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Today's News

  • Getting past ‘yuck’

    After reaching adulthood, I learned a surprising thing about my mother: she was afraid of spiders and snakes. Lots of people are afraid of spiders and snakes, so why did this come as a surprise?

    Because when I was growing up, she never once showed that she was afraid of them. When we would see a bug or a spider or a snake, she would talk matter-of-factly about it, pointing out its interesting qualities.

    “Spiders have eight legs, but insects have six.” “Snakes are good to have around the neighborhood because they eat mice.”

  • First gubernatorial debate to focus on education

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's gubernatorial candidates will face plenty of questions about education when they meet in their first debate in the general election campaign.

    Democrat Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez are vying to become the state's first female governor.

    The debate is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in Albuquerque at Eldorado High School. Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks is the moderator.

    The debate is to focus on education, which accounts for not quite half of spending in the state budget.

  • Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home

    KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait (AP) — A line of heavily armored American military vehicles, their headlights twinkling in the pre-dawn desert, lumbered past the barbed wire and metal gates marking the border between Iraq and Kuwait early Thursday and rolled into history.

  • Bridges could be route into US

    ACALA, Texas (AP) — On each side of a towering West Texas stretch of the $2.4 billion border fence designed to block people from illegally entering the country, there are two metal footbridges, clear paths into the United States from Mexico.

    The footpaths that could easily guide illegal immigrants and smugglers across the Rio Grande without getting wet seem to be there because of what amounts to federal linguistics. While just about anyone would call them bridges, the U.S.-Mexico group that owns them calls them something else.

  • Nuke lawsuit part of bigger battle

    The lawsuit filed by a grassroots citizen’s group to stop construction of a plutonium trigger plant at Los Alamos National Laboratory is a minor portion of a multi-pronged effort, a spokesman for the group said Wednesday.

    “The lawsuit is a small part of the story,” said Darwin Bond-Graham, board member for The Los Alamos Study Group. “The biggest issue is what are the alternatives for the CMRR facility?”

  • County forces contract

    County Council voted to impose a new contract on Los Alamos firefighters during a special meeting at the White Rock Fire Station Wednesday evening.

    Members and supporters of Firefighters’ Association Local 3279 expressed displeasure with the council’s action, contending this is the second time they’ve unilaterally approved an unwanted contract.

    Last year they forced a 3 percent wage increase on local firefighters.

     

    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • SBA extends help to minority-owned companies

    In July, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of minority-owned businesses increased by 46 percent from 2002 to 2007.

    This is good news. These new businesses are creating jobs and driving local economic growth all across the country.

    However, this is no time to lessen the commitment or resources available to help minority small businesses grow and create jobs.

  • Take a wild ride Friday night

    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will be at Del Norte Credit Union at 7 p.m. Friday with rocker Nick Curran and the Lowlifes. Los Alamos favorites, the Nomads, will open the show with their ’50s, ’60s and ’70s music.

    Good golly, Miss Molly, let me tell you about it.

  • Golf: Northern NM senior’s results from last week’s tourneys

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association from its tournaments at Santa Fe Country Club and Paa-Ko Ridge last week.

    Santa Fe Country Club

    Aug. 10

    Championship flight

    First low gross

    Bob Sherman, Santa Fe, 78.

    Second low gross

    John Mikkelsen, Santa Fe, 79.

    First low net

    Bob Rivera, Santa Fe, 73.

    First flight

    First low gross

    Robert Menke, Española, 82.

  • AP Poll: Obama at new low for handling economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama earned his lowest marks ever on his handling of the economy in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which also found that an overwhelming majority of Americans now describe the nation's financial outlook as poor.

    A frustrated electorate could take it out on the party in power — Obama's Democrats — in the November elections.