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Today's News

  • Caution: Congress at work

    If you’ve ever wondered what members of Congress do to earn their keep, the current health-care debate on Capitol Hill should give you a good idea. This complex legislation, placed on the congressional agenda by President Obama but shaped by the intense give-and-take of the legislative process, is a perfect window into our democracy.

  • Slumping economy impacts Indian casino industry

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The economic downturn has slowed the growth of Indian gaming in America but the industry is faring better than traditional casinos, a report released Thursday shows.

    Revenues climbed by 1.5 percent last year — the smallest increase since a federal law regulating the industry was passed in 1988, according to the Indian Gaming Industry Report by economist Alan Meister.

    That was down from a growth rate of 5 percent in 2007 and an average rate of about 15 percent from 2001 through 2006.

  • Historical Society’s archives produce great gifts

    The collection of the Los Alamos Historical Museum contains a vast array of unique photos and items, most of which are stored in Fuller Lodge. Now some of those are being brought to light and to life as unique items in the Historical Museum Shop.

  • Writer shares experience with son’s mental illness

    In early March 2006, Tom Steward, a licensed psychotherapist, and his wife began a strange odyssey with one of their sons, who began showing signs of mental illness.

  • New faces appear on FOSC board

    As old faces left the Friends of the Senior Center (FOSC) Board of Directors, new ones appeared.  

    Jim Strapp and Lorraine Thorn were nominated and approved to step on board during the directors’ meeting and luncheon Dec. 11.

    FOSC Treasurer John Stewart nominated Thorn, who works at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, and member Krik Krikorian nominated Strapp, who is a member of the Steering Committee for the White Rock Master Plan.

    Although new members are now serving the boards, FOSC has had to deal with the loss of several members.

  • The key to success? Stay positive

    Positive Family Communication is our goal this week. How is yours doing? This week mine didn’t go so well.

    Three boys combined with home, work, church, school, Scouts and wrestling means a few questions that normally get asked, didn’t. The result is that I missed a school performance that I really wanted to go see.

    The point is that it happens and hopefully I’ll fill the gap and it won’t happen again.

  • County Assessor JoAnn Johnson seeking second term

    For more than 20 years her role was recruiting people to run for office – but that all changed in 2006 for longtime political leader JoAnn Johnson.

    “I felt it was time for me to step up and do what I had asked of others for so long. Assessor Jane Bates was term limiting out and with my financial background I felt the assessor vacancy was an area where I could contribute most,” Johnson said during an interview Thursday. “I also feel this office is very important to the community.”

  • LANL withdraws objection to Rio Grande monitoring criteria

    The state environment department announced Wednesday that Los Alamos National Laboratory had withdrawn its opposition to a proposal for a numeric water quality standards for monitoring and reporting radiological contaminants in the Rio Grande down stream from the laboratory.

    The proposal grew out of what the New Mexico Environment Department called “concerns from the public about the health risks of radiological contaminants such as plutonium in water from the Rio Grande being diverted by the Buckman Diversion Project.”

  • The long, slow battle against DWI

    As long as people drive to bars, we’ll have drunks causing accidents.

    Those were the words of a UNM sociology professor I used to work with who was an expert on DWI.

    This year, like every other year in memory, the Legislature will tackle DWI. The governor has proposed some strict new measures to “defeat this problem once and for all.”

    Once and for all. Brave words.

  • Give loved ones the gift of time this season

    Not being particularly skilled at making crafts usually makes me seek other options for holiday presents. Just trying to cut in a straight line is a challenge. When I was little, I read a holiday story about a girl who made all her own presents, which encouraged me to reconsider handmade gifts.

    Following the character’s idea, I pulled out magazines, glue and scissors, and began decorating everything from shoeboxes to cardboard jewelry boxes for my mom.

    Whether they were truly beautiful or not, my mother would graciously oooh and ahhhh over all of them.