Today's News

  • Sudden reunification could be trouble for Seoul

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A single, reunified Korea has long been a cherished dream of people on both sides of the world's most heavily fortified border. South Korea even has a Cabinet-level ministry preparing for the day.

    And while Kim Jong Il's death last month has raised those hopes higher among some in Seoul, few are eager to talk about the cold reality: Sudden reunification could be traumatic for both countries.

  • NM sheriff: Scientist was still working on bombs

    ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — A retired Sandia Labs scientist was apparently busy building bombs and possibly a new type of explosive at a rural eastern New Mexico home before he died.

    Torrance County Sheriff Heath White tells KOB-TV David O'Keefe, 81, spent his retirement on the outskirts of Estancia, 60 miles east of Albuquerque, continuing his work up until his death a few months ago.

    "He was trying to make a new type of explosive, so he was experimenting with different chemicals and different compounds to make that explosive," White said.

    O'Keefe's laboratory, inside a rented home, was elaborate and potentially deadly and put neighbors within a half mile in great danger, White said.

  • Bachmann bows out, ends bid for GOP nod

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michele Bachmann has ended her presidential campaign — leaving her supporters up for grabs as Rick Santorum tries to become the conservative heavyweight in the Republican race.

    Santorum's near-tie with Iowa caucus winner Mitt Romney topped a rise from deep in the polls to contender for the presidential nomination.

    Bachmann said Wednesday she has "decided to stand aside" but would continue fighting to overturn what she called President Barack Obama's "socialist policies."

  • Perry reassessing bid after Iowa caucuses

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he would head home "to determine whether there is a path forward" for his White House bid after he finished a distant fifth in the Iowa caucuses.

    At times pausing to collect his emotions, Perry told supporters that he appreciated their work but that he needed to consider whether there was a viable strategy for him to restart his campaign in South Carolina.

    "With the voters' decision tonight in Iowa, I decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight's caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race," Perry said, his family standing behind him.

  • Victory in hand, Romney looks to NH--Video Extra

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney is moving on from Tuesday's narrow victory in Iowa to next week's primary in New Hampshire, and anticipating sharper criticism from his rivals.

    The former Massachusetts governor was declared the winner of the leadoff Republican presidential caucuses early Wednesday by a mere eight votes over Rick Santorum.

    Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, declared "Game on" after emerging as Romney's foremost conservative rival for the primaries yet ahead.

    Texas Rep. Ron Paul ran third and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was fourth, and both men vowed to carry the fight to New Hampshire and beyond.

  • LA to remain whole in state House redistricting court decision

    SANTA FE, N.M.— A state district judge has approved a plan for drawing new boundaries of state House of Representative districts that will pair two Republican incumbents in southeastern Mexico and two Democrats in the north-central part of the state.

    District Judge James Hall issued his redistricting order Tuesday.

    Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval) said he received a text from a member of the Republican caucus Tuesday night saying the judge had adopted Executive Plan 3 "with a couple of changes."

  • Pampered pets... And the living is easy

    Pets are getting the royal treatment these days, from salon visits to limo rides to yoga classes just for them. For dogs and cats, it may be the best time to be alive.

  • Community Announcements 01-03-12

    Asset awards tickets for sale

    Assets In Action and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will host the Third annual Community Asset Awards on Jan. 7. The tickets are $10 each and include an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet from Chef Diego Torres at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel. Reserve tickets by calling 661-4846, they will not be available at the door.

    Pet supplies being collected

  • Anne Laurent to speak at lunch event

    The League of Women Voters’ community event, Lunch with a Leader, will be Jan. 12 at the Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Anne Laurent.
    Laurent initially began work with Los Alamos County in September 2008 as the Capital Projects and Facilities director, after having served in other cities in Arizona and Michigan.
    Her responsibilities included operational oversight of the Capital Projects and Facilities and Public Works Departments.
    She was appointed acting assistant county administrator in February 2011.
    Laurent holds two bachelor’s degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and has more than 15 years of public and private team leadership, project management, building design and facility management experience.

  • Assets in Action: It's not too late to make a change

    Welcome to 2012, how are things going so far?
    Are you working on building those assets yet? Don’t worry if you haven’t started yet. You can always start today.
    I’m going to harp on you getting started, just like the weight-watching commercials or the quit-smoking commercials. But since I don’t have that kind of budget, whenever you see or hear one of those commercials, pretend you are hearing me talk about asset building.
    This month we continue to work on the asset category of positive identity, so let’s talk about thank you cards.