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Today's News

  • Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel literature prize

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday.

    The Swedish Academy said it honored the 74-year-old author "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat."

  • Tornadoes derail train, smash homes in N. Arizona

    BELLEMONT, Ariz. (AP) — Two tornadoes touched down in northern Arizona early Wednesday, derailing 28 cars of a parked freight train, blowing semis off the highway and smashing out the windows of dozens of homes.

    The first tornado hit Bellemont — west of Flagstaff — around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and the second touched down east of the small community a short time later.

  • Hungary: Toxic red sludge has reached the Danube

    KOLONTAR, Hungary (AP) — The toxic red sludge that burst out of a Hungarian factory's reservoir and inundated three villages reached the mighty Danube on Thursday after wreaking havoc on smaller rivers and creeks, an emergency official said.

    The European Union and environmental officials had feared an environmental catastrophe affecting half a dozen nations if the red sludge, a waste product of making aluminum, contaminated the Danube, Europe's second-longest river.

  • Football: Hilltoppers open up 2AAAA play Friday night

    It’s a new football season. For all intents and purposes, anyway.
    Despite a rough nondistrict season for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, in which it lost five straight contests, things can be righted in a hurry. Los Alamos will have an opportunity to put a lot of struggles behind it quickly Friday night at Bernalillo.
    The Hilltoppers open the District 2AAAA season Friday at Bernalillo when they take on the Spartans.

  • Golf: Hilltopper round-up at Grants Invite

    Hilltopper girls finish second at Grants

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team finished second at the two-day Grants Invitational, which wrapped up Tuesday.

    Los Alamos improved 15 strokes on its day one finish, firing a team score of 351 to pick up the runner-up finish. Kirtland Central, a strong contender for the Class AAAA championship this season, won the tournament.

    In all, six teams took part in the invitational, which was held at Coyote del Mal Pais Golf Club.

  • Pouring salt on a big wound

    Among the many bad communication ideas the George W. Bush administration came up with was the famous “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln.
    It would prove a shaker of salt in the open wound that would become the long-running conflict in Iraq.
    So it was with great interest that I read the headlines on Internet news sites and in local papers declaring the “End of the Great Recession.”

  • Candidates crank up the differences

    First time exuberance measured against tempered experience kept audience members on the edge of their seats during Tuesday’s political forum.
    “I’m glad you can see the difference here tonight between us – my opponent offers no solutions,” said Republican challenger Tom Mullins about Congressional District 3 incumbent Democrat Ben Ray Luján, who has served one two-year term in Washington.
    Mullins is an engineer, small businessman and entrepreneur from Farmington.

  • Whooping cough case confirmed

    The Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of pertussis (whooping cough) in a student at Piñon Elementary School.
    Families with children at Piñon have been alerted about exposure.
    Close contacts may develop symptoms for up to three weeks after the last exposure.
    Pertussis is a bacterial respiratory infection. Symptoms of pertussis usually begin with cold symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, sore throat and usually little or no fever.

  • Voting Q & A

    Q. When are elections held?
    A. Primary elections are held the first Tuesday in June in even-numbered years.
    General elections are held the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years. This year the election falls on Nov. 2.
    Regular school district elections are held the first Tuesday in February in odd-numbered years, which will be this coming February.
    Special elections and bond elections are held as called for by the school board or the county council.
    Q. When are the polls open?

  • Council approves budget carry-overs

    Although the accounting books may have been closed on fiscal year 2010, there are still items from this fiscal year that require money. In response, Los Alamos County Council approved a request to carry-over budgets from FY 2010 to FY 2011 and a contingency of up to $31,000 to cover public information and legal costs associated with the charter review.
    The carry-over budgets will be for projects that were unfinished in FY 2010 as well as on-going programs.
    Carry-over budgets to complete projects that were delayed include: