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Today's News

  • Lawmakers are between a rock and a hard place

    As we approach the season of good cheer, count me among those who wish members of New Mexico’s Legislature the happiest of holidays. If they’re smart they’ll sock a little of that happiness away so as to have something to draw on in the weeks ahead.

    They’ll need it.

    Only 18 days after the New Year dawns, state lawmakers convene at the Roundhouse for their 2010 legislative session.

  • Thurston for a cure

    Cancer. It’s a horrible thing. The very idea of it frightens people. Even the word is threatening. Some people call it the C-word as if careful not to say it out loud, either out of courtesy to those who have it or perhaps fear of getting it themselves (like knocking on wood). When someone contracts cancer, it consumes his or her life.

  • An unexpected dinner guest

    “Your daughter is optimistic – she thinks our child will be president of the United States,” says Sidney Poitier’s character, Dr. John Wade Prentice, in the classic film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

    In 1967, the line stood out because of the complete improbability that a child of an interracial marriage would ever be elected president.

  • Full-scale demolition begins at TA-21

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Tuesday began demolishing a Cold War-era complex of buildings in Technical Area 21, that once housed plutonium production and historic, nonweapons research.

    “We’re seeing something this morning that has not happened since the late 1940s,” LANL Deputy Director Ike Richardson said. “The Los Alamos skyline is starting to change.”

  • President nominates Cook to fill NNSA post

    President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Donald L. Cook as Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

  • NM revenues continue to slip, tax hikes loom on the horizon

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) " New Mexico's revenue outlook continues to weaken, aggravating the state's budget problems.

    The Legislative Finance Committee received a new financial forecast Thursday that says revenues will be $53 million lower next year than previously expected.

    There's a potential budget gap of $600 million to $700 million next year.

  • Start the holidays off on the right note

    What better way to start off the holiday season than dancing and listening to some classic tunes?

    The Gordons’ Concerts, the Los Alamos MainStreet and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation will present the Los Alamos Big Band from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.  The concert is part of the WinterFest festivities, which be held Friday through Sunday.

    While the band will play the big band standards, they will also play the big band version of holiday songs.

  • Celebrate the season with pop music

    Music can conjure up memories for listeners. It allows them to make a connection to a concert or the performers. Friday, Coro de Cámara will stir up listeners’ holiday memories during its Pops Christmas Choral Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.

    Saturday, the concert will also travel to the Center for Spiritual Living located on 505 Camino De Los Marquez in Santa Fe. The show will begin at 7 p.m.

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES: The significance of the Christmas tree

    Decorating the Christmas tree has always been a major deal in my family. It’s one of the seasonal traditions that kicks off our Christmas celebration.

    When I was growing up, as soon as the tree was set up and elaborately adorned with decorations, I felt it gave me permission to immerse completely in all the holiday hoopla.

    I could sing carols, read holiday books or eagerly count down the days until Dec. 25 without any uncertainty that I was celebrating the holiday too early.

  • Looking good enough to eat

    Fuller Lodge will look delectable on Saturday. So sweet you will want to eat it or at least the gingerbread model that Althea Duffy created.

    In celebration of WinterFest and the county’s 60th anniversary, Fuller Lodge is hosting an open house starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The occasion will include the Chamisa SingSations, Los Alamos High School jazz band, a performance by pianist Frances Meier and a short ballet by the New Mexico Dance Theater.