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Today's News

  • Economy brightens as consumers spend, layoffs slow

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Economic reports Thursday suggest employers are laying off fewer workers, businesses are ordering more computers and appliances, and consumers are spending with more confidence.

    The latest data confirm that the economy is improving, even though too few jobs are being created to lower the 9.8 percent unemployment rate.

  • NM unemployment call center to close 2 Fridays

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Unemployment Insurance Call Center will be closed the next two Fridays — Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

    The state Department of Workforce Solutions says unemployment insurance claimants should plan for that.

    The agency also notes the federal holidays of Christmas and New Year's on the next two Saturdays will mean banks and post offices will be closed. That could delay funds for unemployment insurance debit card holders and participants who have direct deposit or receive checks by mail.

  • Football: Uh oh! Boise State rolls in MAACO Bowl

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boise State will have to live forever with the big one that got away. Finishing the season looking like one of the best teams in the nation will at least help ease some of the short-term pain of what might have been.

    Flat at first in a game they didn't seem to want to be in, the 10th-ranked Broncos were dominant the rest of the way Wednesday night in dismantling No. 20 Utah 26-3.

  • Alaska court refuses to overturn sen. vote results

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court delivered another stinging setback to Republican Joe Miller, refusing to overturn election results that favored his GOP rival, Lisa Murkowski, in the state's U.S. Senate race.

  • NKorea threatens 'sacred' nuclear war if attacked

    POCHEON, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea beat the drums of war Thursday, with each threatening the other with immediate retaliation if attacked.

    Seoul has staged days of military drills in a show of force meant to deter North Korea, including live-fire exercises earlier this week on a front-line island shelled by the North last month. Angered by the exercises, North Korea threatened Thursday it would launch a "sacred" nuclear war if Seoul hit it and warned that even the smallest intrusion on its territory would bring a devastating response.

  • Boys basketball: LA picks up fifth at Lujan Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team picked up a victory Wednesday afternoon over the Taos Tigers to take fifth place at the Ben Lujan Invitational.

    Los Alamos, which led most of the way Wednesday at Ben Lujan Gymnasium, found itself trailing 28-27 after three quarters, but outscored Taos 21-11 in the final period to pick up a 48-39 victory.

    Following an opening-round loss to the host Pojoaque Elks, the Hilltoppers (3-8) bounced back to pick up wins Tuesday over Penasco and Wednesday against Taos, a former district rival.

  • TLC to operate under new name and management

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) took administrative action Dec. 8 and entered into a settlement agreement to close DR’s (Donny Robertson’s) TLC Driving School with sites in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Roswell and Ruidoso Downs for violations of state laws and regulations, according to NMDOT.
    NMDOT, in a combined effort with the Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) and the University of New Mexico Institute of Public Law, launched an investigation after learning of illegal practices conducted at the school.  

  • Boys basketball: Toppers hold on to top Panthers at tourney

    JACONA — While Tuesday’s game may have gotten a little more interesting in the second half than the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team might have liked, it held on for a badly-needed victory.
    Los Alamos, playing in the consolation round of the Ben Lujan Invitational Tuesday, looked like it had its contest against Peñasco well in-hand after about 2-1/2 quarters, but the Panthers, led by scrappy shooting guard Gerrick Romero, clawed their way back into the contest.

  • Recharging the battery

    It’s that time of year once again.
    As a geologist, I’m not thinking of the holiday season when I note this time on the calendar.
    What’s impressed me lately is the clear start of the annual cycle in which we benefit from a recharging of the nation’s water supply.
    In late November, while I was digging my pickup truck out of 14 inches of snow, I had time to meditate on the importance of this time of year.

  • County settles muni building injunction

    Council members shed light Tuesday night on a seemingly mixed-up issue that has delayed construction of a new municipal building for months.
    Council voted 5-2 to settle a suit brought last month by local attorneys George and Christine Chandler. The suit called for an injunction and declaratory judgment in relation to a citizen petition that called for voters to decide whether the county should build a new municipal space or reconstruct a replica of the original at Ashley Pond.