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Today's News

  • Libyan rebels take back oil town in westward push

    BREGA, Libya (AP) — Libyan rebels took back a key oil town on Sunday in their westward push toward the capital, seizing momentum from the international airstrikes that tipped the balance away from Moammar Gadhafi's military.

    Brega, a main oil export terminal in eastern Libya, fell to rebels after a skirmish late Saturday, said Ahmed Jibril, a rebel commander manning a checkpoint on the westernmost edge of town.

    "There are no Gadhafi forces here now, the rebels have Brega under their full control, it is free," Jibril said.

  • New Mexico job market remains stagnant

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal labor statistics show most states have seen positive job growth over the past year, but New Mexico and several others remain on the negative side of the curve when it comes to the job market.

    There haven't been any sizable layoffs in the past year by big employers in New Mexico, but business leaders say small businesses — from plumbing contractors and car dealerships to real estate companies and architectural firms — have been forced to lay off handfuls of workers, and those numbers are adding up.

  • Qatar becomes 1st Arab country to fly over Libya--video extra

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Fellow Arab and African nations raised the international pressure Friday on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, with tiny Qatar flying the Arab world's first combat missions over his country and the African Union imploring him to move toward democratic elections.

    The military operation against Gadhafi, which on Friday included airstrikes by British and French jets, remains a U.S.-led operation, though NATO was preparing to assume at least some command and control responsibility within days.

  • Former LA players earn honor

    A pair of former local athletes have made the Eastern Rocky Mountain Rugby Football Union Select Side.
    Liz Dinkel and Sidney Provan were named to the Select Side team, the rugby equivalent of an All-Star team.
    Dinkel, currently attending Colorado State University, and Provan, of Colorado College, were picked from the rugby programs of several regional colleges, including such schools as University of Colorado, Air Force, Wyoming and several smaller schools in the area.
    If selected for the ERMRFU’s traveling team, Dinkel and Provan would participate in an All-Star Tournament in Kansas.

  • Sports update 03-25-11

    Dog Jog set for April 16
    The 2011 Dog Jog is scheduled for April 16 in White Rock.
    Registration is currently open for the Dog Jog, which features a 3.1-mile competitive race or a 2-mile fun run/walk. Dogs may take part in the event, but participants are welcome without a dog.
    The race is open to anyone 12 and over. The early registration fee of $20 ends March 26.
    The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Shelter. Entry blanks are available at Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Pet Pangaea or on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org.
    For more information, call 672-2089.
    Atomic Man Duathlon returning to White Rock
    Registration is open for the 2011 Atomic Man Duathlon.

  • LAPS sees uptick in enrollment

    For the past few years, schools in the Los Alamos School District have seen a mixed bag of decreases and increases in student enrollment.

    During Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting at Mountain Elementary, Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean discussed the enrollment trends from 2006-2011. For the past few years, the school district has focused on building enrollment in grades K-6. In an effort to help this process, out-of-district students have been accepted into those grades and so far, the method seems to be working, however, it also is creating a backlog of students hoping to get into the middle and high schools.

  • LA county medical director found dead

    New Mexico State Police located the body of a woman in her mid to late 40s early Thursday afternoon near Ghost Ranch.

    Dr. Laura Kay, a resident of Rio Rancho, was Los Alamos County’s full-time medical director and provided programmatic oversight and training of the various components of the EMS system.

    Kay was the subject of a missing person alert that was issued at 11 p.m. Wednesday after she failed to return home from work, said Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Sleik.

    LAFD Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Thompson said this morning that Kay was invaluable in helping set up the emergency medical dispatch portion of the Police/Fire Consolidated Dispatch Center.

  • Smart Grid project on track despite Japan disaster

    Despite the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that has gripped its nation the past two weeks, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) remains on track with the Smart Grid project.

    NEDO and Japanese government officials traveled to Los Alamos last week to discuss the project.

    “Like everyone else, we were all stunned and saddened by the terrible tragedy in Japan. We fully expected that our planned meeting would be postponed; yet our Japanese partners came to New Mexico to work out the details of this project.  I can only express my admiration and respect for their dedication and strength. It is humbling,” Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Manager John Arrowsmith said.  

  • Report: Nuclear defects not being disclosed

    WASHINGTON — Companies that operate U.S. nuclear power plants are not telling the government about some equipment defects that could create safety risks, according to a report released Thursday.
    An audit by the inspector general of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission also raised questions about the agency’s oversight, saying reporting guidelines for the nuclear industry are “contradictory and unclear.”
    Reflecting that confusion, the report said the NRC has not levied any civil penalties or significant enforcement actions against nuclear plant operators for lapses in reporting equipment defects in at least eight years.

  • Ministry hopes to hula in Hawaii

    Every ministry has its own way of spreading its message, whether it’s through preaching on Sunday morning, or by hosting community events that the public is invited to attend. One group, however, is taking a different approach to ministering. They do hula dancing.
    The Hula Mai Ka Lani group is a non-denominational christian ministry out of Santa Fe that has been together for about 10 years and is led by their Kumu, or leader, Kalani Hawn. Though the group is based in Santa Fe, families from Rio Rancho, Pojoaque and Los Alamos are members. Michael, Michele, Morgan, Patrick and Dylan Irish are a Los Alamos family that is part of the ministry.