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Today's News

  • Take some time to ‘Taste the Sky’

    Construction on Diamond Drive has put a monkey wrench in commuter’s schedules, as well as high school student’s schedules, but it’s also affected fundraising for the United Way, as well.
    Every year around this time, the United Way Youth Team hosts dinner over Diamond, a fundraising event during which diners are served — and eat their dinner — in the catwalks suspended over Diamond Drive. The funds raised during the event go toward the United Way Activities Fund, which benefits nonprofit organizations in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

  • Cross country: LAMS teams sweep first meet of season at Pecos

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk cross country teams picked up a clean sweep in their first outing of the 2010 season.
    LAMS debuted at the Pecos Invitational Wednesday.
    The two Hawk girls teams posted the low scores of the two-grade meet, held on a hilly course.
    The Hawk seventh grade girls finished with just 23 points at the meet, while the Hawk eighth grade girls earned just 27 points. Meanwhile, the eighth grade boys had 33 points and the seventh grade boys finished with 54 points. All four teams finished well ahead of their closest competitors.

  • Memories of 9/11

    I was on active duty with the Navy as the Operations Officer for a detachment of Tactical Air Control Squadron 12 based out of White Beach, Okinawa, Japan.
    We had flown from MCAS Futenma in Okinawa to Nagasaki where we drove to Sasebo for a schedule planning meeting with the air department of the USS Essex. I was staying on the ship and sharing a stateroom with Capt. Jay Aubin, USMC, who was the schedules officer for HMM 265 the Marine Air Group we deployed with. Capt. Aubin came to the room and said, “Sir, you gotta come down to the Wardroom and see this.”

  • Aging gas pipe at risk of explosion nationwide

    SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — The tragic explosion of a gas pipeline in a San Francisco suburb has shed light on a problem usually kept underground: Communities have expanded over pipes built decades earlier when no one lived there.

    Utilities have been under pressure for years to better inspect and replace aging gas pipes — many of them laid years before sprawling communities were erected around them — that now are at risk of leaking or erupting.

  • Tennis: Nadal breaks through to win US Open

    NEW YORK (AP) — For seven years, Rafael Nadal deposited his share of skin and blood and sweat and effort on the imposing blue court in the middle of the biggest tennis stadium in the world.

    At the end of the eighth year, he collapsed and rolled over, his face to the ground, exhausted while he celebrated — knowing that finally, he would take something away from the court where he'd left so much.

  • August retail sales up 0.4 pct., best in 5 months

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales rose in August by the largest amount in five months, adding to evidence that a late spring economic swoon was temporary and not the start of another recession.

    Retail sales rose 0.4 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. It was the second straight monthly increase and the biggest gain since March.

    Excluding a decline in autos, retail sales increased 0.6 percent. That followed two relatively flat months and a sharp drop in May.

  • Iran state TV says US woman freed from prison

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's English language state television reported Tuesday that American Sarah Shourd has been released after more than a year in prison.

    "Iran has released US national Sarah Shourd," flashed the red colored urgent banner on Press TV Tuesday.

    Iran's judiciary granted $500,000 bail for Shourd on Sunday for health reasons, though family had said they could not afford it and U.S. said it would not pay it.

  • Martinez raises $2 million for gubernatorial bid


     

     

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Susana Martinez raised 2.5 times more money since late June than Democrat Diane Denish in a hotly contested race to become New Mexico's next governor, according to new financial disclosures.

    Martinez collected $2 million in contributions, and Denish raised $795,797.

  • County’s top official investigated

    Los Alamos County’s top official, County Administrator Tony Mortillaro is undergoing an independent investigation into allegations leveled by Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan.
    Stepan could not be reached for comment. Her husband, Tom Stepan, said Tuesday that she is meeting with investigators, which likely will “take all day.”

  • Candidate campaign finance reports due Monday

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates for governor will provide a look at their recent fundraising in new campaign finance disclosures.

    The reports must be filed Monday with the secretary of state's office and will show how much money the candidates have available as the campaign season heats up.

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez, the district attorney in Las Cruces, are running to become New Mexico's governor.

    The finance reports will cover receipts and spending from late June through Sept. 6.