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Today's News

  • Senate approves jobless benefits bill

    WASHINGTON ­— U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Wednesday said he is pleased the Senate has approved legislation to extend unemployment benefits to thousands of New Mexicans who have been unable to find a job in this difficult economic climate.

      The bill would extend unemployment insurance by up to 14 additional weeks for jobless workers in all states and up to 20 weeks in hard-hit states with unemployment levels at or above 8.5 percent.

    New Mexico’s unemployment rate as of September was 7.7 percent, up from 4.3 percent a year ago.  

  • Lamenting the loss of the old Los Alamos

    Consider the last 9 years – the fire and how many of the original houses of Los Alamos were lost.  The theater and the sense that the community center will never be the social agora it once was. The demolition of the Municipal Building.  The planned demolition of the LA Apartments and the buildings on Trinity site.  The three houses, again from the original stock, for the sake of street widening. Proposed demolition of Aspen Elementary and the bulk of the high school classrooms.

  • Hilltoppers blast Tigers to advance in 4A tourney

    ALBUQUERQUE — A quick scoring barrage late in the first half that carried over into the second half lifted the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team to the semifinals of the 2009 state playoffs.

    Los Alamos scored five goals in a 14-minute span Thursday to thump the Taos Tigers 7-0 Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.

    Hilltopper forward Amelia Weaver picked up four goals, three of them coming only a minute apart to start the second half, as the Hilltoppers rolled over a familiar opponent.

  • Snapshots of two New Mexico soldiers

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    Army Spc. Joseph L. Gallegos

    When he was a boy, Joseph Gallegos once found a hawk with a broken wing, nursed it back to health and let it go.

    When he was working for the U.S. Forest Service in 2007, Gallegos came across a burning truck, saw a man inside and pulled him to safety. Gallegos — the lifesaver — took jobs as a firefighter, an ambulance driver and a policeman.

    He served four years in the active Army. Later, he joined the New Mexico National Guard.

  • Honor to all who served

    SANTA FE  — On Veterans Day let us pause to remember those who have served our country. Many of the thoughts and words that follow come from Dave Clary of Roswell, a loyal reader and an abundant source of information, inspiration and ideas.

    All those who heeded their call to duty deserve to be honored but today let us pay tribute to some of those who were our heroes.

  • More work to do on change

    Although the world-wide International Day of Climate Action – urging  legislators around the world to bring the carbon level back to 350 parts per million – is over, some of us who participated in the Los Alamos gathering thought the community might enjoy looking at the creative ways that groups turned themselves into the numbers “350.”  Take a look at 350.org  to see 181 countries from Mongolia to Antarctica, icons from the pyramids to the Great Barrier Reef, activities from kayaking to sky-diving, people from U. S.

  • Climate change needs urgent action

    Our government officials and legislators have plenty of things to work on these days — both at the national and local levels. The economy, health care, education, two wars and state budget cuts — the list goes on and on. But there is a giant looming behind these issues that is more important than all of them: global climate change. Bad decisions or inaction in any of the other areas — even the wars — can have serious consequences but can be remedied.

  • Los Alamos company garners coveted safety award

    Los Alamos Technical Associates recently achieved a significant safety milestone at one of its clean-up sites.  

    LATA’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site remediation project in Ohio on Nov. 11 marked 1,000 consecutive days without a lost work day incident.  

    The employees of LATA/Parallax Portsmouth, LLC, the U.S. Department of Energy’s environmental remediation contractor at the site, have surpassed more than 1.3 million safe work hours.  

  • A few tasty bites of science

    My 84-year old mother bent over the cookbook one day recently and read aloud to me as I wolfed down a chicken sandwich I’d made at lunchtime. The reading was a lesson in how to make a traditional – and very fine as it turned out – pork roast.

    Personally, I suspect it would be morally responsible to live as a vegetarian, and certainly good for my family’s health and for the nation’s medical-care bills. But I’m a sinner, and my kitchen produces meat and poultry meals on a daily basis.

  • It's not the journey, but the ride

    In this season of Thanksgiving, I was reminded that we all get snowed under by day-to-day life. Too many errands to do, too much work — keep the house tidy, look after the kids. Life can be a whirlwind sometimes. But when you hear of bad news, or you get bad news yourself, it kind of reminds you what we should really be thankful for.