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Today's News

  • Cerro Grande fire: 1992 to 2010

    When Fire Chief Douglass MacDonald came to Los Alamos in December 1992 what he noticed first was the dangerous wilderness/urban interface that surrounded the Hill.  Having come from a wildlands fire background, he decided to work to mitigate the imminent danger posed by the overcrowded forest.

    In 1994, Los Alamos held an Interagency Fire Symposium. In 1995, the U.S. Forest Service attempted a controlled burn around Western Area, but the community wasn’t ready.  People complained about the smoke and cutting down trees.

  • Suffering from Triskaidekatwinkia

    Twelve trillion bottles of beer on the wall, 12 trillion bottles of beer. You take one down and toss it around and before you know it, you’ll see 13 trillion bottles up there!  No, no, no, I shouldn’t use beer in this analogy.  The last thing I would ever want to do is bad mouth beer.  

  • Dip into some cool literary fun

    Cool off from the summer heat by diving into the literary world at the Los Alamos County Library System. This summer’s reading program is titled, “Make A Splash @ Your Library.”

    Read more about the extensive list of programs and events in Thursday's Kaleidoscope.

     

  • Jobless data shows some signs of modest improvement, new claims show layoffs not abating

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The tally of laid-off workers continuing to claim jobless benefits fell by the largest amount in almost a year, suggesting that more unemployed workers may be finding work.

    At the same time, new claims for unemployment insurance dipped slightly for the third straight week.

    The Labor Department says the total unemployment benefit rolls fell by 255,000 to a seasonally adjusted 4.5 million. It was the lowest total since December 2008. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expected a much smaller drop.

  • US arrests 2,000 in Mexican drug trafficking probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 2,000 people in a 22-month investigation targeting Mexican drug trafficking organizations in the United States.

    The probe, called Project Deliverance, focused on the transportation of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana along the Southwest border.

    Over 400 of the 2,000 arrests were made Wednesday. Attorney General Eric Holder has scheduled a news conference on the operation Thursday.

  • New jobless claims dip for third straight week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New claims for jobless benefits fell for the third straight week but remain elevated, suggesting the labor market is still sluggish.

    Initial claims fell by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 456,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's nearly the same level as in January.

  • BP to start burning captured Gulf oil at sea

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC plans to boost its ability to directly capture oil leaking from a well in the Gulf of Mexico by early next week.

    Kent Wells, BP's senior vice president of exploration and production, said Thursday that a semi-submersible drilling rig should be set up early next week to capture and burn about 420,000 gallons of oil daily.

    Once on board, the oil and gas collected from the well will be sent down a boom and burned at sea. Wells says testing will begin this weekend.

  • Hockey: Third time's a charm for Hossa

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — This was one hat trick Marian Hossa wanted no part of turning.

    The Stanley Cup finals had become Hossa's personal playground each of the last three years with different clubs. Although the star forward had gotten as far as the championship round several times, he was never able to seal the deal and raise the coveted silver chalice over his head.

    Until now.

  • UPDATE: All-Star Game slated for Highland High School

    Tonight's Class 4A/5A North-South All-Star girls basketball game will be played at Highland High School in Albuquerque.

    Highland High School's gym, one of the most storied facilities in Albuquerque, was the host to several state championships in the 1950s.

    Highland is located at 4700 Coal Ave. in Albuquerque.

    Former Hilltopper standout Taylor Ealey is scheduled to play in tonight's All-Star Game. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.

  • Dip into some cool literary fun

    Cool off from the summer heat by diving into the literary world at the Los Alamos County Library System. This summer’s reading program is titled, “Make A Splash @ Your Library.”

    The 2010 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, birth through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, special events, story hours, a reading club and more. Even families are invited to participate in some programs. Also, there are special programs just for teens.