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Today's News

  • Stocks drop as 'Summer of Recovery' fizzles

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell for a fourth day after another disappointing report on housing deepened worries that the economic recovery could be fading. Bond yields fell as investors sought out more stable investments.

    The Dow Jones industrial average lost 134 points Tuesday following news that sales of previously occupied homes fell last month to their lowest level in 15 years. The 27 percent drop in home sales from the previous month was the biggest since record-keeping began in 1968.

  • Chance discoveries in our backyards

    Some of us have never found a single dollar bill on the sidewalk. But once in a blue moon a lucky soul in the upper Midwest reaches down into the Ice Age deposits of our country and plucks out a diamond.  

    It doesn’t take much geologic knowledge to recognize a diamond in the rough as an interesting and valuable object.

    Diamonds are the hardest mineral in the Earth, which means they will scratch quartz, window glass and even other hard gems like ruby and emerald.

  • Political News Exclusive LA County Council Candidate Bails Out Of Race!

    Democrat Nathan Hjelm has dropped out of the Los Alamos County Council Race effective immediately.

    Hjelm cites time constraints associated with his new full time job at Los Alamos National Laboratory as the major influence on his decision to withdraw from the race so close to the Nov. 2 general election.

    The Democratic Party Central Committee has until Sept. 7 to appoint a replacement candidate but Democratic Party Chair Cathy Chapman said she prefers to finalize the appointment no later than Aug. 31.

  • Unseasonably Strong Cold Front to Push Through Los Alamos Area Monday Evening

    The National Weather Service issued the following advisory for the area Monday morning:

    UNSEASONABLY STRONG COLD FRONT TO IMPACT MUCH OF NEW MEXICO TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY...

    A STRONG COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO PUSH INTO THE FAR NORTHEAST PLAINS LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO THE EARLY EVENING. THE FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO PLUNGE SOUTHWESTWARD TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY... USHERING IN MUCH COOLER TEMPERATURES... GUSTY WINDS... AND LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL.

  • 4 schools get failing grades on standards

    There’s something amiss with Los Alamos Public Schools.

    For the second year in a row, Los Alamos High School has failed to meet adequate yearly progress, yet the school was recently awarded a silver medal by U.S. News and World Report for the third straight year.

    Three other schools, Barranca Elementary, Mountain Elementary and Los Alamos Middle School, also failed to meet AYP this year.

  • Council approves road facelift for White Rock

    The design and rehabilitation of N.M. 4 received approval during a special county council meeting last week.

    N.M. 4 is a highway that can take drivers to a lot of well-known destinations – Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    But as drivers head toward these locations, they zip through White Rock without a glance. The goal of the project is to make White Rock another known destination on the state highway.

  • Lab sets record for ‘getting waste off the hill’

    Los Alamos National Laboratory said it set a new LANL record Friday by completing its 132nd transuranic (TRU) waste shipment of fiscal year 2010.

    The waste is shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

    The shipment eclipsed last year’s record of 131 shipments and there are five weeks remaining in fiscal year 2010, the lab said in a press release.

  • These days won’t last

    Don’t touch that dial!  Remember how TV announcers used to say that before a commercial break?  

    How many kids today would even know what a dial is?  Before you know it, pushing buttons will be a distant memory, too.

    Things have really changed since I was a kid (you know, back when they first invented electricity).  

    We didn’t have remotes for the TV set.  There were six or seven channels to choose from (we only had that many because we got all the NYC stations) and they were mostly black- and-white.  

  • Resident to council: Don’t bully firemen

    As one resident of this county whom the council allegedly represents, I hereby request that it cease and desist the bullying of our firefighters. As Councilor Vincent Chiravalle has said, we should pay them according to the fact-finder’s report and implement its recommendations.  

  • Campaigns should promise reduction of OPEC oil reliance

    While running for office, President Obama promised that if elected, he would get us off OPEC oil within 10 years.  

    Two years are gone and we still don’t have a plan.  In fact, there is some evidence that we’re going in the wrong direction.  In July 2010, we imported 388 million barrels of oil. That’s the single largest import month since President Obama was inaugurated.