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Today's News

  • Texas agriculture losses could set new record amid drought

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Randy McGee spent $28,000 in one month pumping water onto about 500 acres in West Texas before he decided to give up irrigating 75 acres of corn and focus on other crops that stood a better chance in the drought.

    He thought rain might come and save those 75 acres, but it didn't and days of triple-digit heat sucked the remaining moisture from the soil. McGee walked recently through rows of sunbaked and stunted stalks, one of thousands of farmers counting his losses amid record heat and drought this year.

  • South Korea landslides leave 32 dead, 10 missing--video extra

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A blast of heavy rain sent landslides barreling through South Korea's capital and a northern town Wednesday, killing at least 32 people, including 10 college students doing volunteer work.

    The students died as mud and debris engulfed them as they slept in a resort cabin in Chuncheon, about 68 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of the capital Seoul, said Byun In-soo of the town's fire station. A married couple and a convenience store owner also died.

  • Stock futures fall as debt stalemate continues

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures fell Wednesday as lawmakers remain at odds over how to avoid a debt default. A weak report on long-lasting manufactured goods also weighed on stocks.

    House Speaker John Boehner had planned to hold a vote on his debt-limit plan on Wednesday. But that was postponed after conservative lawmakers scoffed at the proposal and congressional budget officials said it would have cut spending less than advertised. The White House had also threatened to veto Boehner's plan. A deal still appears a long way off.

  • LAYL application deadline extended

    Los Alamos Youth Leadership is accepting applications until July 31 from high school students for the 2011/12 school year. 
    LAYL is a youth-driven project-oriented program. Applications can be downloaded from the Juvenile Justive Advisory Board and Family YMCA websites, or students can pick up an application at the Family YMCA.

  • Get ready for back to school shopping

       This week, I wanted to touch base on — are you sitting down — back to school readiness. I really didn’t want to say it, but someone has to.
       If you are anything like me, that backpack hasn’t been opened since the day it came home in May and who knows what still remains in there.
       As the tax-free holiday for school shopping is upon us, there are some things you can ponder before the big event.
       I highly recommend taking the pants out of the closet or drawer for your student. It never fails; I see kids in elementary school with pants a good four to six inches too short for them.

  • A trip back in time

    An impromptu mobile museum cropped in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot on July 12. The drivers from all over the United States, stopped by to visit and show off their rides to Los Alamos residents.

  • Be There 07-26-11

    Wednesday
    Bird Banding talk at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. at 7 p.m. July 27.  The fee is $10 or $8 for members. The fee will be refunded to volunteers for Park Flight field trips.

    GeekOut Game Night! From 5:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda. Bring your own games, play ours, bring friends, meet new friends.

    Thursday

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Rango” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

  • Police Beat 07-26-11

    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.

    July 14

    9:56 p.m. – Ashley Hotel & Suites reported that someone broke into a room at 2175 Trinity Dr. The estimated loss is unknown.

    11:40 p.m. – William Lopez, 40, was arrested on Alabama Street on an outstanding warrant.
        
    July 15

    10:55 a.m. – A 51-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that someone used her credit card without authorization. The estimated loss is unknown.

  • Clarification 07-26-11

    The Las Conchas Burned Area Emergency Response team released the acreage burned by jurisdiction last week. The chart said that 133 acres burned on Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory property. Lab spokesperson Jeff Berger emailed to clarify saying that just two acres burned on actual lab property and the rest burned on DOE property. The headline in Sunday’s story indicated that 133 acres burned on lab property.

  • NCRTD interviews 5 candidates

       The North Central Regional Transit District conducted interviews of its five executive director finalists last week.
       Search committee head Rosemary Romero said there will be a conference call Aug. 1 to make a recommendation to the board, which will meet Aug. 5, in the Santa Fe County chambers at 9 a.m.
    Executive director applicants include former Los Alamos County administrator Tony Mortillaro, Greg Trujillo, Joe Briscoe, Harry Montoya and Lauren Reicheldt.