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  • Two county parks could be in for a makeover

    Two county parks could be in for a makeover soon.  

    The playground near the North Mesa tennis courts and Brewer arena is in line for some improvements, and the northeast corner of Community Park could become the home of a new playground.

    But before any work gets underway, the Parks Division wants to hear from the public.

    A public meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the playground located near North Mesa tennis courts and Brewer Arena. Additionally, there will be a meeting at 6 p.m. May 4 at the northeast corner of Community Park, which is located north of Central Park Square and adjacent to Peach and Nectar Streets.

  • School board OKs audit firm

    A quick 15 minute meeting was all it took for school board members to approve a new contract for its existing audit firm.

    During the special noon meeting at the district’s central office Tuesday, Los Alamos School Board Vice President Kevin Honnell and board members Thelma Hahn, Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and David Foster unanimously approved Griego Professional Services LLC, which just completed a three-year auditing contract with the district. Board President Melanie McKinley was absent.

    Griego bid $135,000 for the new three-year contract that begins in July. Two other firms submitted bids including Accounting and Consulting Group LLP at $148,410 and Precision Accounting & Tax Service LLC at $152,000. All three firms are headquartered in Albuquerque.

  • Practical Money Matters: For Mother’s Day, help Mom get organized

    Mother’s Day is May 8. In addition to traditional gifts like candy and flowers, consider spending a few hours helping your mom organize her financial, legal and medical records so she – and you – know where she stands.
    Being prepared will make it much easier to take appropriate actions should an issue ever arise.
    Here are a few key areas to sort out:
    Gather documents that address retirement income sources so your mom will know better how much income will be available throughout retirement:
    • If she’s still working, your mom should already receive an annual statement from Social Security showing estimated benefits at varying retirement ages.

  • Teens raise money for movie project

    Samantha Filer, 14 (left), and cast members in her film, “The Sword of Arundel” recently held a fundraiser in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. They worked to raise $1,700 for Filer Films, her production company, to film “The Sword of Arundel.” An account at the bank is open to finance the film, which, among other places, will be filmed in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • Stocks waver as investors await Fed speech

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks wavered between modest gains and losses Wednesday ahead of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's latest assessment on the health of the U.S. economy.

    Bernanke is expected to discuss the job market, inflation and the prospects for economic growth in a news conference following the conclusion of the Fed's two-day policymaking meeting. Investors want to know when the Fed will begin raising interest rates. They also expect the Fed to confirm that its $600 billion bond-buying program will end as scheduled in June.

  • Tanks, reinforcements sent to besieged Syrian city

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian army sent more tanks and reinforcements into Daraa on Wednesday as part of a widening crackdown against opponents of President Bashar Assad's authoritarian regime, and gunfire and sporadic explosions were heard in the tense southern city.

    In addition to the unrest in Daraa — where the uprising began more than five weeks ago — security forces conducted sweeping arrests and raids elsewhere in the country, residents said. Witnesses and human rights activists also said the army deployed tanks around the Damascus suburb of Douma and the coastal city of Banias, the site of large demonstrations recently.

  • 7 dead as storms pound South for 2nd straight day--video extra

    EDOM, Texas (AP) — Violent weather ripped through the South for a second straight night, killing at least seven people from Arkansas to Alabama, damaging homes in a rural Texas community and spreading destruction into Georgia and Tennessee.

    The latest round of severe weather Tuesday night and early Wednesday came after a series of powerful storms killed 10 people in Arkansas and one in Mississippi.

    A police officer on a camping trip was killed while shielding his daughter when the storm ripped through a state park in northern Mississippi. The victim, from Covington, La., was not immediately identified.

  • Obama releases birth form, decries 'silliness'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to critics' relentless claims, President Barack Obama on Wednesday produced a detailed Hawaii birth certificate in an extraordinary attempt to bury the issue of where he was born and confirm his legitimacy to hold office. He declared, "We do not have time for this kind of silliness."

    By going on national TV from the White House, Obama portrayed himself as a voice of reason amid a loud, lingering debate on his birth status. Though his personal attention to the issue elevated it as never before, Obama said to Republican detractors and the media, it is time to move on to bigger issues.

  • White House releases Obama birth certificate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House released the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate Wednesday in response to questions about whether he was really born in the U.S.

    The certificate says Obama was born in Hawaii, which makes him eligible to hold the office of president. Obama released a standard short form before he was elected in 2008, but requested copies of his original birth certificate from Hawaii officials this week in hopes of quieting the lingering controversy.

  • Officials say New Mexico fire burned 71,000 acres

    CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An eastern New Mexico fire chief said Tuesday that a mid-April grass fire burned about 71,000 acres — more than four times the original estimate.

    Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said he drove the fire line last week and found it covered 25 miles and was more than four miles wide in most areas.

    The Clovis News Journal reported Jacobs was incident commander for the fire, which broke out April 17 and burned in Curry and Roosevelt counties.

    Officials said the blaze started near Melrose when sparks set grass on fire after a tire blew out on a vehicle. The fire burned three houses and a barn and killed or injured about 100 head of cattle.