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Today's News

  • 2 million lose jobless benefits as holidays arrive

    Extended unemployment benefits for nearly 2 million Americans begin to run out Wednesday, cutting off a steady stream of income and guaranteeing a dismal holiday season for people already struggling with bills they cannot pay.

    Unless Congress changes its mind, benefits that had been extended up to 99 weeks will end this month.

  • Stocks rise sharply on fresh signs of job growth

    NEW YORK (AP) — A report that small businesses are hiring more workers than economists expected sent stocks sharply higher Wednesday.

    The Dow Jones industrial average gained 200 points in early trading. All 30 stocks in the index rose. 3M Co. and United Technologies Corp. each rose more than 3 percent.

  • Social Security cuts are part of deficit plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisions remain within President Barack Obama's deficit commission on politically explosive budget cuts and slashes in Social Security benefits, even as the panel's co-chairmen go public with a revised plan to tame the runaway national debt.

  • East braces for more nasty weather after tornadoes

    ATLANTA (AP) — The East Coast prepared Wednesday for yet another day of heavy rain, severe thunderstorms and strong winds, while residents and officials in northern Georgia surveyed more than 50 homes damaged by a suspected tornado.

  • NMED renews LANL permit, blocks burning of explosive waste

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Environment Secretary Ron Curry on Tuesday renewed a permit that allows Los Alamos National Laboratory to manage and store hazardous waste from research, contamination cleanup and other activities at the lab, but open burning of certain waste will be off limits.

    Renewal of the permit has been a long time coming. The northern New Mexico nuclear weapons lab has been operating under its current permit — with some modifications — since 1989.

  • A tough task indeed

    There is no doubt that Governor-elect Susana Martinez faces a difficult
    task. Not only does she have to put together an administration to operate (and hopefully improve) New Mexico’s sprawling government, she now faces a $450 million deficit that must be dealt with in the next legislative
    session.
    Making the situation even more difficult is the fact that Martinez, during the campaign, seemingly
    removed 60 percent of New Mexico’s budget from belt-tightening. Of course, that was based on

  • American Relief and Recovery Act may have new meaning

    You can’t accuse anybody of exploiting
    the world-famous church in Las Trampas
    for gain.
    In front of the church is a dirt parking
    area, and across the way is a small, funky
    shop, with “La Tienda” painted by hand
    over the doorway, where you can find
    modestly priced pottery, odd-looking
    wood sculptures that are a Pueblo version
    of kachina figures, and cold drinks
    that you can serve yourself from an old
    refrigerator.
    Some folks walk in and ask the shop owner if there is a

  • Local firefighter faces exposure rap

    Los Alamos firefighter Brandon Gore has been charged with indecent exposure in Albuquerque — the third incident to rock a department already left reeling from two other high profile cases this year.

    According to the criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Alameda Blvd., at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday on a report of a man exposing himself.

  • Gymnastics: Hilger grabs second overall top finish at Los Lunas meet

    For the second straight time, the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Alyssa Hilger was the high all-around point-getter.
    The LASG Atomic Tumblers competed in the Wild Horse Invitational Nov. 20-21, held in Los Lunas. In all, 12 teams and 180 gymnasts took part in the event.
    Hilger, who was the top overall finisher at the Trick or Treat Meet in Santa Fe last month, duplicated that feat in Los Lunas. Hilger scored a 36.45 in the level 4, 10-year-old division.

  • Schedule for Nov. 30-Dec. 4

    Tuesday
    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Moriarty, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Girls basketball: St. Michael’s at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Boys basketball: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Friday
    Diving: Los Alamos Open, boys and girls, 5 p.m.

    Saturday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Manzano Invite, TBA; LAMS Invite, 8 a.m.