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Today's News

  • Obama's deficit plan runs into economic reality

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama headed west to sell his big picture deficit-reduction plan. But many people are waiting for a quick fix to their own economic problems caused chiefly by persistent unemployment and the crippled housing market.

    Audiences in California and Nevada understood why it's important to get a handle on the deficit over the long term. Yet they made clear that the economic recovery hasn't fully taken hold in ways that are meaningful to them.

    As Obama shifts into re-election mode, he will need to show that he hasn't lost his focus on jobs even as the conversation in Washington swings to paying down what the nation owes.

  • NM unemployment rate drops to 8.1 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say the March unemployment rate was down six-tenths of a percent from the previous month.

    A report released Thursday by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows the state's unemployment rate dropped from 8.7 percent in February to 8.1 percent in March.

    The Farmington metropolitan area had the state's highest unemployment rate, at 9.2 percent, down from 9.7 percent in February.

    Overall job growth remains stunted. The recovery is progressing slowly because no particular sector of the economy is leading the way in creating more jobs.

  • NM ex-governor Johnson enters presidential race

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Highlighting his background as both a governor and outdoor adventurer, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced his presidential campaign outside the New Hampshire Statehouse on Thursday before heading for a mountain known as the birthplace of extreme skiing.

    Johnson, a Republican, acknowledged that he is virtually unknown in New Hampshire and other key primary states but said he won't be outworked when it comes to retail politics.

    "I have to do, and want to do, really well in New Hampshire," he said. "So I'm going to spend a lot of time in New Hampshire, where you can go from obscurity to prominence overnight with a good showing in New Hampshire."

  • Council going proactive on maintenance

    Editor’s Note: This is the final story in a three-part series covering the county budget.

    When it comes to maintaining the county’s facilities, the Los Alamos County Council decided it is high time to get proactive. Council unanimously approved creation of a new maintenance plan, during budget hearings held Saturday and Monday.
    “From my perspective, in the past, our maintenance has been primarily reactive, when something breaks, we fix it, Council Vice Chair Jim Hall told the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • In the zone: Know the laws about home-based businesses

    Almost half of U.S. businesses are based in the business owner’s home, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, and that number might grow as more people decide to go into business for themselves.
    Those planning to launch a home-based business in New Mexico need to understand the zoning laws that apply in their area.
    Depending on where one lives in the state, zoning laws are enacted by city or county officials.

    A tale of two cities

  • Flower Art

    A bed of tulips decorate a building’s exterior.

  • Be There 04-21-11

    Today
    The L.A. County Republican Party will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilltop House, third floor conference room.

    The monthly meeting of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library, Room 3. Featured speakers will be Sam Bregman, Letitia Montoya and Javier Gonzales, all candidates for state party chair. They will talk about their goals and plans for the party through the election cycle in 2012, as well as the past legislative session. All interested Democrats are urged to attend.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Those interested in the Lions Club should call Dennis Wulff at 672-9563 or email drwulff47@aol.com.

  • Thank you 04-21-11

    Girl Scout Troops appreciate help

    Junior Girl Scout Troop 557 and Brownie Girl Scout Troop 116 would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  When our local Girl Scout organization lost its venue to host the annual Brownie Sleepover, Bethlehem Lutheran graciously opened its doors. This church has always provided meeting space to many groups in town, including our troop’s bimonthly meetings.
    The sleepover was a great success! The church’s spacious kitchen and open layout enhanced many hours of fun including; cooking, crafts, scavenger hunt, singing and dancing.  Everyone left a little tired, but very happy.
    Thanks again for being such a great example of what community is all about!

  • Community annoucements 04-21-11

    Volunteers needed
    The Fuller Lodge Art  Center needs up to a dozen new volunteers. Volunteers sit at the reception desk, greet visitors as they enter and handle any sales. Often visitors have questions about Los Alamos and the interactions with the volunteers become part of their vacation experience.  
    Shifts available are from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call Amy Bjarke at 662-1635 or email gallery@fullerlodgeartcenter.com.

    March on Hunger
    Aspen, Chamisa and Mountain Elementaries, along with Los Alamos Middle School, are collecting non-perishable items for people and collars and leashes for pets as a community project and a student service project combine their efforts.

  • Wang places first in 4-Way Essay competition

    Alex Wang was awarded first place in the Rotary District 5520’s Four-Way Essay competition, which includes entries from all middle school participants in New Mexico and west Texas. The award was made April 9 at the District 5520 conference in Ruidoso.
    Pictured from left to right, Skip King, president of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos; Baolian Cheng, Wang, Yi-Ming Wang, Linda King, Rotary Club’s 4-Way essay coordinator; and Linda Hull, Rotary secretary.