Today's News

  • U.S. economy grew 1.7 percent in 2011

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2.8 percent in the final three months of last year, the fastest growth in 2011.

    Americans spent more on cars and trucks, and companies built up their stockpiles. But growth in the October-December quarter — and all of 2011 — was held back by the biggest annual government spending cuts in four decades.

    The Commerce Department says the economy grew just 1.7 percent last year, roughly half of the growth in 2010 and the worst since the recession.

    Consumer spending rose in the final months of the year and businesses invested more in inventories, a sign they expect more demand.

  • VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Done With Political 'High Wire'

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says that after 20 years, she's done with the "high wire" of politics. State Department employees asked Mrs. Clinton if she would run for Vice President.

  • First Person: Urban Forager Subsists on Squirrel

    A self-proclaimed urban foraging family in Seattle says it traps and eats squirrel as part of its diet.

  • Celebrating the Year of the Dragon

    Children in Mrs. Brown’s class at Little Forest Playschool celebrated the Year of the Dragon by wearing dragon masks that they created in class

  • Be There 01-26-12

    The Los Alamos High School NJROTC will host a barbecue brisket dinner from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Posse Shack on North Mesa. The cost is $10 per person and includes servings of barbecue brisket, potato salad, vegetable, roll, drink and dessert. For more information about the dinner, email b.painter@laschools.net, thesaegers1@msn.com, or call 412-2581.

    A Photography Tour of the Machu Picchu Cloud Forest and Amazon Rainforest at 7 p.m. at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.  Free, no registration required.  

  • Science Fair Results

    Below are the results from this year’s Los Alamos County Science Fair.

    Elementary Class
    Grand Award
    • Mrs. Lopez, Mountain Elementary, first grade, for “Can Environment Influence Fossil Formation?” in Elementary Earth Science

    Life Science Elementary Grand Award
    • Xavier McTeigue, Aspen Elementary, fifth grade, for “Finch Fledging” in Elementary Life Science

    Physical Science
    Elementary Grand Award
    • Steven Strevell, Aspen Elementary, fourth grade, for “How Good are Those Curtains?” in Elementary Physical Science

    Life Science Junior Grand Award and first place regional award

  • Ribbon-cutting celebration

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Trinity Natural Health Wednesday at its new location, 464 Central Ave., Suite 5.

  • Driver’s license debate intensifies

    SANTA FE  (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her allies face a tough first test in the Legislature over their proposal to stop New Mexico from granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
    The House Labor and Human Resources Committee is to consider the governor’s proposal Thursday and it’s expected to encounter strong opposition at the first hearing on the issue during this year’s legislative session.
    The panel’s five Democrats, who account for a majority of the votes, opposed a similar bill last year that passed the House but failed later in the Senate.

  • Update 01-26-12

    LAPS board

    The LAPS Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today for a work session at Chamisa Elementary.

    LANL meeting

    LANL stormwater permit public meeting will be 5:30 tonight at the Cities of Gold Hotel & Conference Center in Pojoaque.

    At the Hive

    The Hive in White Rock is hosting Dr. Richard Sayre, who will present an overview of his vision for algal research in Los Alamos at 5:30 p.m. today. 

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the council chambers.

    History nuts

    Join the Los Alamos History Nuts! at 7 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library.


  • Valles Caldera Trust recaps challenges

    The dramatic peaks and valleys, which comprise the Valles Caldera National Preserve provide an appropriately descriptive metaphor for the Valles Caldera Trust’s Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2011.
    Increases in visitation, revenue, and education programs were tempered by the devastating impact of the Las Conchas Fire that scorched more than one-third of the landscape. The report discusses the challenges presented by the fire, reviews the accomplishments and progress made from 2007-2011 and presents the outlook for 2012.
    “It was a year of great challenges for the Trust,” said interim Executive Director, Dennis Trujillo. “But mixed with those challenges were even greater successes and achievements by the Trust and its staff.”