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Today's News

  • Perry raises over $17 million since mid-August

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry raised more than $17 million in his first seven weeks running for president, his campaign announced Wednesday, an impressive total that helps cement his status as the top alternative to Mitt Romney and counter the perception that his campaign his struggling.

    Perry has raised more than $17 million since August 13, and has $15 million in cash on hand.

    Perry immediately rose to the top of national polls after he announced his run, but his debate performances have been shaky and he's dropped back in recent surveys. His money haul shows his struggles aren't yet affecting his fundraising — though that won't become clear until the full fundraising reports are filed on Oct. 15.

  • Council taps Carlsbad exec as new county administrator

    The Los Alamos County Council voted last night to appoint Harry Burgess as the new county administrator, effective November 6. Burgess is currently the city administrator in the City of Carlsbad, and was selected after an extensive public input process this summer, followed by interviews two weeks ago with the four candidates for the top executive position at the county. The search for a new county administrator had been underway since February when the council hired Prothman Company, a national executive recruitment firm, to assist in the hiring process. 

  • Stocks edge higher as service sector grows

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher in early trading Wednesday after a trade group reported that the service sector grew in September. Private company hiring also increased.

    The Institute of Supply Management said its gauge of the U.S. service sector, which employs 90 percent of the work force, continued to grow slowly in September as well. The index measures the strength of health care, banking, real estate, and other businesses outside of manufacturing.

    Payroll processor ADP said private companies added 91,000 jobs last month. That was a slight gain from August. ADP's figures do not always predict what the government's broad employment report, which will be released Friday, but they can often influence traders' expectations.

  • Israeli wins chemistry Nobel for quasicrystals--video extra

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for a discovery that faced skepticism and mockery, even prompting his expulsion from his research team, before it won widespread acceptance as a fundamental breakthrough.

    While doing research in the U.S. in 1982, Shechtman discovered a new chemical structure — quasicrystals — that researchers previously thought was impossible.

    He was studying a mix of aluminum and manganese in an electron microscope when he found the atoms were arranged in a pattern — similar to one in some traditional Islamic mosaics — that never repeated itself and appeared contrary to the laws of nature.

  • Poll: 1 in 3 vets sees Iraq, Afghan wars as wastes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One in three U.S. veterans of the post-9/11 military believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, and a majority think that after 10 years of combat America should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on its own problems, according to an opinion survey released Wednesday.

    The findings highlight a dilemma for the Obama administration and Congress as they struggle to shrink the government's huge budget deficits and reconsider defense priorities while trying to keep public support for remaining involved in Iraq and Afghanistan for the longer term.

  • Israeli wins chemistry Nobel for quasicrystals--video extra

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for a discovery that faced skepticism and mockery, even prompting his expulsion from his research team, before it won widespread acceptance as a fundamental breakthrough.

    While doing research in the U.S. in 1982, Shechtman discovered a new chemical structure — quasicrystals — that researchers previously thought was impossible.

    He was studying a mix of aluminum and manganese in an electron microscope when he found the atoms were arranged in a pattern — similar to one in some traditional Islamic mosaics — that never repeated itself and appeared contrary to the laws of nature.

  • 'Topper Spirit

    Members of the junior class throw candy to the crowd from their float during Friday’s Homecoming parade on Central Avenue.

  • Be There 10-04-11

    Wednesday
    Los Alamos Arts Council presents a Brown Bag performance featuring Keith Snell, pianist, at noon at Fuller Lodge.

    The Mesa Public Library presents GeekOut Game night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bing your own games, or play the library’s games.

    The Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library. Mesa Michael Richie will provide a geological overview of the New Mexico Badlands.

    Thursday
     The Valles Caldera fall highway cleanup will be at 5 p.m. Meet at the entrance of Ponderosa Campground and carpool to the Valles Caldera. Bring work gloves, bags will be supplied. For more information, call David Gemeinhart at 662-6267.

  • ‘Pod people’ invade Mesa Public Library

    In these days of iPods and podcasts, “pod person” has taken on an entirely new connotation. But in the old days, it was quite an insult. It implied you were emotionless, empty, heartless and flat — in short, not human, just like the aliens who replicated themselves as near-exact copies of human beings in the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”
    For those who crave the creepy, Mesa Public Library will kick off the autumnal edition of its Free Film Series this week with a screening of the 1950s sci-fi classic.

  • Hehlen enters pageant competition

      Alexandra Hehlen of Los Alamos, and a Teen Pulse staff member, was recently selected to participate in the 2011 Miss Jr. Teen Albuquerque pageant competition Oct. 30. Hehlen learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced its selections at the end of September. Hehlen submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Albuquerque pageant coordinator.