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Today's News

  • 2010 Los Alamos County Marriage License Applications

    The following couples applied for a marriage license in Los Alamos County in 2010:

    Jan. 7:  Aaron Thomas McNiff, Anita Marie Pacheco
    Jan. 13: Thomas J King, Jr., Catherine Herbison-Wiget
    Jan. 15: Clint J. Daymon, Janice M. Dynes; Mark Alan Ginnel, Mayim Ginnel; Gabriel Wayne Thompson, Amanda Leigh Keys
    Jan. 19: Pat Christopher Mares, Danielle Melinda Equibel
    Jan. 20: James Raleigh Michel, Michelle Marie Morgan
    Jan. 26: Miguel Johann Hoffman, Sara Elizabeth McEvers
    Feb. 5: Roderick Rennison, Lisa Marie Gill

  • Sanctity of Marriage Alive, Well

    As of Tuesday morning, Jim Miller and Lynn Miller were the newest married couple in Los Alamos.
    The bride and groom wore identical blue jeans and white button-down shirts. A small wedding party gathered in the court room to witness the couple’s union, which Magistrate Judge Pat Casados officiated.
    Tears and hugs were shared as Casados proclaimed them husband and wife.
    Before the ceremony started, Lynn joked about her and her husband already having the same last name. “When we get married, he will take my name,” she said.

  • LAFD ends most turbulent year

    Despite heroic actions and international accreditation, history will mark 2010 as Los Alamos Fire Department’s most scandalous year.
    Firefighters have been charged with crimes ranging from thievery to voyeurism and investigations are underway into cases of pornography and indecent exposure.
    In February, Driver Engineer Steven Fierro, just months from retirement, was caught in a sting operation that revealed he had stolen cash from a fellow firefighter. He was sentenced to a diversion program and LAFD terminated his employment.

  • Winter Storm clobbers much of NM, frigid temps to follow

    As of 11 a.m. Thursday, snow was falling again in most sections of Los Alamos. Unofficially, it appears the area has been blanketed with at least six inches of snow with more forecasted to fall throughout the day.

    By late morning, Los Alamos County officials reported that all non-essential personnel are being sent home for the day. The aquatic center and libraries are closing early. Trash pick-up will continue as long as conditions permit Thursday.

  • Our economy is flawed

    Finally, we almost have a new governor. Finally, also, we know the number of New Mexicans, 2,059,179 residing in the state as of April 1, 2010, plus another 8,094 living outside the country.
    We know the state’s rate of population increase, 13.2 percent during the past decade, was half the rate of the 1990 to 2000 decade.
    A good guess, if the Census Bureau’s between-census estimates are anywhere near correct, is that most of our population growth came from making babies. New Mexico holds much less appeal for grownups than do Arizona and Colorado.

  • Elections 2010: An expensive slurry of repeated slams

    On her retirement, a friend dedicated herself to public service and has since served on boards and run for office a few times. In the recent election, she lost her race for county commission.
    “My opponent spent $95,000. $95,000! For county commission! I raised $6,000 from my savings and by asking everyone I knew for money,” she said.
    For the lesser offices, she wonders, how does an ordinary person finance a campaign? Apparently all that cash flowing into races at the top of the ticket also flowed downhill to the well connected.

  • Bison: It's what's for dinner

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The deep snow blanketing the Midwest prairie didn't bother the bison on Ed Eichten's ranch one bit. The hardy animals evolved to survive — even thrive — year-round on the open range, and with their big heads, they can plow right through drifts 5-feet tall or more.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Baby boomers fear outliving Medicare

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first baby boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and many fear the program's obituary will be written before their own.

    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that baby boomers believe by a ratio of 2-to-1 they won't be able to rely on the giant health insurance plan throughout their retirement.

  • Danish, Swedish police arrest 5 terror suspects

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's intelligence service on Wednesday arrested four people suspected of planning an "imminent" terror attack against a newspaper that printed the controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

    Swedish police said they arrested a fifth suspect.

  • Footbal: Webb-led Vikings upset Eagles Tuesday night

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Written off by nearly everyone, the Minnesota Vikings wouldn't let two extra days sitting around a hotel bring them down.

    After all they've been through this season, it may have given them extra motivation.

    Rookie Joe Webb threw for 195 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first career start filling in for an injured Brett Favre, and the lowly Vikings stunned Michael Vick and the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles 24-14 in the NFL's first Tuesday game since 1946.