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Today's News

  • Cause of fire still unknown -- updated

    Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes was near the parking lot of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church when he looked into the distance.

    “That’s not good,” he said.

    Hughes was looking into the distance at the Jemez Mountains and the gathering storm clouds had generated two big bolts of lightning that went straight to the ground. But Hughes did not seem all that worried.

  • County eases fire restrictions

    Los Alamos County Fire Department has eased the fire restrictions as of noon Friday and will switch back to Stage 1.

    According to a release from the county, the relaxation of fire restrictions is based upon local weather improvement.

    •  Recent regular rainfall

    • The local (seven) day forecast that reflects the apparent onset of the monsoon season

    • Rising humidity values in the weather

    • Fuel condition improvements, including:

    • Reduction in Fire Danger Level, from Extreme to High

    • Reduction in Ignition Potential, from 100 percent to 70 percent

    • Increase in the Dead Fuel Moistures to double-digit levels.

  • US employers add 80,000 jobs as economy struggles--Video Extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is still struggling three years after the recession ended.

    The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said in its report Friday.

    The economy added an average of just 75,000 jobs a month in the April-June quarter. That's one-third of the 226,000 a month created in the first quarter. Through the first six months of the year, job creation is also trailing last year's pace.

  • Arrest in College Student Disappearance
  • Today in History for July 6th
  • Meet the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team
  • Head banger lands in hoosegow

    A White Rock man – who was arrested Thursday morning for aggravated assault and battery - was transported to the hospital after he became combative in the police car that was taking him to jail.

    Los Alamos Police Officer David Boe said Andrew Ortega, 42, began bashing his head against the cage in the police car during transport. He said the transporting officer, Jordan Redmond, drove Ortega to Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

  • Officials: Colo. Wildfire Nearly Contained
  • What the primary election tells us

    An old saying reminds us that it’s generally a bad idea to preach sermons on attendance.
    Since you are reading this column, you are – obviously – a reader of your local newspaper, which means you stay informed about your community. You probably voted in the recent primary election. Good for you!
    So it’s not necessary to explain to you why voting in primaries is important. I just wonder about some of your neighbors.

  • People who move gain money

    Toward the end of “Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy gets a mantra, “There’s no place like home.” Repeating the mantra helps her get home. Dorothy had taken the action required to know, “There’s no place like home.” She left.
    Those who never leave have no basis for comparing home to anywhere else.
    For high school graduates considering college, my advice continues to be: if you have the money, get out of town. Even better, get out of state.
    The reason is simple: Young people need to know about somewhere other than where they grew up. They need the experience. That experience will teach them why they want to live in New Mexico, or why they don’t.