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Today's News

  • Real estate markets still lag

    Aztec has New Mexico’s most affordable four-bedroom, two-bath homes. In real estate lingo, “most affordable” means “cheapest.”
    Four-bedroom, two-bath homes cost an average of $178,850 in Aztec. Nationally there are 527 real estate markets with cheaper, er, more affordable homes.
    The nation’s lowest priced four-bedroom, two-bath homes are in Niagara Falls, N.Y., where the price is $60,820. All these homes are single-family detached homes, as opposed to condominiums or townhouses. As shorthand, I’ll call them FB/2B homes.

  • Government service in tough times

    In a certain office of New Mexico government, a friend tells me, three clerical assistants work with a group of professionals. One clerk is competent and hardworking.  
    The other two are incompetent and unreliable. All the professionals try to snag the good employee for their projects.
    She works much harder than her peers but is paid the same.  
    Eventually she will get tired of this and will either stop working so hard or find another job.
    Another professional in state government describes her frustrations with management. She has to travel around the state to do her job, but because of budget constraints she’s not allowed to stay overnight.

  • Obama likely to bring 10K troops home this year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will map a course for drawing down the nearly 10-year war in Afghanistan Wednesday, when he is expected to set a target of bringing home about 30,000 troops by the end of 2012.

    The president is likely to pull out 10,000 troops by the end of this year, administration and Pentagon officials said, and aims to bring another 20,000 home by the end of next year.

    But with 100,000 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan, that drawdown may not be substantial enough to satisfy some lawmakers on Capitol Hill and a war-weary public.

  • GOP women defend party against 'anti-women' charge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An early skirmish for women's votes in 2012 has broken out in the House — among women. A prominent Democrat fired the first shot by claiming that majority Republicans are waging a "war on women." And now, Republican women are returning fire by raising their profiles, making clear what they stand for and, implicitly, who they are not: Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

  • Utah man updated Facebook status during standoff

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jason Valdez is no stranger to Utah police. His latest brush with the law, however, may have been the most public.

    An armed Valdez, 36, held a woman hostage at a motel in a tense 16-hour, overnight standoff with SWAT teams, all while finding time to keep his family and friends updated on Facebook, authorities said.

    He even got some help from the outside over the social network: A friend posted that a SWAT officer was hiding in the bushes.

    "Thank you homie," Valdez replied. "Good looking out."

    When officers swarmed the room, Valdez shot himself in the chest with a handgun, Ogden police said. On Tuesday, he was in critical condition.

  • Thank you 06-21-11

    Help with Cub Scout camp
    is appreciated

    I would like to extend my whole-hearted thanks to all who spend so much of their time helping the boys at our Day Camp.
    We moved the camp from our usual place at the Sportsmen’s Club to the Los Alamos Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints due to the extreme dryness in the canyon.
    I would also like to thank the church for allowing us to use their facilities on such short notice.
    Hopefully we will be back in Rendija Canyon next year.
    We had somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 total boys attend. And to do that, we needed at least 87 adults at one day each. The parents, friends and grandparents came through like the troopers they are.

  • Encourage youth to read a book this summer

    Asset number 25 is “reading for pleasure,” and there’s no better time than the summer to make it happen.
    This asset would ideally have youth reading for three or more hours per week and sometimes summer time is the only time parents or caregivers can make that happen.
    Chamisa Librarian Lisa LaPrairie-Whitacre wanted students to retain their reading skills over the summer, so they come back to school ready to learn. To help out with that effort, she combined a variety of resources into a helpful little handout to assist parents and caregivers in accomplishing that goal.

  • Be There 06-21-11

    Wednesday
    The public is invited to a Frijoles Canyon Night Walk at 9 p.m. at Bandelier National Monument. The cost is $6 and reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517 to reserve a spot.

    Thursday
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Yogi Bear,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speaks Series presents Paul Berkowitz, author of “The Case of the Indian Trader,” at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library.

    Friday

  • Cub Scout Day Camp

    Local Scouts gathered recently for their annual Day Camp. This year fire concerns moved the event from Rendija Canyon to the LDS Church in Los Alamos.

  • Fireworks, open fires and smoking banned on State Trust lands

    New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Ray Powell announced that fireworks, smoking and open fires are prohibited on State Trust Lands until further notice.
    Powell oversees 13 million acres of State Trust Land throughout New Mexico.
    “The severe drought, high winds, and dense fuel loads are ingredients for catastrophic fires throughout New Mexico. Our working lands help support our public schools, universities and hospitals to the tune of $500 million dollars a year,” Powell said.