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Today's News

  • At CIA, grave mistakes, then promotions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In December 2003, security forces boarded a bus in Macedonia and snatched a German citizen named Khaled el-Masri. For the next five months, el-Masri was a ghost. Only a select group of CIA officers knew he had been whisked to a secret prison for interrogation in Afghanistan.

    But he was the wrong guy.

  • Northern New Mexico road conditions are hazardous

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Road conditions in northern New Mexico are icy and snow packed after a winter storm rolled in.

    The transportation department says Interstate 25 north and southbound from Las Vegas to the Colorado border is icy and snow packed.

    Road crews are plowing, salting and laying down cinders. Motorists should reduce speed and use caution.

    Blowing snow is also reported on I-25 in the Raton area.

  • 3,800 permits backlogged

    Irony seemed to be a guest last week along with Harrison Schmitt, who appeared before the Senate Finance Committee.
    The designated Secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department talked about the department’s budget needs and commented on the energy industry on the same icy day that thousands of people were losing their natural gas service.
    I was there to see what he knew about New Mexico’s energy industries. The former astronaut has, after all, been absent from the state for decades.

  • Community annoucements 02-08-11

    Barranca students
    need funds
    Students at Barranca Elementary are collecting funds to help fix their basketball court and build a new court. Monetary donations may be made to help fund the project, or bricks may be purchased for $100. Those who purchase bricks may have their names engraved on them. Mail donations to Mrs. McGrane’s 6th Grade Class, Barranca Elementary, 57 Loma Del Escolar, Los Alamos, NM 87544, or contact McGrane at n.mcgrane@laschools.net, for more information.

    Tables available for fair

  • Be There 02-08-11

    Thursday
     Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt and former teacher Kelly Myers will present the findings of almost a year-long effort on a long range planning report during the monthly League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader meeting. The meeting will be from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at Central Avenue Grill. RSVP to League President Barbara Calef, 662-3825 or bfcalef@yahoo.com by Feb. 9.

    A Love Stinks party for teens ages 13-18 will be from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library.

  • Learn to identify birds

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center has a birding class to help those curious about identifying birds. Local birder Dave Yeamans will give a beginning birding class at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the PEEC nature center, 3540 Orange Street.
    Those attending should come prepared with questions and bring binoculars, if possible. The cost is $10 for individuals or $20 per family, less for members of PEEC.
    The class will be about an hour, but will extend as long as people have questions.

  • Showing kindness goes a long way

    How are you feeling this week? The asset focus for today is asset #33, interpersonal competence. Do the youth in your life have the skill of empathy or well being for others?
    We found ourselves in a gas shortage last week. I’m wondering what did you do to make a difference for those that were suffering? Did you turn down the thermostat, take a shorter shower or cut down on anything?

  • Hauling out radioactive material

    A truck transports a bin of radioactive waste from DP Road last week.

  • State News at a Glance 02-08-11

    Efforts to undo emission rules stalled

  • Immigration rights supporters rally in NM

    SANTA FE — Immigrant rights supporters rallied at the Capitol on Monday against what they view as anti-immigrant policies of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, including a directive that state law enforcement check the immigration status of criminal suspects.
    Waving placards and at one point chanting, “We are New Mexico,” protesters gathered outside of the Capitol just below the fourth floor offices of the governor.