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Today's News

  • ECONOMIC OUTLOOK ADVISORY!Home sales fall, jobless claims rise

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The economic recovery is weakening in the face of falling home sales and rising claims for unemployment benefits, new data showed Thursday.

    Sales of previously occupied homes fell 5.1 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.37 million, the National Association of Realtors said.

  • Obama says he'll sign Tribal Law and Order Act

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A bill giving American Indian tribes more authority to combat crime on reservations has cleared Congress and is headed to President Barack Obama, who said he looks forward to signing it.

    Obama said the Tribal Law and Order Act, which passed the U.S. House Wednesday, is an important step in addressing the "unique public safety challenges" that confront reservations.

  • WEATHER ALERT!Flash floods possible over next few days

    The National Weather Service issued the following special weather statement late Thursday morning:

    FLASH FLOODING POTENTIAL WILL INCREASE ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS...

  • Band has been highlighted in Tarantino, Rodriguez films

    This Friday we’ll be at the Best Western Hilltop House with the Austin, Texas band Del Castillo.

    This fabulous band plays a fusion of Flamenco, nuevo Flamenco, rock, cumbias & Latin salsa, blues, reggae and world music.

    Del Castillo appeared in the Robert Rodriguez films, “Spy Kids 3D,” “El Mariachi,” “Desperado,” “Once Upon A Time In Mexico,” “Sin City” and “Grindhouse.”

  • Swimming: Results from Firecracker Invitational meet

    Here are the results from the Los Alamos Aquatomics’ Firecracker Invitational club swimming meet.

    Girls 8 and under

    25 freestyle

    1. Lydia Kenamond, LAA, 22.41; 2. Kalen Melton, LAA, 23.20; 3. Ariana Gonzales, Duke, 24.97.

    50 freestyle

    1. Samantha Lindholm, Duke, 45.34; 2. Olivia Tepley, 45.38.

    25 backstroke

    1. Kalen Melton, LAA, 24.71; 2. Lydia Kenamond, LAA, 27.92; 3. Ariana Gonzales, Duke, 35.28.

    50 backstroke

  • NNMC gets $1.1M grant

    The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.1 million grant to Northern New Mexico College in Española to support scholarships that will increase the number of students seeking to be science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers for north-central New Mexico schools.

    The award is effective Oct. 1 and expires Sept. 30, 2015.

    The project, entitled “NNMC Phase 1-Noyce Scholarship Project,” is under the direction of Drs. David J. Torres, Catherine Berryhill, Fangyang Shen and Ivan Lopez-Hurtado at NNMC.

  • County signs new deal with Comcast

    Los Alamos County councilors shook the dust off a 16-year-old franchise agreement with cable provider Comcast and approved a renewal Tuesday.

    The renewal grants Comcast the right to use the county’s easements and right-of-ways for its “plain vanilla” cable for 10 years, said Nann Winter of the Albuquerque law firm retained by the council to work on the renewal.

    The agreement sets a franchise fee of 5 percent of Comcast’s gross revenue; which was increased from the 3 percent established in the expired agreement.

  • Smith's Food & Drug Center union wages contract battle

    Negotiations have hit an impasse and the labor union representing Smith’s Food & Drug Center employees in Los Alamos and elsewhere in New Mexico has called in a federal mediator.

    On Sunday, 400-500 employees rallied outside Smith’s Albuquerque corporate office over what they call “corporate greed.”

    Read the whole story in today's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • What’s up with Airport Basin Site name change?

    The County Council decided to change the name of the Airport Basin Site?

    Why?

    What was so bad about the name “Airport Basin Site” that it had to be changed?

    Who determined that it needed to be changed?

    Who approved the idea?

    If the name “Airport Basin Site” was so bad that it needed changing, why was it named that in the first place?

    How does the person that named the Airport Basin Site in the first place feel about being told the name wasn’t any good?

    How much is it going to cost to make the change?

  • Different funds for different folks

    When the New Mexico Small Business Investment Corp. formed in 2001, its founders envisioned the organization directly owning minority stakes in a large number of small New Mexico businesses that had received federal loans from the Small Business Administration or U.S. Department of Agriculture. While this seemed like a good idea at the time, it was a challenge to implement.