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Today's News

  • Big backlog of calls at state unemployment office

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the state's unemployment office, is getting slammed with phone calls from people needing unemployment benefits.

    KRQE-TV reports more than 26,000 calls came into the office last week. Handling the calls are about 25 to 30 customer service representatives at any given time, although more staff have been hired and are in training.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Obama popular, but doubts on progress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thumbs up for President Barack Obama's personality. Thumbs down for his progress.

    An overwhelming majority of Americans like Obama, but most say he hasn't accomplished much on two top goals — fixing the sluggish economy and changing how Washington works, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll midway through the first term of his presidency.

  • Tennis: Venus Williams early injury pullout from 3rd round

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Venus Williams lasted just seven points in her third-round match Friday at the Australian Open, forced to withdraw due to injury from a Grand Slam singles match for the first time in her career.

    After losing the first game to Andrea Petkovic of Germany and trailing in the second, Williams stretched to her right to return a serve, hit the ball and then cried out in pain, clutching toward her stomach on her right side. It was soon clear that she couldn't continue.

  • Risky SKorean raid saves entire crew from pirates

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — At dawn, South Korean special forces packed into a small boat approached a hijacked freighter in the Arabian Sea. Commandos scrambled up a ladder onto the ship, aboard which Somali pirates were armed with AK assault rifles and anti-tank missiles. A South Korean destroyer and hovering Lynx helicopter provided covering fire.

  • Google co-founder Page will be CEO in shake-up

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc. co-founder Larry Page is taking over as CEO in an unexpected shake-up that upstaged the Internet search leader's fourth-quarter earnings.

    Page, 37, is reclaiming the top job from Eric Schmidt, who had been brought in as CEO a decade ago because Google's investors believed the company needed a more mature leader.

    Schmidt, 55, will remain an adviser to Page and Google's other co-founder, Sergey Brin, as Google's executive chairman.

    The changes will be effective April 4.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers knock off Spartans to open 2AAAA

    The funny thing about district play is that struggling teams can turn their fortunes around pretty quickly.
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team took the first step to doing just that Wednesday night and has a chance to take a giant leap this weekend.
    In their District 2AAAA opener Wednesday night, the Hilltoppers upended the Bernalillo Spartans. The Hilltoppers’ stout defense held the Spartans to just five points in the pivotal third quarter as they came away with a 57-44 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Ski report 01-20-11

    Angel Fire
    27-32 inch base of powder and packed powder. 4 inches new snow reported. 47 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest
    15-inch base of packed powder. 1 inch of new snow reported. All trails open.

    Pajarito
    20-inch base of machine-groomed snow and variable conditions. Trace new snow reported. Will reopen Friday.

    Red River
    25-30 inch base of packed powder and machine-groomed snow. 1 inch of new snow reported. 35 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

  • LA, Academy girls hoops rescheduled

    Los Alamos High School announced Saturday’s girls basketball games between Los Alamos and Albuquerque Academy have been rescheduled.
    Academy, hosting the games, had a schedule conflict.
    Instead, the teams will play Feb. 17 at Academy. Game times will remain 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

  • Basketball: Lobo men fall on road to Utes

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Josh Watkins scored 22 points and J.J. O’Brien added a career-high 18 to help Utah beat New Mexico 82-72 on Wednesday night.
    Watkins scored on a variety of drives and pushed the ball at every opportunity to spark the Utes (9-10, 2-3 Mountain West) to back-to-back wins after dropping seven straight.
    O’Brien, a freshman who missed nine games with a broken foot and had only scored 32 points all season, made 7 of 13 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds.

  • See the world through a lens

    For the past several years, the Los Alamos Photography Club has helped promote the appreciation of photography in Los Alamos County. This year is no different, as the LAPC, in conjunction with Mesa Public Library, hosts the 16th Annual Los Alamos Photographers’ Show.