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Today's News

  • Tennis: Toppers are the favorites heading into tourney

    Usually the question for the Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams heading into the district championships is not whether they will win, but how much will they win by.
    Unfortunately for the rest of the teams in District 2-4A, 2011 isn’t shaping up to be an exception to that rule.
    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls tennis teams will go in as the heavy favorites to continue their domination of District 2-4A Friday. The district tournament starts Friday and continues through Saturday in Santa Fe.
    At the district tournament, the district’s team entries into state as well as the individual entries into the singles and doubles draws will be determined.

  • LANL, community groups reach water settlement

    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced it has reached a settlement with nine community groups and individuals that will result in the dismissal of a 2008 environmental lawsuit on Thursday.

    The suit, filed by the Western Environmental Law Center in Taos, alleged that LANL violated its EPA Clean Water Act permit, and allowed stormwater bearing contaminants from more than 100 legacy (Cold War era) environmental sites to run off at levels above standards —charges LANL denies.

    Under the terms of the settlement, WELC agreed to drop the lawsuit in exchange for access to inspect certain sites, funding for technical consulting and a portion of legal fees.

  • LAPS aces state audit

    Auditors from the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) have poured through 10,000 files from 34 school districts during the last 10 days, as part of an unprecedented audit to ensure accurate reporting in enrollment.

    Los Alamos and seven other school districts were cleared of all issues regarding special education, special education services and expenses for teacher training and experience, based on a review of records and additional accountability measures established by the department’s auditing team.

  • Israel rejects Palestinian government with Hamas

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's foreign minister warned on Thursday that Israel will not negotiate with a new Palestinian unity government that includes the Hamas militant group.

    Avigdor Lieberman spoke a day after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached a unity deal in Cairo to end their five year long dispute.

    For the Palestinians, the Egyptian-brokered deal revived hopes of ending their bitter infighting that weakened them politically and caused the deaths of hundreds in violent clashes and crackdowns.

    The Palestinians say the move is a step toward independence, ahead of their intention of getting the United Nations to recognize Palestinian statehood in September.

  • Economy slowed by high gas prices, bad weather

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as high gas prices cut into consumer spending, bad weather delayed construction projects and the federal government slashed defense spending by the most in six years.

    The Commerce Department said Thursday that the economy grew at a 1.8 percent annual rate in the January-March quarter. That was weaker than the 3.1 percent growth rate for the October-December quarter. And it was the worst showing since last spring when the European debt crisis slowed growth to a 1.7 percent pace.

  • Bernanke sees risks in further steps to spur jobs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that the Fed can't take additional steps to try to ease high unemployment without escalating inflation.

    If inflation were to accelerate, the Fed would have to raise rates to slow borrowing and spending and blunt price increases. Hiring might then slow.

    Speaking to reporters, Bernanke became the first chairman in the Fed's 98-year history to begin holding regular news conferences. The session, the first of three scheduled news conferences this year, is part of Bernanke's long-standing campaign to make the Fed more transparent and to cast himself as open and accessible.

  • Local leaders mingle with governor--video extra

    Community leaders turned out in force to discuss issues close to their hearts with Gov. Susana Martinez during a 90-minute gathering Wednesday afternoon at Los Alamos National Bank.

    The governor tackled questions pertaining to education, taxes, pay to play corruption, drugs, New Mexico's First Born Program, economic development, film industry incentives, immigrant drivers licenses and more.

    Seizing the opportunity to discuss local education issues with the governor, Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt, Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean and Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe attended the event and expressed their concerns.

  • In tornado zone, hopes fade in survivor search--see videos

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A yellow mutt named Chance sniffs through the splintered limbs of a toppled tree and sits down near a piece of carpet that came from someone's home. It's his way of telling handler Tracy Sargent that human remains are nearby.

    Such scenes are common as hope fades for finding survivors a week after tornadoes ravaged the South, killing 329 people in seven states and leaving an uncertain number missing or unaccounted for when entire communities were ripped from their foundations and thrown across hollows and hills. In Tuscaloosa alone, officials say, more than two dozen dog teams are searching a massive debris field that stretches for miles, and still more could arrive.

  • Los Alamos Little Theater takes on 'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress'

    Mr. and Mrs. Marlowe and Mr. and Mrs. McClure announce the engagement of their children, Tracy Marlowe and Scott McClure.
    The couple requests the attendance of Los Alamos residents, who will watch the celebration of their marriage and “behind the scenes” events at the reception unfold on stage.
    Los Alamos Little Theatre will take attendees to Knoxville, Tenn., in their production of “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.” Alan Ball, Academy Award Winner for “American Beauty” and creator and writer for “Six Feet Under” wrote this play.
    Tracy and Scott have begun their wedding plans. They will have a large wedding, complete with a catered reception that will be hosted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. McClure.

  • Guitars at the Lodge presents Mickey Jones

    From classical to folk to contemporary, some of the region’s finest guitarists grace Fuller Lodge, in the Art Council’s Guitars at the Lodge performance series.
    Doors open at 7 p.m. Thursday, with open table seating and complimentary beverages and cookies. The music starts at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door; $10 for Arts Council members.
    Mickey Jones, a member of the New Mexico Guitar Duo and the Rio Grande Guitar Quartet, will perform solo for the Los Alamos audience.
    In 1998, upon receiving his master’s degree in music, Jones was named to the Albuquerque Academy Performing Arts faculty and began a teaching career in which
    he and his students have since garnered national and international accolades for their