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Today's News

  • Reasons to light the menorah

    On Chanukah, the main mitzvah, or commandment is to light the Hanukkah menorah at sundown. This is to remember the miracle that the oil that was lit on the menorah was only enough to last a single day but ended up lasting for eight complete days.
    One of the traditions regarding lighting candles is to light oil like what was done in the Temple. However, we are not allowed to use a menorah that has seven branches like the one in the Temple –— which the Maccabees lit after expelling the Greeks from Israel.

  • Stocks help offset bailout losses

    WASHINGTON — Stock sales are helping the government offset projected losses from its $700 billion rescue of the financial system.
    The Treasury Department has brought in $35 billion in revenue over two years, boosted by ongoing sales of Citigroup stock, new data show. But the Congressional Budget Office projects taxpayers will still lose $25 billion for bailing out the financial sector and U.S. automakers.

  • ´Toppers fall by 16 to Volcano Vista

    ALBUQUERQUE — Following a big second quarter, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team looked like it had all the momentum heading into the second half Thursday.
    Emma Fenske, however, was right there to take it back.
    Los Alamos fell into a big hole to start off its game against the Volcano Vista Hawks Thursday, but played excellent defense and ran the press breaker to near perfection in the second quarter to get right back into the ballgame.

  • LA gets thumped in opening round by Highland

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was a decisive victory by the Highland Hornets, to say the least.
    Highland, one of the granddaddy schools in Albuquerque, made light work of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team Thursday.
    Los Alamos, playing in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational, knew it was going to be an uphill battle against Highland. Highland did not disappoint.

  • County tables possible tax cut

    Deciding it was not prudent to move forward with reductions in gross receipt tax rates (GRT), three ordinances each proposing to repeal a 1/8 percent GRT increment were tabled during the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night.
    It was recommended that the reductions in GRT rates be included in financial planning discussions next year.
    Councilor Robert Gibson presented the three ordinances, which addressed a general increment, a county correctional increment and a fire protection increment.

  • Dog survives 80-foot Bayo Canyon plunge

    Bayo Canyon was the scene of a harrowing rescue mid-morning Saturday. High-angle firefighters from the Los Alamos Fire Department rushed to the cliff’s edge to find Brody, a 6-year-old Rottweiler mix stranded some 80 feet below.
    The 60-pound canine had been hiking with his owner when he spotted a squirrel scurrying across the path ahead of them. The varmint disappeared over the side of the canyon with Brody in close pursuit.

  • Sleigh bells ring on the Valles Caldera

    Visit the Valles Caldera National Preserve at a pleasant speed — from a horse-drawn sleigh. Matched draft horses take you through the historical ranch headquarters.
    From aboard the 60-minute ride, you’ll experience a winter wonderland with possible visions of hunting birds and jumping coyotes. A guide will share the interesting history and lore of the “old Baca Ranch,” offering insight into its past and its future.

  • New environment Web site unveiled

    The Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund unveiled Nov. 30 a new Web site, www.cvnmef.org/pledge, which tracks the responses of New Mexico state legislators to pledge to protect New Mexico’s environment.
    It was sent out to 70 state representatives, representatives-elect and 42 state senators, asking them to agree to not weaken any existing environmental protections in the state.

  • Remembering Elizabeth Edwards

    Elizabeth Edwards, 61, died of cancer on Tuesday – six years after she was diagnosed the day after the 2004 election when her husband John was a vice presidential candidate. A family friend said Wednesday that she will be honored Saturday at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, N.C. Details of the plans have yet to be announced by the family. The public is allowed to attend the event. Mourners were asked to make donations to the Wade Edwards Foundation, which was created in honor of Edwards’ son who died in a car crash at age 16.

  • Jury convicts Smart's kidnapper, rejects insanity

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A jury found a rambling street preacher guilty Friday of the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart in a case that has tugged at hearts around the nation ever since the Utah teenager was snatched from her bedroom and resurfaced nine months later.

    Brian David Mitchell could face up to a life in prison when he is sentenced.