Today's News

  • Smartphones overtake desktops for holiday shopping

    NEW YORK (AP) — If the beginning of the holiday season is any indication, it could be a merry mobile Christmas for shoppers.

    For the first time, there's expected to be more people visiting retailers' web sites through their smartphones than on desktop computers or tablets during the first weekend of the holiday shopping season that begins on Thanksgiving Day.

    Mobile traffic during the five-day start to what is typically the busiest shopping period of the year is expected to reach 56.9 percent of total traffic, up from 48.5 percent last year, according to IBM Watson.

    And even though everyone who "window shops" on their phones isn't going to buy, mobile sales are jumping too. Mobile sales are expected to account for 36.1 percent of online sales, up from 27 percent last year, according to IBM Watson Trend.

    The bumps in traffic and sales come as retailers try to make the mobile shopping experience easier by improving their mobile apps and adding coupons and other deals. Shoppers also have gotten more comfortable browsing retailers' web sites as smartphone screen sizes have gotten bigger, making it easier for them to see photos of the items they want to buy. Digital wallets and apps that let shoppers store payment information are helping too.

  • Travelers take to the roads and the skies for Thanksgiving

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The big Thanksgiving getaway went into full swing Wednesday with drivers delighted by the lowest November gas prices in years and many airline passengers undaunted by terrorism fears and long lines at security checkpoints.

    At the White House, President Barack Obama said there is no "specific and credible" intelligence indicating a plot against the U.S. and assured anxious Americans: "While the threat of terrorism is a troubling reality of our age, we are both equipped to prevent attacks and we are resilient in the face of those who would try to do us harm."

    "And that's something we can all be thankful for," he added as one of the biggest travel periods of the year got under way.

    Nearly 47 million Americans are expected to take a car, plane, bus or train at least 50 miles from home over the long holiday weekend, according to AAA. That's the most travelers since 2007, a rise attributed to an improving economy and the cheapest gasoline for this time of year since 2008.

    Pat Flynt had the recent terror attacks in Africa and Paris on his mind as he waited to get through a checkpoint at the Atlanta airport for his flight to visit a sick uncle in Baltimore.

  • Today in history Nov. 25
  • Local groups deliver turkey dinners to LA families in need

    The Los Alamos Police Department, in partnership with Debbie Shelton of the Family Resource Advocate Group and Kathy Fulton with Smith’s Marketplace, prepared and delivered Thanksgiving turkey dinners to 14 local families.

    The partnership was coordinated by Cpl. Tim Lonz for the second straight year, who recognized the opportunity to help local families during a time of Thanksgiving, according to the LAPD press release.

  • School renovation OK’d

    The Los Alamos School Board recently approved moving forward with renovations for Barranca Elementary School – but there’s a catch. The actual vote was to allocate $50,000 of district funding toward an “education specifications study,” which means the findings could be universally applied to any school in the system that needs renovation or redesign.
    The board voted for Barranca Elementary School to be the next school to be renovated because state’s Public Schools Facility Authority listed it as the 17th worst school in the state as far as infrastructure and maintenance problems. On that same list, was Chamisa Elementary School and Piñon Elementary School, both in White Rock.
    The board also voted this way because it has its eye on a key source of funding  from the Public Schools Facility Authority. Since the school district has three schools that are a relatively high priority on the PSFA’s list, the school district stands a good chance of receiving matching construction funds by the PSFA for reconstruction.
    Under the formula, the school district stands to gain $7 million in construction funds from the PSFA, if the PSFA votes in favor of giving money to the Los Alamos Public District. That crucial vote won’t happen until March of next year.

  • List of stores open on Thanksgiving or Black Friday

    NEW YORK (AP) — After the turkey and stuffing comes the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. And even though most retailers are offering the same deals online, many still plan to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day or in the early morning hours of Black Friday. So if you prefer to pick up those discounted TVs, toys and other goods in person, here's a list of what time stores are open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday:

    Discount Stores:


    Thanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.


    Thanksgiving: Opens 7 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.


    Thanksgiving: Deals start at 6 p.m.


    Department Stores:


    Thanksgiving: Opens 3 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.


    Thanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.


    Thanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.


    Thanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and closes 2 a.m. Friday

    Black Friday: Opens 5 a.m.


    Electronic Stores:


    Thanksgiving: Opens 5 p.m. and closes 1 a.m. Friday

  • Today in history Nov. 24
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  • Local shop raises funds for young girl, family

    Boomerang Consignment and Resale in Los Alamos has declared that until Christmas Day, they will match all monetary donations, up to $500, to help 3-year-old Lorelei Hayward hopefully have a “Christmas Miracle.”

    Hayward was born with scoliosis of the spine, and has had nine specially made casts to help correct the curvature of her spine, which is crushing her lung and heart. She is being admitted for surgery on Dec. 2 to receive a new technology called “Magec Rods” that are surgically inserted alongside her spine to help keep it from curving.

    “Lorelei's mom needs our help to pay expenses and pay her insurance premium to keep the coverage so desperately needed,” said Anna Dillane, owner of Boomerang.

    Hayward’s mother will be out of work taking care of her daughter for at least a month. She will be hospitalized for up to 10 days after the surgery. She will then need multiple doctor visits for the next three weeks to check the rods, and then surgery every three to six months after that to move the rods as she grows.

  • Land purchase may facilitate development on southside

    The Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of 0.997 of an acre at 1907 Trinity Drive by a 6-0 vote. Chair Kristin Henderson was not in attendance.
    Councilor Steve Girrens asked that the item be pulled from the consent agenda so council could hear staff’s reasons for recommending the purchase.
    The staff report notes that redeveloping the area south of Trinity is a major component of the county’s economic development goals. County Administrator Harry Burgess charged Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher with identifying strategic parcels for acquisition by the county to maximize economic development in that area.
    The purchase will allow the county to develop an access road to 3.2 acres already owned by the county, which includes the Smart House.
    Fisher’s models show that with the road infrastructure, the county property could support 40,000-80,000 square feet of new commercial development ($8 million to $16 million in new capital investment) and from 60-120 jobs.
    The purchase of right-of-way from Centurylink would enable the county to pursue a four-way stoplight at 20th and Trinity as a means to enhance pedestrian safety and improve access to both the county property and the Los Alamos Public Schools administrative offices.