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Today's News

  • Job losses from Great Recession about to worsen

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Job losses during the Great Recession have been huge and they're about to get bigger.

    When the Labor Department releases the January unemployment report Friday, it will also update its estimate of jobs lost in the year that ended in March 2009. The number is expected to rise by roughly 800,000, raising the number of jobs shed during the recession to around 8 million.

  • Snowriding: Paralyzed woman flying high at Paralympics

    FARMINGTON (AP) — Sports enthusiast Alana Nichols was a senior at Farmington High School in 2000 when she broke her back in a snowboarding accident and lost the use of her legs.

    "I didn't think I'd be able to ski anymore," Nichols said.

  • NEWS ALERT Public noodles economic plan
  • Domenici Jr. discusses Los Alamos

    Gubernatorial candidate Pete Domenici Jr. focused much of his attention on Los Alamos during a telephone interview from Albuquerque Wednesday morning.

    “The state of New Mexico is extremely fortunate to have Los Alamos National Laboratory as a major institution … it is a tremendous research and information source and provides a significant job base. The state should give the appearance and act appreciative of Los Alamos,” Domenici Jr. said.

  • Wrestling: LA hosting a solid slate of teams

    It’s considered standard practice to stack a home tournament to give the host team as good a shot as possible to win in front of the local crowd.

    Few will accuse the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team of doing that Saturday.

    Los Alamos will host the Bryan Sanchez Memorial Tournament Saturday. Wrestling starts at 9 a.m. in Los Alamos High School’s Auxiliary Gym.

    A very solid collection of teams will take part in Saturday’s tournament, which was named last season after a former standout Hilltopper wrestler.

  • Honor Society rummage sale

      Los Alamos High School National Honor Society, Natural Helpers and Key Club are hosting a rummage sale to raise money for earthquake relief aid in Haiti. The sale will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Donations can be dropped off at the high school main office Friday.  

      For more information, call Catherin Puranananda at cpuranananda@laschools.net. at ca.black@laschools.net.

    All-you-can-eat breakfast

  • Meeting scheduled for Monday

    The Issues Identification Subcommittee of the Charter Review Committee (CRC) will hold the first of a series of “listening sessions” from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers, according to a county announcement.

    The subcommittee is seeking public comments about two recent petitions for changes to the County Charter that were considered by the Council on Jan. 3.

  • Mapping the economic development plan

    In a new economy precariously emerging from hard times, private and public partnerships are increasingly called upon to make up for dwindling credit and capital resources.

    Los Alamos County’s new economic vitality strategic plan replaces a framework put forward 17 years ago. The previous plan recognized challenges like affordable housing and quality of life issues that still exist today, but it came out of a different era.

  • Real restructuring needs a long lens

    Here’s an axiom for this year: Cliches and platitudes will grow in inverse proportion to the state’s budget.

    We will “pick the low-hanging fruit,” “tighten our belts,” “share the pain” and “bite the bullet.”

    As legislators debate all the ways for the state to pay its bills this year, some are taking a longer view. Even without an economic downturn, there’s no way the state could maintain the trajectory of its spending. It’s time, they say, to restructure state government.

  • Love is in the air, it must be February

    My love is like an artichoke.  It may sound strange, but true.  I keep the outer leaves for me.  But the heart I give to you.

    Ah, love is in the air and men of all ages become poets extraordinaire. I better keep my day job, eh?