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Today's News

  • GOP mocks Obama budget, House weighs spending cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are mocking President Obama's $3.73 trillion budget for 2012 for waving feebly at historically huge federal deficits. As if to show how it should be done, they are ready to start muscling their own package of deep cuts in domestic spending through the House.

  • Obama resurrects rejected tax increases in budget plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget proposal resurrects a series of tax increases on certain corporations and the wealthy that were largely ignored by Congress when Democrats controlled both chambers. Republicans, who now control the House, are signaling they will be even less receptive.

  • Firefighters rescue woman in Pajarito Canyon

    A 69-year-old woman broke her hip after falling off a horse on a rugged trail in Potrillo Canyon in White Rock Monday afternoon. She was about halfway down to the Rio Grande River when the accident occurred, said Fire Marshal Michael Thompson.

    The woman’s injuries were such that Los Alamos firefighters were needed to transport her from the location of the accident on a wheeled stretcher over rough terrain to one of LAFD’s off-road vehicles.

    Erika Gorman is a friend of the injured woman whom she said did not wish to be identified.

  • Obama's budget plans hefty hike for infrastructure at LANL, other labs

      WASHINGTON, -- In a video message (included with this report) to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) workforce, NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino said Monday that President Obama's Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request for NNSA represents a critical investment in building the nuclear security enterprise required to enhance the security of the United States and its allies.

  • House panel OKs public school budget bill

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State spending on public schools would be cut by more than 1 percent next year under a budget proposal approved by a House committee Monday.

    The House Education Committee recommended spending nearly $2.4 billion on schools, the Public Education Department and education programs such as pre-kindergarten in the fiscal year that starts in July. That's about $30 million, or 1.2 percent, less than this year's spending on public education.

  • FY2012 Budget Request Includes Critical Investment in Nuclear Security Enterprise

    WASHINGTON, DC – In a video message to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) workforce, NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino today hailed President Obama's Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request for NNSA as a critical investment in building the nuclear security enterprise required to enhance the security of our country and our allies.   

  • Child prostitution sting snares founder of grocery chains

    PHOENIX (AP) — The founder of two chains of natural foods grocery stores has resigned after he was arrested in a child prostitution sting in Phoenix.

    On Monday, a Maricopa County magistrate set a $12,000 bond for a natural foods executive arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex with a minor.

    Sunflower Farmers Market CEO Michael Gilliland was accused of soliciting sex online with someone who identified herself as an underage girl. He faces a charge of felony child prostitution.

  • End of an era at LANL

    Scott Gibbs is a busy man at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as the associate director for threat identification and response.

    But sometimes he catches himself as he looks out the window of his seventh-floor office of the National Security Sciences Building. He has a bird’s eye view of the demolition at the site of the old administration building and the memories often come flooding back.

  • Poetry Corner 02-13-11

    It’s three hours
    too early
    As the alarm clock beeps;
    We manage to roll
    out of bed
    — Though we’re still half asleep.

    Parents give lectures
    And teachers set rules
    As we try to survive
    Each day of high school.

    Our friends keep
    us going.
    The homework’s
    no fun.
    There’s sleep
    deprivation
    But life’s only begun.

    Our backpacks
    are heavy.
    Junk food is the best.

  • 'True Grit' remake doesn’t disappoint

    “True Grit” (2010) — This remake of the classic 1969 John Wayne film is directed by the Coen brothers and tells the tale of a young woman, Mattie Ross (played by Hailee Steinfeld), seeking revenge against her father’s murderer. In an effort to track the alleged killer, Mattie hires a man with “true grit” named Rooster Cogburn (played by Jeff Bridges).