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Today's News

  • LANL hosts U.S., South Korean deterrence exercise

    A joint exercise gets underway Thursday at Los Alamos National Laboratory which will look at various response scenarios to ongoing nuclear threats from North Korea.

    U.S. and South Korean defense and diplomatic experts will conduct a tabletop exercise examining nuclear deterrence on the Korean Peninsula, a Pentagon official told reporters Wednesday.

    LANL is playing host to 40 U.S. and South Korean officials for the extended exercise, which will look at deterrence methods in response to a nuclear threat scenario, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

    Lab officials were unavailable for comment on how long the joint exercises will be taking place or who the representatives are from each participating country.

    This is the second exercise of its type. The first was at U.S. Strategic Command in 2011. It is conducted under the auspices of a bilateral committee formed in late 2010 to discuss alliance response in the event of a nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula, Little said.

    Exercise participants will look at concepts, crisis decision-making and the requirements of employing extended deterrence assets in response to a nuclear threat scenario, he said.

  • Hunters Find Bodies Thought to Be 2 Iowa Cousins

    Hunters discovered two bodies believed to be the young cousins who vanished last July while riding their bikes in Evansdale Iowa, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Today in History for December 6th
  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Thursday:

    1. 'FISCAL CLIFF' FIXES THAT AMERICANS FAVOR

    People want to raise taxes on the rich — but show little appetite for cuts to Social Security and Medicare, an AP poll shows.

    2. IN EGYPT, BOTH SIDES DIG IN FOR A LONG STRUGGLE

    Opposition vows more protests unless the constitution drafted by Morsi's Islamist allies is rescinded.

    3. WHO MIGHT BE WILLING TO TAKE ASSAD IF HE FLEES

    The White House says several nations in the Middle East and elsewhere have offered asylum.

    4. WASHINGTON STATE TOKERS GET SET FOR A 'PUFF-IN'

    Just as marijuana is legalized, smokers plan to break the law by smoking pot in public.

  • Trainer: 'Dogs Can Drive Cars,' Too

    Three dogs in New Zealand have been taught to drive a car. After weeks of indoor training in how to change gear, brake and steer, the canines have finally been allowed behind the wheel of a real car - with a little help from their handlers.

  • Thank You 12-05-12

    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos wishes to thank all those who helped to make last Saturday’s Breakfast with Santa successful. Our thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union for their continued support of our event.
    We are also appreciative of the many attendees who came to see Santa and to donate food to LA Cares and money for the Foster Children program at Christmas. Thank you for reminding us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Los Alamos.

    Ann Hayes
    Breakfast Chairperson

  • 'A Separation' screens Thursday

    The Iranian film “A Separation” (2011) is one of the best films I’ve seen in awhile.
    It purports to be about putting a child through divorce and the difficulties of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease.
    I suppose it is. But it begins and ends in an Iranian courthouse and for me, the focus really became how people tell their sides and the fact that there is no truth, or at least no single truth.
    Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Payman Maadi) certainly have what, in America, we call “irreconcilable differences.”
    Viewers find out in the first minutes of the movie that Simin wants to move with their daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) to the United States.
    Simin has a visa that will soon expire and doesn’t want to miss what she considers a massive opportunity to improve their daughter’s life. Nader refuses to go, because he needs to take care of his dementia-suffering father, who lives with the family.
    This is not the only legal battle fought, or the only separation discussed, in the Oscar-award-winning film (it won for Best Foreign Language Film).
    The other is, in some ways, even more compelling — certainly rich with suspense and, because it involves even more people, it involves even more versions of nuanced truth.

  • Books for the holidays

    Scholastic books are for sale at The Family YMCA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, through Thursday. The public is welcome to come to the Y and shop. A variety of picture books to young adult novels are available. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.

  • Be There 12-05-12

    Today
    A joint presentation by the Sierra Club and League of Women Voters will be at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library. Jack Richardson, project manager of the San Juan/Chama Utilization Project will address the county’s plans to divert the water from the San Juan/Chama for use in Los Alamos.
    Thursday
    The December meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be a potluck dinner 6:30 p.m. at the home of Denise George, 411 Cheryl Ave. 672-9688

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “A Separation” at 6:30 p.m.
    Friday
    Los Alamos Chapter 63, Order of Eastern Star, is selling fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. Contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797 or goldienm@comcast.net; Nina Laird, 662-7580; or Betty Robertson, 662-5185, for more information.

  • Credit union kicks in for Kiwanis

    Ann Hayes of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos accepts a large monetary donation from Del Norte Credit Union board member Roger Stutz to support the Breakfast with Santa. The event raises money for the Kiwanis Foster Kids Dinner and all food donated is distributed to LA Cares.