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Today's News

  • Economy snares local victim

    Financial circumstances have forced Hallmark store owner Steve Brownell to deliver the dreaded news he’s put off for so long.

    On May 8 he told his photography department manager Eric Johnson that he would be laid off in June. Johnson, whose last day is Wednesday, has worked at the store for 13 years.

  • See a monster’s softer side in ‘Frankenstein’

    UNM-Los Alamos’ Monster Movie Thursdays continues at 6 p.m. Thursday in the UNM-LA Lecture Hall, Building 2, with a modern adaptation of Frankenstein in “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (R rating).

    The movie is free and open to the public.

    Filmed in 1994, Kenneth Branagh directed the film and stars as Victor Frankenstein.

  • An atmosphere of excellence

    As a recently retired teacher from LAPS, I have with interest followed the search for a new high school principal and assistant superintendent. With 38 years of teaching experience at the middle school level in three different states, including 12 years at a National Blue Ribbon School in lrvine, Calif., a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a major writer of the Baldrige award for LAMS and the LAPS, I feel that I understand what it takes to create an atmosphere of excellence within a school and district.

  • Re-living the Wild West

    In the old day of the Wild West, boys spent their days playing in pine forests. They carried knives, were allowed to shoot wild game,  and made their own ropes to swing across rivers.

    A few of these pastimes were brought back during the recent Cub Scout Wild West Day Camp in Rendija Canyon.

    During the camp, scouts braided ropes, played marbles and made wampum belts and teepees. Plus, the scouts were able to make telephones out of tin cans, create adobe bricks with water and socks and milk a cow.

  • Should we end the war in Afghanistan?

    Obama says he will begin withdrawing troops in 2011, but some feel we should end this illegal and immoral war much sooner. This earlier withdrawal would make sense since our invasion and occupation of Afghanistan appear to have been from the very beginning about controlling natural gas pipelines, as well as controlling a lot of previously known resources such as lithium, gold and copper. The pipeline scenario has been well served by both Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice who worked deals with Afghanistan during their tenure with Halliburton and Chevron, respectively.

  • What a difference a year makes

    SANTA FE — One year ago, in June 2009, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish was sitting in the catbird seat. She had announced for governor more than two years earlier and had already raised more than $2 million.

    A poll had just been published by Harstad Strategic Research of Boulder, Colo., showing Denish leading both Steve Pearce and Heather Wilson by identical 57-35 margins.

       Pearce and Wilson were both well known to voters statewide, better known than Denish, in fact. Both had given up their U.S. House seats to seek the Senate seat of the retiring Pete Domenici.

  • Youth minister denied bond in child porn case, judge cites risk to community

  • Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia dead at 92

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving member of the U.S. Senate, a fiery orator and hard-charging power broker who steered billions of federal dollars to his beloved West Virginia, died Monday. He was 92.

    A spokesman for the family, Jesse Jacobs, said that Byrd died peacefully at about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va. He had been in the hospital since late last week.

    At first Byrd was believed to be suffering from heat exhaustion and severe dehydration, but other medical conditions developed. He had been in frail health for several years.

  • UNM receives funding as special science center

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Health Science Center has been named a federal Clinical and Translational Science Center.

    The designation comes with $21 million in awards over five years. It also establishes the Health Sciences Center as a key national research center and will create more than 100 high-paying jobs.

    New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall says the UNM Health Science Center is a critical economic and research engine for the region, and the designation will enhance its ability to recruit and retain top faculty and researchers.

  • Justices extend gun owner rights nationwide

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court held Monday that the Constitution's Second Amendment restrains government's ability to significantly limit "the right to keep and bear arms," advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights.

    By a narrow, 5-4 vote, the justices also signaled, however, that some limitations on the right could survive legal challenges.