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Today's News

  • LAHS construction still lagging behind

    Things are beginning to take shape around the Los Alamos High School campus. Students and staff are now occupying at least part of the buildings at the school.

    During Tuesday night’s school board meeting at Pajarito Cliffs, David Wharram, Gerald Martin’s owner’s representative, talked about the project’s progress. According to a report presented to board members, the new building is on schedule and is progressing well, as part of the main work package.

  • Administrator search narrows

    The search for a new county administrator that began about 10 months ago has yielded a group of finalists with one expected to emerge from the process as the chief executive for Los Alamos County.

    Carl Thornton – the only citizen to attend one of two public input sessions on qualities and qualifications the county should look for in a county administrator – said, “They’ll need to be a real superman or superwoman.” Council seemed to agree with Thornton, and the five candidates being considered for the position have an exacting set of standards to meet.

  • GOP wins in NY House race, seen as Obama rebuke

    NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have scored an upset victory in a House race that started as a contest to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner after he resigned in a sexting scandal but became a referendum on President Barack Obama's economic policies.

    Retired media executive and political novice Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin on Tuesday in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Weiner, a seven-term Democrat who resigned in June.

    With more than 80 percent of precincts reporting, Turner had 54 percent of the vote to Weprin's 46 percent in unofficial results.

  • AP poll: Divisions persist on legal gay marriage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barbara Von Aspern loves her daughter, "thinks the world" of the person her daughter intends to marry and believes the pair should have the same legal rights as anyone else. It pains her, but Von Aspern is going to skip their wedding. Her daughter, Von Aspern explains, is marrying another woman.

    "We love them to death, and we love them without being judgmental," the 62-year-old Chandler, Ariz., retiree said. "But the actual marriage I cannot agree with."

  • Farmers fear Listeria has ruined selling season--video extra

    DENVER (AP) — A multistate Listeria outbreak linked to a Colorado farm has the state's melon farmers worried that their prime selling season has been ruined.

    In Rocky Ford, farmer Greg Smith this week laid off his lone farm stand employee because he said customers all but vanished when news of the outbreak spread.

    The outbreak has killed as many as four people. Colorado officials said Friday the contaminated melons were whole fruit from a Jensen Farms in the Rocky Ford region and have been recalled.

    Angry at reporters and camera crews reporting on the tainted melons, Smith said, "You've basically put a .30-caliber bullet between our eyes."

  • Stop and smell the wildflowers with PEEC

    The summer rains were late, but they came. As always, they encouraged the annuals to pop up and the perennials to reach new heights.  
    Chick Keller will lead a free evening flower walk for Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 5:30 p.m. today. As curator of the Jemez Mountain Herbarium, Keller will provide a list of plants so that participants can keep track of what they see.  
    After meeting at PEEC, 3540 Orange Street, the group will caravan to the best site for September blooms. Asters, sunflowers, groundsels, skyrocket gilia, gayfeather — they’re all waiting to be admired

  • Be There 09-13-11

    Today
    A wildflower walk with Chick Keller will be at 5:30 p.m. today at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The walk is free and a plant list is provided.

    Girl Scouts recruitment night will be from 5-6:30 p.m. at the White Rock Baptist Church. Girls in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to attend. For more information, contact Vanessa at vwheeler@gs-nmtrails.org, or visit www.nmgirlscouts.org.

    Wednesday
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce FAN Club invites the public to celebrate National Assisted Living Week from 5:30-7 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Lodge Retirement and Assisted Living Facility, 1010 Sombrillo Court. For more information, contact Mary Yamada at 661-0066 or myamada@aspenridgelodge.com.

  • Regulation and Licensing Department cautions against investor schemes

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Superintendent J. Dee Dennis, Jr. today warned investors against potential scams on popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
    “As more and more people turn to online social networking sites to interact with others, so have con artists who lurk in the virtual shadows with shady investment deals,” said Dennis. “Just because you befriend someone online does not mean that person is your ‘real friend’ when it comes to investing. This individual may be deliberately mimicking your likes and interests to lure you into a scam.”

  • Richardson pushes to see jailed American

    HAVANA — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is keeping up his quest to visit an American subcontractor jailed in Cuba for nearly two years, despite rebuffs from Cuban officials.
    Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations with a long history of winning prisoner releases around the world, was hunkered down at the capital’s Nacional hotel on Tuesday, waiting for a response to his demand to visit Maryland native Alan Gross in a military hospital where the 62-year-old is being held.

  • MainStreet makes the grade

    In recognition of its commercial district revitalization efforts, the Los Alamos MainStreet program has earned national accreditation by meeting the performance standards set by the National Trust MainStreet Center.

    “Being recognized on a national level makes of feel very proud and it lets the community know that we are working hard to revitalize downtown Los Alamos and everything that encompasses,” said Los Alamos MainStreet Manager Suzette Fox. “Our goal for this program is to support a vibrant downtown through events, promotions, participation and planning and design projects and through our business assistance activities.”