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Today's News

  • Durable goods orders post an anemic 0.3 percent gain in July

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies cut back on their investments in equipment and machines last month as the economic recovery lost momentum.

    Overall orders for big-ticket manufactured goods increased 0.3 percent in July, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. But that was only because of a 76 percent jump in demand for commercial aircraft.

  • Girls soccer: Toppers score 6 times in 2nd half, roll to win

    Any questions as to where the offense might come from for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team certainly weren’t being asked Tuesday.

    The offense pretty much came from everywhere.

    Los Alamos more than found its groove in the second half of its 2010 season opener Tuesday afternoon at Sullivan Field, scoring six goals out of 10 shots taken at one point, to rout the Belen Eagles 9-0.

  • Boys soccer: LA is third in first poll

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team picked up a first-place vote in the first poll conducted by NMSoccer.com.

    In the first poll of 2010, the Hilltoppers finished third, picking up 31 total points. Voting for this week concluded Sunday.

  • National Monument unveils new vistor center

    BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. (AP) — The canyons and cliff dwellings of Bandelier National Monument are telling a new story and this time it's through the voices and artwork of the American Indian tribes whose ancestors first inhabited this sliver of northern New Mexico.

    The monument in a daylong celebration Wednesday is unveiling its $4 million renovated visitors center and museum with help from pueblo dancers and artists.

    The unveiling comes after nearly a decade of careful consultation with neighboring pueblos and a year of construction.

  • Council puts hold on rate hike

    County Council Tuesday night tabled a decision on whether to raise Los Alamos County’s electric rates by 10 percent.

    In a split vote, council passed a motion to put a hold on the issue for no more than 30 days to research possible  options, permitted by the state, to help the Los Alamos Public Schools with the rate increase and to discuss whether the electric rates proposal follows the county charter.

  • Espaola uranium no threat to LA

    The drinking water in Los Alamos registers low levels of uranium despite recent state action against public water wells in neighboring Espanola.

    “There’s no public health threat from the levels of uranium in the drinking water wells for the public drinking water system in Los Alamos – the levels are in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act,” said Mike Huber, compliance operations manager for the Drinking Water Bureau at the New Mexico Environment Department.

  • Salmonella vaccine may help prevent egg recalls

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Low-cost vaccines that may help prevent the kind of salmonella outbreak that has led to the recall of more than a half-billion eggs haven’t been given to nearly half the nation’s egg-laying hens.

  • Letter unfairly impugns council

    Our county council chambers are emblazoned with a quotation attributed to Thomas Jefferson: “Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.”

    During the last two years, I have served as chair of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee. Prior to that, I served on the steering committee that assisted MIC with their master plan study for the White Rock community center.

    However, I write today as a private individual, not as a member of the WRMPIC.

  • Home tour offers variety

    The Los Alamos Home Tour will include seven homes of a variety of styles and architecture, from an historic Bathtub Row home to brand new custom homes. Viewers will be able to get ideas for remodels and new constructions and learn about the history of home building and architecture in Los Alamos.

    The addresses and names of homeowners will be not announced prior to the tour.  Ticket buyers will receive a detailed program and map. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available at Brownell’s Hallmark, LANB, Family Strengths Network and online at lafsn.org.

  • 08-17-10 Police beat

    Aug. 3

    2:17 p.m. — A 57-year-old Los Alamos man reported being the victim of battery at 176 Central Park Square.

    4:10 p.m. — Richard Morse, 75, of Los Alamos was arrested at 176 Central Park Square and charged with battery following an investigation into a reported trespassing and battery upon an employee of the property owner.

    5:14 p.m. — Bandelier National Monument reported the theft of a license plate from a government vehicle. The loss is less than $250.