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Today's News

  • Surfing the shores of time

    Most of the Internet is lost in time.

    It’s an amazing information system, most would agree, but for all practical purposes it exists mostly in the present and has a shrouded past.

    This simple paradox as it applies to the Internet has been troubling Herbert Van de Sompel for quite awhile.

    He’s a computer scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, team leader of research and prototyping in the lab’s Research Library

  • Showing some support from home

    To honor U.S. military personnel and increase community morale, Xerox Corporation has created Let’s Say Thanks, a national program designed to deliver millions of cards to servicemen and women overseas with messages of support from home.

    On June 26, 2006, Xerox launched the Web site www.LetsSayThanks.com to allow the public to send personal messages to support the men and women stationed overseas. The messages are sent on postcards designed by children from across the country.

  • Four flu-related deaths in New Mexico reported in the last week

    Visits to healthcare providers for influenza-like illness continues to drop, but is still higher that expected for this time of year. This week 3.8 percent of visits to providers were for influenza like illness compared to 5.8 percent last week.  

    The Department tracks influenza-like illness, which is defined as fever and either cough and/or sore throat, at 26 clinics throughout the state.

    Influenza-like illness is the best indicator of flu activity in the state. H1N1 influenza is still the predominant strain of flu in New Mexico at this time.

  • Not much of a slowdown

    Despite continuing economic challenges, 85 percent of New Mexico residents who plan to travel over the November and December holidays say they will spend the same amount or more on their upcoming holiday getaways, according to a new poll conducted by the AAA Market Research Department.

    The online survey of AAA New Mexico members also found that 34 percent of those planning trips say they’ll spend less than $500 on holiday travel, while 60 percent plan to spend $1,000 or less.

  • Lights and driver caution needed at crosswalks

    We are all very saddened by the tragic loss of Logan Collins last week. Pedestrian deaths represent a significant fraction of the traffic fatalities in Los Alamos County. Some time ago one of our own children was nearly struck in the crosswalk near the middle school, the same one where last Wednesday’s accident happened. At another crosswalk at the west end of the golf course, in more than one instance a car has changed lanes, accelerated, and passed me while I stopped for a pedestrian.

  • School crossing is hazardous

    I send my deepest condolences to the Collins family.

  • Spare the rod and spoil the student

    It was decades ago, but I remember it well. The teacher had caught me chewing gum in class – clearly a capital offense. Fortunately, drawing and quartering children had long gone out of style but spanking had not. As a sixth grader, I was young, but I did have a sense of pride. And so when the teacher walked over with a paddle and told me to bend over, I spit out my gum and told her to go bend over herself.

  • Health panel betrays women

    President Obama enjoyed widespread electoral support among women in the past election. The reasons for this are complex and are beyond the scope of this letter. If however we believe that there are no unmotivated behaviors, we must conclude that women voted for Obama in large numbers because they expected to achieve some tangible benefit for this show of electoral confidence.

  • Lincoln added eloquence to thanks

    One of the many touchstones by which Thanksgiving is remembered and recharged is the proclamation by Abraham Lincoln on Oct. 3, 1863, that declared the final Thursday of the month of November as a national holiday.

    Before that time, only Washington’s Birthday and the Fourth of July were national holidays.

    A few days before that occasion, on September 28, 1863, Sarah Hale, a magazine editor and the author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” had written him a letter that gave so many future generations this day of rest and contemplation.

  • Bruce King and tax policy: lessons learned

    With the passing of former Gov. Bruce King, a lot of us are recollecting our favorite King moments.

    One of mine was his role in the Big Mac tax cut. It’s a lesson that’s relevant today.

    In 1981, state coffers were bursting with oil and gas money. Euphoric lawmakers expected a $200 million surplus. Not only could they bankroll their pork projects, they could give money back to taxpayers.