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Today's News

  • Storm's human, financial toll rises in Raleigh, NC

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The tornado that carved through North Carolina's capital killed four children, shuttered a university for the rest of the spring semester and felled the signature trees in the metropolis known as the "City of Oaks."

    It was the most active system of tornadoes on record in the state's history, leading to 23 deaths. In Raleigh, one of the nation's fastest-growing cities, the death toll and property damages underscored the massive costs that can be inflicted when a tornado makes a rare venture into areas of dense population.

    In all, the storm killed 45 people in six states, but North Carolina was by far the hardest-hit.

  • McDonald's hiring day draws crowds, high hopes--video extra

    McDonald's Corp. went on the offense Tuesday against critics who complain that it's a lousy place to work.

    The world's largest hamburger chain held its first National Hiring Day and was awarded with a strong response from job seekers. Thousands showed up at restaurants nationwide to apply for jobs mixing shakes and serving Happy Meals. The company planned to hire 50,000 new workers in one day, boosting its staff by about 7 percent.

    McDonald's painted the event as a boon for an economy where more than 13 million Americans are looking for work. But the real purpose, industry experts said, is that McDonald's needs to portray itself as a decent employer.

  • D. Ray Smith to speak about Oak Ridge

    D. Ray Smith, historian at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., shares stories from the earliest white settlement in the land of the Cherokee to the removal of 3,000 farmers to make way for the most significant military and industrial achievement in history, to modern day applications of the technological advances of the nuclear era.  As he spins legends and tales, Smith shares historic photographs from Manhattan Project photographer Ed Westcott, as well as humorous interludes to look at the lighter side of history.

  • Correction 04-19-11


    In the story titled, “Coro de Camara enchants audiences,” in Sunday’s Spectrum, the venue for the April 30 performance was erroneously listed as Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s Kelly Hall. The concert will be at 7 p.m. April 30 at the United Church.

  • Be There 04-19-11

    Today
    “Fire Up” for Scouting will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at Fire Station #3 in White Rock and from 6:30-8 p.m. April 21 at Fire Station #4 on Diamond Drive in Los Alamos. All boys interested in being a Boy Scout and completing grades K-4 are invited to register.
    Wednesday
    Chamisa Elementary will host a series of events during TV Turn Off Week, which runs through April 22. The week includes a Recycle Fashion Show at 6 p.m. today and a Family Science Night at 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call 663-2470.
    Thursday

  • Talking about Cascade Glacier School

    Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers and their own Dave Dogruel Wednesday, as he describes his experiences in the Cascade Glacier School and his subsequent climb of Mt. Rainier.
    The meeting will begin with dessert and social time at 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion of trips past and future. The presentation will begin at approximately 8 p.m.
    The Cascade Glacier School is offered at no charge every year by SummitClimb.com to bring people together to learn, practice and enjoy glacier and snow travel techniques and attempt a climb of one of the classic Cascade volcanoes.
    It is also an introduction to the treks and climbs led by Himalayan expedition leader Dan Mazur and his staff.

  • Chain of kindness

    Assets In Action and the Service Learning class taught by Stephanie Krantz spent last week assembling Chains of Kindness, kicked off in the beginning of the year with Rachel’s Challenge. Students have listed good deeds done by others, which will be formed into one great chain in May. Assets In Action is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

  • Police Beat 04-19-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.   
    April 6

    11:25 a.m. – William Lopez, 40, of Los Alamos was charged on Myrtle Street with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with an expired registration and issued a citation to appear in court after police received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area.

  • Update 04-19-11

    DPU meeting
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU conference room. 

    Dem Party meeting
    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will host its monthly meeting from 7-30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library meeting room 3.

    GOP meeting
    The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel.

    ESB meeting
    The Environmental Sustainability Board will host a meeting at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Eco Station Administration Building.

  • Local CEO receives Patriot Award

    Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) presented Bill Enloe of Los Alamos National Bank with its highest honor – the Patriot Award.
    Enloe was recognized during a special ceremony Monday for the support he affords his employees who are called to serve on military tours.
    LANB employee John Brunett is a captain in the National Guard. He nominated Enloe for the award, officially called the “Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Employer Award.”
    “Bill is a great guy and has treated me very well in regards to my involvement with the Guard … he certainly deserves this award,” said Brunett who left recently for a five-month stint in Kosovo.