income and guaranteeing a dismal holiday season for people already struggling with bills they cannot pay.

    Unless Congress changes its mind, benefits that had been extended up to 99 weeks will end this month.

  • Stocks rise sharply on fresh signs of job growth

    NEW YORK (AP) — A report that small businesses are hiring more workers than economists expected sent stocks sharply higher Wednesday.

    The Dow Jones industrial average gained 200 points in early trading. All 30 stocks in the index rose. 3M Co. and United Technologies Corp. each rose more than 3 percent.