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  • Pope on 84th birthday works as usual

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI spent his 84th birthday at work Saturday, making appointments, giving a speech and receiving top aides while well wishes arrived from around the world, including Queen Elizabeth II.

    Benedict, who was born and baptized as Joseph Ratzinger on April 16, 1927, in the Bavarian town of Marktl am Inn, Germany, was "spending a normal working day," Vatican Radio said.

    No rest for the pope was immediately scheduled. His birthday fell on the eve of the start of a heavy stretch of Holy Week ceremonies, including Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on Sunday morning and a Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum on Good Friday.

  • 9-year-old balloonist preps for solo flight

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Bobby Bradley is ready. He has been training for about five years and learned from some of the most experienced and decorated pilots in the sport of ballooning.

    But he'll be making his own mark on the sport when he lifts off from a desolate patch of New Mexico desert in about seven weeks: At 9 years old, Bobby will become the youngest trained pilot to fly solo in an ultra-light hot air balloon.

    So is he excited? "Definitely," he says.

    Worried? "Not at all," he says.

    "I've been flying since I was 4, so I've had a lot of time to train and I've always wanted to solo," Bobby said during an interview with The Associated Press.

  • Deacon Street cable failure causes Friday afternoon power outage

    Eastern and a portion of the downtown business area were without power for approximately 40 minutes Friday evening.  

    Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that an underground cable near Deacon Street failed.  Electric Lineman were able to isolate the affected area and backfeed power from another circuit to customers until permanent repairs  can be scheduled for Saturday morning.
     
    Boundaries of the affected area was 15th Street east to East Gate and North of Trinity to Canyon Road.  The cable failed at 4:40 p.m. and was restored at 5:25 p.m.

  • Update 04-15-11

    ESB meeting
    The Environmental Sustainability Board will host a meeting at 7 a.m. April 21 at the Eco Station Administration Building.

    DPU meeting
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) board will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at the DPU conference room. 

    Waffle breakfast
    The Los Alamos High School baseball team is having a waffle breakfast Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. For more  information or for tickets, contact Connie at 672-4066.

    Spanish dance
    The Pajarito Spanish Dance Alliance will present its first recital of Flamenco and Spanish Dance at 3 p.m., Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

    Aspen carnival

  • Community mourns Wallace's passing at memorial service

    Thursday’s memorial service for Rep. Jeannette Wallace, 77, was a fitting tribute to the kind of person many came to know to her to be through the years. She is described as having been an advocate, passionate, willing to listen, fair, tireless and a member of the community.

    Those words had been expressed about her since her death from illness last Friday, her son Terry Wallace Jr., told the 350 people filling Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for the service.

  • Teen Center opens its doors to the public

    Los Alamos teens now have a place to call their own.

    Last year, a young person was quoted as saying, the only places to hang out late at night were Smith’s Food and Drug and Sonic; not exactly ideal haunts for a teenager.

    The Los Alamos Family YMCA, along with Los Alamos County, is changing things for local teens with the recent opening of a Teen Center.  

    Now that hang-out spot is being presented to the community during an open house, which will start at 12:30 p.m. next Thursday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

    The event will feature tours of the center, opportunities to meet with the staff, henna drawings and a barbecue lunch. There is no fee to attend the event.

  • State questions LAPS numbers

    The New Mexico Public Education Department has sent letters to 34 of the state’s 89 school districts, notifying them about audits of their funding numbers.

    Los Alamos Public Schools received one of the letters.

    In the letter addressed to Superintendent Gene Schmidt from PED Secretary Hanna Skandera, the state education department is questioning data that “showed significant and unusual increases in the areas of special education — both in the number of students identified and the services provided — and in expenses for teacher training and experience.

    “These increases — inconsistent with recent trends — suggest abnormalities or potential errors in the data provided by school districts.”

  • Tornado kills pair of sisters in Oklahoma

    TUSHKA, Okla. — Destructive storms that tore across the country’s midsection left at least seven people dead after smashing uprooted trees into homes in Arkansas and ripping apart the only school in one tiny Oklahoma town, officials said Friday.
    A tornado swept through Tushka in southeast Oklahoma town late Thursday, killing two sisters in their 70s, Salvation Army Capt. Ric Swartz said.
    The tornado also injured at least 25 people as it ground through the town of 350 residents, said Gilbert Wilson, Atoka County’s emergency management director.
    He said witnesses reported seeing two tornadoes that merged to form a single twister. The National Weather Service confirmed a single tornado hit the area.

  • House prepares to vote on $6 trillion spending cut plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bold but politically risky plan to cut trillions of dollars from the federal budget steamed toward a party-line House vote Friday, as insurgent Republicans rallied behind the idea of fundamentally reshaping the government's role in health care for the elderly and the poor.

    The GOP plan, expected to be voted on Friday, promises more than $6 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade compared with the budget that President Barack Obama offered in February, relying on stiff cuts to domestic agency accounts, food stamps and the Medicaid health care program for the poor and disabled.

  • Major economies pledge support for regime changes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Countries with the largest economies are pledging financial support for new governments in the Mideast and North Africa, historic changes that a U.S. official compared to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Major nations stood ready with international lending institutions to aid Egypt and Tunisia, the U.S. and France said in joint statement Thursday.

    Treasury Undersecretary Lael Brainard, writing on Foreign Policy magazine's website, said the transformations could prove as successful in unlocking economic prosperity as the events in Germany after the wall fell in 1989.