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Today's News

  • Building topic of special meeting

    Anyone with anything left to say about where Los Alamos County should build its new Municipal Building has one more opportunity Thursday.

    Earlier this month the County Council decided they would dedicate an entire special meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers to that topic.

    A council-appointed citizens’ committee narrowed down 25 possible sites throughout Los Alamos and White Rock to two, which they recommended to council last fall.

  • County, petitioners at odds

    County officials and reformers will face off this weekend on the fate of two petitions facilitating citizen participation in the local government. One calls for an annual election related to county expenditures and the other proposes reforms to the petition and ballot process.

    Los Alamos County Council meets in special session Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to discuss the two amendments to the County Charter. They may then decide whether or not to put them to a vote.

  • 01-22-10 Update

    Correction

      The cover of Thursday’s Kaleidoscope stated that the Choral Society’s concert is to be held at 3 p.m. Saturday. Instead, the concert is scheduled to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday.

    Converstaion with the artists

  • GOP candidates jostle with the ethics issues

    SANTA FE — This column has often declared that the Grand Old Party is not dead in New Mexico or nationally. Although Republicans had some major defeats in 2006 and 2008, reports of their demise have been greatly exaggerated.

    Victories back East in off-year elections last November gave the national party reason for hope. And in New Mexico, a surprise October mayoral win in Albuquerque has given the state party a dose of adrenalin.

  • Now is the season of our incontinence

    Ring around the collar! Ring around the collar! Remember how that used to be the pinnacle of social embarrassment, a reason to hide in the shadows, the determining factor to your future and your happiness? Or what about the heartbreak of eczema, seborrhea, psoriasis? Scratch your head in public and everyone would know that you have dry itchy scalp. Dandruff flakes on your suit? Well, you can kiss that promotion goodbye!

  • Massive winter storm takes aim at the region

    The National Weather Service issued the following storm warning Thursday morning:

    WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM MST SATURDAY...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM MST SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

  • Number of newly laid-off workers continues to climb

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits rose last week, as the economy recovers at a slow and uneven pace.

    Layoffs have slowed and the economy began to grow in last year's third quarter, but companies are reluctant to hire new workers. The unemployment rate is 10 percent and many economists expect it to increase in the coming months.

  • Leading economic indicators advance 1.1 percent in December

    NEW YORK (AP) — A forecast of future economic activity jumped 1.1 percent in December, a private research group said Thursday, suggesting that economic growth could pick up this spring.

    The increase in the Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators was larger than the 0.7 percent rise that economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected.

    The gauge had risen a revised 1 percent in November — it was initially reported as a 0.7 percent increase— and has been up for nine consecutive months.

  • Six Monkeys: Mother instincts kick in up in the air

    Friday morning, I woke up to a sunny Florida day, the golf course sparkling outside my in-laws’ patio. Friday evening, I was back in Los Alamos, finally, after one of the most stressful periods of waiting I’ve ever experienced.

    It began while I was admiring the sixth hole of the short, crane-filled golf course at The Groves in Land O’ Lakes, when I felt a new pregnancy symptom that didn’t seem right.

    I decided to ignore it.

  • '12 Angry Men' offers a classic tale

    A novice director reveals a natural talent for the stage with the Los Alamos Little Theater’s production of “12 Angry Men.” It’s the first play Courtney Lounsbury has directed and after seeing her work Saturday night, I hope it will not be the last time her work will be performed.