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Today's News

  • Dow up 423 as Wall Street whipsaws again

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lurching higher in its week of whiplash, Wall Street recorded one of its biggest gains of all time Thursday after investors seized on a few signs that the economy might just be able to avoid a new recession.

    The Dow Jones industrial average soared 423 points. It had already fallen 634 points Monday, risen 429 Tuesday and fallen 519 Wednesday. Never before has the Dow had four 400-point swings in a row.

    The pieces of news that sent Wall Street rocketing higher were not exactly blockbusters: Cisco Systems said its profit was better than expected, the job market got a little better, and France tried to raise confidence in its shaken banking system.

  • Spokesman: Gov. Rick Perry running for president

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president, a spokesman confirmed Thursday, a move certain to shake up the race for the GOP nomination much to the delight of conservatives looking for a candidate to embrace.

    Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the governor would make his intentions known on Saturday while visiting South Carolina and New Hampshire just as most of his presidential rivals compete in a test vote in Iowa.

    Official word of Perry's entrance into the race came just hours before eight candidates, including GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, were to appear on stage during a nationally televised debate.

  • Summer Concert Series

    Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.

  • Community announcements 08-11-11

    Drivers needed
    Los Alamos Lions Club provides services to the community. One activity is the HELP program, which started 30 years ago. The program provides free transportation for medical treatment and appointments outside the county. Patients are transported to Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. There are 30 drivers, but more are always needed. If you would like to be a volunteer driver call Barbara Croley at 672-3618 or Lee Sullivan at 661-8037.

    SNR seeks volunteers

  • Self Help, Inc. sponsors Tools for Schools

      Those who walk into the Masonic Temple this week and glance around will find themselves surrounded by boxes piled on tables, while helpers unload and organize the contents.
    While it may seem like a daunting task, the volunteers are sorting through goods for the Tools for Schools fundraiser sponsored by Self Help, Inc., a non-profit organization in Los Alamos.
    The project is coordinated by Joyce Nickols, Paige Pardington and Patty Kokesh and is 100 percent staffed by volunteers. These volunteers were recruited from Los Alamos Unitarian Church, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Chapter of Kiwanis.

  • Be There 08-11-11

    Today
    Poetry gatherings will be at 6:30 p.m. in the small meeting room, main level, of the Mesa Public Library.

    Tsankawi Evening Walk, 6:30 p.m. Reservations required, call 672-3861 ext. 517. No charge.

    Saturday
    Geological and historical hike to Graduation Point with Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 9 a.m. Aug.13 at the Walkup Aquatic Center. Free and open to the public.

    Sunday

  • NMED warns about dangers of asbestos

    SANTA FE —  The New Mexico Environment Department is reminding New Mexico residents about the dangers of asbestos that can be found within our homes and buildings.
    According to the World Health Organization, 294 people die from asbestos-related diseases worldwide every day, including 28 Americans.  Although the use of asbestos has decreased, it is still present in buildings and homes.  Adults and children can easily come into contact with asbestos if they are around renovations, remodels, repairs, and demolition work.
    Asbestos may be found in any number of places:
    • Houses built between 1930 and 1980 likely contain asbestos as insulation as well as wallboard, textures, and many other materials.

  • Staff Day highlights accomplishments, goals

    Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Superintendent Gene Schmidt detailed the district’s accomplishments and initiatives at the Back to School Staff Day.
    Those included:
    An acknowledgement of community members and organizations that offer continuing support to the schools, including Representative James Hall and Council Chair Sharon Stover.
    A thank you to the Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments for protecting the community and school during the Las Conchas fire, and to the custodians who had to do a second yearly cleaning after the fire.

  • ‘Bambi’ pays a visit

    A fawn and her mom check things out at a residence in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.

  • Rotary school supply drive

    Lance Metcalf, son of Rotarians Melissa and Rob Metcalf, sports a new backpack, while Rotary President Thurman Talley and LAPS Supt. Gene Schmidt look on.  The school supplies shown are just a small portion of those being collected by the Rotary Club this month to support local students.