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Today's News

  • 05-14-10 Update

    Kite Festival

      Los Alamos Arts Council and Los Alamos National Bank present the 13th Annual Kite Festival. A free kite-building workshop will be held from noon-2 p.m. and kite flying will be from

    11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Overlook Park, White Rock.

    Plants and other things

  • Casting yeas and nays

    While failed Ordinance 555 drew top attention at Tuesday’s county council meeting, council also took time to clear other items from its agenda.

    Councilors approved items on the consent agenda including action that adds Grants and Budget Manager Gina Coluzzi as an authorized signer on all county bank and investment accounts. With Steve Lynne’s promotion to administrative services director/chief financial officer, County Administrator Tony Mortillaro said it makes sense for operational efficiency to have an additional signer within the Office of Management and Budget.

  • House battle escalates

    For the first time in years Republican Rep. Jeannette Wallace has opposition and they are in it to win it. Stephanie Richard, a teacher and Pete Sheehey, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist, shared the stage Thursday evening for a debate and spoke of walking every precinct in District 43, which includes Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties.

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos, KRSN and the Los Alamos Monitor sponsored the public event in the lecture hall at UNM-Los Alamos.

  • Open borders? The final solution?

    It’s a rather hideous phrase — The Final Solution.

    It triggers memories — though fading — of Adolf Hitler’s evil plan to eradicate not only Jews from his Reich, but others he deemed less than worthy to live. Gypsies, certain Slavs. Others.

    But more than anything else, the Final Solution tends to stir thoughts of death. And not just death, but premeditated, vile death.   

  • Someone's got to do it

    Fools rush in where angels fear to tread and the inhospitable climate of Antarctica would dissuade even the most foolish among us. With temperatures dipping to 50 degrees below zero and frigid winds chewing the landscape, the only sign of life you might expect is that of a colony of penguins.

    Well, that and perhaps a German fluid dynamics research team studying the “rectal pressures necessary for penguins to project their poo over a distance of 40-52 cm.”

  • LA seventh after day one of AAAA tourney

    LAS CRUCES — There was little pressure on the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team heading into this week’s Class AAAA championship tournament.

    Although the Hilltoppers were among the lowest-ranked teams in AAAA this season, they put together a solid opening round Monday. The Hilltoppers’ opening round score was good enough for seventh place and kept them in the running for a top-three finish this season.

  • Celebrate the volunteers

    In a show of appreciation to the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers, a hoe-down was held Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. First Photo: Members of the Los Alamos Mountain Mixers teach some of the RSVP members how to square dance. Second Photo: Square dance caller Mike Holly (left), cools his heels for a little bit along with Marlene Kelley, Tom Kelley, Cal Moss and Susan Krohn. Third Photo: RSVP volunteer Rose Butera enjoys the festivities at the event.

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  • New jobless claims continue to creep downward

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New claims for unemployment benefits dipped for the fourth straight week, a sign the job market is improving at a slow but steady pace.

    Employers are hiring again. But they are not doing it at the level needed to reduce the jobless rate.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims dropped last week by 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 444,000. That's slightly above analysts' estimates, according to Thomson Reuters. The previous week's total was revised up to 448,000.

  • News Alert: Business owners beware!

    Be aware that local businesses are receiving fictitious orders by telephone.

    Scammers place a large order with a local company, which they say a "courier" will be by to pick up.

    They ask the business to invoice them on a credit card for more than the amount of the order and give the excess amount to the courier.

    The Chamber of Commerce is alerting local businesses to this scam and suggests the best thing to do when receiving a large order over the telephone is to ask for a telephone number to call back.