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Today's News

  • 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.  

  • Diabetes class offered at the Y

    The Family YMCA is taking registration for its free Diabetes Education and Prevention program.  
    Topics to be covered are: what Type 2 diabetes is; what having pre-diabetes means; the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes; how to reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes; and how to make the necessary lifestyle changes to lower your risk.

  • Sign up for the homecoming parade

    The 2011 Homecoming Parade will be Sept. 30. Staging begins at 1:30 p.m. on 4th Street, in the Canyon School parking lot.
    The parade will step off at the intersection of 4th Street and Central Avenue promptly at 2:30 p.m. Parade participants should arrive no later than 2 p.m.
    The parade will head down Central Avenue, past the judges’ stand at Starbucks, and down to Rose Street. This year’s homecoming parade theme is, “Short Circuit the Chargers,” pertaining to Albuquerque Academy.
    Entries for the parade are $10-$15. Checks should be made payable to LAHS and must be hand delivered to the LAHS bookkeeper at the high school.
    The bookkeeper is located off of Orange Street, behind Duane Smith Auditorium.

  • Death by a thousand paper cuts

    Wikipedia defines the phrase, “Death by a thousand cuts” as a torture originating in Imperial China. In modern usage, it has come to mean a major negative change that happens in small, unnoticed increments so it isn’t perceived as objectionable. In other words, creeping normalcy.
    Death by a thousand paper cuts might be a good phrase for what is happening to the public school systems. Strapped for money to purchase supplies, teachers and administrators are forced to make decisions about what not to buy.

  • On the Docket 09-15-11

    Sept. 7

    Sabra Kornhaber, 54, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to the charge of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Kornhaber to 364 days of supervised probation, an alcohol screening and treatment program, DWI school, to attend a victim impact panel and to install an alcohol interlock device on her vehicle. The judge also ordered Kornhaber to pay $241 in court fines and fees as well as a $25 monthly probation fee.