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Today's News

  • Healthcare reform: Insurers must cover birth control with no copays

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says health insurance plans must cover birth control for women with no copays.

    The requirement, affecting most insurance plans, is part of a broad expansion of women's preventive coverage. Breast pumps for nursing mothers, an annual "well woman" physical, counseling on how to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and other services will also be covered at no cost to the patient.

    The new benefits won't take effect for at least another year, Jan. 1, 2013, in most cases. Insurers are expected to pass the cost on to their customers through slightly higher premiums.

  • Obama signs debt bill after final Senate vote--video extras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26.

    Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later.

    Tuesday's vote capped an extraordinarily difficult Washington battle pitting tea party Republican forces in the House against Obama and Democrats controlling the Senate. The resulting compromise paired an essential increase in the government's borrowing cap with promises of more than $2 trillion of budget cuts over the next decade.

  • Twin troubles awaken new politics

    Should we worry about the national debt? Is it wise not to cut down a mountainside full of trees to meet current needs?
    The questions together are a curious pair. Or more to the point, how curious that we never hear the questions asked together.       
    They are but two forms of the same question: How do we husband assets so as to maintain capabilities for those who come later?              
    Mull on it. The fields of economics and ecology are more the same than different. They are chapters in the same book.

  • Grant expands state’s education success

     When Taos-based Imagine Education received a Next Generation Learning Challenge Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates and William and Flora Hewlett foundations this summer, the award was not just a triumph for middle-school students struggling to learn math.
    It also marked an achievement for the New Mexico programs that grow the state’s economy by helping small New Mexico businesses.
    Imagine Education’s founders credit economic development initiatives with helping them win the grant, one of 19 awarded nationwide for innovations in teaching literacy and mathematics. The grant will allow Imagine Education to pilot its educational math game, Ko’s Journey, in 10 middle schools nationwide.
    A business built on needs

  • Sports Update 07-31-11

    Boys soccer tryouts start Aug. 8

    Tryouts for the Los Alamos High School boys soccer program will be held Aug. 8-12.
    Tryouts for the 2011 season will start at 8 a.m. each day.
    All physical examinations and paperwork must be completed and turned in before athletes are allowed to participate. Forms are available at the school’s athletics website, www.laschools.net/athletics/site/default.asp.
    Tryouts will run from 8-9:30 a.m. at North Mesa Field and 4-6:30 p.m. at Overlook Park. Participants will need running shoes, cleats, shin guards (afternoon session only) and water.

    Cross country meeting is Aug. 3

  • Football practice starting

    The beginning of August means the fall sports season is just around the corner. For the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team, that means preseason is just hours away.
    Two-a-days for the Hilltoppers start Monday at LAHS’ practice field.
    Monday is the first official day of fall practice for football for teams around the state. All other fall sports get going Aug. 8.
    The 2011 season opener for the Hilltopper football team is Aug. 27 at Pojoaque, although the team will see its first live action a week earlier when it travels to Piedra Vista for a preseason scrimmage.

  • LATC’s men’s final scheduled for this morning

    A new Los Alamos Tennis Club women’s singles champion was crowned Saturday, while a new men’s singles champ will be determined this morning.
    The LATC’s annual tournament concludes today at Urban Park. Matches, including the men’s singles final, start at 8:30 a.m.
    Today’s men’s final will pit Stephen Townsley against Kevin Mitchell. Townsley and Mitchell both won their first two matches Saturday in straight sets to get to the final.
    About 30 players are taking part in this year’s tournament. LATC’s Bob Tonelli, who’s one of the tournament’s organizers, said several regular participants were out of town for this year’s event.

  • NASA’s Chem Cam gets final destination

    After months of analysis and discussion, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover team has picked a landing site on which the rover’s adventures can begin.
    Within Gale Crater, the target site for the rover is a 5-kilometer-high mound of sedimentary material inside a sort of Martian “Grand Canyon.”
     If the team is correct, the deep crater and its mounded materials could show a wet and potentially habitable history.

  • Council considers sewage rate increase

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council considers an ordinance that would raise sewage rates by 10 percent to cover increased maintenance costs and loan payments for the new wastewater treatment plant.

    Between 2007 and 2010, sewer revenues increased from $2.5 million to $3.5 million, a 40 percent increase, while expenses increased by 62 percent. The proposed rate increase will generate approximately $345,000 in additional revenue.

  • NM welcomes medal of honor winner

    SANTA FE — New Mexico gave a hero’s welcome and birthday greetings Friday to a native son awarded the Medal of Honor, Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry.
    Petry, who grew up in Santa Fe, celebrated his 32nd birthday as he returned to his hometown for the first time since receiving the nation’s highest military honor at a White House ceremony earlier this month.
    “It’s not my medal. It represents everyone in the uniformed services,” Petry told a crowd of more than 200 who gathered in the Capitol rotunda.