Today's News

  • Top 10 Movies 12-15-11

    1.  “New Year’s Eve,” weekend gross,  
    $13  million
    2.  “The Sitter,”  weekend gross,
    $9.8 million
    3.  “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
    Part 1”,  $7.8 million
    4.  “The Muppets,” $6.9  million
    5. “Arthur Christmas,” weekend gross,
    $6.5 million
    6.  “Hugo,” weekend gross,
    $6 million
    7.   “The Descendants,” weekend gross,
    $4.3 million

    8.  “Happy Feet Two,” weekend gross,
    $3.6 million

    9.  “Jack and Jill,” weekend gross,
    $3 million

  • LA Happenings 12-15-11

    Lads of Enchantment, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, invites the public to join them in song. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the United Church of Los Alamos, Graves Hall.  

    The Los Alamos Choral Society is currently recruiting singers for the 2011—2012 concert season. Rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road. All singers are welcome.
    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites all interested musicians to join its upcoming concerts. The LACW rehearses from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. www.lacw.org.

  • Recurring Events 12-15-11

    Weight loss
    T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), meets at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday mornings in Whittier Hall at the White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd. Weigh-ins start at 9 a.m. For more information, call Lorri at 672-3407 or Francine at 672-1736.

    Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club members ride each Tuesday and Thursday, leaving at 5:30 p.m. from the hospital parking lot. Newcomers are welcome.

    Table tennis
    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets to play table tennis from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays in the lower level of the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Three tables are available.
    For more information, call Avadh at 667-5227; Harry at 662-0532; or Ed at 662-7472.

  • Alex Scheinker displays work

    Village Arts will present the work of Alex Scheinker through January. Scheinker, born in Moscow and raised in New York, is a more recent resident of New Mexico. He credits a visit to Touching Stone Gallery in Santa Fe with his inspiration to begin working in the Sumi-e traditional style of Chinese ink painting.
    “I had never seen so much texture, such stark contrast, such powerful simplicity and I was instantly thinking, how did they do this? What is it? I want to do this,” he said.

  • A divine visitation

    Tlatelolco, Mexico — 1531. Years of torture and slavery made the native population less than accepting of the Spanish Catholic forces now dominating their lands; but one event transformed the beliefs of thousands of Aztecs. One of their own was visited by a celestial messenger promising protection for his people and the direct word of God, if a temple was built in her name.
    Each December, millions celebrate the anniversary of her appearance to the native Juan Diego, many of these celebrations are in New Mexico. It is said that those who pray to her witness miracles for themselves and for others.

  • Who watches the watchers?

    SANTA FE — The state Law Enforcement Academy is still having big problems.
    This time it involves police, who have been fired, moving to similar jobs in other communities because the Academy never files statewide charges against the officer.
    The Albuquerque Journal in a copyrighted story has covered the present situation well. The following is a review of what happened three years ago when the academy was called on the carpet. Both times the problem apparently was disinterest by Attorney General Gary King.

  • What is the mission of NM higher education?

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently made headlines around the country when he argued that institutes of higher education in his state of Florida should prioritize funding for the study of science and technology in the his state’s institutes of higher education.
    “If I’m going to take money from a citizen to put into education then I’m going to take money to create jobs…so I want the money to go to a degree where people can get jobs in this state,” Scott said. “Is it a vital interest of the state to have more anthropologists? I don’t think so.”

  • Census shows 1 in 2 Americans are poor or low-income

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.

    The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have impacted millions of families.

  • Clearing snow costs the state big bucks

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Clearing snow off state highways has cost the New Mexico treasury about $850,000 so far.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation has spent about 11 percent of the $7.5 million budgeted for winter road maintenance in order to keep highways safe.

    The money pays for the salt and cinders, plow-truck operations and repairs as well as staff overtime.

    KRQE-TV reports the crew that works in and around Santa Fe says they're seeing the brunt of the action. They've needed to spend almost double what they spent at this time last year clearing roads.

    If bad weather continues, the highway maintenance supervisor says they may have to dip into a year around fund designated for road upkeep.

  • Raw Video: U.S. Forces-Iraq Flag Retired

    The U.S. military has formally shut down the war in Iraq, officially retiring the flag of U.S. Forces-Iraq. Troops lowered the flag and wrapped it in camouflage, formally "casing" it, according to Army tradition.