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Today's News

  • Seeing Pearl Harbor day from the Phillippines

    SANTA FE — On Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 1941 New Mexico’s National Guard troops deployed to the Philippines knew the Japanese would attack them the same day.

    They had been watching reconnaissance planes fly over every day, but had orders not to fire. Our reconnaissance planes saw the huge buildup on Formosa. Japan had captured everything to the north, including China. The Philippines were the last major obstacle on the way to Australia.

  • Weather the college storm

    Education consultant Whitney Laughlin describes colleges today as a perfect storm, which is not a good thing. With universities such as the University of California raising its tuition 32 percent, it is more important than ever to make a wise college selection. Laughlin can show students how to make the best decision.

  • Gov. launches “MainStreet Shop Local” campaign

    Gov. Bill Richardson kicked off a statewide campaign that encourages New Mexicans shopping this holiday season to spend locally.

    The Los Alamos MainStreet version of the promotion encourages residents to consider spending $50 per month at three different locally owned businesses.

  • Honoring LASO founder

    When Rosemary O’Connor looks at the date, Dec. 11, circled on her calendar, it is because that is the date of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Baptist Church. She doesn’t think about the fact that it is also her 90th birthday.

  • Key player in atomic bomb to be discussed

    One of the most significant figures in the history of the Manhattan Project and the development of the U.S. nuclear weapons program may also be one of the least well known.

    According to his biographer, Navy captain William S. “Deak” Parsons “made the atomic bomb happen. As ordnance chief and associate director at Los Alamos, Parsons turned the scientists’ nuclear creation into a practical weapon.

  • Strengthening community ties

    “Will you be our Mother Ginger?” Who could possibly refuse such a request? Certainly not Will Rees, Kevin Holsapple or Charlie McMillan, who will each take a turn portraying the colorful, larger-than-life character of Mother Ginger this week in “The Nutcracker.” Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) is once again welcoming local community members into the cast of its 14th production of the traditional holiday ballet.

  • Open casting calls this weekend for ABC’s Supernanny

  • Unexpected drop in jobless rate sparks optimism

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprising drop in the November unemployment rate and in job losses cheered investors Friday and raised hopes for a sustained economic recovery.

    The rate unexpectedly fell to 10 percent last month, from 10.2 percent in October, as employers cut the fewest number of jobs since the recession began. The better-than-expected figures provided a rare dose of good news for a labor market that's lost 7.2 million jobs in two years.

  • The ups and downs of teenage love

    My sister had been waiting for this movie for months. She re-read all the books, which the movie is based on, in preparation of the next film installment of the “Twilight” series.

    I myself was eager to see “New Moon.” I’ve not read the books but I had seen previews for the film and read an article about the film’s star, Robert Pattinson. All of this wet my appetite for the movie.

    Even my sister’s husband was eager to see the movie – proving that there is something in the movie for men and women of all ages.  

  • County bills mailed, taxes now due

    Los Alamos County property tax bills for 2009 were mailed to property owners in November.

    The first half installment was due Nov. 10, and becomes delinquent after Dec. 10.  

    Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. Dec. 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.  

    The 311 Customer Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 901 Trinity Drive. Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, N.M., 87544.