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Today's News

  • Toppers roll over Sundevils in three

    ESPAÑOLA — Being on the road, going into hostile territory and having to duke it out with an arch-rival for the top spot in the district race would seem to be a daunting task.
    But Wednesday night, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team made it look easy.
    Los Alamos, facing off against the Española Valley Sundevils for the early lead in the district standings, used a late surge in the first set and dominated the second set to put Española Valley back on its heels. Los Alamos’ final set was sloppy, but it was still good enough to earn a 25-16, 25-10, 25-22 win at Edward Medina Gymnasium.

  • 30-year mortgage below 4 pct. for first time ever

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage this week fell below 4 percent for the first time ever, to 3.94 percent.

    For those who can qualify, it's an extraordinary opportunity to buy or refinance. And mortgage rates could fall even further now that the Federal Reserve plans to reshuffle its portfolio of securities to try and lower long-term rates.

    On Thursday, Freddie Mac said the rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage dropped from 4.01 percent last week, the previous low. The average rate on a 15-year fixed loan, a popular refinancing option, dipped to 3.26 percent, also a record. The 15-year loan has fallen for six straight weeks.

  • More people sought unemployment aid last week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits rose last week, a sign that the job market remains weak.

    Weekly applications increased by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 401,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

    The gain comes after applications plummeted by 33,000 in the previous week. The drop partly reflected technical difficulties with the department's seasonal adjustment process.

    The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell for the second straight week to 414,000, its lowest level in a month.

  • Sarah Palin says she will not run for president

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday she will not run for president, leaving little doubt that the eventual Republican nominee will come from the current field of contenders.

    After months of leaving her fans guessing, Palin said in a statement that she and her husband Todd "devote ourselves to God, family and country." She said her decision maintains that order.

    Palin sent the statement to supporters. She told conservative radio host Mark Levin that she would not consider a third party candidacy because it would assure President Barack Obama's reelection.

    In a video posted on Youtube, Palin said, "you don't need an office or a title to make a difference."

  • Apple says co-founder Steve Jobs has died--video extra

    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died. He was 56.

    Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause.

    "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," the company said in a brief statement.

    "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve"

  • Homecoming court photos
  • 2 NM officers on leave following fatal shooting

    GLORIETA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say two officers are on leave following a shooting in Santa Fe County that left one man dead.

    Police received a call Tuesday night about a road rage incident along Interstate 25. The caller provided a vehicle description and license plate.

    Officers located the vehicle outside a home in Glorieta. People inside yelled that they had guns and three shots were fired.

    The officers returned fire, striking and killing 34-year-old Samuel Pauly, who was armed with a pistol.

    Thirty-two-year-old Daniel Pauly fled on foot with a shotgun. He later surrendered and was booked on charges of aggravated assault on an officer and evading an officer.

  • Learning in the great outdoors

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation donated funds to Chamisa Elementary over the summer to create an outdoor classroom. Here students, staff and parents began the process of getting the bricks in place. The amphitheater was recently dedicated at an awards assembly.

  • Rescue program seeks funding

    More than 17,000 dogs were euthanized in Bernalillo County alone last year.
    In dog pounds throughout New Mexico injured and pregnant dogs without a microchip or dog tag go to the top of the list of dogs to be euthanized.
    Size doesn’t matter, even though Chihuahuas are very adoptable, even desired by Albuquerque residents. Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue receives on average, six calls a week from dog pounds throughout New Mexico requesting they take in Chihuahuas and Chihuahua-mixes.

  • Be There 10-05-11

    Wednesday
    Los Alamos Arts Council presents a Brown Bag performance featuring Keith Snell, pianist, at noon at Fuller Lodge.

    The Mesa Public Library presents GeekOut Game night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your own games, or play the library’s games.

    The Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library. Mesa Michael Richie will provide a geological overview of the New Mexico Badlands.

    Thursday