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Today's News

  • LA's teams open at home Monday

    For the fall 2011 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls golf teams are keeping their goals attainable.
    With heavy losses to graduation off the 2010-11 teams, Los Alamos will be starting several players with little or no varsity experience.
    Los Alamos’ teams start their season Monday when they host the Los Alamos Fall Invitational. Tee-off is set for 9 a.m.
    Along with some new starters, the Los Alamos boys team will also be under the direction of a new coach. Mike Lippiatt, who led the Hilltopper girls team last year, also takes over the reins of the boys team.

  • Another earthquake strikes near NM-Colo. border

    RATON, N.M. (AP) — A magnitude 3.8 earthquake has struck near the New Mexico-Colorado border, rattling residents in both states.

    The U.S. Geological Survey says the light temblor hit just before 7 a.m. on Friday. It was centered 18 miles west of Raton, N.M., with a depth of around 3 miles.

    There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

    The small earthquake comes after a magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck the area on Monday and magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit last month.


     

  • Panetta: DOD cuts could up jobless rate by 1 point

     Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Congress on Thursday that if lawmakers fail to agree on debt-ceiling talks and trigger $1 trillion in Pentagon budget cuts, they could add 1 percentage point to the nation's jobless rate.

    Pentagon press secretary George Little said Thursday that Panetta has relayed those numbers to lawmakers in person and in calls this week, urging Congress to avoid the deadlock that would require the sweeping cuts.

  • Texas execution halted amid Supreme Court review

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago was at least temporarily spared from lethal injection when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review his lawyers' claims that race played an improper role in his sentencing.

    The court on Thursday halted the execution for Duane Buck, 48, two hours into a six-hour window when he could have been taken to the death chamber. Texas officials, however, did not move forward with the punishment while legal issues were pending.

  • Obama admin reworked Solyndra loan to favor donor--video extras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration restructured a half-billion dollar federal loan to a troubled solar energy company in such a way that private investors — including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama — moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment in case of a default, government records show.

    Administration officials defended the loan restructuring, saying that without an infusion of cash earlier this year, solar panel maker Solyndra Inc. would likely have faced immediate bankruptcy, putting more than 1,000 people out of work.

    Even with the federal help, Solyndra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month and laid off its 1,100 employees.

  • Defying orders, hero Marine saved other troops--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying orders and tempting fate, Marine corporal Dakota Meyer charged five times in a Humvee into heavy gunfire in the darkness of an Afghanistan valley to rescue comrades under attack from Taliban insurgents.

    On Thursday, Meyer was presented with the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award, by President Barack Obama.

    Meyer's heroics during the six-hour ambush and firefight saved the lives of 36 people, both Americans and Afghans. He killed at least eight Taliban insurgents. Firing from a gun turret on top of the Humvee driven by a fellow Marine, he provided cover for his team, allowing many to escape likely death.

  • Flash Flood Warning for LA County until 5:45 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 545 PM MDT

    * AT 343 PM MDT... LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS REPORTED FLASH FLOODING FROM A THUNDERSTORM 9 MILES EAST OF JEMEZ SPRINGS... OR ABOUT 16 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS. THE STORM PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING WAS MOVING SLOWLY TO THE EAST NORTHEAST AT LESS THAN 10 MPH. HOURLY RAINFALL RATES NEAR ONE INCH ARE LIKELY OVER A BROAD AREA EXTENDING FROM THE DOME WILDERNESS TO UPPER PERALTA CANYON TO BORREGO CANYON SOUTHEAST OF PONDEROSA.

  • Retool, rethink, reshape

    Consideration of competitiveness began and ended the recent Domenici Public Policy Conference in Las Cruces.
    Norm Augustine, former Lockheed Martin CEO, began the conference. Since Lockheed manages Sandia National Laboratories, it is reasonable to figure that Augustine knows a bit about New Mexico.
    James L. Jones, retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former National Security Advisor for President Obama, closed the event.
    Reports from news organizations such as the Washington Post indicated that Jones didn’t fit with established Obama advisors, giving Jones added credibility.
    First, a note on the conference. In four years it has grown into an event bringing the highest-level national policy players to New Mexico.

  • Be There 09-15-11

    Today

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

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “The Ant Bully,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Sharon Argenbright, a nurse at Christus St.Vincent Hospital and a representative of the union to Central Labor Council, will be a guest speaker at the Democratic Party of Los Alamos’ meeting from 7-8 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library, second floor. She will talk about the labor practices Christus St. Vincent used and how they were able to keep collective bargaining that ensured that the patient/nurse ratio did not increase, as the hospital wanted.

  • Community announcements 09-15-11

    Volunteers needed

    “Do you like to talk? The Los Alamos Historical Museum is looking for volunteers to greet visitors in the museum and tell them about the great history of our community. No experience required! We’ll train you. Docent shifts are weekdays from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. to mid-October and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. the rest of the year. Contact the museum offices at 662-6272 for more information.
    Drivers needed

    Los Alamos Lions Club provides services to the community. One activity is the HELP program. The program provides free transportation for medical treatment and appointments outside the county.