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Today's News

  • Strengthening community ties

    “Will you be our Mother Ginger?” Who could possibly refuse such a request? Certainly not Will Rees, Kevin Holsapple or Charlie McMillan, who will each take a turn portraying the colorful, larger-than-life character of Mother Ginger this week in “The Nutcracker.” Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) is once again welcoming local community members into the cast of its 14th production of the traditional holiday ballet.

  • Open casting calls this weekend for ABC’s Supernanny

  • Unexpected drop in jobless rate sparks optimism

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprising drop in the November unemployment rate and in job losses cheered investors Friday and raised hopes for a sustained economic recovery.

    The rate unexpectedly fell to 10 percent last month, from 10.2 percent in October, as employers cut the fewest number of jobs since the recession began. The better-than-expected figures provided a rare dose of good news for a labor market that's lost 7.2 million jobs in two years.

  • The ups and downs of teenage love

    My sister had been waiting for this movie for months. She re-read all the books, which the movie is based on, in preparation of the next film installment of the “Twilight” series.

    I myself was eager to see “New Moon.” I’ve not read the books but I had seen previews for the film and read an article about the film’s star, Robert Pattinson. All of this wet my appetite for the movie.

    Even my sister’s husband was eager to see the movie – proving that there is something in the movie for men and women of all ages.  

  • County bills mailed, taxes now due

    Los Alamos County property tax bills for 2009 were mailed to property owners in November.

    The first half installment was due Nov. 10, and becomes delinquent after Dec. 10.  

    Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. Dec. 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.  

    The 311 Customer Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 901 Trinity Drive. Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, N.M., 87544.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers hold on to top Horsemen

    A tight, uneven contest wasn’t exactly what the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was hoping for Thursday.

    But the most important part, a win over a quality opponent, was exactly what the Hilltoppers wanted.

    The Hilltoppers, led by a big outing from seniors Alex Kirk and Zach Parks, held on despite a late rally to knock off the St. Michael’s Horsemen 54-52 at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Santa Fe. The victory upped their record to a spotless 4-0 on the young season.

  • Bus shelters to get art etchings

    The wheels of change keep turning for Los Alamos County and the Arts in Public Places Board has been a part of the many changes around the county so far. They also continue to make strides to beautify the town.

    In addition to purchasing pottery for the City of Santa Fe, as a gift for its 400th anniversary, the APP Board has been busy with various other local projects.

  • Girls basketball: LA falls in home opener Thursday

    The big challenge for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team going into the season was finishing.

    Two games in now, the big challenge continues to be finishing.

    Los Alamos, in its home opener Thursday, again struggled to find the net. Los Alamos put up 62 shot attempts but only got nine of them to fall, a 14.5 percent clip.

  • Winter driving tips

    During the winter months, the county would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take, in order to make their travel as safe as possible.

    Motorists are encour­aged to equip their vehi­cles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a con­tainer of sand and a shovel in their vehicle.  Barrels of sand for public use are placed at locations that historically become icy and slick during storms, including:

    • San Ildefonso South at both ends of the guardrail;

    • North Mesa Road east of the roundabout;

  • 12-4 Update

    Get a copy of Bun Ryan’s book

      Bun Ryan will sign copies of his book, “My Cat-Skills,” from 1- 6 p.m. today and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Daniel’s Café. The restaurant will serve up Bun Ryan’s Own Irish Stew and free ice cream scoops for children. In the book, Ryan’s cat, Big-A-Boy, is a large orange cat that relates to him an adult slice of life about family, friends and surroundings. Proceeds from the book sales will go to Felines & Friends for cat and dog rescue and placement.