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Today's News

  • Oil price plunge continues ahead of US jobs data

    Oil prices continued to plunge on Friday, slipping to near $97 a barrel as investors worried that a weakening U.S. jobs market may undermine demand for crude in the world's largest economy.

    By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for June delivery was down $2.60 at $97.20 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Earlier, it fell as low as $94.63.

    On Thursday, the contract plunged $9.44 to settle at $99.80 — the biggest one-day percentage decline since April 2009 — because of signs U.S. economic growth is slowing. The Labor Department said that first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose to 474,000 last week, the highest level in eight months.

  • Info from Osama raid shows plans to hit US trains--see videos

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Holed up in a compound in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was scheming how to hit the United States hard again, according to newly uncovered documents that show al-Qaida plans for derailing an American train on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

    Details of the plan emerged Thursday as some of the first intelligence was gleaned from the trove of information found in bin Laden's residence when Navy SEALs killed the al-Qaida leader and four of his associates. They took his body and scooped up computers, DVDs and documents from the compound where U.S. officials think he had been living for as long as six years.

  • LA teams struggle in first round of state

    Non-seeded singles or doubles representatives of Los Alamos struggled to survive the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs Wednesday.
    The 4A singles and doubles competition opened Wednesday afternoon in Albuquerque. The boys and girls draws were to be concluded today at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex. Scores weren’t available from today’s competition as of press time.
    Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers earned a total of four entries into the singles draw and three doubles entries.
    In girls singles, Nasim Andrews of Los Alamos was defeated in the opening round of the 4A tournament by Ksenia Bosnia of Albuquerque Academy, who was the No. 2 seed in the draw.
    Fellow Hilltopper Susanna Lucido lost to eighth-seeded Mary Romero of Roswell.

  • Topper softball falls to Bernalillo

    BERNALILLO — Some costly errors in untimely situations hurt the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team dearly in a big District 2-4A contest Wednesday.
    Los Alamos met the Bernalillo Spartans Wednesday in Bernalillo with a chance to move within a game of clinching the district title this season.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers are in a position where they may now need a sweep to claim the district title.
    Bernalillo scored four times in the bottom of the fourth Wednesday, taking advantage of a pair of Los Alamos errors, to erase an early 3-0 Hilltopper advantage. The Spartans went on to win 6-4.

  • LA girls track wins big in final home meet

    Even without two of its biggest stars competing, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team walked away with a huge victory at home Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers were dominant at Sullivan Field Saturday in their regular season finale. They finished with 184 team points, more than the next two teams — St. Michael’s and Santa Fe — put together. St. Mike’s Horsemen finished with 89 points to finish in the runner-up spot.
    Los Alamos will again go into the District 2-4A championship meet as the heavy favorite to win. The district meet will start Friday at Bernalillo.
    At Saturday’s home meet, Amy Neal cleared 9 feet in the pole vault, earning a trip to the state Class 4A meet, which starts May 13.

  • Congress has moral obligation

     

       

    As Washington engages in a heated political debate about the federal deficit, both parties agree that spending should be cut and no program seems entirely safe from the budget-slashing ax. 

    But history tells us that congress often makes mistakes during periods of indiscriminate budget-cutting. And this time, the consequences could be tragic for our soldiers still in harm’s way.

  • After Earth Day

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) once again did a wonderful job of organizing Earth Day activities for Los Alamos.  

    Earth Day is a special day that lets us get together as a community to celebrate how much we value a healthy, sustainable environment, and to recognize the many things we are already doing to preserve and enhance the environment for ourselves and our children.

  • Hecker to be featured in Domenici documentary

    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Sig Hecker will be featured in a documentary about Pete Domenici to air this fall.

    A couple of weeks ago, an Albuquerque-based TV producer Chris Schueler interviewed Hecker and they discussed a number of topics.

  • Councilors share vision for the county

    Some on the Los Alamos County Council would argue the county has a lot going for it – they point to the level of intellect, resources, services and drive at its disposal. 

    The key question remains unanswered in terms of how local officials can best tap into those assets to make a substantial impact on the quality of life in Los Alamos.

  • Bleak finances squeeze LAFC

    The cost of doing business at the Los Alamos Family Council exceeds its client’s insurance payments by some 35 percent. Over the years, the agency has sought financial assistance from grants, contracts and financing, but today’s local, state and national mental health environments have made those options increasingly difficult. 

    The 48-year-old mental health agency must restructure and downsize its operation by 50 percent in order to stay afloat.