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Today's News

  • Obama touts Central America ties, cuts short trip

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Under the shadow of the Libyan war to the end, President Barack Obama sped to the finish of his Latin American journey on Tuesday, promising a better U.S. fight against the violent drug trade that plagues Central America and undermines the security of an entire region.

    In tiny El Salvador, Obama again found his time diverted and his agenda eclipsed by the U.S.-led military campaign against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. He was scuttling a trip to Mayan ruins here Wednesday morning in favor of a national security meeting on Libya.

    The president is returning to Washington on Wednesday a couple of hours earlier than scheduled.

  • FBI eyes cross-burning in prosperous Calif town

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 11-foot cross was stolen from a church and set on fire next to the home of a black family, igniting anger and disbelief in a prosperous, mostly white Central California community that hasn't seen a hate crime in nearly a decade.

    Police assigned extra patrols to the neighborhood in Arroyo Grande and rewards were offered for information leading to an arrest. Church leaders were urged to mention the family in their prayers.

    "I was horrified," said the Rev. Stephanie Raphael, president of the San Luis Obispo Ministerial Association. "We live in a paradise, and I think the first thought was, this can't really be real."

  • Power lines up in progress at Japan nuclear plant--see video

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Workers at a leaking nuclear complex hooked up power lines to all six of its reactor units, but other repercussions from a massive earthquake and tsunami still rippled across Japan as economic losses mounted at three flagship companies.

    The progress on the electrical lines at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was a welcome and significant advance Tuesday after days of setbacks. With the power lines connected, officials hope to start up the overheated plant's crucial cooling system that was knocked out during the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast.

  • Snipers, shells, tanks terrorize key Libyan city--video

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi's snipers and tanks are terrorizing civilians in Libya's third-largest city, and the U.S. military said Tuesday it was "considering all options" in response to dire conditions that have left people cowering in darkened homes and scrounging for food and rainwater.

  • National Fingerstyle Champion to perform in LA

    National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, Michael Chapdelaine will play a solo concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge, as part of the Guitars at the Lodge Series.
    Chapdelaine has won top honors in five international guitar competitions, including first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, the world’s most prestigious classical guitar competition. He has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowships and holds a master’s degree from Florida State University. He studied with Spanish maestro Andres Segovia and has been professor of guitar at the University of New Mexico since 1985.

  • Summit Garden Club celebrates 50 years

    At a luncheon in White Rock recently, members and friends of Summit Garden Club celebrated the club’s first 50 years and looked to future events.
    Chartered in 1961, Summit began with eight members whose goal was to learn various aspects of gardening and flower arranging, starting with the basics of floral design. Four members, Dorothy Crawford, Margaret Hanson, Bunnie Newman and Kathleen Hoverson, were honored for 50 years of service.

  • Barranca students show that MathCounts

    A team of four sixth graders from Barranca Mesa Elementary placed second in the MathCounts chapter competition, on Feb.12 at Pojoaque Valley High School. MathCounts is a nationwide coaching and competition program for students in grades six through eight. The MathCounts program encourages excellence, confidence and curiosity through fun and challenging math programs. With their second-place finish, the Barranca students advanced to the state competition in Albuquerque on Saturday.

  • Be There 03-22-11

    Thursday
     The Los Alamos Arts Council will begin their 2011 Guitar Concert Series, Guitars at the Lodge, 7 p.m. March 24 at Fuller Lodge. Beverage and cookies available at 7 p.m., music begins at 7:15 p.m.  Admission is $15 at the door for non-members, $10 for members.
    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold a brown bag meeting from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road, in the lounge on the lower level of the Sunday School building. Sharon Stover of the county council will be guest speaker.  For more information call Donna MacDonald  at 662-4001 or Ann Wadstrom at 662-7578.
    Saturday

  • Creative district plan progresses

    The vision for a creative district in Los Alamos is beginning to take shape.  
    Sharing and developing Los Alamos’ unique creative heritage, enhancing commercial businesses, increasing visitors and quality of life for residents, encouraging development of public cultural facilities and supporting historic preservation are some of the advantages.
    But before these benefits come to fruition, a plan is needed. Therefore, the Cultural Planning Group will present a draft plan for the creative district during a town hall meeting from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Unitarian Church.
    Additionally, local businesses are invited to attend an open house from 8-10 a.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

  • IRS to offer assistance Saturday

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Taxpayer Assistance Center, at 5338 Montgomery Blvd., N.E., Albuquerque, will be open from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday.  
    The IRS office will be open to provide free assistance to New Mexicans who may need help getting tax forms and schedules for this year’s tax return or information on making a payment arrangement or questions about a lien withdrawal and more. 
    For some issues, assistance may be offered over the telephone by IRS employees who are working in other offices around the country.