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Today's News

  • Obstacles to state restructuring may be set in concrete

    In the old days, a friend reminisced long ago, we had to move after every election.
    State office buildings were rented, she explained. After the election the new governor could reward political supporters with leases.
    Mediocre facilities, scattered all over the place, imperfectly matched to the needs of their occupants or the public. Short leases.
    With all the talk of reorganization and consolidation, don’t we wish those good old days were back again. Many of New Mexico’s state institutions are now, literally, set in concrete.

  • Stunning vistas and recent storms

    Here’s a classic poem that’s dear to me, both for its manic intensity and its meaning in the natural world. It’s so short you can memorize it right now and always have it at your disposal when you consider news of storms and their destruction.
    “Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand: Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!”
    The poet was Edna St. Vincent Millay. Her lines always come to my mind when heavy rains ravage the West and homes, bridges and roads are swept away by mudflows and flash floods.

  • No big increase in local gas prices

    While some states face a $4 per gallon price tag for gas this year, locally, gas prices appear to have stabilized.
    Gasoline prices at stations throughout Los Alamos did not drastically deviate.
    As of Monday afternoon, the price for regular ranged from $2.89 to $2.91, regular plus went from $2.99 to $3.08, premium gas ranged from $3.09 to $3.20 and diesel went from $3.34 to $3.45.
    The Conoco stations, Metzger’s Mobil and Chevron shared similar gas prices.

  • No big increase in local gas prices
  • Missing father and son found

    ALBUQUERQUE – A father and son were headed home to El Paso, after being found Tuesday in the Gila National Forest, where they had been missing for days in extremely cold temperatures.
    Robert Fritz, 55, and his son, Austin, 15, were found before noon Tuesday on the Little Creek Trail in southwestern New Mexico, state police search and rescue spokesman Peter Olson said.
    Both suffered from hypothermia, he said. Hypothermia is a dangerous decrease in the body’s core temperature.

  • NKorea calls for unconditional talks with South

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called Wednesday for "unconditional and early" talks with rival South Korea to put an end to months of tensions. Seoul quickly dismissed the offer as insincere and said it's waiting for an apology for two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang.

  • Homeless Ohio man's radio voice makes him web star

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Job prospects are rolling in for a homeless Ohio man with a golden radio voice who has quickly become an online sensation.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports video of Ted Williams posted this week on the newspaper's website has commanded millions of views.

    In the clip, Williams stands near a Columbus highway ramp demonstrating his smooth, deep speaking voice. He holds a sign that asks motorists for help and says, "I'm an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times."

  • AP source: Rich Rodriguez, Michigan to meet Wednesday

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Rich Rodriguez admits he usually doesn't sleep well, tossing and turning between nap-like stretches.

    He could be forgiven for having one of his more restless nights.

    The embattled Michigan coach met Tuesday with athletic director Dave Brandon and the two were expected to meet again Wednesday morning to discuss the coach's future with college football's winningest program.

  • 112th Congress convenes; Parties will share power

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 112th Congress convened with prayers and pomp Wednesday, as Republicans vowed to use their new House majority to battle President Barack Obama on health care, spending, taxes and other issues.

    GOP Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, poised to become the new speaker, said his party will tackle tough issues such as deficit-reduction. But agreements will be difficult in Washington, as Democrats still control the Senate, and Obama retains his veto powers.

  • Video Exclusive: LAPS Education Summit

    Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt and others from the district will met with State Rep. Jeannette Wallace and State Sen. Richard Martinez Tuesday morning at Aspen Elementary School to discuss education and the possible effects that school districts around the state will feel should education funding be cut in the next legislative session.