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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 09-12-10 Be There

    Monday

    The Summit Garden Club will present a demonstration on  “lasagna planting.” This is one of the most popular techniques for planting bulbs in pots. Known also as the triple decker, or sandwich technique, it was invented by the Dutch as a way of creating continuous spring flower displays in town and city centers. It is also excellent for balconies, terraces or front steps. Planting, specific color schemes and drainage will be discussed. Visitors are welcome. For information, call Susan Larocque at  672-9067.

  • That’s entertainment

    Young and old alike can take a stroll through the White Rock Senior Center and take in some art, or sit back and enjoy a variety show at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The festivities are part of a fundraiser for both senior centers and part of a celebration for Senior Center Month.
    “That’s Entertainment” will be performed by senior citizens for the public. This year will mark the fourth time seniors have performed a show for the community within the last 10 years.

  • Recording artists set to visit Los Alamos

    Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Brings Recording Artists to Los Alamos
    September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Along with many organizations around the country, local charity Ovarian Cancer Together Inc. is bringing awareness to Los Alamos by holding a benefit at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Working in New Mexico to support survivors and educate the public about the risks of ovarian cancer, this year, OCT will hold its first music and awareness evening, promising quality entertainment for all.