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Today's News

  • Assets in Action: Be alert, be aware

    The Assets program oversees the local coordination of a program called Change of Heart.
    The seven-hour curriculum is about improving school climate. It focuses on more than bullying — like the foundational relationships and life experiences that mold youth throughout their school years.
    After what happened in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, I feel I would be remiss not to address it, at least on a local level.
    I’m actually quite impressed that we haven’t seen everyone that has ever known the shooter coming forward to have their say and get their 15-minutes of fame.
    Their police department isn’t leaking out every detail of what is going on post-event. They are releasing what needs to be known and that’s it.

  • Employers risk penalties

    Under competitive pressures, some employers are tempted to label workers “independent contractors” rather than employees so they can avoid paying benefits, matching Social Security and Medicare taxes, paying federal and state unemployment taxes and following employment laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act.
    This practice of misclassification has created substantial problems for affected employees and for the United States Treasury, the Social Security and Medicare funds, and state unemployment and workers’ compensation funds.

  • Quick Start program introduces tennis

    When Tanner Stewart grabbed around a child-sized tennis racket, he began to smile.
    “The big rackets are really heavy,” said Stewart, who is in the 4-7 age group session of the Quick Start Tennis Program. “I like swinging the smaller rackets, I can hit the ball and it’s more fun.”
    Stewart was among the 16 children in the 4-7 division who participated in the most recent session of Los Alamos County tennis program at the Canyon Tennis Courts.
    Along with that group is an 8-11 year old session which included 14 participants.
    That session started July 9 and concluded Thursday. The next session is set for July 30-Aug. 9.

  • Topes Notes 07-24-12

    Isotopes win six of eight at home

  • Penn State hit hard

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Many in this leafy, vibrant college town nicknamed “Happy Valley” worry the temporary evisceration of Penn State’s football program might inflict similar damage on a community that, for years, thrived as fans flocked to home games at the massive football stadium and a far-flung alumni base stayed connected by loyalty — and by checkbook.
    Some business operators saw the same silver lining that many survivors do after a near-death accident: They had feared a complete shutdown of Penn State’s football program by the NCAA.
    Yet they also know Penn State, and the hotels, eateries and apparel shops that cluster around campus, face rough times ahead.

  • Today in History for July 24th
  • Sally Ride, First US Woman in Space, Dies at 61
  • Flash Flood Warning until 5:15 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 515 PM MDT

    * AT 308 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A THUNDERSTORM 10 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS. THE STORM PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN WAS NEARLY STATIONARY.

  • Mariah Carey joins 'American Idol' as new judge--Video Extra


    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Mariah Carey will join "American Idol" as a judge next season, Fox announced Monday, bringing her star power to the show that remains a ratings leader but has seen its viewership and pop culture status diminish.

    "I am so excited to be joining 'Idol,'" said Carey, addressing the Television Critics Association via Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly's cell phone, which he put on speaker for the hotel ballroom meeting.

  • Sandoval County fire chief dies in crash

    BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — The fire chief in Sandoval County has been killed in a crash on Interstate 25 near Bernalillo.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Jon Tibbetts died Monday morning after his vehicle struck a barrier in the center of the interstate, and it flipped into the southbound lane.

    According to KOB-TV, the 59-year-old Tibbetts had been on duty and driving his county-issued vehicle at the time.