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Today's News

  • Christopher Hitchens, militant pundit, dies at 62

    Cancer weakened, but did not soften Christopher Hitchens. He did not repent or forgive or ask for pity. As if granted diplomatic immunity, his mind's eye looked plainly upon the attack and counterattack of disease and treatments that robbed him of his hair, his stamina, his speaking voice and eventually his life.

    "I love the imagery of struggle," he wrote about his illness in an August 2010 essay in Vanity Fair. "I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient."

  • VIDEO: Dip in Euro Makes Travel Cheaper... or Not

    With the Euro hovering at an 11-month low, tourists on both sides of the Atlantic are watching their buying power fluctuate.

  • New Mexico state salaries now public record

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced that her administration has completed an overhaul of the New Mexico Sunshine Portal, which now displays the names, titles, and salary rates of all state employees, regardless of their classification.
    In the past, the Sunshine Portal has only listed information for exempt employees. The portal now includes information for classified employees, who work under the rules and guidelines of the state’s civil service system.
    In October, Gov. Martinez announced that she had directed the Department of Information Technology to make employee information for all state workers available through the Sunshine Portal.

  • Black rep assailed for calling gov ‘a Mexican’

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic state representative is under fire for calling New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez a "Mexican" during a heated exchange with a GOP lawmaker in the capitol.

    Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton made the comment Wednesday during a committee meeting break as she accused Rep. Nora Espinoza of "carrying the Mexican's water on the fourth floor" — a reference to Martinez.

    Stapleton later apologized and said she didn't mean to offend anyone. Espinoza said she was offended by the remark as a Hispanic woman, and Martinez called the comments "sad and disappointing."

  • Clearing snow costs the state big bucks

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Clearing snow off state highways has cost the New Mexico treasury about $850,000 so far.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation has spent about 11 percent of the $7.5 million budgeted for winter road maintenance in order to keep highways safe.

    The money pays for the salt and cinders, plow-truck operations and repairs as well as staff overtime.

    KRQE-TV reports the crew that works in and around Santa Fe says they’re seeing the brunt of the action.

    They’ve needed to spend almost double what they spent at this time last year clearing roads.

    If bad weather continues, the highway maintenance supervisor says they may have to dip into a year around fund designated for road upkeep.

  • Update 12-15-11

    Nature Center

    A public meeting is scheduled for tonight to review conceptual designs for the Nature Center, Council Chambers of Community Building.  Refreshments will be at 5:30 p.m. and the architects’ presentation will be at 6 p.m.

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Family Film Series

    The White Rock Family Film Series will present a free showing of “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation” at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Public Library.

  • Los Alamos tops pay scale study

    Los Alamos County continues to compile records as one of the wealthiest places in the state and the country.

    The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released a study that said the total compensation in Los Alamos County is the highest in the Southwestern United States.

    Los Alamos County, with the help of the lab, ranked first among 379 counties in the region with a total average annual compensation of $86,465.

    Foard County, Texas had the lowest average compensation at $29,117.

    Total compensation is the sum of wage and salary disbursements, and wage and salary supplements.

  • LAPS board hosts strategic retreat

    The Los Alamos School Board hosted a strategic planning retreat on Saturday.

    A variety of individuals attended the four-hour retreat, to include those from businesses, Los Alamos National Laboratory, parents and school staff.

    School Board President Melanie McKinley asked those attending to help map a path to make the school system even better. Specifically, she asked if those in attendance thought the efforts of the school were aligned with their identity. “Who are we?” she asked. “What do we want to become?” and “What do we want others to say about our school system?” McKinley asked.

  • Youth absent for Teen Center meeting

    Low turnout for Wednesday night’s public meeting on the proposed teen center may have been the result of bad timing. Fewer than 10 people were present, with no teens.

    Teen Center Program Director Michelangelo Lobato believes there were two factors working against teen turnout: the start of finals on Friday and a strong turnout for youth day at Leadership Los Alamos last week.

    “With teens, you can get them to about one meeting a month. I may have worked too hard to get them to the leadership meeting,” Lobato said.

  • LANL holiday drive a hit

    More than 1,100 children and seniors will have more gifts under their tree this year because of a holiday gift drive at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The lab’s annual holiday drive came to a close Wednesday with 1,130 gifts, including 35 bicycles of all colors and sizes being delivered to agencies partnering with LANL.

    “More than 1,000 children and seniors from around Northern New Mexico will have a brighter holiday because LANL employees enthusiastically participated in the holiday gift tag program,” said Tim Martinez of LANL’s Community Programs Office. “I’m so proud to be part of such a worthwhile program.”