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Today's News

  • Obama halts controversial EPA regulation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sacking a controversial proposed regulation tightening government smog standards, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders.

    In a statement Friday, Obama said he had ordered Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the proposal, in part because of the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and uncertainty for businesses at a time of rampant uncertainty about an unsteady economy.

    The announcement came shortly after a new government report on private sector employment report showed that businesses essentially added no new jobs last month — and that the jobless rate remained stuck at a historically high 9.1 percent.

  • Employers add no net jobs in Aug.; first time since 1945

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession.

    It was the weakest jobs report since September 2010. The unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent.

    Stock futures plunged on the news. In the 15 minutes after the report was released, Dow futures fell 94 points, from 11,401 to 11,318.

    A strike by 45,000 Verizon workers lowered the job totals. Those workers are now back on the job.

    The weakness in employment was underscored by revisions to the jobs data for June and July. Collectively, those figures were lowered to show 57,000 fewer jobs added. The downward revisions were all in government jobs.

  • Update: Cernicek games to be played at Sullivan Field

    Los Alamos High School announced Thursday afternoon it will play the opening round of the Louie Cernicek Invitational at Sullivan Field.

    LAHS athletic director Vicki Nelms made the announcement at about 1 p.m. Thursday. The tournament opens Friday morning with Los Alamos facing off against Goddard.

    Sullivan Field has been under renovation since mid-May, installing artificial turf on the formerly-grass field.

    Tickets for the tournament will be on sale for $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.

    All of Friday's first round games are set for Sullivan Field except for the Farmington-Clovis game at 11 a.m.

  • Be There 09-01-11

    Today
    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “The Social Network,” rated PG 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library.

    A Tsankawi Evening Walk will be at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517. The walk is free.

    The September meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be at 7 p.m. at the home of Rosemarie Frederickson, 1372 47th St.
    Frederickson’s bees will be featured in the program.

    Friday
    Ranger talk at Juniper Campground Amphitheater at 8:15 p.m. “History of Bandelier National Monument Beginning in 1880.” Free event.

    Saturday

  • Church welcomes pastor amid chaos

    There’s nothing like moving to a new town and being told to get out, but that’s almost what happened to The United Church of Los Alamos’ new Pastor David Elton, soon after his arrival in Los Alamos.
    Elton, along with wife Lori and daughter Kathryn, arrived in Los Alamos on June 23, enjoyed an outdoor service and potluck with the congregation that Sunday and then were promptly told they had to evacuate on Monday.

  • Seen at the Scene: Seed Balls

    On Aug. 20, almost 600 residents came together to assist Los Alamos High School senior Jin Park and Los Alamos County employee Craig Martin, in a seed ball project that will aid reforestation efforts for the surrounding community affected by the Las Conchas Fire.


  • Utility to stop river diversions until Nov. 1

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Hundreds of thousands of water utility customers in the Albuquerque area will have to rely solely on groundwater for the next two months.
    The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority says it’s stopping the diversion of surface water from the Rio Grande at least until Nov. 1.
    The utility made the announcement Thursday. It’s taking the action due to the continued presence of ash in the river from post-fire runoff and drought conditions. Utility officials say their treatment plant is capable of removing ash, but treating the ash-laden water has become cost-prohibitive because of the additional chemicals and energy required.

  • State Briefs 09-01-11

    Officer having sex on hood won’t be charged

    SANTA FE — He’s in uniform and apparently on duty. But New Mexico State Police say the officer caught on camera having sex with a woman on the hood of a car did not commit a crime.
    Video from a security camera of the encounter at the county-owned Canyon Ranch surfaced about two weeks ago.
    State police spokesman Tim Johnson tells KQRE-TV an internal investigation has been done and the agency does not believe a crime occurred. He also says the officer will not be cited for lewd behavior.
    Johnson declined to release the name of the officer, but KQRE reports he is an eight-year veteran of the department who’s currently on administrative leave.

  • Update 09-01-11

    Lunch with a leader

    The League of Women Voter’s Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 8 at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki.

    Fuller Lodge

     The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    Film series

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “The Social Network,” rated PG 13, at 6:30 p.m. today in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library.

    Ranger talk

  • NCRTD set to try again Friday

    The North Central Regional Transit District will try again to hire a permanent executive director. On Friday morning at the Santa Fe County Commission chambers, the board will interview the top three candidates that were selected by the search committee last month. And then after the interviews, the board will deliberate and then announce its pick.
    That’s what the agenda states. Whether that happens remains to be seen.
    The search committee had recommended Tony Mortillaro, the former Los Alamos County administrator, to take the job on a permanent basis. But at last month’s meeting, there was some dissent on the board about the process the selection committee used in making its choice.