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Today's News

  • Winds of change are blowing

    There was a full house at Fuller Lodge Thursday night as members of the community were eager to hear about potential changes that could be made to the structure of Los Alamos County government.

    People not only turned out for the forum, which the Los Alamos Charter Review Committee and the League of Women Voters hosted, they also gave their opinions on making possible changes to the government.

    A straw poll asked if Los Alamos should elect a mayor or continue with its council chair, the audience was spilt on the issue.

  • A poll for modern times

    Months before the 2008 Presidential race began, I read a poll that predicted who would win the election.  At that time, no one had even formally announced their candidacy, and yet the polls raged on.  I think some guy named Paul Reubens was the leading contender. Polling once again besieged us over the months before the 2010 elections and I found myself unplugging the phone in an effort to ward them off.
    Americans are constantly inundated with polls; polls on who will win, polls on who should win, polls on who would leave the country if who wins.  

  • The definition of civil office is open to interpretation

    What a coincidence. On Nov. 2, New Mexico voters overwhelmingly rejected a constitutional amendment that would allow a governor to appoint a legislator to civil office.
    On Nov, 24, Gov.-Elect Susana Martinez appointed Rep. Keith Gardner, the House Republican whip, as her chief of staff.
    I wasn’t being sardonic when I called it a coincidence. New Mexico court decisions for years have given a very narrow interpretation to what constitutes a civil office.

  • Sports Update 12-03-10

    Artesia, Aztec to meet for 4A football title

  • Wrestling: Toppers will be at Manzano to start 2010-11

    Entering his second season as head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling program, Robert Geyer has plenty of help.
    With a slew of assistant coaches for the 2010-11 season, the preseason workouts for the team have been productive. Exactly how productive?
    Los Alamos will get to see Friday.
    Los Alamos opens its season at the Manzano Invitational tournament Saturday. Cibola, Eldorado and Albuquerque Academy, along with two of Los Alamos’ District 2AAAA opponents, Capital and Santa Fe, are expected to compete.

  • Deficit-cutting plan fails to advance to Capitol

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget deficit commission failed to garner enough support Friday to spur quick congressional action on its austere spending blueprint, but the plan will live on because a bipartisan majority on the panel embraced it.

  • Obama visits troops in Afghanistan, phones Karzai

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama slipped unannounced into dangerous Afghanistan on Friday, one year after widening an ever deadlier war and just days before a pivotal review about the 9-year-plus conflict.

    Plans for a face-to-face meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai were scrapped at the last minute. Instead, the two leaders spoke by phone, Obama at the air base and Karzai in Kabul.

  • Unemployment hits seven-month high

    NEW YORK (AP) — An rise in the U.S. unemployment rate pushed most stocks down Friday as investors moved money into safer assets.

    The unemployment rate climbed to a seven-month high in November as employers added just 39,000 jobs. Economists had expected a gain of 145,000.

    The unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent from 9.6 percent.

  • Stock fall after unexpected rise in unemployment

    NEW YORK (AP) — An unexpected increase in the U.S. unemployment rate pushed stock prices down and lifted prices of safer assets Friday.

    The unemployment rate climbed to a seven month high in November as employers added only 39,000 jobs. Economists had expected that 145,000 were added last month. The unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent from 9.6 percent in October.

  • WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks

    LONDON (AP) — Wikileaks struggled to stay online Friday as corporations and governments moved to cut its access to the Internet, a potentially crippling blow for an organization dedicated to releasing secret information via the web.