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Today's News

  • Economy gains, but not enough to ease jobs crisis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy gained strength at the end of last year as Americans spent at the fastest pace in four years and U.S. companies sold more overseas.

    The growth is boosting hopes for a stronger 2011. But it remains too weak to ease high unemployment.

    The Commerce Department reported Friday that growth rose by an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the October-December quarter. That's better than the 2.6 percent growth in the previous quarter. And it was the best quarterly showing since the start of last year.

  • Mandela home from S. African hospital

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Nelson Mandela went home from the hospital Friday after suffering an acute respiratory infection. Officials said the 92-year-old was joking with his wife and nurses, and handling the difficulties of old age "with the greatest of grace."

    Surgeon-General Vejaynand Ramlakan told reporters that the anti-apartheid icon would now receive care at home after about 48 hours in Johannesburg's Milpark Hospital.

  • NASA marks 25th anniversary of Challenger accident

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, seven astronauts died aboard space shuttle Challenger when it exploded shortly after liftoff.

    NASA officials, families and former astronauts gathered Friday morning at an outdoor memorial at Florida's Kennedy Space Center to mark the somber anniversary.

    The accident on Jan. 28, 1986 — just 73 seconds into flight — killed the Challenger crew, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.

  • Slain missionary had worried about Mexico violence

    MONTE ALTO, Texas (AP) — Sam and Nancy Davis had taken their missionary work to Mexico for 30 years, but relatives say the Texas couple recently put off trips because of spiraling drug cartel violence. Nancy even stopped making some of those trips because of the risks.

    "But for some reason Nancy went in (on Wednesday) and did not come out" alive, Francille Davis said a day after her daughter-in-law died of a gunshot wound to the head following an attack in one of Mexico's most violent areas.

  • Relentless snow brings out the best in Easterners

    MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — Between storms, a builder in Connecticut uses his skid loader to plow his neighbors' driveways. In Maryland, a good Samaritan hands out water and M&Ms to stranded drivers. The mayor of Philadelphia urges residents to "be kind" and help one another out — and they respond by doing just that.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers drop contest for first place

    When it rained, it poured.
    Unfortunately for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team, it couldn’t even slow down the torrent in the second half of Wednesday’s game at Española Valley.
    After keeping within striking distance through the first half Wednesday at Edward Medina Gymnasium, Los Alamos was hit with a barrage of 3-pointers from the Sundevils. At the same time, Los Alamos’ offense, which had been working well heading in, sputtered in the third quarter and stalled completely in the fourth.

  • Swimming: LA's results from Artesia Invitational

    Here are the Los Alamos Hilltoppers’ results from the Artesia Inviational meet this weekend (name, event, place, time):

    Team scores
    Girls
    1. Clovis, 132; 2. Las Cruces, 129.5; 3. Alamogordo, 96; 4. Los Alamos, 92; 5. Carlsbad, 50; 6. Hobbs, 24.5; 7. Artesia, 21.

    Boys
    1. Hobbs, 111; 2. Clovis, 110; 3. Los Alamos, 61; (tie) Alamogordo, 61; (tie), Carlsbad, 61; 6. Artesia, 48; 7. Las Cruces, 47; 8. Mesilla Valley Christian, 40; 9. NMMI, 16.

    Individual results
    Miguel Arias

  • Work party at baseball fields Saturday

    Los Alamos High School’s baseball team will hold a work party Saturday to prepare Bomber and Senior Fields for the upcoming season.
    The work party starts at 9 a.m. at the fields on North Mesa. Volunteers should bring work gloves and shovels, if available, as well as drinking water.
    For more information, call Mike Gill at 690-5908.

  • Council set to revisit DPU electric rate hike request

    After proposing an increase, delaying it, re-evaluating it – the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has put the electricity rate hike issue back on the table.
    DPU initially recommended a 10 percent hike in August 2010, which would have increased the average electric bill $5. However, the county council agreed to table the issue and directed staff to research alternatives permitted by the state. Council also wanted to help Los Alamos Public Schools with the rate increase and to clarify whether the hike complied with the county charter.

  • Co-op Market: A Symbol For Economic Progress

    More than 700 households in Los Alamos and White Rock have invested financially in the soon-to-open Los Alamos Cooperative Market – a project that former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro calls “a symbol of economic development made more significant because it’s all funded through local investment.”
    As of Wednesday, the co-op has raised $1,018,610 from local member loans and local member investment certificates.