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Today's News

  • Knowing your customer is critical with big ticket products

    A business trying to market an industrial product has a smaller customer base than one selling mass-market products, which means the entrepreneur must capitalize on each sales opportunity by investing in market research.
    Industrial customers do not buy on whim and generally have a structured buying process. An entrepreneur with a product he believes customers will want needs to know what problems potential customers must solve and how they’re currently solving them.

  • Budget crimps visionary purchases

    In 1920, two ranchers completed a dam on the Cimarron River and created Eagle Nest Lake, jewel of the Moreno Valley. By 1990, the Lake’s private owners, the Davis family, wanted to sell. They had generously allowed public use of the lake, but they were ready to shed the responsibility.
    Of course, they had no shortage of offers – every resort and condo developer in the region beat a path to their door – but they preferred to sell it to the state to ensure the public’s continued access.

  • Golf tourney benefits United Way

    Mark Karaffa of Los Alamos Medical Center and United Way Board vice chair, presents a check to United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Donna Schroeder (left) while Katy Korkos, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce member services coordinator and United Way Campaign Chair and Kevin Holsapple, executive director of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation look on. The $5,300 check was raised through a golf tournament held Sept. 17 to benefit the United Way of Northern New Mexico. It was presented during the FAN Club event Wednesday night at the Chamber office.

  • AP Sources: Emanuel leaving White House on Friday

    CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel will resign as White House chief of staff on Friday and will begin his campaign for Chicago mayor by meeting with voters in the city on Monday, two sources familiar with Emanuel's plans said.

    The two people, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt Emanuel's announcement, said he will return to Chicago over the weekend and begin touring neighborhoods Monday.

    "He intends to run for mayor," one of the people told The Associated Press.

  • Football: Boise State's Venable out for half a game vs. NMSU

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Third-ranked Boise State will be without starting linebacker/safety Winston Venable for the first half of this weekend's game against New Mexico State.

    Venable was suspended Wednesday for half a game by Western Athletic Conference Commissioner Karl Benson for a "flagrant foul" against Oregon State's James Rodgers in the Broncos' 37-24 win last Saturday.

  • Rain pounds NC as storm moves up the East Coast

    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Driving rain from a storm system moving up the East Coast brought flooding to parts of North Carolina on Thursday, caused soggy morning commutes in the Northeast and prompted worries of additional flooding as far north as Maine.

    Tornado watches were issued from North Carolina to New Jersey.

  • Cycling: Contador says bad meat to blame for positive dope test

    PINTO, Spain (AP) — Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador blamed contaminated steak Thursday for his positive doping test, vowing to clear his name and not let cycling's latest drug scandal "destroy everything that I have done."

    The Spanish rider was provisionally suspended after a World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Germany found a "very small concentration" of the banned substance clenbuterol in his urine sample on July 21 at the Tour, according to a statement from cycling governing body UCI.

  • And they're off! Congress breaks for campaigning

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Battle-weary members of Congress are coming soon to neighborhoods near you to press for re-election, more eager to campaign before angry constituents than compromise in Washington on tax cuts, child nutrition or a federal budget.

    Majority Democrats facing tough re-election fights rebelled in both chambers Wednesday against their leaders' decisions to call off controversial votes, pass a temporary bill to keep the government running and head home.

  • Actor Tony Curtis dies at age 85

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tony Curtis molded himself from a 1950s movie heartthrob to a respected actor, showing a determined streak that served him well with such films as "Sweet Smell of Success," ''The Defiant Ones" and "Some Like It Hot."

    The Oscar-nominated actor died about 9:25 p.m. PDT Wednesday at his Henderson, Nev., home of a cardiac arrest, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said Thursday.

  • Fisher-Price recalls more than 10 million items

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fisher-Price is recalling more than 10 million tricycles, toys and high chairs over safety concerns.

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that two of the products being recalled involved injuries.

    In the recall of about 7 million Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles, the agency is aware of 10 reports of children being hurt. Six of them required medical attention.