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Today's News

  • Series of cooking classes offered

    For people with diabetes, selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a challenge.  
    The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program will offer a series of free cooking classes for people with diabetes and their family members or caretakers.
    Kitchen Creations classes are from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road.

  • She's no packaged politician

    Heather Wilson knows her stuff. One would expect that, you might think, given that she represented Albuquerque in the House of Representatives for 10 years.
    Wilson, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate to replace retiring Jeff Bingaman, speaks in depth and detail about the challenges facing the United States.
    The point here is that Wilson is not an all-surface packaged bundle of talking points. Far from it. Further, I don’t see how she can be any more bona fide as a conservative.
    Wilson speaks with passion fueled in part by experiences during the two-plus years after her time in congress ended in 2008 and announcing her Senate candidacy in March of this year.
    I spoke to Wilson in mid-October at her Spartan campaign office in Albuquerque.

  • Protests for jobs fall on deaf Republican ears

    It was hardly surprising but nonetheless disconcerting when Senate Republicans shot down President Obama’s jobs legislation last week, refusing even to let it be debated on the Senate Floor.
    New Mexico’s junior U.S. senator, Democrat Tom Udall, was plainly frustrated. “Last night,” he said, “we again saw Republican opposition and abuse of senate rules to thwart important legislation to help struggling American families and small businesses.”
    When they’re not willfully damaging the economy by threatening to put the nation in default, they’re blocking measures to improve it with job creation measures.
    Impeding economic recovery has become an ill-disguised GOP goal, it would seem.

  • NBA talks resume today

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBA owners and players are meeting for a second straight day, shortly after finishing a 16-hour marathon with a federal mediator.
    The sides resumed talks about 10 a.m. Wednesday, about eight hours after they broke for the night.
    No bargaining had been expected Wednesday or Thursday, since the owners have board meetings schedules. But instead their labor relations committee came back for further discussions with the players’ association executive committee.
    Neither side commented on Tuesday’s talks at the request of mediator George Cohen.

  • Hilltoppers roll over Jaguars 10-0 on Tuesday

    SANTA FE — Amy Neal scored four goals, including the contest-icer Tuesday as the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team thumped the Capital Jaguars in its District 2-4A season finale.
    Los Alamos needed just 60 minutes to knock off Capital Tuesday night at Jaguar Field. With the game-closing 10th goal relatively slow in coming, Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek sent in Neal, his top finisher, to put the contest away. Neal’s short-range goal, off an assist from Naomi Movshovich, put the contest away.
    With the 10-0 victory, the Hilltoppers officially closed out their fifth straight district season unbeaten and unscored upon.

  • Jaguars take over first place in district

    SANTA FE — With one play, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team lost its grip on District 2-4A and may now be at the mercy of the seeding and selection committee to see where it will land in the upcoming playoff tournament.

    Worse still, Los Alamos’ leading scorer was injured on that play and his return this season is up in the air.

    The Hilltoppers were upset by the Capital Jaguars Tuesday afternoon. The Jaguars scored twice in the second half while allowing the Hilltoppers just four shots and only one on-goal to win 2-0.

  • Violence erupts as 2-day strike shuts down Greece

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Demonstrators on Wednesday threw stones and gasoline bombs at police outside parliament during a two-day general strike that unions described as the largest in years.

    The protest, which has grounded flights, disrupted public transport and shut down shops to schools in Greece, comes ahead of a parliamentary vote on a fresh package of tax increases and spending cuts required by international creditors in return for crucial bailout cash. Without the money from its partners that use the euro and the International Monetary Fund, Greece has said it will run out of money within a month.

  • GOP contenders turn fire on each other

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican presidential candidates tore into each other as never before in their latest debate, mindful that voting starts within 11 weeks and many GOP voters remain up for grabs.

    Mitt Romney emerged from the two-hour forum Tuesday night still the person to beat, but he was considerably scratched up on the issues of illegal immigration, health care and jobs.

    The feisty faceoff in Las Vegas marked the first time the contenders treated Herman Cain as a serious threat, and they aggressively ripped his 9-9-9 tax plan, perhaps inflicting grave wounds.

  • Medicare costs to reduce Social Security increase

    WASHINGTON (AP) — That didn't last long. About 55 million Social Security recipients will get their first increase in benefits next year since 2009 — a 3.6 percent raise. But higher Medicare premiums could erase part of it.

    For some, higher Medicare Part B premiums could wipe out as much as a fourth of their raise from Social Security, according to projections by the trustees who oversee the programs.

    Medicare is expected to announce 2012 Part B premiums as early as next week. The premiums, which cover doctor visits, are deducted automatically from monthly Social Security payments.

  • Be There 10-18-11

    Thursday
    In place of the October board meeting, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is hosting a retreat titled, “Making the Connection: Engaging and Communicating with Youth,” from noon-4 p.m. For more information, call 661-4097.
     
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Spooky Buddies,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.