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Today's News

  • NASA launches super-size Mars rover to red planet--see VIDEOS

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's biggest extraterrestrial explorer, NASA's Curiosity rover, rocketed toward Mars on Saturday on a search for evidence that the red planet might once have been home to itsy-bitsy life.

    It will take 8½ months for Curiosity to reach Mars following a journey of 354 million miles.

    An unmanned Atlas V rocket hoisted the rover, officially known as Mars Science Laboratory, into a cloudy late morning sky. A Mars frenzy gripped the launch site, with more than 13,000 guests jamming the space center for NASA's first launch to Earth's next-door neighbor in four years, and the first send-off of a Martian rover in eight years.

  • NM ski season off to stellar start despite drought

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From Red River and Taos south to the mountains around Ruidoso, the state's ski areas are enjoying a stellar start to what many thought would be a questionable season given the dry conditions that have plagued New Mexico for the past year.

    Red River's slopes were dusted Friday with snow as a steady stream of skiers waited their turn for the chairlift.

    At Taos Ski Valley, skiers and snowboarders were celebrating the best opening in years this holiday weekend and had the rare option of taking in the backside of the mountain so early in the season.

  • NBA owners, players reach tentative deal--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — After nearly two years of bickering, NBA players and owners are back on the same side.

    "We want to play basketball," Commissioner David Stern said.

    Come Christmas Day, they should be.

    The sides reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season with a marquee tripleheader Dec. 25. Most of a season that seemed in jeopardy of being lost entirely will be salvaged if both sides approve the handshake deal.

    Barring a change in scheduling, the 2011-12 season will open with the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, followed by Miami at Dallas in an NBA finals rematch before MVP Derrick Rose and Chicago visiting Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

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  • Removing thorns of uncertainty

    New Mexico’s unemployment numbers are looking a little better. So why is it still so hard to find a job? Why is our economy in slow motion while surrounding states rebound?
    “We’re not adding jobs,” said Beverlee McClure, president of the Association of Commerce and Industry, during a talk last week to business leaders.  
    Employers aren’t willing or able to do much hiring. (Unless they’re in Artesia. An ACI member there told McClure, “If you can fog a mirror, we can put you to work.”)
    McClure’s message: “If we’re not talking about jobs, we’re not talking about the right thing.”

  • No justifying abuse

     I recently read an article about a stray dog found at the Berkeley Marina in California that had been shot with a pellet gun 38 times.  
    The dog was treated by Berkeley Animal Services and survived.  
    Can you imagine what type of lowlife would find it amusing to shoot an animal thirty-eight times?  
    In Long Island, a man got into an argument with a woman who was walking her 1-year old Dachshund.  
    He grabbed the dog and threw it 10 feet into the street.  (Little Coco was injured but is okay.)  
    Again, what type of lowlife defines his manhood by how far he can javelin toss a 12-pound dog?  
    Can people be more despicable?

  • Church Listings 11-25-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
     
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

  • Cole to serve as interim pastor in WR

    Los Alamos is a remarkable place for a pastorate, in the opinion of Rev. Dr. Harry A. Cole, the incoming interim pastor of White Rock United Presbyterian Church.
    Cole comes to the pulpit most recently from Westminster Church in Roswell and previously from the First Presbyterian Church and the First Christian Church in El Paso, Texas.
    While in El Paso, he was also the executive director of INSIGHTS, the city science museum, an experience that piqued his interest in a pastorate in Los Alamos.

  • Is Sustainability Science Really a Science?

    The idea that one can create a field of science out of thin air, just because of societal and policy need, is a bold concept.  But for the emerging field of sustainability science, sorting among theoretical and applied scientific disciplines, making sense of potentially divergent theory, practice and policy, the gamble has paid off.
    In the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Santa Fe Institute, and Indiana University analyzed the field’s temporal evolution, geographic distribution, disciplinary composition, and collaboration structure.

  • Gov. announces approval of fed disaster declaration

    Governor Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that the Obama Administration has approved the state’s request for a federal disaster declaration due to recent flooding in Cibola and Sandoval Counties, as well as Acoma and Santa Clara Pueblos. 
    This will make federal funds available to help local and tribal governments recover from the flooding sustained from Aug. 19-24.