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Today's News

  • Gunmen kill Christian Pakistan government minister

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Assailants purportedly sent by al-Qaida and the Taliban killed the only Christian member of Pakistan's federal Cabinet Wednesday, spraying his car with bullets outside his mother's home. It was the second assassination in two months of a high-profile opponent of blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam.

  • Wis. governor proposes deep cuts for schools, tax cuts

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — After focusing for weeks on his proposal to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights, Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday presented his full budget — a plan that cuts $1 billion in aid to public schools and local government but avoids any tax or fee increases, furloughs or widespread layoffs.

  • CBS chief: 'Two and a Half Men' future uncertain

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves described the future of crisis-ridden sitcom "Two and a Half Men" as uncertain while star Charlie Sheen spoke of a drug-free life with two "goddess" girlfriends at his home dubbed Sober Valley Lodge.

    Moonves, interviewed at an investors' conference Tuesday in San Francisco, said he hoped TV's top-rated comedy would return to CBS, adding, "We'll see."

  • Los Alamos Co-op Market open for business

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market opened for business at noon Wednesday. It was a “soft” opening to allow for final details to be completed before the official grand opening, which will be announced soon.

    The co-op will be open 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Money Watch: Think twice before tapping retirement

    Before the housing crisis, it wasn’t uncommon for people to raid their home-equity piggybanks to pay off bills. Plummeting home values and tougher lending standards helped curb that practice, leading some people to engage in a far more disturbing habit: borrowing or withdrawing money from their retirement accounts to cope with financial hardship.
    There may be times when a loan or withdrawal from an IRA or 401(k) plan is your best or only option, but you should be aware of the possible impacts to your taxes and long-term savings objectives before raiding your nest egg.

  • Taking a simple approach

    During the recent weather crisis, when schools were shut to save energy, several school districts were stuck going ahead with school board and bond elections. The voter turnout was as low as you guessed it would be.
    It’s past time to change the way we run school elections in New Mexico. If we think systematically, perhaps we can solve several problems at once, increase voter participation, and save taxpayer money.  

  • Change of venue for LWV meeting

    The League of Women Voters will have a different format for their March 8 luncheon. The event will be on Tuesday not Thursday this month and will meet at the Justice Center, not Central Avenue Grill.
    Judge Pat Casados will welcome people for a private tour of the Justice Center. This will include a tour of the courthouse and a description of the magistrate court, as well as the position of magistrate judge.
    Lunch  will  follow  after the tour at the Justice Center.

  • Be There 03-01-11

    Wednesday
    The annual soup buffet and luncheon, featuring homemade soups, breads and cookies, will be from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd. The event is sponsored by church women and church family. No reservations are required. Free-will donations will be accepted. All gratuities are 100 percent disbursed to several hunger relief mission project.

    Dr. Solon Pierce will perform at the Brown Bag Concert Series at noon at Fuller Lodge.

  • Monkey see, monkey do

    You must know that as I write these weekly columns, I try to keep a positive spin on things. After all, to me that’s what assets really boils down to.
    On the other hand, sometimes it is hard to pretend all is right in the world, when it really isn’t.
    The asset for this week is peaceful conflict resolution. While the definition entails ending conflict non-violently, I feel that should also extend to words and deeds, and not just boil down to throwing punches.

  • NJROTC makes history