Today's News

  • Some like it hot ... or not

    Hot chile on a cold day usually hits the spot, unless the chile lacks heat.
    On a recent trip to Española, a visit to Los Arcos was in order. The main motivation for the trip was to order chicken fried steak. A generous portion, it was offered with either white or brown gravy, a side of calabacitas and choice of potatoes (mashed, baked or in the French fry form).
    A few months had lapsed since the last visit to Los Arcos and all it took was a quick glance at the menu and I soon realized I wasn’t going to get what I wanted that day.
    The chicken fried steak is still on the menu, but instead of brown gravy, it’s now offered with white pepper gravy. When I asked the waitress if brown could be substituted, she said no.

  • Learn about New Mexico through the Centennial Lecture Series

    The Los Alamos Historical Society invites the community to its 2011-2012 lecture series.  This year, the Centennial Lecture Series celebrates 100 years of Los Alamos History and New Mexico Statehood.
    Lectures are the second Tuesday of the month in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. Lectures start at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public, thanks to Los Alamos National Bank and the donations of members of the Historical Society.
    The New Mexico Humanities Council is also co-sponsoring this lecture.

  • Just Clowning Around

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre starts 2012 with Herb Gardener’s classic American play, “A Thousand Clowns.” Directed by veteran director and actor Richard Klamann, “A Thousand Clowns” tells the story of a young boy who lives with his eccentric uncle Murray, who is forced to conform to society in order to keep custody of the boy.

    Unemployed television writer Murray Burns (Patrick MacDonald) lives in a cluttered New York City one-bedroom apartment with his 12-year-old nephew, Nick (Sequoyah Adams-Rice).

  • Attacks targeting Shiites kill 72 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of bombings targeting Shiites in Iraq killed 72 people on Thursday, deepening sectarian tensions that exploded just after the last American troops left the country in mid-December.

    The coordinated attacks targeting Shiites bore the hallmarks of Sunni insurgents linked to al-Qaida, although there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

  • Wildfires on Blackfeet Res. force evacuations

    BROWNING, Mont. (AP) — Two wildfires raging overnight on Montana's Blackfeet Indian Reservation burned thousands of acres, forced scores to evacuate and destroyed several buildings, officials said early Thursday.

    Fueled by strong winds, the two blazes started around sundown Wednesday and together grew to 16,000 acres by early Thursday, a revision of an earlier estimate of 45,000 acres, said tribal spokesman Wayne Smith. At least 300 people were forced to leave their homes and a boarding school, though no injuries had been reported.

  • Seeking NH buzz, Romney, Santorum run at Obama

    SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Each trying to sound every bit the nominee, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum looked past each other to run down President Barack Obama's economic policies Thursday as they jockeyed for support in New Hampshire and reached out to voters in conservative bellwether South Carolina.

    Newt Gingrich and John Huntsman were happy to level their criticism at Romney, casting the front-runner as too timid to take on Obama and bring about needed change.

  • Landslide kills 25, buries more in Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A landslide tore through a tiny gold-mining village in the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing 25 people and burying dozens more, months after the government warned residents the mountain was certain to crumble.

    The mountainside in Napnapan village in Pantukan township collapsed around 3 a.m., when most residents were asleep, sweeping away about 50 houses, shanties and other buildings, officials said. A fissure in the mountain discovered last year likely was aggravated by heavy rains and continuous mining in the saturated ground.

  • Police: Utah officer dies following shootout--Video Extra

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Gunfire erupted as anti-drug police served a search warrant in an Ogden neighborhood, fatally wounding one officer and injuring five other police and a suspect, authorities said.

    The shots rang out before 9 p.m. Wednesday as police converged at a residence on Jackson Avenue, police spokesman Lt. Tony Fox said.

    The six officers were hospitalized along with a suspect, Fox told The Associated Press.

    Ogden police said in a statement early Thursday that agent Jared Francom died from his wounds following Wednesday night's drug-related shooting.

    Five police officers from multiple agencies remain hospitalized with serious to critical injuries. No more information on their conditions was released.

  • Pentagon to unveil plan guiding big spending cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is rewriting its defense strategy to absorb hundreds of billions of dollars in defense budget cuts while scaling back the longstanding Pentagon goal of being ready to fight two wars simultaneously.

    Underscoring the political dimension of Washington's debate over defense savings, President Barack Obama planned to make a rare appearance at the Pentagon on Thursday to outline the new strategy. The administration says tighter budgets are a must but will not come at the cost of sapping the strength of a military in transition after a decade at war.

  • Little Theatre facelift

    Workers continued renovations to the exterior of the Los Alamos Little Theatre at 1670 Nectar St. last week.