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Today's News

  • Martinez picks reformer as public education head 


    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has made her pick for New Mexico’s next public education secretary — a woman who led school reforms in Florida.
    Under former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Hanna Skandera implemented reforms at middle schools and high schools aimed at improving accountability and giving incentives for high academic performance while ending social promotions.
    Martinez said reading scores in Florida
    schools went up dramatically.

  • Update 12-22-10

    Deadline extended
     

    The deadline for the Community Asset Awards has been extended until 5 p.m. Friday. On-line nominations can be made at www.AssetsInAction.info.
    For additional information call 661-4846. The program is sponsored by Assets In Action, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

    Just a wag

  • Snow likely minimal for Los Alamos

    The National Weather Service says a low pressure system is expected to bring more snow to the higher northern mountains of New Mexico Thursday and Thursday night.
    LANL meterologist Scott Johnson, though, said the snow should be minimal in the Los Alamos area. Johnson said most of the precipitation will be rain.
    “It will be nothing like last Thursday,” Johnson said.
    Last week, a storm dumped six to nine inches in the region.

  • Be There 12-22-10

    Friday
    Skate to holiday music on the outdoor ice rink lit with the reflection of holiday lights under the starry night sky from 6-8 p.m. at the Christmas Eve Luminaria Skate at the Ice Rink. The Los Alamos County Ice Rink is located at 4475 West Road. Call 662-4500 for more information or e-mail larec@lacnm.us.

  • Letters 12-22-10

    Thanks for a successful fair

    The hard work of many dedicated volunteers resulted in a successful Northern New Mexico Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. In addition to the Los Alamos Arts Council, the fair benefited from the efforts of RSVP members who posted flyers around Los Alamos before the fair and the Fabulous 50s Café that provided the food and beverages for the event.

  • AP sources: Deal reached on 9/11 health bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic senators have reached a deal on a scaled-down bill to help 9/11 first responders who became sick from having worked in the dust of the World Trade Center.

    Congressional aides close to the negotiations tell The Associated Press that the deal calls for providing up to $4 billion in health care and economic aid over five years to first responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks.

  • Officials: Fifth home swept away by Ariz. flooding

    BEAVER DAM, Ariz. (AP) — A fire department dispatcher in northwestern Arizona says a fifth unoccupied home has been swept away by floodwaters.

    Dori Rothenberger, with the Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire District, tells The Associated Press the fifth home in the community of Beaver Dam was washed away Tuesday night. The four others near a normally dry wash collapsed into the floodwaters Tuesday afternoon.

  • Iraqi churches cancel Christmas festivities

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Christians on Wednesday called off Christmas festivities across the country as al-Qaida insurgents threatened more attacks on a beleaguered community still terrified from a bloody siege at a Baghdad church two months earlier.

  • Rain-soaked Calif. braces for biggest storm yet

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After days of relentless rain, Southern California was bracing for the most intense storm system yet, with evacuations ordered, roads covered by water and mud, and residents anxiously eyeing already saturated mountainsides denuded by wildfires.

  • Stocks flat as GDP growth falls below forecasts

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes on Wall Street were flat Wednesday after a report showed that the U.S. economy did not grow as fast as analysts predicted.

    The Commerce Department said the country's gross domestic product rose at an annual rate of 2.6 percent between July and September, a small increase from its earlier estimate of 2.5 percent. Analysts expected the number to rise to 2.8 percent.