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Today's News

  • Banks repossess 1 million homes in 2010, peak numbers yet to come

    NEW YORK (AP) — The bleakest year in foreclosure crisis has only just begun.

    Lenders are poised to take back more homes this year than any other since the U.S. housing meltdown began in 2006. About 5 million borrowers are at least two months behind on their mortgages and more will miss payments as they struggle with job losses and loans worth more than their home's value, industry analysts forecast.

    "2011 is going to be the peak," said Rick Sharga, a senior vice president at foreclosure tracker RealtyTrac Inc.

  • New England digs out from winter storm

    BOSTON (AP) — Much of New England continued to dig out from under more than 2 feet of snow and children in hundreds of communities enjoyed a second day off from school Thursday as power companies worked to restore energy to homes and businesses darkened by the region's third snowstorm in three weeks.

  • Neighboring states gleeful over Ill. tax increase

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — While many states consider boosting their economies with tax cuts, Illinois officials are betting on the opposite tactic: dramatically raising taxes to resolve a budget crisis that threatened to cripple state government.

    Neighboring states gleefully plotted Wednesday to take advantage of what they consider a major economic blunder and lure business away from Illinois.

  • Gov’s prosecutorial roots surface

    During the recent campaign, New Mexicans heard a great deal from their Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Susana Martinez and Diane Denish, about the proposals they would submit to the 2011 legislature for dealing with the state’s wickedly unbalanced budget.
    Those proposals, with variations on themes, boiled down to promises neither to hike taxes nor to cut spending on education and Medicaid. Hardly anyone versed in the realities of New Mexico’s budget woes considered the candidates’ budget balancing notions in the least plausible.  

  • Girls basketball: Hilltoppers knock off Eagles at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team put together its most dominant performance of the season Tuesday in topping Belen.
    Los Alamos held Belen to just 17 points in the first half at home Tuesday. Meanwhile, Hilltopper Erin Kirk turned in a double-double performance with 11 points and 13 rebounds as Los Alamos knocked off Belen’s Eagles 60-46 at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Boys basketball: LA dropped by St. Pius X on road, 46-27

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team fell in an important game against one of its chief rivals Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos faced off against former District 2AAAA foe St. Pius X in a big Class 4A contest, but wound up on the short end of a 46-27 decision at St. Sebastian Gymnasium.
    The loss was the third straight and fourth in the last five contests for the Hilltoppers (4-12), who have been held to under 40 points for each of the four losses on the current slide.

  • N.M. 502 study gets more input

    The community voiced their opinions on the different options for N.M. 502 Corridor Tuesday night. The options will be presented to Los Alamos County Council Jan. 25.
    During the meeting Tuesday, a representative of MIG, the consulting company for the N.M. 502 Corridor study, presented three options that council will consider for further research.

  • Board approves building purchase

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Administration moved a bit closer to finding a permanent home during Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
    Action taken by the board will allow the purchase of the property at 2075 Trinity Dr. to move forward.
    The motion, giving staff direction, passed 4-1, with Board President Melanie McKinley voting against it.
    Van H. Gilbert Architect PC, based in Albuquerque, drafted a preliminary report on Dec. 30, which outlines a conceptual entry study as well as floor plan layouts and existing building issues.

  • Update 01-12-11

    Ice skating
    Bic M.A.C. Skating night, an evening of ice skating for middle school students, will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    The event is coordinated by the Youth Activity Center and music and refreshments will be provided.

    Movie night
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series continues at the White Rock Library at 7 p.m. Thursday with the showing of “Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole.” The event is free and the drinks and popcorn also will be provided.

  • Governor: Centennial will be New Mexico’s chance to shine

    SANTA FE— Gov. Susana Martinez said next year’s centennial is New Mexico’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shine.
    Martinez marked New Mexico’s 99th birthday last week by announcing ongoing plans for a 16-month commemoration of next year’s Statehood Centennial.
    Plans include numerous exhibits, lectures and community projects statewide and educational efforts to encourage young people to learn about New Mexico history.